Events Calendar for 2017

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November 9The Industrial Association was proud to host our annual Supervisors Luncheon. Each year members of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors are invited to meet with our member companies, hear our most pressing challenges and concerns, and to share with us their goals and plans for the coming yearFlier

The October Forum had to be cancelled due to a conflict.

September 21—The Industrial Association of Contra Costa County was fortunate to have Gregory Nudd, Acting Rules and Strategic Policy Officer for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District as our September Forum speaker. Topics included: BAAQMD Rulemaking Plans for 2017-2019

Mr. Nudd currently serves as the acting Rules and Strategic Policy Officer for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Prior to this position, he was the Rule Development Manager for the Air District for three years. Before moving to the Air District, Mr. Nudd worked as an environmental engineer at US EPA Region 9 for five years where he reviewed State Implementation Plans and developed Federal Implementation Plans. Mr. Nudd began his career at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, starting as a permit engineer specializing in combustion sources. He worked at TCEQ for 16 years in a variety of engineering, management, and information technology positions. Mr. Nudd earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin where he specialized in Energy Studies. He holds a Professional Engineering license in the State of Texas.  Flier  ^  BAAQMD Rulemaking, 2017–2019.

There was no August Forum.

July 26—The Industrial Association of Contra Costa County was proud to have Richard Corey, Executive Director of the California Air Resources Board as our guest speaker for our July Forum. Topics of discussion included proposed new regulations by CARB, Green House Gas Regulations being regulated at a state and local level.  Flier

The 9th Annual Golf Event & Benefit was held at our new venue, Oakhurst Golf and Country Club, on June 12.

May 18—The Industrial Association was proud to host our first annual Mayor’s Forum . Attending were be Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder, Concord Mayor Laura M. Hoffmeister, Antioch Mayor Sean Wright, Pittsburg Mayor Merl Craft and Hercules Council Member Dan Romero.  Flier

April 20The Industrial Association was fortunate to have Assembly Member Tim Grayson as our April Forum speaker. Assembly Member Grayson was elected to serve in the California Assembly in November 2016 as the representative of the 14th Assembly District, which encompasses portions of Contra Costa and Solano Counties.
Assembly Member Grayson was elected to serve in the California Assembly in November 2016 as the representative of the 14th Assembly District, which encompasses portions of Contra Costa and Solano Counties.
In 2010 Tim was elected to serve on the Concord City Council, winning reelection in 2014 and serving on the Council until his election to the Assembly. He also served as Concord’s mayor from 2013 – 2015. During his tenure on the council Tim helped annually balance the city’s $90 million budget with a 30% reserve for emergencies and spearheaded the Fiscal Sustainability Ordinance which uses extra one-time funds to help pay off current and future un-funded pension and healthcare obligations. More than 1,700 jobs were created in Concord during Tim’s time on the council, and he was the author of the “Concord First” policy that required specific projects pay living wages, hire local workers and source materials from local businesses.
Tim also worked to create programs supporting families and youth, including co-founding the Central Family Justice Center to assist victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and child and elderly abuse. He worked to return truant older students to school as part of the Concord’s Daytime Curfew Ordinance to prevent crimes during daytime hours, as well as other efforts aimed at reducing gang violence and bringing needed assistance services to the homeless.
Since 2007 Tim has also served as the Concord Police Department’s Critical Response Chaplain, providing emotional support and counseling to first responders, victims and their families during and after critical crimes cases and events.
Topics included: Highlighting State legislative and regulatory issues. Assemblymember Grayson will also enlighten us on his duties as a new Assemblymember in Sacramento.  Flier

March 23—The Industrial Association was fortunate to have Bruce Magnani, Vice President and Legislative Advocate of Houston Magnani and Associates as our Marcy Forum speaker.
Bruce has spent the last 25 years working in Sacramento both within state government, and as an advocate for private interests. He has direct experience in politics, regulatory advocacy, and issues management on behalf of his firm's clients. Houston Magnani and Associates (HMA) represents many diverse interests including plastics recycling, compostable plastics, cement manufacturing, mining, oil refining and marketing, parks and recreation districts, and local governments. HMA clients include world wide conglomerates, and Fortune 100 companies. Flier  ^  PowerPoint presentation of his talk

February 22The Industrial Association was fortunate to have Paul Grazzini, Air Quality Specialist, BAAQMD, Brian Thompson, Senior Engineering Geologist, SWRCB, San Francisco Bay Region, and Ryan Miya, Senior Environmental Scientist, DTSC as our speakers for this February Forum: Enforcement/Compliance Forum

