Wednesday, July 14, 2010

AIA|LA Breakfast Reception w/ RICHARD KATZ - July 23 (8am)

AIA Los Angeles presents...
"A Greener City Through Better Land-Use - Part 3"
A Breakfast Reception with Richard Katz
Board Member for METRO and California High-Speed Rail Authority
Friday, July 23 (8:00-9:30am)
HNTB Architecture
601 West Fifth Street
Suite 1010
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Hosted by HNTB Architecture

As part three of our 2010 AIA|LA Breakfast Series entitled "A Greener City Through Better Land-Use", the breakfast reception with Metro and CHSRA Board Member Richard Katz will continue our seven part series of discussions with civic officials about how we can build and operate a more environmentally and economically sustainable City by making better land-use decisions.

Advance Registration Required.
AIA Members = $15
Non-Members = $30

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Richard Katz is the owner of a successful public policy and government relations firm based in Los Angeles, Richard Katz Consulting (RKC), Inc. RKC offers a wide variety of services, including strategic advice, message development, negotiations/ mediation and government relations strategies. RKC brings a vast knowledge of all levels of government and can guide clients through the maze of both bureaucratic and regulatory concerns. In addition, they can develop, direct and implement a communications strategy to specific stakeholders. Targeting interest groups and helping clients gain entrée into organizations, stakeholders and corporations through their vast contacts and decades of relationships is their specialty.

Richard Katz was California's lead negotiator for the landmark Colorado River Agreement between the State of California, the Federal Government, four California Water Agencies, and the six Colorado River Basin States, furthering his expertise as a negotiator on issues of statewide significance. Katz had already played a pivotal role in renegotiating $30 Billion worth of California's Energy contracts and developing California's Transportation Blueprint for the 21st Century, which the voters approved as Proposition 111 in 1990.

Shortly after his election in June of 2005, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Katz to serve with him on the Governing Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In Sepember 2008, following the horrendous Metrolink crash, Mayor Villaraigosa appointed him to the Metrolink board in order to lead the effort to right the agency.

Governor Davis appointed Katz as his Senior Advisor on Energy and Water issues in 2001. Also in 2001, Katz was appointed to the State Water Resources Control Board. Confirmed by the Senate, he served for five years, occupying the water quality seat on the State Board.

Katz was first elected to the California State Assembly in 1980, serving continuously for 16 years. As Democratic Leader in 1995, Katz led the Party back to majority status by winning 43 seats in the 1996 elections. California's term limits law prohibited Katz from seeking re-election.

For 10 years, Katz served as Chair of the powerful Assembly Transportation Committee. Katz authored Proposition 111, a 10 year Blueprint, which raised more money for mass transit and highways than any other effort in the history of California. He created the Congestion Management Plan, requiring cities and counties to measure and mitigate impacts of land use decisions on streets, highways and transit systems. Katz also spearheaded numerous investigations of governmental waste.

In addition to serving as Chair of the Transportation Committee, Katz worked in policy areas including the environment, education, criminal justice and consumer issues. Some of his accomplishments include laws he wrote and efforts he led in the areas of prison reform, groundwater protection, computer education, a $100 million school bus replacement program, Mono Lake restoration and landmark water market legislation.

Katz was Chair of Angelenos for Better Classrooms, which led the successful 1997 campaign to pass a $2.4 billion L.A. school bond. Katz serves on the boards of: Project Grad, The West Coast Sport Medicine Foundation, Heal the Bay, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, The Children's Community School, Encino Tarzana Hospital Foundation and Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH).

A native of Los Angeles, Katz lives in Sherman Oaks with Wendy Mitchell, their two year-old son Mitchell Robert and their two dogs.

Appointed by the Governor of the State of California.

Will Wright Director of Government & Public Affairs

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