Upcoming events

    • Thursday, April 25, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • High Sierra Grill House, 2003 W Bullard Ave, Fresno, CA 93711

    CEQA Litigation: Best Practices

    Litigation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is a common subject among practitioners. Join us for a discussion with local attorneys on how to avoid getting sued while working on CEQA projects.

    1 MCLE Credit Available


    5:30 - 5:45 p.m. - Registration

    5:45 - 6:00 p.m. - Dinner Selection and Serving

    6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Presentation


    Dinner and soft drinks are included in the registration price.

    Menu:  Wood Smoked BBQ Tri-Tip Sandwich, Turkey Bacon Avocado Sandwich on Focaccia Bread, Sierra Madre Wrap, High Sierra Chicken Apple Pecan Salad, Veggie Plant Burger


    Sara Hedgpeth-Harris

    Sara Hedgpeth-Harris is the managing attorney for the Housing Team at Central California Legal Services. She was counsel in the Sierra Club v. County of Fresno case that was recently heard by the California Supreme Court. Sara Hedgpeth-Harris began her legal career as a staff attorney with the Fifth District Court of Appeal. After leaving the Court, Sara practiced four years with a civil litigation firm in Fresno and then established a solo public-interest law practice representing homeowners in foreclosure cases, plaintiffs in civil rights cases and petitioners challenging agency actions under state and federal environmental laws. Sara Hedgpeth-Harris obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the San Joaquin College of Law.

    Michael P. Slater

    Michael P. Slater is a partner at Powell Slater, LLP. His practice areas encompass municipal, real estate, and land use matters, including CEQA, endangered species, planning, entitlement, zoning, and land acquisition. Mr. Slater currently acts as general counsel to Wathen Castanos Homes and local counsel to Lennar Homes of California. He previously served as Assistant City Attorney to the cities of Fresno, Orange Cove, Kerman and San Joaquin; Vice President of Business Development and Director of Forward Planning to Lennar Fresno, Inc.; and General Counsel to Friant Development Corporation. He is a past President of the Fresno County Bar Association, Fresno Fire Chief's Foundation and the Clovis West Foundation. Mr. Slater is a 1986 graduate of University of California at Davis, with a degree in history. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego in 1990.

    John P. Kinsey - Moderator

    John P. Kinsey is a shareholder at the law form of Wanger Jones Helsley PC. His practice includes all aspects of land use, municipal, and environmental law, with a particular focus on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). He has successfully brought and defended dozens of writ petitions under CEQA and the California Administrative Procedures Act, resulting in several published appellate decisions in his favor, including John R. Lawson Rock & Oil v. Air Resources Board (2018) 20 Cal.App.5th 77, and POET, LLC v. California Air Resources Board (2017) 12 Cal.App.5th 52. He also has extensive experience in civil litigation in both state and federal courts, water law, appeals, and government ethics. Mr. Kinsey presently serves on the Board of Directors of the California Associate of Environmental Professionals, representing the Central Chapter, as well as the Board of Directors for the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley with a degree in history, and obtained his Juris Doctor degree from UCLA School of Law.

    Registration Fees: AEP Members – $15, Non-Members - $30

    If you have questions about registration, please contact Ellen Moore at or at (559) 637-4200 x 222.

    If you have an Agency or Corporate Membership, you can register by providing the name and e-mail of registrants to Ellen Moore at

    • Friday, May 17, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Fresno Council of Governments Sequoia Room

    Planning and Implementing the “Q”…
    Experience Fresno’s First Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Line!

    Join the Central Section of CA APA for an exciting program and in-person tour featuring the City of Fresno's first BRT line along the Blackstone/Ventura/Kings Canyon corridor! Presentations will focus on the challenges and opportunities associated with planning and implementing the BRT from the ground-up. The tour will provide an opportunity for planners to become familiar with biggest transit investment in Fresno’s history, including the Ticket Vending Machines, riding the BRT, and learning about the multiple planning processes involved to bring local and regional land use and transportation goals to fruition.

    Not a member of APA? No problem! This event is open to professional planners associated with any professional organization(s). In fact, a special welcome to all of our friends with the Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP), whom we have the opportunity to collaborate with on a regular basis.

    Friday, May 17, 2019

    Fresno Council of Governments (FCOG)

    2035 Tulare Street, Suite 201, Fresno, CA 93721*

    BRT Program at the FCOG Sequoia Room - 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

         $10 registration fee covers program and tour:  REGISTER HERE (CM credits pending)

    • Welcome remarks by Greg Barfield, Transportation Department Director (FAX), and Dan Zack, Assistant Planning Director (DARM)
    • Speakers:
      • Keith Bergthold, Fresno Metro Ministry, and Kristine Cai, FCOG – History and Timeline of BRT Planning Process
      • Jeff Long, FAX – Planning and Implementing the BRT from the Transit Perspective
      • Dan Zack and Sophia Pagaloutos, DARM – Incorporating Mixed Use and TOD Zones along the BRT Corridor into the General Plan Update
      • Keith Bergthold,  Fresno Metro Ministry – Revitalizing the Southern Blackstone Corridor through Complete Streets and Economic Development

    BRT Tour from Downtown to Manchester Mall and Back - 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

        Cost of BRT transit ticket to be covered by FAX

    • Walk to Van Ness in-line BRT station; ride to Manchester Transit Center on BRT with FAX and DARM planners
    • Disembark BRT at Manchester Transit Station
    • Ice cream and presentation by Moe Bagunu, Manchester Shopping Center Director, at Manchester Mall about the major investments at Manchester
    • Ride BRT back to Van Ness station

    Optional Networking at Los Panchos Mexican Restaurant on Fulton Street: No-host bar - 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Optional Fresno Grizzlies Baseball Game at Chukchansi Park - 7:05 p.m.