Paul Grazzini is an Air Quality Specialist with the Compliance & Enforcement Division at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. His current work involves the development of projects, policies and procedures, rules, and regulations in refinery related programs. Prior to his work as a Specialist, Paul served as an Air Quality Inspector for the Air District; inspecting a wide variety of industrial sources, including Petroleum Refineries, landfills, sewage treatment plants, and responding to community complaints. A graduate of Cal State East Bay with a degree in Biology, he has 18 years of experience in environmental regulation.
Brian Thompson is a Senior Engineering Geologist at the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Board and an Enforcement Unit Supervisor. He has worked for the Water Board since 2006 and been its enforcement coordinator since 2008. Prior to working for the Water Board, Brian Thompson worked as a consultant for ten years. His experience is mainly in the environmental and geoscience practice areas, and he is licensed as a Professional Geologist with Hydrogeologist and Engineering Geologist certifications.
Ryan Miya began working at the California EPA’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) in 2000 in the Brownfields and Environmental Restoration Program overseeing site characterization and environmental cleanup. He then moved to the Hazardous Waste Management Program in 2014 and is currently working as a treatment, storage, and disposal permitted facility inspector.  Flier
 ^  Three PowerPoint presentations: Water Board — IACCC’s February, 2017 Forum; Compliance and Enforcement; Common Hazardous Waste Generator Violations (and How to Avoid Them)

January 18—The Industrial Association was fortunate to have Richard Temple, Executive Vice President of McNally Temple Associates and Eric Zell, Principal and founder of Zell & Associates as our January Forum speakers.

California’s Manufacturing Muscle: Use It or Lose It

Contra Costa County is the State's second largest manufacturing county. Our industrial jobs and local economy are under siege by activist groups who are threatening manufacturing at the local and State level. Join us to learn how you can engage in this lively and ongoing debate from two of California's most preeminent political consultants.
Richard Temple has over 25 years of experience in the Capitol and is one of Sacramento’s best-known political consultants. Temple has spent the last 20 years of his time in California politics at McNally Temple Associates, one of the state’s premiere PR and political consulting operations. As the firm’s executive vice president, Temple knows the political landscape down to the ground and wields influence over numerous issues and has influence among the players in the political community. Despite the firm’s history as a staple in California Republican campaigns, McNally Temple Associates has a strongly bipartisan influence in the Capitol, particularly given its involvement in labor issues such as its work with the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. Given the importance of the group in the re-alignment debate, and despite the Republican’s apparent dwindling of political influence, at lease for now, consultants like Temple will remain front and center.
Eric Zell is a specialist in public policy, governmental affairs and political strategy. He has over twenty nine years of experience achieving successful implementation of difficult and high profile state and local public policy issues including the passage of state environmental, education and energy legislation, the establishment of Contra Costa County's Transportation Sales Tax and Growth Management Program, gaining approvals for state-of-the-art energy facilities, and the passage of Contra Costa County's landmark Industrial Safety Ordinance. He has implemented public affairs and political campaigns on a variety of issues and for numerous candidates on the state and local levels as well as local ballot measures. In 1991, Eric formed Zell & Associates, a highly respected government relations and public affairs consulting firm. Prior to forming his own company, Eric held the position of Vice President, Governmental Relations and Public Affairs, for William R. Gray and Company, a transportation consulting firm, for a period of four years. From 1980 through 1987, he served as local Chief-of-Staff to State Assemblyman Bob Campbell. In addition, Eric is extraordinarily active in the local community, serving as an elected member of the West Contra Costa Healthcare District Board of Directors and on the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa College Foundation and the East Bay Leadership Council. In 2010, he served as Finance Co-chair of the East Bay Regional Park District's successful Measure WW bond measure campaign.
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2016

There was no December Forum.

November 17—the Industrial Association’s annual Supervisors Luncheon was held. Flier

October 27the Industrial Association was fortunate to have Gary Lucks JD, CPEA as our Forum Speaker. Mr. Lucks discussed recent environmental regulatory developments in California and nationally, and highlighted legislative, regulatory, and judicial changes in the law impacting the regulated community.
The presentation covered key developments ranging from the recent amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act to climate change, hazardous materials, and water quality.

Mr. Gary Lucks JD, CPEA is a senior environmental attorney with deep expertise in environmental, health, and safety (EHS) law, legislative affairs, and sustainability strategy and implementation. He has over 30 years of experience advising Fortune 500 clients in clean tech, high tech, power, aerospace, biopharma and many other industry sectors. He is a licensed attorney, a scientist, and a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) who has completed or overseen more than 400 major EHS compliance audits across the country. He advises clients on maintaining business continuity and license to operate while managing EHS risks. He also specializes in sustainability strategy, implementation and reporting, environmental compliance counseling, environmental auditing, environmental management systems (EMS), training, and permitting. Mr. Lucks has published extensively on environmental law, legislation, and policy. He co-wrote a book on environmental law (California Environmental Law and Policy: A Practical Guide) which is used in law schools, colleges, by practitioners, and which has been cited in legal opinions). He also wrote the Environmental Auditing Chapter in the California Environmental Law and Land Use Treatise. He serves on the California State Bar Environmental Law Section’s Executive Committee and serves as the co-chair of the West Coast Institute of Internal Auditors. Mr. Lucks also serves on the California State Bar Environmental Legislation Committee. He recently completed a four-year term as an Advisor to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Flier

