The CalAsian Chamber’s annual Global Policy Summit was held November 4th in Sacramento, CA.  Attended by Business and API community leaders, this year’s summit focused on two central topics “Sustainable Energy for Economic Growth,” and “Water Policy; Investing in California’s Economic Future.”

Rob Lapsley of the California Business Roundtable, Catherine Reheis-Boyd of the Western States Petroleum Association, and Justin Adams of Encina Advisors focused discussion with participants on California’s goal to reduce emissions to 40% of 1990 levels by 2030.  They engaged participants in solutions and policies on how California can compete economically while being a global leader in renewable green energy.
The panel on water policy included Catherine Reheis-Boyd of the Western States Petroleum Association, Alvar Escriva-Bou of the Public Policy Institute of California, Cindy Tuck of the Association of California Water Agencies, Tom Philp of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and Michael Quigley of the California Alliance for Jobs. Panelists discussed the drought and the challenges California’s businesses and economy. Panelists shared with participants new water projects, funding and political implications behind current water shortages and policy.  Discussion also included evaluation of possible solutions to our current situation, including strategies to sustain water policy such as increased surface storage, and the Delta tunnels project.

“Lovely venue, good speaker choices, timely topics.” – Brenda Davis, J.D., Principal, The Brenda Davis Law Group