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OCAEP July Lunch Program: Hot Topics in CEQA

July 30 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Speaker:  Jeannie Lee, Scott Morgan, Christine Asiata, and Natalie Kuffel, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

 Topic Overview:  Please join the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) staff to hear about some of the recent changes to CEQA and what is on the horizon. In particular, OPR will cover:

  • Major highlights of legislation signed into law in 2019 and court cases;
  • Overview of the State Clearinghouse’s CEQAnet Database; and
  • Overview of OPR’s Site Check CEQA mapping tool for housing projects.
WHEN: Thursday July 30, 2020

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

WHERE Zoom Webinar

Webinar link will be emailed to registered attendees after registration closes

COST: $10 per person

100% proceeds will go towards the Second Harvest Food Bank of OC

  1. CM credit available
REGISTRATION: This event is limited to 100 RSVPs, so please register at the link below today to reserve your spot.


Registration closes July 29, 2020 at 12:00 PM.

QUESTIONS: E-mail Frances Yau (frances.yau@mbakerintl.com) or Josephine Lim (josephine.lim@mbakerintl.com), OCAEP Co-Vice Presidents/Programs


About our Speaker:

Jeannie Lee, AICP – Jeannie Lee is Chief Counsel at OPR where she works on a broad range of legal and policy issues related to CEQA, land use, climate, and transportation. She also provides technical assistance to the public on these topics. Before coming to OPR, Jeannie was a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice and an associate in private practice. Before attending law school, Jeannie was an environmental planner focused on CEQA and NEPA review.

Scott Morgan – Scott Morgan is the Chief Deputy Director and Director of the State Clearinghouse at OPR.  Scott has 25 years of experience working with CEQA and California environmental codes and statutes.  Before not attending law school, Scott worked as a bartender and musician.

Christine Asiata Rodriguez – Christine Asiata Rodriguez is the Manager of the State Clearinghouse at OPR. With a tenure of over 15 years, her focus is on CEQA process and guidance. Christine is the Project Leader who facilitates training on the new CEQA database pursuant to the SB 122 (2015) which requires environmental documents and notices prepared pursuant to CEQA be available on OPR’s website.

Natalie Kuffel – Natalie Kuffel is Land Use Counsel at OPR, where she assists the legal, legislative, and planning teams with work related to CEQA, housing, and transportation policy. Prior to serving in this role, Natalie was OPR’s Legislative Director. She has previously worked as a land use attorney for two law firms in the Sacramento area and clerked for the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of California. Before attending law school, she worked for a local homeless services nonprofit.


July 30
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM