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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
Fax (415) 445-8974

Blueprint Learning Network - Oakland
Making it Real: Housing, Public Engagement, Environmental Justice and Blueprint Planning
Day 1 Tuesday, November 13th
9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
  • Jeff Loux, Director, Land Use and Natural Resource Program, UC Davis
  • Will Kempton, Director, Caltrans
  • Cynthia Bryant, Director, Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR)
  • Henry Gardner, Executive Director, Association of Bay Area Governments
10:00 a.m. Trade Corridors Improvement Fund Program, Environmental Justice and Regional Blueprint Planning
  • Dale Bonner, Secretary, Business, Transportation and Housing Agency
In this opening session, the Secretary will discuss the Trade Corridor Improvement Fund (TCIF) and its connection with Regional Blueprint Planning.
10:15 a.m. Environmental Justice, Ports and Regional Planning
Moderator Carl Anthony, Senior Fellow, Ford Foundation
  • Bernida Reagan, Director of Social Responsibility, Port of Oakland
    Port of Oakland (408 KB, PDF)
  • Swati Prakash, Program Director, Pacific Institute
    Long Term Planning (472 KB, PDF)
Panelists will examine the Port of Oakland's strategy to adopt an Air Quality Plan that balances often competing needs of environmental justice, public health, and access to jobs
11:15 a.m. Peer-to-Peer Exchange: Public Engagement Tactics
Peer to Peer Explanation (133 KB, PDF)
As implementation of the MPO regional plans becomes the evident next step, the methods for broad engagement of a number of constituencies increases in significance and sophistication. In this session, participants will self-select discussions to engage with their peers on strategies for moving towards implementation.
12:30 p.m. Luncheon Speaker: Van Jones, President, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
President of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Mr. Jones challenges conventional thinking by asking what the world would look like if people of color were to take the lead in greening our communities? Jones is a nationally recognized leader in the field of Environmental Justice and referenced by Thomas Friedman in the New York Times as an emerging champion of the "green collar" jobs movement - a bold strategy to support public policy reforms that benefit under-represented communities and improve the environment at the same time.
2:00 p.m. Increasing Housing Production and Housing Choice through Regional Blueprint Planning
Moderator Cathy Creswell, Deputy Director, Department of Housing and Community Development
Building a blueprint for an adequate housing supply requires careful coordination among public, private and non-profit housing developers. This interactive session will address the overlap between housing production experts and Regional Blueprint Planning.
3:40 p.m. Assembly Select Committee on Growth Management and Blueprint Planning
  • Mark DeSaulnier, Assembly member, 11th District
What is the state doing to set priorities for growth management? How can the Assembly's coordination coalesce with developing Regional Blueprint Plans? Engage with Assembly member DeSaulnier in a strategic discussion about California's growth related challenges.
3:50 p.m. What's Next for Blueprint Planning?
Moderator Jeff Loux, Director of Land Use & Natural Resources Program, UC Davis
  • Mike McKeever, Executive Director, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
  • Henry Gardner, Executive Director, Association of Bay Area Governments
  • Bob Leiter, Senior Planner, San Diego Association of Governments
  • Joe Carreras, Lead Regional Planner, Southern California Association of Governments
    Nov 13 MPO Panel (70 KB, PDF)
Regional Blueprint Planning has evolved from "something regional planners do" to the center of public policy debates in California: public officials concur that we cannot talk about cutting greenhouse gases by 25% or accommodating our growing population without intelligent strategies to engage regional planning agencies. What is it that Regional Blueprint Planning practitioners need to do to make their efforts succeed in the next 12 months? What is it that state agencies need to do to better align their priorities with Regional Blueprint Planning efforts? This moderated discussion will help Caltrans, OPR, Housing and Community Development, and other state agencies engage with Regional Blueprint Planning in 2008 and beyond.
4:45 p.m. State's Perspective on: "What's Next for Blueprint Planning?"
  • Will Kempton, Director, Caltrans
  • Cynthia Bryant, Director, Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR)
  • John Barna, Director, California Transportation Commission
  • Cathy Creswell, Deputy Director, Housing and Community Development Agency
    Nov 13 future (56 KB, PDF)
Day 2 Wednesday, November 14th
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Joan Sollenberger, Chief, Division of Transportation Planning, Caltrans
  • Will Kempton, Director, Caltrans
  • Cynthia Bryant, Director, Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR)
9:00 a.m. Public Engagement and The Future of our Communities
  • Rick Cole, City Manager, City of Ventura
  • James Corless, Senior Planner, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
    Meaningful Public Engagement (3.30 MB, PDF)
What do Californians think about how development affects their immediate community? What are successful strategies for engaging the public in long range planning? Hear from leading practitioners about their successes and difficulties in engaging the public in planning processes for the future.
10:30 a.m. Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Elected Officials and Regional Blueprint Planning Efforts
Moderator Mark Green, Mayor, Union City
  • Debbie Cook, Mayor pro Tem, City of Huntington Beach
  • Tom Cosgrove, Councilmember, City of Lincoln
  • Jerry Jones, Councilmember, City of Lemon Grove
  • Barbara Pierce, Mayor, Redwood City
  • Gwen Regalia, Mayor pro Tem, City of Walnut Creek
  • Bill Spriggs, Councilmember, City of Merced
  • Mark Stone, Supervisor, 5th District Santa Cruz County
This panel provides a unique opportunity for Regional Planners to talk face-to-face with Local Elected Officials, and for each constituency to learn from the other. Because environmental issues such as poor air quality, insufficient and polluted groundwater and climate change do not abide by jurisdictions, successful collaboration between Regional and Local Leaders in the planning of their communities is exceedingly important.
11:45 a.m. Summary of Blueprint Workshop and Wrap-Up
  • Joan Sollenberger, Chief, Division of Transportation Planning, Caltrans
  • Will Kempton, Director, Caltrans
  • Cynthia Bryant, Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR)