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CCRL California Center for Regional Leadership
Connecting California's Regions to the State and Each Other

200 Pine St., Ste. 400
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone (415) 445-8975
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - David Abel, immediate past Chairman of the California Center for Regional Leadership (CCRL) and publisher of the Metro Investment Report and The Planning Report, will moderate a panel on "Leveraging the Infrastructure Investment Bond Dollars in the Regions" on Monday, September 25 at the 2006 Civic Entrepreneur Summit in San Francisco at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell Street.

The CCRL Summit will take place from September 24 to 26; the event is open to the public. Admission to the three-day event, which includes a Sunday evening pre-conference welcome dinner at the Empress of China on Grant Street in San Francisco and the CCRL Civic Entrepreneur Summit Awards Luncheon, is $285 per person. For reservations and more information, call 818.761.2233 from Southern California; 415.445.8975 from Northern California; or email

The event's panelists for the discussion on leveraging the potential $19+ billion infrastructure investment bond dollars in the regions [should Propositions 1A and 1B be approved by the voters in November] are: John Barna, Executive Director, California Transportation Commission (CTC); Kathleen Brown, the former Treasurer of the State of California and Senior Advisor, Head of Public Finance, Goldman Sachs; David Fleming, of counsel to Latham & Watkins, Chairman of the CCRL, and the incoming Board Chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; Richard Little, Director, USC Keston Institute for Infrastructure; and Julie Meier Wright, California's first Secretary of Trade and Commerce and President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

At issue for the regions: if passed , Propositions 1A and 1B would pay for critical mobility investments, including: regional high-priority corridors; rail and bus capital improvements; trade corridor infrastructure; State Route 99 Corridor Improvements; State highways' rehabilitation; local transportation funds; matches for "self-help" counties; transit security and disaster preparedness; port security; local bridge seismic retrofits; grade separations; and air quality (i.e., environmental) mitigation, amongst others.

The California Center for Regional Leadership, with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, is a statewide nonprofit organization, established to support, facilitate, and promote innovative regional solutions for the state's major economic, environmental, and society challenges, to help achieve a more sustainable California.

In addition to CCRL Chair David W. Fleming, Esq., other CCRL Board of Directors include: immediate past CCRL Chair David Abel; Hope Boonshaft, California Film Commissioner and consultant; Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor, the City of West Sacramento, and President of EdVoice; Robert Garcia, Executive Director, Center for Law in the Public Interest; Randal J. Hernandez, Senior Government Relations Executive, Bank of America; former California Assembly Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw; Dan Mazmanian, Ph.D., Bedrosian Chair in Governance, University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning & Development; John A. Perez, Political Director, United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 324; Julie Meier Wright, President and CEO, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation; and Jim Wunderman, President and CEO, Bay Area Council. Bonny L. Herman is the CCRL President and CEO.