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CSUB's Kegley Institute of Ethics hosts discussion panel
  January 13, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

Local building industry executives and environmentalists will discuss the ethics of land development at a panel discussion sponsored by the Kegley Institute of Ethics at California State University, Bakersfield.

The panel discussion, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in the CSUB Student Union multi-purpose room, will feature Gordon Nipp, Sierra Club member, David Price, director of Kern County Resource Management Agency, and Brian Todd, the executive vice president of the Kern Building Industry Association. Christopher Meyers, a philosophy professor and director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics, will moderate the discussion, titled “Ethics and Land Development: Balancing Property Rights with Quality of Life.”

Meyers said development is probably the most important issue facing metropolitan Bakersfield. “No other concern has so many issues attached to it, including air quality, traffic, water use, loss of farm land, and destruction of recreational areas. Against all these are the right to control or dispose of one's property as one sees fit, along with the many economic benefits attached to growth,” he said. “Cities across the country struggle mightily with these conflicts and yet very few have devised plans that satisfy all parties.

“Our ethics center has long wanted to address the issue and the public squabbles over the Bluffs' development simply made it too urgent to delay any longer. I’m just very grateful we found such excellent people to participate on the panel.”

Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend, Meyers said. Parking is also free for the event, in lots L, D, and K.

For more information, please call (661) 654-2555.



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