September 15, 2016—The Industrial Association was fortunate to have Deborah Jordan, Acting Deputy Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA Region 9 and Kathleen H. Johnson, Enforcement Division Director, U.S. EPA Region 9 as our September Forum speakers. Some Topics of Discussion Were:

    Next Generation Compliance.
    Today's pollution challenges require a modern approach to compliance, taking advantage of new tools and approaches while strengthening vigorous enforcement of environmental laws. Next Generation Compliance (Next Gen) is EPA's initiative to increase compliance with environmental regulations by using advances in pollutant monitoring, information technology, and transparency, combined with a focus on designing more effective regulations and permits to reduce pollution.

Deborah Jordan serves as Acting Deputy Regional Administrator at U.S. EPA’s Pacific Southwest Regional Office in San Francisco. She has served as Director of the Air program there since 2004, where she has been responsible for implementing the Clean Air Act in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific territories, and on lands of 148 Indian tribes. She recently completed an assignment with EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation in Washington, D.C., where she was the Senior Policy Advisor to the Acting Assistant Administrator, focusing on Clean Air Act regulatory matters. In 2014 Deborah earned the Presidential Rank Award, an honor recognizing select federal executives. She has been with EPA since 1989.

Kathleen H. Johnson is the Director of EPA Region 9’s Enforcement Division. In that capacity, she is in charge of EPA’s regulatory enforcement activities in California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands, as well as on tribal lands in the Pacific Southwest. The Enforcement Division, with a staff of 95, including inspectors, planners and data analysts, consolidates the enforcement of key federal statutes such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Oil Pollution Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Ms. Johnson’s top priority is to achieve high rates of environmental compliance through strategic collaboration with states, tribes, local governments and the U.S. Department of Justice. She also manages the environmental review process under NEPA as well as the Environmental Justice program. Flier

August 25, 2016—The Industrial Association of Contra Costa County and the East Bay Leadership Council presented a Candidate Forum featuring the two candidates running for District 3 Supervisor in Contra Costa County, Steve Barr and Diane Burgis.  Flier

July 21, 2016The Industrial Association was fortunate to have Guy Bjerke, Director of Community Resuse Planning for the City of Concord, as our July Forum speaker. on July 21, 2016.
Mr. Bjerke discussed the implementation and redevelopment of the Concord Naval weapons station. This is a major project that should be of interest to all our membership.
Mr Bjerke is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Reuse Area Plan for the redevelopment of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station.
During his career he was the Manager, Bay Area Region for the Western States Petroleum Association; the Economic Development Director for the City of Antioch; CEO of the Homebuilders Association of Northern California (now Building Industry Association of the Bay Area); and a staff member for the Concord Chamber of Commerce and the California State Senate. He has over 30 years’ experience in Bay Area issues through his governmental affairs work for the business community and the building industry.
Guy earned a BA in Government from CSU, Sacramento. He is a former Mayor and Council member for the City of Concord and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Concord. Flier ^ PDF Presentation

The Industrial Assoication’s 8th Annual Golf Gala and Benefit was held Friday, June 3rd, 2016 at Roddy Ranch Golf Course in Antioch, featurng range balls, cowboy burrito, appetizers, and more! Flier
80 players teed off in 90 degree weather to mark our 8th Annual charity event. A good time was had by all. Top seeded teams taking 1st and 2nd place went to UPI and Criterion Catalysts. Low scramble score was 60, 12 under par. The charity was the real winner. Purple Pig Project provides therapy services for children with disabilities. Thank you again to our wonderful volunteers and our many sponsors who championed this event.

May 19, 2016—The Industrial Association was fortunate to have Dorothy Rothrock, President of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA), as our May Forum Speaker.
Some topics of discussion were: The importance of manufacturing investment and job creation, and how well designed laws and regulations can promote environmental protection, public health and economic stability.
Dorothy is the President of CMTA, the only statewide organization solely dedicated to advocating on behalf of the State’s manufacturing and technology companies. CMTA lobbyists work on issues of importance to California manufacturers, including energy, civil justice, workers compensation, labor, tax, environmental quality and education.
Since 2006 Dorothy has chaired the AB 32 Implementation Group, a coalition of businesses and taxpayer organizations interested in California’s ground-breaking climate change law.
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April 14 2016—The Industrial Association’s Forum this month featured Christy F. Riviere, Principal Environmental Planner Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and Steven S. Cliff, Ph.D., Senior Advisor to the Chair California Air Resources Board.
Ms. Riviere has nearly 20 years of professional experience in air quality and climate planning, as well as regional transportation, housing and land use planning. Currently, she is leading the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s effort to develop Clean Air Plan for the San Francisco Bay Area, which will include the Bay Area’s first Regional Climate Protection Strategy. The plan will encompass all the various strategies the Air District will undertake to reduce criteria pollutants, particulate matter, toxic air contaminants and greenhouse gases from nine economic sectors. Christy holds two degrees from San Francisco State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management
Dr. Cliff was recently appointed Senior Advisor to the Chair at the California Air Resources Board. Until February 2016, Dr. Cliff was the inaugural Assistant Director for Sustainability at the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). In 2014, Governor Brown appointed him to Caltrans to make California a better place through a sustainable transportation system: cleaner, and more livable, accessible, and prosperous.
Prior to his appointment at Caltrans, Dr. Cliff was Assistant Chief of the Stationary Source Division (SSD) at the California Air Resources Board (ARB). As assistant chPrior to his appointment at Caltrans, Dr. Cliff was Assistant Chief of the Stationary Source Division (SSD) at the California Air Resources Board (ARB). As assistant chief in SSD, Dr. Cliff was responsible for development and implementation of the climate change program pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32). In this role, Dr. Cliff oversaw the California Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Program and led the adoption of the Climate change Scoping Plan.
Dr. Cliff has more than 20 years experience in global climate and air quality research and is a recognized expert on global air pollution transport. Specifically, his research on air pollution carried by winds across the Pacific Ocean has been the subject of numerous research and news articles. Dr. Cliff continues his work as a Research Professor in the Air Quality Research Center/Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. Flier
Ms. Riviere has sent us this PowerPoint document: Clean Air Plan Regional Climate Protection Strategy”.

There was no March Forum.

February 25, 2016—The Industrial Association was fortunate to have Eloy Garcia, Partner at KP Public Affairs, as our February, 2016 Forum Speaker. Some topics of discussion were: Legislation, Green House Gas, Fuel and the State Budget.
Mr. Garcia is a Partner at KP Public Affairs. He is a registered lobbyist and an attorney. He leads the firm’s lobbying efforts for the Western States Petroleum Association. In this role, Mr. Garcia serves as principal advisor and chief lobbyist for the petroleum industry before the California Legislature. He has specific expertise in energy and transportation fuels policies. Since 2006, Mr. Garcia has also led the industry’s advocacy efforts related to the implementation of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. On behalf of the petroleum industry and other energy and transportation clients, Mr. Garcia has developed innovative legislative solutions in the areas of air quality, alternative transportation fuels and infrastructure.
Prior to joining KP Public Affairs, Mr. Garcia served as Director of State Affairs for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers where he lead the Alliance’s lobbying and public affairs efforts on the West Coast including California Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, and Arizona.
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Mr. Garcia’s presentation from February’s Forum is available for download in PowerPoint: 2016 Sacramento Priorities

January 21, 2016—The Industrial Association was fortunate to have David Cooke, a partner in the environmental practice of the Allen Matkins law firm in San Francisco. His practice is concentrated on regulatory counseling, transactions and litigation involving the protection, cleanup, and disposition of contaminated properties; regulatory, permitting and enforcement issues and actions under the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and related state laws; guidance of clients through the Superfund administrative process and CERCLA cost recovery and contribution litigation; land use and litigation matters under CEQA and NEPA; counseling and regulatory compliance problems under RCRA and the California Hazardous Waste Control Law; and environmental insurance and policyholder-side environmental insurance coverage dispute resolution. David's environmental litigation practice encompasses all phases of litigation, through trial and appeal. He received his law degree in 1980 from the University of Virginia and is recognized for his expertise in environmental law by several legal ratings organizations including Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, and others. Flier ^ Presentation: 2015 Environmental Law and Regulation Update


2015

There was no Forum in December.

November 12, 2015—The Industrial Association was proud to host our annual Supervisors Luncheon. Each year the members of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors are invited to meet with our member companies, hear our most pressing challenges and concerns, and to share with us their goals and plans for the coming year. PDF

October 15, 2015—The Industrial Association was fortunate to have Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, California’s 11th Congressional District as our October Forum Speaker. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier represents California’s 11th Congressional District. He was sworn-in as a member of the 114th Congress on January 6, 2015 and was appointed to serve on the Education and the Workforce and Oversight and Government Reform Committees. For more than 20 years, Mark has been a strong voice for reform and has developed a reputation for taking on the tough causes while seeking to make government more accessible and transparent to all Californians. FLIER

There was no September Forum

August 27, 2015The Industrial Association of Contra Costa County was pleased to have Edie Chang, Deputy Executive Officer at the California Air Resources Board as our August Forum speaker. Ms. Chang is a Deputy Executive Officer at the California Air Resources Board and is responsible for development and implementation of California’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions including the AB 32 Scoping Plan, the cap-and-trade regulation, and the low carbon fuel standard. She also oversees strategies to reduce emissions from freight transport, the air toxics program, fuels regulations, and stationary source programs. During Edie’s 20 year career with the Air Resources Board, she has worked on a wide variety of projects including implementation of the zero-emission vehicle program, preparation of State Implementation Plans, and diesel incentive programs. Edie received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. She is a registered Mechanical Engineer in the State of California. Ms. Chang discussed issues dealing with climate change and what the California Air Resources Board is looking ahead to in the upcoming year. FLIER

