Bay Echo
AEP SF Bay Area Chapter Newsletter 
December 2014

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2015 AEP Conference

Registration is now open for the 2015 Conference "Land to Sea, Strategies to Solutions!" The conference will be held in Santa Barbara from March 22-25. Click here to register now!

Members can submit abstracts or volunteer to help. You can contact David Wolff for more information.
Get Involved!
The Awards/Professional Recognition committee for the 2015 AEP conference is looking for volunteers to review applications.

The AEP state Board of Directors is looking for volunteers to help out with the Environmental Monitor and Environmental Assessor

Contact our Director, Peter Masson, at for more information and to get involved with either of these opportunities.


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Call for Member Submissions

We are excited to announce that Bay
 Area AEP members may now submit stories and articles for our newsletter. If you blog, write for your company, or have something you want to share with other members, we invite you to send us your submission. Original submissions are encouraged! All submissions will be considered and long form submissions may find a permanent home on our website. We recommend topical submissions relevant to AEP and between 300-1,000 words. Email Gabriella Vozza at for more details or to send in your submission.


Happy Holidays from AEP SF Bay Area Chapter!

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals would like to wish all of our members and their families a safe and happy holiday season.  No matter where we live or where we might travel, environmental issues are at the forefront of everyone's minds these days, be it something as large as adaptation to and environmental impacts from global warming or something as local as the air quality in your back yard.  As an organization dedicated to assist professionals by fostering a sense of excellent environmental practices in all aspects of our lives, we hope that over the course of this past year your local AEP chapter has helped keep our membership current on these issues.


We started off the year with a screening of the movie Pad Yatra, a documentary that brought into focus the impacts of global warming in the Himalayas on both people and the environment.  Throughout the year we also tried to provide some training for our members at CEQA advanced and basics workshops, a NEPA workshop, and three workshops to help everyone better digest the impacts of SB 743 on our practices.  We also tried to get everyone out of your office chairs and into the great outdoors, from a walk through the salt ponds in Menlo Park, to a hike in Jenner Headlands, to a bike ride across the new Bay Bridge.  Your local chapter also brought you opportunities for networking with other professionals at various happy hour events throughout the Bay, many of these in cooperation with the APA.  But perhaps most importantly we also gave away three scholarships to promising young environmental students, the kind of folks we look forward to working with in the future.


As part of our larger organization, we hope many of you got a chance to enjoy some of the conference events.  This year our State Conference was held at a wonderful venue in Huntington Beach, and it gave members a chance to both network with other professionals from around the state as well as provided a wide variety of technical discussions any practitioner could benefit from.  The state AEP also hosted an AEP Institute, a new effort by AEP to introduce our organization to a wider audience and  become a leader in planning for the future of the environment in California.  This year's topic was timely: managing the future of our water resources.  And as a special event this year we held our first Northern California Conference in cooperation with the Superior California chapter of the AEP.  A resounding success, we took the AEP benefits on the road to many of our members in the northern part of the state that do not get to share in our events as often as the rest of us.


So what do we have to look forward to in 2015?  Much more of the same great benefits!  Look out for even more learning events in 2015, as we welcome some new vice presidents for programs to the chapter board.  Also, more happy hours and opportunities for networking around the Bay.  But also watch for another AEP Institute next summer.  This time it will be held in the Bay area, and hopefully many of us can attend.  And of course do not forget to register for the State Conference, this  year to be held in Santa Barbara at a location not to be missed!


But as we move into 2015, please help us to make this chapter whatever you want and need it to be.  If you have ideas for a program or learning event, then let us know.  Can you host an event?  Let us know that as well.  Do not forget we have opportunities for your company to sponsor our website and newsletter, and the money we make from that goes to student scholarships.  We also welcome articles for the newsletter.  So pick up your pen and share your project experiences with us.


Most of all, please come join your fellow AEP members at events, programs, and conferences.  We would like to see you all more often as we work together to improve the environment here in California and throughout the world.


All the best for 2015.

Peter Masson, Director

On Behalf of the AEP Bay Area Chapter Board

Legislative Update
The Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon has announced committee Chairs for the next legislative session.  For AEP, the most pertinent changes are Lois Wolk taking over Budget Subcommittee #2, Bob Wieckowski becoming chair of Environmental Quality, and Ben Hueso taking over the Energy committee, while Fran Pavley remained chair of Natural Resources & Water. Senator Wolk is an avid environmentalist and is very involved with water issues. Senator Hueso represents Imperial County, and is very interested in water and energy issues that impact his district. Designated committee chairs will be formally adopted by the Senate Rules Committee when it convenes on January 7, 2015. The full list of Senate committee membership assignments will be released in the coming weeks.


  • Majority Leader: Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel)
  • Majority Whip: Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis)
  •  Democratic Caucus Chair: Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino)
  • Democratic Caucus Vice-Chair: Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg)
  • Agriculture: Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), Chair
  • Appropriations: Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), Chair
  • Banking and Financial Institutions: Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego), Chair
  • Budget and Fiscal Review: Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), Chair
  • Budget Subcommittee #1 - Education: Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego), Chair
  • Budget Subcommittee #2 - Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation: Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), Chair
  • Budget Subcommittee #3 - Health & Human Services: Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), Chair
  • Budget Subcommittee #4 - State Administration and General Government: Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside), Chair
  • Budget Subcommittee #5 - Corrections, Public Safety and the Judiciary: Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley), Chair
  • Business, Professions and Economic Development: Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo/Santa Clara Counties), Chair
  • Education: Senator Carol Liu (D-LaCa´┐Żada/Flintridge), Chair
  • Elections and Constitutional Amendments: Senator Benjamin Allen (D-Santa Monica), Chair
  • Energy, Utilities and Communications: Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Chair
  •  Environmental Quality: Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), Chair
  • Governance and Finance:  Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), Chair
  • Governmental Organization: Senator Isadore Hall, III (D-South Bay), Chair
  • Health: Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina), Chair
  • Human Services: Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg), Chair
  • Insurance: Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside), Chair
  • Judiciary: 
  • Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), Chair
  • Labor and Industrial Relations: Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), Chair
  •  Legislative Ethics: Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), Chair
  • Natural Resources and Water: Senator Fran Pavley (D- Agoura Hills), Chair
  • Public Employment and Retirement: Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), Chair
  • Public Safety: Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley), Chair
  • Transportation and Housing: Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose), Chair
  • Veterans Affairs: Vacant
  •  Joint Committee on Arts: Senator Benjamin Allen (D-Santa Monica), Chair 
  • Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture: Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg), Chair
  • Joint Legislative Budget: Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), Chair