2022 CEQA Essentials Workshop

An Introduction & Intermediate-Level Training Workshop

Friday, October 21, 2022 - Thursday, November 10, 2022
8:30am – 4:30pm

Registration Closed


The Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) invites you to register for the CEQA Essentials Workshop. This workshop provides a basic understanding of the fundamentals of the California Environmental Quality Act and the State Guidelines, and includes intermediate-level practice pointers and case studies. This workshop features a curriculum developed specifically for people involved in the environmental review process, including consultants, regulators, applicants, or industry professionals, and will benefit those new to the field as well as mid-level practicing professionals. AICP & MCLE credited.

Topics will include:

  • Context and Legislative Intent
  • Guiding Principles and the CEQA Process
  • How to Prepare Effective Project Descriptions and Initial Studies
  • Preparing NDs, MNDs and EIRs
  • NEPA vs. CEQA
  • Special Topics and Staying Current

Dates & Locations

Orange CountyFriday, October 21City of Huntington Beach – Council Chambers
2000 Main Street, Huntington, CA 92648
Inland EmpireWednesday, October 26Crestmore Manor
4600 Crestmore Road, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509
Los Angeles CountyWednesday, October 26Japanese American National Museum
100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
San Francisco Bay AreaThursday, October 27Preservation Park – Nile Hall
1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612
Central CATuesday, November 1Wedgewood Weddings & Events
4584 W Jacquelyn Ave, Fresno, CA 93722
Channel CountiesThursday, November 3City of San Luis Obispo Library – Community Room
995 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 92403
Monterey Bay - Silicon ValleyFriday, November 4Santa Clara Valley Water District Headquarters Board Room
5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118
San Francisco Bay AreaFriday, November 4The Wharfinger Building
1 Marina Way, Eureka, CA 95501
Superior CAFriday, November 4City of West Sacramento- Community Center. 1075 W Capitol Ave,
1st Floor Conference Room, West Sacramento, CA 95691
Channel CountiesTuesday, November 8County of Ventura – Pacific Conference Room
800 S. Victoria Ave, Ventura, CA 93009
San DiegoThursday, November 10Marina Village -Captains Room
1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109

Program Outline

Registration8:30-9:00 AM
Introduction & Overview9:00-9:15 AM
Part I. Context and Legislative Intent9:15-9:30 AM
Part II. The Rules and Key Guiding Principles9:30-10:30 AM
Break10:30-10:45 AM
Part III. Preliminary Review10:45-11:15 AM
Part IV. Effective Project Description11:15-11:30 AM
Part V. Preparing Effective Initial Studies11:30-12 PM
Lunch12:00-1:00 PM
Part VI. NDs/MNDs1:00-2:00 PM
Part VII. EIR Contents and Process2:00-2:45 PM
Break2:45-3:00 PM
Part VIII. NEPA - The Big Picture3:00-3:15 PM
Part IX. Deep Dive into Mitigation; Steps for Successful Tribal Consultation3:15-4:15 PM
Part X. Closing Remarks and Q&A4:15-4:30 PM


Price includes, continental breakfast, lunch, and printed workbook. Early Registration until 10/17/22, Regular registration until 10/31/22, Late Registration after 10/31/22.

Member StatusEarlyRegularLate

Corporate/Agency/Full/ Young Professional Member

Student Member$35$40$45
Non-Member Public$245$270$295
Non-Member Private$295$320$345
Non-Member Group Rate (per person for groups of 3+)$220$245$270
Non-Member Student$55$60$65


Orange County Speakers (Friday, October 21)

  • Christina Maxwell, AICP, Managing Planner, ESA | Environmental Science Associates
  • Alyssa Matheus, Associate Planner, City of Huntington Beach | Community Development-Planning
  • Maryanne Cronin, Planner, Long Beach Development Services | Planning Bureau
  • Hannah S. Park, Associate, BB&K

Inland Empire Speakers (Wednesday, October 26)

  • Amanda Daams, Of Counsel, BB&K
  • Stephanie Standerfer, Webb
  • Kevin Cunningham

Los Angeles Speakers (Wednesday, October 26)

  • Marie Campbell, Sapphos Environmental
  • Ruta Thomas, ESA
  • Addie Farrell, Placeworks
  • Kristina Kropp, Luna and Glushon

SF Bay Area Speakers (Thursday, October 27)

  • Winter King, Partner, Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP
  • Darcy Kremin, AICP, Director, Environmental Planning, Rincon Consultants, Inc.
  • Steve Noack, AICP, Principal, Placeworks

Central Speakers (Tuesday, November 1)

  • Kristin Blackson, Senior Project Manager, Harris & Associates
  • Joshua B. Bailey, Esq. Wanger Jones Helsley PC
  • Nicolas R. Cardella, Esq. Wanger Jones Helsley PC
  • Chelsea Ohanesian, Environmental Project Manager/Environmental Planner Dudek
  • Ronelle Candia, Project Manager, Dudek

Channel Counties Speakers (Thursday November 3)

  • Cassidy Williams, Project Environmental Planner at SWCA Environmental Consultants
  • Eric Hughes, Principal Environmental Specialist at County of San Luis Obispo
  • Nicole West, Supervising Environmental Planner at Rincon Consultants, Inc.