July 22, 2015—The Industrial Association was fortunate to have Barbara Lee, Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control as our July Forum Speaker. Barbara A. Lee was appointed Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control on Oct. 31, 2014 by Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. Lee previously served as Air Pollution Control Officer at the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District since 1996, where she was Supervising Air Quality Engineer from 1994 to 1996. She served as an Air Quality Engineer at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District from 1990 to 1994. Lee is co-chair of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies Monitoring Committee and has been a member of the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association Board since 1995, where she served as President in 2000, 2005 and 2008. She served as co-chair of the California Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2007, where she was a member from 2001 to 2007. Lee has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has done graduate work in medical technology, biology and neuroscience. Flyer

Our Seventh Annual IACCC Golf Event and Gala took place on June 5th at Roddy Ranch Golf Course. This tournament has become a favorite of many of our members and their guests and has gained popularity over the years. Last year we were up to 138 registrations, 6 shy of a “sell out”. Also as in years past we encourage your sponsorship for next year’s tournament. We will have a few options for sponsorship, one being, hole sponsors that also provide a venue where you can promote your company with giveaways. Raffle prize donations are also welcome and your kind support will be acknowledged. We look forward to seeing you out on the course in 2016. 2015 Flier

Best regards,
Doug Wolf, Lindy Maynes, Bob Andrew and Jack Bean

May 20, 2015—The Industrial Association was fortunate to have Sarah Mcllroy, Principal with Stantec Consulting and Michelle Rembaum-Fox, Engineering Geologist with the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) as our May Forum Speakers with a discussion on the new Stormwater regulation. Sarah McIlroy is a principal with Stantec Consulting in Sacramento and has 20 years of experience in the environmental engineering and consulting field. She is a professional engineer with a strong environmental compliance background who provides both engineering and environmental services. The combination of science and engineering provides her with the insight to move projects forward with viable solutions. Her wide range of experience includes municipal storm drainage master planning, drainage analysis, stormwater quality, and environmental assessment. Her work has included extensive fieldwork and analysis on water samples to investigate sources of pollution. Sarah has a Master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Utah and a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from DePauw University. Flier

Michelle Rembaum-Fox has worked with the RWQCB for 17 years, the last 7 in the Watershed Division as an Inspector for both the NPDES General Permit for Discharges of Stormwater Associated with Industrial and Construction Activities. Prior to that she was a Project Manager in the Toxic Cleanup Division overseeing investigations and cleanups of contaminated soil and groundwater and she also worked at the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) for 13 years as a Project Manager overseeing investigations, cleanups and redevelopment projects. Flier

April 15, 2015—Carolyn Clevenger, our April Forum speaker, is a Principal Planner at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). Carolyn oversees major regional transportation planning initiatives, including development of the long- range transportation plan and goods movement planning. She also oversees the region’s climate initiatives, air quality work and sea level rise planning. She was the project manager of the Transit Sustainability Project (TSP), which was a regional initiative that included analysis of the existing transit system focused on service design and delivery, financial viability, and decision-making structures. Carolyn has also managed goods movement initiatives at MTC, and led the development of the Northern California program for the $2.5 billion Trade Corridor Improvement Fund. Prior to MTC, Carolyn was the Chief of Staff of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where she worked on infrastructure and economic development projects for New York City. Flier

March 18, 2015—The Industrial Association was fortunate to have Dorothy Rothrock, President of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) as our March Forum Speaker.

Some Topics Of Discussion were: The importance of manufacturing investment and job creation, and how well designed laws and regulations can promote environmental protection, public health and economic prosperity.

Dorothy has been recently named the new President of CMTA, the only statewide organization solely dedicated to advocating on behalf of the state’s manufacturing and technology companies. CMTA lobbyists work on issues of importance to California manufacturers, including energy, civil justice, workers compensation, labor, tax, environmental quality and education.

Since 2006 Dorothy has chaired the AB 32 Implementation Group, a coalition of business and taxpayer organizations interested in California’s ground-breaking climate change law. Flier

February 18, 2015—The IACCC was fortunate to have Eloy Garcia as our February Forum Speaker. Some Topics of Discussion were: Legislation, Green House Gas, Fuel and the State Budget.

Mr. Garcia is a Partner at KP Public Affairs. He is a registered lobbyist and an attorney. He leads the firm’s lobbying efforts for the Western States Petroleum Association. In this role, Mr. Garcia serves as principal advisor and chief lobbyist for the petroleum industry before the California Legislature. He has specific expertise in energy and transportation fuels policies. Since 2006, Mr. Garcia has also led the industry’s advocacy efforts related to the implementation of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act.

