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CSUB to host discussion on sustainable development
  October 26, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

Brandon Martin, a California State University, Bakersfield professor and local attorney, will moderate a panel discussion titled, "Sustainable Development: A Roundtable Discussion on the Future of Growth and Planning in Bakersfield and Kern County," on Monday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. in the Albertson Room on the CSUB campus. The discussion is open and free to the public.

"The forum is for anyone who would like to know more about the intricacies behind how their communities are planned and developed, but it is also a chance to learn from some successful and interesting people about their views on success in the community," Martin said.

Panelists include:

  • Jack Hardisty, former Director of Planning for the City of Bakersfield
  • Ted James, current Director of Planning for the County of Kern
  • David Crisp, president of Crisp and Cole Platinum Investments
  • Jesse McNaughten, president of McNaughten Investments

The topic of the discussion was chosen by the students in Martin's environmental compliance class at CSUB. He hopes the free pizza will be an added incentive to attend. "We're hoping that this forum can be a model for future discussions on a wide-range of stimulating topics," he added. "The recipe is simple: take good food and good conversation and mix it with young minds and accomplished thinkers who are interested in learning and contributing something new to a continuing dialogue."

For additional information, call Martin at (661) 322-3051