Law Seminars International Presents:

An Advanced One-Day Seminar on

Transportation and Carbon Reduction in California

New regulations, policies, and business opportunities & challenges

October 30, 2019

Los Angeles, CA

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Los Angeles - CA

Program Overview

Who Should Attend

Attorneys, real estate, land use, and environmental professionals, traffic consultants, planners, corporate managers and governmental representatives

Why You Should Attend

California has set ambitious climate targets, and has made the transportation sector a top priority for achievement of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. The state has adopted an array of mandatory policies, including vehicle GHG emission standards, a zero emission vehicle (ZEV) sales mandate, a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS), and a cap & trade regime covering transportation fuels and providing for investments in carbon-reduction projects. At the same time, the state and local governments are grappling with how other transportation and land-use policies can be adjusted to support the state's climate goals.

The seminar will cover major recent and upcoming legal developments in this space, including the brewing conflict between California and the Trump Administration over a proposed rollback of federal vehicle standards and preemption of state standards; the California Air Resources Board's recent overhaul and extension to 2030 of the LCFS and cap-and-trade programs; and other salient actions. The seminar will also highlight the practical difficulties in trying to secure project approvals in California's shifting regulatory environment, and well as potential opportunities for streamlined review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) afforded by new transportation-driven policies.

~ Joel Beauvais, Esq. of Latham & Watkins and Amy R. Forbes, Esq. of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • Update on California transportation emission policy goals
  • The brewing conflict between the state vs the Trump Administration over a proposed roll back of federal vehicle standards
  • Litigation updates
  • California vehicle, fleet, and transportation network company standards
  • California's Cap & Trade regime covering transportation fuels and investments in carbon-reduction standards
  • CARB's recent overhaul and extension to 2030 of the LCFS and other salient actions.
  • Development of local and regional transportation plans to implement SB 743
  • Potential opportunities for streamlined review under CEQA afforded by new transportation-driven policies.
  • Use of Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessments (SCEA's)

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

  • Very comprehensive, practical seminar.
  • Great speakers and materials! Very timely and useful. Thanks very much!!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Joel Beauvais, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Latham & Watkins / Washington, DC

Amy R. Forbes, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher / Los Angeles, CA

8:45 am

Setting the Stage: Status and Trends of National and California Transportation Carbon Emissions

Vehicles; fuels; vehicle miles traveled; transportation electrification; transportation network companies; and autonomous vehicles; relationship with California's carbon reduction goals

Julia E. Stein, Esq. , Clinical Supervising Attorney, Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic
UCLA School of Law / Los Angeles, CA

9:30 am

Federal Vehicle Standards, Preemption, and Impacts on State Transportation Climate Policy

Battle lines being drawn: Updates on proposed rollback of federal standards; proposed preemption of California standards; time lines for rulemaking and litigation, nature and strength of the arguments

Joel Beauvais, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Latham & Watkins / Washington, DC

10:15 am


10:30 am

California State Policies on Vehicles and Fuel Standards

Update on California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)

Joshua T. Bledsoe, Esq.
Latham & Watkins / Costa Mesa, CA

Practical application of LCFS credits for fleets

Sean Turner , Chief Operating Officer
Gladstein Neandross & Associates / Santa Monica, CA

How California's Cap & Trade system addresses transportation fuels; cost-containment measures; use of revenues for transportation projects

Kevin Poloncarz, Esq.
Covington & Burling / San Francisco, CA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Practical Developments at the Regional and Local Levels: The Theory is Fine, But How Do You Draft Your EIR?

Update on OPR's new Technical Advisory with guidance on how to implement SB 743

Katy Cole, Esq. , Principal
Fehr & Peers / San Diego, CA

Development of local and regional transportation plans

Kome Ajise , Director of Planning
Southern California Association of Governments / Los Angeles, CA

Large projects: Using legislation to streamline CEQA review in exchange for limits on GHG emissions (AB 900, AB 987, AB 734); provisions for use of offsets; how environmental improvements are viewed in the context of CEQA

Abbey Hudson, Esq.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher / Los Angeles, CA

2:45 pm

Transit-Oriented Development

Early experience with Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessments (SCEAs)