On behalf of the petroleum industry and other energy and transportation clients, Mr. Garcia has developed innovative legislative solutions in the areas of air quality, alternative transportation fuels and infrastructure.

Prior to joining KP Public Affairs, Mr. Garcia served as Director of State Affairs for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers where he lead the Alliance’s lobbying and public affairs efforts on the West Coast including California Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, and Arizona. Flier

January 14, 2015—The The IACCC was fortunate to have David Cooke as our January Forum speaker. Mr. Cooke is an environmental lawyer in the San Francisco office of the firm Allen Matkins. His practice is focused almost exclusively on environmental matters, including regulatory compliance counseling and permitting, transactional work, litigation at both the trial and appellate level, and enforcement defense. Mr. Cooke has represented public agencies such as the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in Clean Air Act litigation regarding transportation planning and air quality, and the Imperial Irrigation District in litigation over the largest agricultural-to-urban water transfer in United States history. Mr. Cooke is a 1980 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, and has been a member of the IACCC for three years. Flier


2014

There was no December Forum

November 13—The Industrial Association was proud to host our annual Supervisors Luncheon. Each year the members of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors are invited to meet with our member companies, hear our most pressing challenges and concerns, and to share with us their goals and plans of the coming year. Thank you to our sponsors for your support of this event. It is vital that we continue to promote our relationship with the County.

October 15, 2014—The Industrial Association was fortunate to have Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla as our October Forum Speaker. Assemblywoman Bonilla was first elected to the Assembly in November 2010, and represents California’s 14th Assembly District, which includes Contra Costa County and Solano County. She chairs the Assembly Business, Professions, and Consumer Protection Committee, and sits on the Assembly Health Committee and the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee. She also chairs the Assembly Select Committee on Increasing the Integration of STEM Education in California K-12 schools.

September 17, 2014—The September Industrial Associan Forum featured Bruce Magnani, Vice President and Partner from The Houston Group, one of California’s oldest and most respected government relations and advocacy firms, as our September Forum Speaker. Magnani, Legislative Advocate, joined The Houston Group in November of 2005 after most recently serving as Legislative Advocate for the California Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Magnani has 15 years of government relations experience and specifically has expertise in environmental issues, including air quality, Prop 65, transportation and Prop 42. Additionally, Mr. Magnani has experience in public and private works of construction, government procurement, public real estate transactions and construction labor issues. Mr. Magnani has a unique insight into how state government operates which is attributable to the six years he worked as a Government Relations Specialist for the Department of General Services under the Wilson, Davis and Schwarzenegger administrations. In 2004 he was appointed to the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Justice as a business representative.

There was no August Forum.

July 16, 2014—The July 2014 Industrial Association featured a presentation by Kish Rajan who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. He brings to the job a 20-year track record of success in both government and the private sector. Flier

IACCC Board elections will be held at this Forum

June 6, 2014The Industrial Association’s 6th Annual Golf Tournament proceeds benefited Los Medanos College with support for scholarships, emergency funds for student Veterans, and funding for the PTEC/ETEC programs developed to benefit our local industries. See news.

There was no June Forum.

May 14, 2014—The May 2014 Forum featured a presentation by Chevron on their $1.0 billion Richmond Refinery Modernization project. This project will replace some of the refinery’s oldest processing equipment with modern technology that is newer, safer and cleaner. The project objectives are to modernize, to competitively produce gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and lubricant base oils, ensure no net increase in criteria air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions, and provide flexibility to refine crude oil blends and gas oils with higher sulfur content and to produce higher quality hydrogen. Flier

Jack Bean was introduced as the new Executive Director of the Industrial Association.

April 9, 2014“California Rolls Out ‘Green Chemistry’ Regulations” California’s much-debated “Safer Consumer Products” regulations, better known as the Green Chemistry program, took effect October 1, 2013. Our panelists reviewed this far-reaching and complex program, which presents a fundamental shift in regulating use of chemicals in consumer products. Under these regulations, issued by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), some manufacturers will be required to analyze alternatives to use of certain chemicals in their products and could face a range of regulatory responses to those analyses, including reformulation or sales prohibitions. The initial list of “Candidate Chemicals” has already been issued, as well as a proposed initial list of “Priority Products” that contain those chemicals. It will be important for anyone manufacturing a product that is likely to be sold in California to track this program as it is rolled out to anticipate how it may impact them as it expands beyond the initial and limited list of Priority Products. It is also important to note that the list of Priority Products can be expanded by petition of private parties to DTSC. Our panelists were Eric Newman, an environmental attorney and Jeff Sickenger, an environmental specialist with KP Public Affairs in Sacramento and John Epperson, an environmental attorney with Cooper, White & Cooper in San Francisco. Flier

A PowerPoint presentation was given at the April Forum. You may download it for viewing HERE.

