A Panel of speakers will be reviewing the general legal structure of SB375 and CALGreen and how they are shaping local development.
Arthur F. Coon, LEED AP, Shareholder, Miller Starr Regalia, Walnut Creek
As the Co-Chair of the Land Use Practice Group and Chair of it’s Appellate Practice Group, Art Coon guides clients through a broad range of real property, land use and environmental matters.His areas of expertise include land use, environmental law, the law of public agencies, extraordinary writs, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Art also counsels and advocates for clients who have matters in front of administrative bodies.
Matt Vander Sluis, Senior Field Representative, East Bay, Greenbelt Alliance
Matt oversees Greenbelt Alliance’s advocacy and public education campaigns across the East Bay of the San Francisco region, working to protect 110,000 acres of threatened open space and ensure that our cities and towns grow in ways that create great neighborhoods for everyone.
Previously, Matt worked for state and federal non-profits to forge policies that link climate change and development. His work has been covered in a variety of media outlets including the Atlantic Monthly, Capitol Public Radio, and the Los Angeles Times.
Bob Simmons, Walnut Creek City Council
Bob served on Walnut Creek’s Park, Recreation and Open Space Commission and the Planning Commission before he was elected to the City Council in 2008. Bob also served as President of the Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation for two years. In 2012, Bob served as Mayor and was re-elected to a second four year term on the City Council. In addition to being on the City Council, Bob is certified as a Master Gardener and is a mediator with the Congress of Neutrals, specializing in Civil Harassment mediations. Bob is also on the boards for Sustainable Walnut Creek and the Trinity Center. Bob worked with many others in the successful effort to purchase the highest point in Acalanes Ridge Open Space, and is currently chair of the Walnut Creek Watershed Council.
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