Stephanie Eyestone-Jones , Principal
Eyestone Environmental / El Segundo, CA

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Drilling Down to the Micro Level on a Technical Basis: Local Permitting Review Under CEQA

Overview of the thorniest current transportation impact issues in CEQA review: Sierra Club v. County of Fresno

Kristina D. Lawson, Esq. , Moderator
Hanson Bridgett / San Francisco, CA

Association of Irritated Residents v. Kern County: Developer perspective on how to deal with CEQA analysis at the local project level

Kenneth B. Bley, Esq.
Cox Castle & Nicholson / Los Angeles, CA

Environmental perspective

David Pettit, Esq. , Senior Attorney
Natural Resources Defense Council / Santa Monica, CA

Local government perspective

Fred Dock, P.E., AICP , Director, Department of Transportation
City of Pasadena / Pasadena, CA

5:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Joel Beauvais, Joel Beauvais, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Latham & Watkins and a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department. He rejoined Latham in 2017 after serving for six years at the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Amy R. Forbes, Amy R. Forbes, Program Co-Chair, is Co-Partner in Charge of the Los Angeles office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Her practice is concentrated on land use planning issues, including zoning, planning, the California Environmental Quality Act, and municipal law.

Kristina D. Lawson, Kristina D. Lawson, Moderator, is a partner at Hanson Bridgett where she specializes in complex entitlement, land use, environmental and municipal matters. She is also a former local elected official, serving on the city council and as the mayor of the city of Walnut Creek.

Kome Ajise Kome Ajise is Director of Planning for Southern California Association of Governments. His responsibilities include developing and updating the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) which is the long-range blueprint that identifies projects and strategies to address the region's transportation challenges.

Joshua T. Bledsoe Joshua T. Bledsoe is Of Counsel in the Environment, Land & Resources Department at Latham & Watkins. He focuses on complex infrastructure and development projects, particularly those utilizing renewable or low-carbon technologies.

Kenneth B. Bley Kenneth B. Bley is a partner at Cox Castle & Nicholson. He represents real estate developer clients on all aspects of planning, zoning, and environmental review at both the administrative level and in the courts.

Katy Cole Katy Cole is a Principal at Fehr & Peers. Her professional experience includes multi-modal corridor analysis, transportation master planning, travel demand management (TDM), parking studies, access and circulation studies, and transportation impact studies.

Fred Dock, P.E., AICP, Fred Dock, P.E., AICP, is the Director of the, Department of Transportation for the City of Pasadena. His experience includes leading an urban street design initiative for the Congress for the New Urbanism and developing a national award-winning form-based street design code.

Stephanie Eyestone-Jones, Principal at Eyestone Environmental, has 25 years of experience in managing CEQA and NEPA documents. She is known for her ability to successfully complete thorough documentation for high-profile projects in litigious circumstances.

Abbey Hudson Abbey Hudson is a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Her practice focuses on environmental matters and complex trial litigation including emerging regulations and related governmental investigations.

David Pettit David Pettit is a Senior Attorney in the Climate & Clean Energy Program at Natural Resources Defense Council. He focuses on curbing pollution in California by litigating against industries, campaigning for clean forms of energy, and promoting green development in urban areas.

Kevin Poloncarz Kevin Poloncarz is a partner at Covington & Burling. He has been deeply involved in the development of regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the federal Clean Air Act and the California Global Warming Solutions Act

Julia E. Stein Julia E. Stein is the Clinical Supervising Attorney for the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic at UCLA School of Law. Prior to UCLA, she was in private practice focusing on environmental litigation, regulatory compliance, and land use issues.

Sean Turner Sean Turner is the Chief Operating Officer for Gladstein Neandross & Associates. He provides senior technical oversight to GNA's clients on alternative fuel initiatives, air quality improvement, fleet planning, and vehicular technology.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 6.75 California MCLE credits, 6.5 ABCEP environmental professional credits, and 6.5 AICP planner credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


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Wells Fargo Center North Tower

333 S Grand Ave in Los Angeles, CA 90071

The seminar will be held at the Wells Fargo Center North Tower at 333 S Grand Ave in Los Angeles, CA 90071. Our thanks to Gibson Dunn & Crutcher for graciously hosting this event.
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