    Join the DARM Planners at their “Enjoy a Night at the Grizzlies Event”. The Grizzlies are playing against the Sacramento River Cats. Cost is $15 per ticket.

    *Park in the Fresno COG underground parking structure (entrance at the corner of Tulare and Van Ness). Be sure to hang on to your ticket to receive validated parking for the whole event.

    Any questions? Contact Carolina Ilic, Central Section APA Professional Development Officer,
    at 559-621-1499 or

Past events

Wednesday, February 06, 2019 CEQA Legislative Update
Wednesday, December 05, 2018 AEP & APA Holiday Mixer
Monday, November 05, 2018 2018 CEQA Essentials Workshop
Thursday, October 25, 2018 The Challenges and Rewards of Developing Master Communities in the Central Valley: An Evening Mixer at The Lodge at Riverstone
Friday, September 28, 2018 Practicioner Resources: San Joaquin Valley Greenprint and CEQA Portal
Thursday, August 30, 2018 Community Air Protection Program - Assembly Bill (AB) 617 and CEQA
Thursday, July 19, 2018 General Plans and Water Management Plans - Opportunities to Collaborate
Thursday, June 21, 2018 Fulton Street Walking Tour
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Cross-Generational Planning Information Exchange
Monday, April 16, 2018 SB 743: An Evolutionary Change to Transportation Impact Analysis
Thursday, March 22, 2018 (POSTPONED) Fulton Street Walking Tour
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Advanced CEQA Workshop
Thursday, January 25, 2018 CEQA Legislative Update
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 AEP & APA Holiday Mixer
Thursday, November 02, 2017 2017 CEQA Essentials
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Cannabis in California: Kern County's Draft EIR and Proposed Land Use Ordinance Options
Thursday, September 28, 2017 California High Speed Rail Project Tour
Monday, August 28, 2017 SB 1000: Bringing Environmental Justice into the General Plan - AEP/APA Joint Event
Saturday, July 22, 2017 Forestiere Underground Gardens Tour
Thursday, June 08, 2017 Has Assembly Bill 52 Changed the Way We Do CEQA? - Lessons Learned (BYOL "Buy Your Own Lunch" Event)
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Wetland and Riparian Stream Permitting
Saturday, April 08, 2017 Cancelled: Hike the Lady Bug Trail Sequoia National Park
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 2017 Advanced CEQA Workshop
Thursday, January 26, 2017 Legislative Update and Membership Appreciation Event
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 AEP & APA Holiday Mixer
Wednesday, November 02, 2016 AEP's 2016 CEQA Essentials Workshop
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 CEQA Case Law Update
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Beyond 2020: The Challenge of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Planning by Local Governments in California
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Chaffee Zoo - African Adventure Guided Tour
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 NEPA Essentials Workshop
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 404 Permit - Compensatory Mitigation Program
Saturday, March 05, 2016 Fine Gold Creek Hike
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 2016 Advanced CEQA Workshop
Thursday, February 18, 2016 Farmland Preservation Workshop
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 AB 52 and the New Tribal Role in CEQA
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 Holiday Mixer
Thursday, November 05, 2015 CEQA Essentials Workshop
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Section 404 Permitting Process
Thursday, September 24, 2015 Sponsor the 2015 Eastern Slope Conference
Thursday, September 24, 2015 2015 Eastern Slope Conference
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 2015 Summer NEPA Workshops
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 The Fresno General Plan Update - The Inside Story
Saturday, April 11, 2015 Fine Gold Creek Hike
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Dispersion Modeling for Health Risk Assessments Workshop
Thursday, February 19, 2015 Advanced CEQA Workshop
Thursday, January 15, 2015 Annual Membership Appreciation Event
Thursday, December 11, 2014 AEP and APA Holiday Mixer
Thursday, November 06, 2014 2014 CEQA Essentials: An Introduction & Intermediate Level Training Workshop
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 The Endangered Species Act and California Endangered Species Act - An Overview Toolbox
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Draft CEQA Guidelines for Analyzing Transportation Impacts from New Development Workshop
Thursday, September 11, 2014 Oil Field and Natural Gas Exploration in Kern County
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 The Fulton Mall: Past, Present and Future Presented by ITE
Monday, June 23, 2014 Basic NEPA Workshop
Thursday, June 19, 2014 Making Effective Presentations at Public Meetings
Thursday, May 15, 2014 Wetland and Riparian Stream permitting – An Overview and Toolbox for Applicants
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Canceled - Speed Networking
Saturday, March 29, 2014 Fine Gold Creek Hike
