Events Calendar for 2018
Wednesday, May 23—The Industrial Association is proud to host our second annual Mayor’s Forum.
Attending will be Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder, Concord Vice-Mayor Carlyn Obringer,
Antioch Mayor Sean Wright and Hercules Vice-Mayor Dan Romero.
Please RSVP by the end of business Monday, May 21, 2018.
Flier ^ Sponsor Registration Form ^ Online registration
Save the Date: Monday, June 11
With Spring just around the corner, brush off the cobwebs and polish the brass. Take your clubs out of hiding and get ready for the Tenth Annual IACCC Golf Gala and Benefit. Look for the registration packet in early March. In the meantime here are some particulars:
For more information, contact: Jacquie Bartlett, Secretary IACCC, firstname.lastname@example.org
April 25—The Industrial Association was fortunate to have Jody London, Sustainability Coordinator, Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development, Michael T. Johnson, J.D. Power T&D Sector Leader, Environmental Services Stantec, and Justin Kudo, Deputy Director, Account Services MCE as our April Forum speakers.
TOPICS INCLUDED: California is leading the way on renewable energy, likely seeing 50% or greater of its electricity from clean energy sources by
2020. As a result, the way we produce, transmit, distribute and purchase power is different from just a few years ago. Our panel discussion will include industry leaders from Contra Costa County, MCE, Stantec, and others who will speak to their efforts on energy / land use policy, stakeholder coordination, project siting, and consumer demand for electricity from clean energy sources.
Jody London is the Sustainability Coordinator for Contra Costa County, managing implementation of the County’s Climate Action Plan. Issues on which Ms. London works includes energy efficiency, renewable energy, land use and transportation, solid waste, water, and government operations. Prior tojoining the County, Jody worked with local governments and non-profits on State energy policy issues, representing them before agencies including theCalifornia Public Utilities Commission and California Energy Commission. Her experience includes six years on the staff at the CPUC. In her spare time, Ms. London serves on the Oakland School Board.
Michael Johnson is the Power Sector Lead for Stantec, overseeing transmission and distribution projects that support renewable/clean energy throughout the U.S. In this role, Mr. Johnson has served as the Environmental Compliance Supervisor for California’s largest renewable related transmission program. Moreover, he is a nationally recognized technical lead, having taught courses and/or led panel discussions on NEPA, CEQA, and wetlands permitting for Power related professional associations.
Justin Kudo is the Deputy Director of Account Services for MCE, coordinating billing operations & account services, analyzing customer impacts, building data models, and providing expertise on PG&E programs. Since joining MCE in 2012, Justin has supported MCE's growth from 14,000 accounts to nearly 450,000 served today, working with PG&E to ensure proper integration of community choice aggregators. Justin has previously worked as a political consultant specializing in renewable energy development and policy, serving clients including Florida Power & Light, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the California Solar Energy Industries Association. Flier ^ PowerPoint presentation by Jody London: Renewable Resources in Contra Costa County.
March 22—The Industrial Association was fortunate to have Supervisor Federal D. Glover, District V, and Guy Bjerke, Director of Community Reuse Planning at City of Concord as our March Forum speakers.
TOPICS INCLUDED: The status and future for the Northern Waterfront Economic Development Initiative.
The Northern Waterfront Economic Development Initiative is a regional cluster-based economic development strategy with a goal of creating 18,000 new jobs by 2035. The Initiative leverages existing competitive advantages and assets by focusing on advanced manufacturing sub-sectors in five targeted clusters (advanced transportation fuels, bio-tech/bio-medical, diverse manufacturing, food processing, and clean tech).
The status and development of the Concord Community Reuse Project for the Concord Naval Weapons Station.
The plan calls for over 65% of the area to be reserved for parks, trails and open space and for Mt. Diablo Creek to be restored. There's room for a tournament sports facility and a campus district. Housing, office and retail are to be clustered around the BART station and along Highway 4, with single family homes, townhouses, schools, community centers, green buffers and parks bordering the existing neighborhoods on the south side of the project. Flier ^ Powerpoint presentation: NORTHERN WATERFRONT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
28—The Industrial Association
was fortunate to have Kristina
D. Lawson and
from Stantec as our February Forum speakers.
Kristina specializes in complex
entitlement, land use, environmental and municipal
matters. Clients turn to Kristina for help with
the interpretation and application of local General
Plans, specific plans, zoning ordinances, and the
Subdivision Map Act; local
land use initiatives and referenda; and state and
federal laws covering natural resources, air and
water. She is a respected authority
on California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
compliance and strategy.
is a Senior Principal and Geographic Technical Leader
for Assessment and Permitting in the United States for
Services Impact Assessment, Permitting, and Compliance
division. As an environmental scientist
with advanced understanding of land use planning, he
specializes in developing comprehensive environmental
compliance strategies for complex multi-component
development projects, from environmental and land
use based siting, to impact assessment, and agency
permitting through construction. Trevor focuses on
controversial projects under Federal and state laws.
Trevor brings a creative problem-solving approach to
his role as a liaison
between the various participants in the planning,
permitting, and project development process, including
project sponsors, engineers, attorneys, lead and
responsible agencies, and concerned community groups.
CEQA Guidelines Update PDF
Presentation ^ Flier
January 18—The Industrial Association was fortunate to have David Cooke, Partner and Kamran Javandel, Senior Associate, in the Environmental and Natural Resources Group for Allen Matkins as our January Forum speakers.
INCLUDED: Major developments in 2017 in
environmental law and regulation, with a focus
on issues of particular interest to the East Bay
manufacturing community, and will offer a
forecast of some expected new developments in
Cooke is a partner in the Environmental
and Natural Resources Group in the San Francisco
office of the Allen Matkins law firm. For the
past 28 years his practice has been concentrated
on environmental regulatory and transactional
counseling and environmental litigation.
Kamran Javandel is a senior associate in the Environmental and Natural Resources Group in the San Francisco office of the Allen Matkins law firm. Kamran, who pursued a career as an environmental consultant before attending law school, represents clients in both environmental matters and general business litigation. Flier * 2017 Developments in Environmental Law and Regulation, PDF of slideshow presented January 18, 2018 by David Cooke & Kamran Javandel
2017November 9—The 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 year. Flier
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
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
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
February 22—The 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
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
There was no December Forum.
November 17—the Industrial Association’s annual Supervisors Luncheon was held. Flier
27—the 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.
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.
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, 2016—The
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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, 2015—The 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
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.
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. FlierMarch 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
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.
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
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, 2014—The 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
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
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.