March 19, 2014—The March Industrial Association Forum featured a presentation on Contra Costa County’s Northern Waterfront, entitled “How to be Competitive in the 21st Century Global Economy”. Presenters included Rich Seithel, Chief of Annexations and Economic Stimulus Programs, Department of Conservation and Development, Contra Costa County, Gary Craft, founder and principal of Craft Consulting Group, and Garrett Evans, Assistant City Manager, City of Pittsburg. Flier

February 12, 2014—The February 2014 Industrial Association Forum featured a presentation by Mr. Mark Hughes, director of public affairs of the Phillips 66 Refinery in Rodeo. Mr. Hughes spoke on the proposed Phillips 66 Rodeo Refinery LPG recovery project and the current status of the project as it has been proposed over the past 18 months. Flier

January 15, 2014—The January Industrial Association Forum featured a presentation by the new president of Los Medanos College (LMC), Mr. Bob Kratochvil, and the beneficial partnership that the Industrial Association and Los Medanos College have enjoyed over the past several years. The successful PTech and EETech programs were highlighted as well as a review of the needs of Los Medanos students and Industrial Association Member Companies. We look forward to a continuation of this relationship as we go forward into 2014 and beyond. Flier


2013

December 4, 2013—The Industrial Association Forum featured a presentation by Mr. Scott Bourne, PE, a principal engineer at Weiss Associates on the Final Draft Industrial General Storm Water Permit. Approximately 10,000 industrial facilities in California discharge industrial storm water under the Industrial General Permit (IGP) issued by the State Water Resources Control board (SWCRB). Despite its intended 5-year permit renewal cycle, the SWRCB has not updated the IGP since 1997.

The SWRCB is now poised to adopt a final IGP in March 2014 which uses a combination of minimum Best Management Practices (BMP) advocated for by the regulated community and application of Numeric Action Levels (NAL) non-profits and other stakeholders assert that the permit must contain. Flier

November 14, 2013—The Industrial Association was proud to host our annual Supervisors Luncheon. Each year the members of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors are invited to break bread with our member companies, hear our most pressing challenges and concerns, and to share with us their goals and plans for the coming year. Flier

October 9, 2013—The October I/A Forum speaker was Gary Darling, General Manager of Delta Diablo sanitation District (DDSD), who has a long and varied career in water management and environmental stewardship, including overseeing the environmental review for the $650M Freeport water project on the Sacramento River and as program manager on the $450M Los Vaqueros Reservoir project. DDSD is the lead agency for several successful regional resource recovery coalitions, including the Western Recycled Water Coalition, a 21 member collaboration of cities, water and wastewater districts, and investor owned water utilities. Who since 2009 has secured $38M in federal funding plus $114M in state and local funding to build eight recycling projects and launch feasibility studies for 14 more in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a Board member of the East Bay Leadership Council, and Water Technology Cluster Chair of the Diablo Innovation Alliance, Mr. Darling is working to position our region as a leading global center for innovation, linking research, manufacturing and the workforce to create a more sustainable regional economy. Mr. Darling brought a perspective of how successful private/public collaborations which leverage regional assets and strengths can create a sustainable economic base for Contra Costa County.Clean Water update by DDSD. Flier

September 11, 2013—The September 2013 I/A Forum featured a presentation by David Kail, who gave an update on the progress made in addressing the critical shortage of maintenance and operation employees in industrial companies. Mr. Kail worked with Los Medanos College on their PTech and EETech programs, and is now working with Diablo Valley College and other community colleges in addressing this need. Mr. Kail is a retiree of The Dow Chemical Company and brought an impressive knowledge base in operations and training. Flier

There was no August, 2013 Forum.

July, 2013—The ICAA Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers was held at the Wedgewood Banquet Center July 17. There was a buffet luncheon, followed by Introduction of 2013 Officers, Review of Key Association Accomplishments, and a presention by Mr. Gary Lucks JD, CPEA. Mr. Lucks’ presentation provided recent key California and federal environmental regulatory developments including legislation, regulations, and key court opinions. These new requirements will include an analysis and implications with respect to industrial operations in California. Flier

June, 2013—The June 2013 I/A Forum featured a presentation by Mr. Jack Stewart, president of the California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA). Mr. Stewart has been at the helm of CMTA for several years and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the California Economy, and a perspective from manufacturing and business in general in California. Mr. Stewart also is also well known by elected and appointed officials in Sacramento and represents business interests very effectively. Flier

May, 2013—The May 2013 I/A Forum featured a presentation by Mr. Earl L. Hagstrom, Partner at Sedgwick LLP in San Francisco. Mr. Hagstrom represents clients in matters concerning hydraulic fracturing, water quality, groundwater and hazardous waste litigation, wetlands delineation and mitigation banking as well as eminent domain actions, drawing upon his extensive experience in geology and hydrology to assess liability and compliance requirements. Mr. Hagstrom’s presentation included an overview of the technical, environmental, economic, and legislative issues associated with Hydraulic Fracturing, as well as a discussion of litigation and risk management strategies. Flier