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Air Quality Analysis CEQA Tools Workshop
Thursday, February 06, 2014 2014 Advanced CEQA Workshop
Thursday, January 16, 2014 AEP Membership Appreciation Night with Legislative Update
Monday, December 16, 2013 CEQA Reform/Enhancement Roundtable
Thursday, December 05, 2013 AEP & APA Holiday Mixer
Thursday, November 07, 2013 Fall 2013 AEP CEQA Basics Workshop
Thursday, September 26, 2013 Eastern Slope Conference
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 NEPA Basics Workshop
Thursday, August 15, 2013 Photography for Environmental Professionals
Thursday, June 27, 2013 Streamlining Environmental Compliance and Permitting - How to Expedite Environmental Permitting
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Renewable Energy – Environmental Issues and Local Jurisdiction Initiatives
Saturday, April 13, 2013 Fine Gold Creek Hike
Thursday, March 21, 2013 Kings Basin Integrated Regional Water Management Plan
Friday, March 15, 2013 Careers in the Environmental Field Student Event
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 2013 AEP Advanced CEQA Workshop
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 AEP Membership Meeting & Clovis General Plan Update
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 Making Effective Presentations at Public Meetings
Thursday, November 08, 2012 Air Quality Health Risk Assessments in CEQA
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 Fall 2012 AEP CEQA Basics Workshop
Friday, September 21, 2012 Friday Night Wine Tasting and Music Event
Saturday, August 04, 2012 Moonlight Kayak Trip On the San Joaquin River
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 NEPA Basics Workshop
Thursday, July 19, 2012 CEQA Streamlining: Best Practices and Avoiding Common Pitfalls
Thursday, June 28, 2012 Association of Environmental Professionals Mixer
Sunday, May 06, 2012 2012 AEP Conference in Sacramento
Saturday, April 28, 2012 McKenzie Preserve Table Top Hike
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Mixer with ACEC
Thursday, March 15, 2012 Project Management Institute (PMI) Presents - Project Managment of Environmental Projects
Thursday, March 15, 2012 Practicing Planners Luncheon
Monday, March 12, 2012 2012 AEP Advanced CEQA Workshop In Fresno
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 AEP General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 Association of Environmental Professionals Holiday Mixer
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 Indirect Source Review Permit Luncheon
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 Fall 2011 AEP CEQA Basics Workshop
Friday, October 14, 2011 Biological Impacts of Solar Farms
Monday, August 22, 2011 Update on the High Speed Rail Project
Thursday, July 07, 2011 Legislative Update with AEP Lobbyist Allan Lind
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 Summer 2011 AEP Advanced CEQA Workshop In Tulare
Tuesday, June 07, 2011 Summer 2011 AEP Advanced CEQA Workshop In Fresno
Thursday, May 26, 2011 Association of Environmental Professionals Mixer
Friday, April 29, 2011 Fresno & Clovis Water Management Tour
Saturday, April 09, 2011 McKenzie Preserve Table Top Hike
Friday, March 25, 2011 Fresno & Clovis Water Management Tour
Sunday, March 06, 2011 AEP 2011 Conference
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 AEP General Membership Meeting
Thursday, January 27, 2011 AEP Winter Advanced CEQA Series Workshop
Friday, December 03, 2010 Christmas Tree Lane Holiday Event with APA
Thursday, October 14, 2010 AEP Fall 2010 CEQA Basics & Refresher Workshop
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 Presentation: A New Flexible Solution for Addressing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Growing Communities
Thursday, July 29, 2010 Attorneys' Perspectives on Managing the CEQA Process to Avoid Litigation
Thursday, May 20, 2010 AEP Spring 2010 CEQA Series Advanced Workshop
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 Fresno Green Drinks
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 AEP Central Chapter Board Meeting
Thursday, March 11, 2010 Legislative Update with AEP Lobbyist Allan Lind
Monday, February 08, 2010 AEP General Membership Meeting
Thursday, December 03, 2009 Central AEP & APA Holiday Mixer
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 Fall 2009 CEQA Basics Workshop
Thursday, September 24, 2009 Fresno Zero Waste Recycling Presentation and Tour of Sunset Recycling Plant
Friday, August 28, 2009 APA & AEP Retreat at Sequoia Lake
Saturday, August 22, 2009 Go Green Grizzlies Game
Thursday, June 25, 2009 Air Quality in the Central Valley: Past, Present, and Future
Saturday, June 13, 2009 Tree Planting at Basin Park
Thursday, May 07, 2009 Grizzlies Baseball Night (Thirsty Thursday)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 Spring 2009 CEQA Series Advanced Workshop
Friday, March 27, 2009 San Joaquin Adobe Sunburst Mitigation Site Field Trip
Thursday, March 12, 2009 Joint APA/AEP Mixer
Thursday, February 12, 2009 General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 Fall 2008 CEQA Basics
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