SAN DIEGO, CA - A panel comprised of San Diego civic and business leaders - including San Diego State University President Stephen L. Weber - that is seeking solutions to resolve the area's transportation, housing, and environmental challenges will discuss a thorough assessment of these and other related items during an upcoming Regional Growth Dialogue. Convened by the California Center for Regional Leadership (CCRL) in collaboration with the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the program, "Preparing for Success: San Diego's Response to the State Infrastructure Bonds," will be held Thursday, September 7, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the San Diego Association of Governments' facility at 401 B Street in downtown San Diego.
According to San Diego Regional EDC President and CEO Julie Meier Wright, event topics will explore challenges to the area's smart-growth development plans; regional perspectives on locally controlled projects; and an understanding of the state's relationship to the issues and priorities of the San Diego region. Call 619.234.8484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The "Preparing for Success" panel will focus on transportation (such as implementation of transportation funds) and the region's 'fair share' in infrastructure funding. Panel two - "Ready, Aim, Fire / Making Success Happen" - will include an in-depth analysis on housing and environmental issues as well as the overall prioritizing process for issues in the sector.
Panelists joining Mr. Weber in the Regional Growth Dialogue are Hank Cunningham, Community Development, Bank of America; Gary Gallegos, Executive Director, San Diego Association of Governments; Alfredo Gonzalez, External Affairs, The Nature Conservancy; and Mark Stadler, Principal Water Resources Specialist, San Diego County Water Authority.
CCRL Founder Nick Bollman stresses that the timing for infrastructure improvements in the area, and statewide, is critical. "Even though so much hinges on whether or not voters approve the state's proposed (infrastructure) bond package, the systems must be modernized . no matter what." Mr. Bollman's statement follows a recent report released by the Commission on Public Infrastructure at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that these facilities across the country are weakening "at an alarming rate." Moreover, the American Society of Civil Engineers evaluated and graded infrastructure systems in the nation in 2005, categorically, from aviation to wastewater. The cumulative grade issued on that report card: D.
In addition to its joint effort with the San Diego Regional EDC in creating this Dialogue, CCRL is partnering with several organizations in other California areas to hold Regional Growth Dialogues in those locations as well; San Diego is the first stop on the statewide schedule.
Sponsors of the Dialogues are Bank of America, Caltrans, The Nature Conservancy, the Morgan Family Foundation, and the following regional civic organizations: Bay Area Council; Fresno Area Collaborative Regional Initiative; Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation; Orange County Business Council; San Bernardino Associated Governments; and San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.
The California Center for Regional Leadership, with offices located 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 societal- challenges, to help achieve a more sustainable California.
David W. Fleming, Esq., who is of counsel to Latham & Watkins, is the Chairman of CCRL; he is also Board Chair of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley and the incoming Board Chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Other CCRL Board of Directors are: immediate past CCRL Chair David Abel, President, Metro Forum Project, and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation; 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.