April, 2013 – The April 2013 Industrial Association Forum featured a presentation by Mr. Jack Broadbent, Executive Officer of the San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD). If had been over two years since we last heard from Mr. Broadbent and much had transpired with the BAAQMD in this time. Mr. Broadbent updated us on the status of Air Regulations and Rules since he last spoke to us in this informal setting. Flier

March 13, 2013 – The March Industrial Association Forum will feature a presentation by the Contra Costa Water District about the recent expansion of the Los Vaqueros Reservoir completed in 2012. The discussion will also cover partnering opportunities and possibility for future capacity increases. Many Industrial Association Member Companies depend on a stable water supply and this presentation covered important information about our local water supply. Wedgewood Banquet Center, Pittsburg. Flier

February 13, 2013 – The February Industrial Association Forum featured a presentation by Amy Wilson and Steve Huvane of TRC Companies in Concord. Ms. Wilson and Mr. Huvane have been managing the GBF/Pittsburg Landfill (a.k.a. Contra Costa Sanitary Landfill) in Antioch since 2001. The presentation covered the landfill disposal history, ownership, closure, and post-closure environmental compliance and remediation activities that have been taking place since that time. Wedgewood Banquet Center, Pittsburg. Flier

January 9, 2013 – The January 2013 Industrial Association Forum featured a windshield tour of the Dow Chemical Company. There had been many changes at the Dow Pittsburg Facility since we last did a tour there with new Dow production facilities and other facilities on the Dow property. The Dow Chemical Company, north end of Loveridge Road, Pittsburg. Flier


2012

December 12, 2012 – The December Industrial Association Forum featured a presentation by Mr. Guy Bjerke, of WSPA, who addressed AB32 Implementation Issues and concerns about the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. This issue will impact all companies and has been the subject of much discussion and concern over the past several months of 2012. This presentation was held at the Wedgewood Banquet Center in Pittsburg. Flier

November 15, 2012 – The The Industrial Association was proud to host our annual Supervisors Luncheon. Each year the members of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors are invited to break bread with our member companies, hear our most pressing challenges and concerns, and to share with us their goals and plans for the coming year. This year it was held at the Contra Costa Country Club in Pleasant Hill. Flier

October 17, 2012 – The October 2012 Industrial Association Monthly Forum featured a panel discussion on how development will be accomplished by cities after the demise of Redevelopment Agencies. The panel consisted of Mr. John Montagh of the City of Concord and the Concord Naval Weapons Station, Mr. Alex Greenwood of the City of Brentwood, Ms. Alexandra Endress of the City of Pittsburg, and Mr. Ed Soloman of the Workforce Development Board. Flier.

September 12, 2012 – Our speaker for this forum was John Ulrich, Executive Director of the Chemical Industry Council of CA and co-chair of the Green Chemistry Alliance. Mr. Ulrich presented an overview of the Landmark “Green Chemistry” legislation (AB1879 and SB509), which was passed by the California Legislature and signed into law in September 2008. Wedgewood Banquet Center, Delta View Golf Course, 2222 Golf Club Road, Pittsburg, 2:00 noon to 1:30 P.M. Flier

There was no August, 2012 Forum.

July 11, 2012 – The July I/A Forum featured an update by David Kail, of DVC, on a new program to train potential and current employees to be Industrial Maintenance Machinist/Mechanics (IMMM) for local industry. DVC, Solano College, and Laney College are collaborating on the IMMM program to avoid duplication of classes at the colleges and to provide students with academic options as they prepare for these excellent careers. IMMM workers repair and maintain industrial processing equipment such as pumps, compressors, heat exchangers, and many more pieces of equipment in refineries, chemical plants, water/waste water treatment facilities, power production units, and many other related industries. Over the past couple of decades these have been the most challenging positions to fill for industry. Flier

June 15, 2012 – to The 2012 I/A Golf Tournament was held on Friday, June 15, 2012 at the Shadow Lakes Golf Club in Brentwood.

May 2, 2012 – The 2012 Annual Meeting of the Industrial Association featured a presentation by Lawrence Livermore Labs on three-dimensional printing as a manufacturing tool.

April 11, 2012 – The April 2012 Forum featured a training program on PSM and what is required to Comply with this regulation.

March 7, 2012 – The March 2012 I/A Forum featured a presentation by Dusty Granet, Broker BGC Environmental Brokerage Services on the subject of California's greenhouse gas (GHG) Cap and Trade Program - Market Based Solutions.

February 3, 2012 – At the February 2012 forum we'll be privileged to have Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla as our guest speaker. Assemblywoman Bonilla just completed her first year in the California Assembly. She will share her experience as a member of the Assembly and her insight into the future of the State as regards business and industry. See more

January 4, 2012 – The January 2012 I/A Forum featured a presentation by Mr. Bruce Wolfe, Executive Officer of the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board.