Monterey Bay-Silicon Valley Speakers (Friday, November 4)

  • Nathan George, Senior Associate, Remy Moose Manley LLP
  • Alyson Hunter, AICP, Senior Planner, City of Marina Community Development Dept.
  • Mike Parker, AICP, Principal, Ascent Environmental, Inc.

SF Bay Area Speakers (Friday, November 4)

  • Pat Angell, Principal, Ascent Environmental, Inc.
  • Bob Brown, AICP, Principal Planner, SHN
  • Ethan "Red Eagle" Lawton, Tribal Liaison, SHN
  • Kari Zajac, Senior Environmental Planner, Ascent Environmental, Inc.

Superior CA Speakers (Friday, November 4)

  • Kristin Blackson, Harris & Associates
  • Suzanne Enslow, Ascent Environmental
  • Meredith Parkin, ESA
  • Ammon Rice, SMUD

Channel Counties Speakers (Tuesday, November 8)

  • Mindy Fogg, Planning Manager at County of Ventura
  • Melissa Whittemore, Supervising Environmental Planner at Rincon Consultants, Inc.
  • Jacqueline Protsman Rohr, Associate II at Placeworks, Inc.

San Diego Speakers (Thursday, November 10)

Kristin Blackson, Senior Project Manager
Harris & Associates

Kristin Blackson has over 20 years of experience in the preparation and management of CEQA documents, project management, land use planning, and entitlement. Kristin is a Senior Project Manager at Harris and Associates. Her work involves the management and preparation of CEQA and NEPA documents for both private and public projects throughout the California. Kristin serves as a Director at Large for AEP and works statewide on CEQA education. She also is the Co-Chair of AEP Legislative Committee, having input on current CEQA legislation. In addition to consulting, Kristin teaches CEQA courses for UC San Diego Extension and for local jurisdictions across California.

Rebecca Malone, AICP, Environmental Policy Program Manager
City of San Diego

Rebecca Malone is the Environmental Policy Program Manager for the City of San Diego’s Planning Department where she manages the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
Review team, Climate Resiliency Planning team, and the City’s Multiple Species Conservation Program team. Becky has over 15 years of experience in environmental planning, nine of
those working for the City of San Diego. She specializes in CEQA and National Environmental Policy Act compliance for planning documents and public programs and projects. Becky
managed the development of the 2016 Climate Action Plan (CAP) Consistency Checklist and, more recently, the CAP Consistency Regulations that were adopted with the updated CAP in August. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Avneet Sidhu, Partner
Grid Legal

Avneet prepares, navigates, and protects her private and public clients on land use and development projects, with a particular focus on environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act, by identifying issues and offering practical, strategic solutions. Ms. Sidhu works expertly and meticulously with project applicant, consultants, and lead agency staff from planning through approval balancing the technical and scientific evidence with legal requirements, to ensure the record is comprehensive (and comprehensible), informative and defensible. Prior to joining Grid Legal, Ms. Sidhu acted as Deputy City Attorney for San Marcos and Lemon Grove advising on CEQA compliance and providing legal counsel for the Planning Commission. She continues to act as special counsel for the City of San Marcos on an as-needed basis to advise on projectspecific environmental review She teaches Business Law at San Diego State University and holds a broker's license from the California Bureau of Real Estate. Ms. Sidhu is past Chair of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Environmental/Land Use Law Section, an active member of the Association of Environmental Professionals and the South Asian Bar Association of San Diego, all with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and environmental justice.

Stephanie Smith, Partner
Grid Legal

Stephanie Smith is a partner at Grid Legal, LLP. She represents both public and private clients in a variety of CEQA and land use matters. She also assists client with commercial, retail, and residential transactions by drafting purchase and sale agreements, easement, option agreement, leases, and licenses. Ms. Smith is adept at helping with due diligence and frequently provides land use opinion letters to clients and lenders. Prior to founding Grid Legal, Ms. Smith was an Associate at DLA Piper in Los Angeles, and Senior Deputy Counsel at the County of San Diego where she represented County departments and advised on land use, regulatory matters, and CEQA. She graduated cum laude from Pepperdine School of Law and has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Washington. Ms. Smith was selected as a Rising Star in the area of land use by Super Lawyers in 2020 and 2021 and recognized as a Leader in Law Finalist in 2021 by the San Diego Business Journal. Ms. Smith was tapped by CREW San Diego to speak about a new California housing law and has been a frequent panelist and author on CEQA topics. Due to her love of the outdoors and the community, Ms. Smith, as a Mayor appointee, serves as a member on the San Diego Mission Bay Park Committee.

For registration changes, please contact lbynder@califaep.org or membership@califaep.org


Contact: Lynne C. Bynder, CMP at: lbynder@califaep.org www.califaep.org
No refunds or cancellations accepted within 7 days of workshop date. Substitutions are permitted.