2017 Federal Regulations Seminar Agenda

Monday, July 24

0830-0835 Welcome and Introductions (Ken Beard, CSLRA)
0835-0900 Welcome and FRA Region 7 Initiatives (James Jordan, FRA)
0900-1000 D&A Program (CFR Part 219) and A/I Reporting (Part 225) (Scott Lewis/Mark Gallegos, FRA)
1000-1015 Break
1015-1100 D&A Program (Part 219/225), continued (Scott Lewis/Mark Gallegos, FRA)
1100-1200 HAZMAT Car Storage, Trans-loading, Tank Car Inspections, and Security Plans (Gary Flores, FRA)
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1400 Inspection Pits for Locomotives (Mikell Fox, FRA)
1400-1530 Short Line Safety Institute Presentation (Michael Long, Short Line Safety Institute)
1530-1545 Break
1545-1715 Hours of Service for Signals Employees (Part 234) (Chad Tisdale, FRA)
1715-1845 Reception

Tuesday, July 25

Day 2 Welcome (Ken Beard, CSLRA)

Topic Track 1 (main room)
0835-1015 Hours of Service for RR Employees (Part 228) (Rich Conner, FRA)
1015-1030 Break
1030-1200 Roadway Worker Program (Part 214) (Joe Riley, FRA)

Topic Track 2 (breakout room)
0835-1935 Managing Contractor Security: The eShortline Program (Jennifer Brown, eVerifile)
0935-1015 Storm Water/Oil Spill Contingency Plans (Invited Speaker)
1015-1030 Break
1030-1200 OSHA in the Railroad Workplace (Invited Speaker)

1200 End of Seminar. Lunch for those also attending the CSLRA Annual Meeting will be held 1200 – 1300


2017 CSLRA Annual Meeting Agenda

Tuesday July 25

Noon-1300 Buffet Lunch
1300-1330 Welcome and Introductions (Ken Beard, CSLRA)
1330-1430 The Ins and Outs of Short Line Insurance (Invited Speaker)
1430-1530 Update on OSPR Regulations Affecting Railroads (Invited Speaker)
1530-1545 Break
1545-1630 Annual Meeting of CSLRA Members and Approval of 2017 Revision to CSLRA Bylaws
1630-1700 Member and Associate Member Nominations and Voting for 2017-2018 CSLRA Officers and Directors (Ken Beard and Steve Murray, CSLRA)
1700-1830 Cocktail Reception
1830 Networking Dinners (Railroads and Vendors)

Wednesday July 26

0830-0845 Welcome and Day 1 Recap (Ken Beard, CSLRA)
0845-0930 CA State Rail Plan 2018 Update (Andy Cook, CALTRANS)
0930-1015 BNSF/UP/CSLRA 2017 Legislative/Regulatory Update (Invited Speaker)
1015-1030 BREAK
1030-1110 Industrial Development: Case Studies in Bottleneck Elimination (Rich Stroot, Engineered Rail Solutions)
1110-1155 Opportunities for Short Line Collaboration in Use of Locomotive Simulators (Jason Dilworth, Rail Simulations, Inc.)
1155-1200 Wrap-up and Upcoming Events (Ken Beard, CSLRA)
Noon-1330 Lunch On Your Own/Travel to Golf and Sailing
1330-1700 Golf (Coronado Municipal Golf Course) or Team Building Sailing on San Diego Bay (Steve Murray and Kimia Khatami, CSLRA)


New clean-air rules for California ports aren’t shipshape

Commentary by Bill Dombrowski
POSTED: 04/28/17, 10:50 AM PDT on the Daily Breeze

We’ve all heard the analogy comparing the legislative and regulatory process to sausage making: It’s often messy, it can get sticky, but the product comes together in the end.

A driving factor in this unruliness is public engagement, a crucial component in policymaking to ensure a collaborative exchange of ideas produces policies that represent California’s diverse landscape.

Unfortunately, the California Air Resources Board, the state regulators charged with addressing air pollution, recently sidestepped public input when it adopted a policy known as a facilities or productivity cap — artificially limiting the amount of goods that can be moved through California’s ports in an attempt to reduce air pollution in Southern California.

Shockingly, state regulators adopted the productivity cap after the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the local regulators charged with addressing air pollution in Southern California, voted against the concept.

The productivity cap was originally part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Sustainable Freight Action Plan, which was billed as an effort to bring all parties to the table to reduce emissions from freight transportation, while increasing the competitiveness of California’s freight system. It was this collaborative approach that drew stakeholders to the table in the first place –
transportation companies, retailers, distribution centers, environmentalists, regional agencies, industry leaders, academics, regulators and many others.

Yet in an attempt to shut out conflicting opinions, the California Air Resources Board met on March 23 and slapped a productivity cap on California’s ports, failing to notify the public of its consideration or even include a staff analysis. This was not an accidental oversight but a deliberative rejection of civic engagement in the governmental process.

While we can all agree that clean air is vital to public health, Californians have a fundamental right to express concerns about how the productivity cap will reshape our state’s supply chain when it moves goods from ports, to warehouses and distribution centers, and then to retail stores.

And industry feedback should not be overlooked, particularly at a time when the U.S. supply chain is changing and ports in other states are making infrastructure investments to draw business away from Southern California — taking jobs and economic activity with them.

Pure and simple, open dialogue among stakeholders is what drives innovative thinking and challenges regulators to look beyond perspective penalties. It’s this type of thinking that Gov. Brown proposed with the Sustainable Freight Plan in the first place — challenging stakeholders to find solutions that not only protect our environment, but also bolster economic activity in California.

Yet instead, a policy was adopted behind closed doors that will significantly impact those whose livelihoods rely on the movement of goods through California’s major ports, such as the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

According to the California Association of Port Authorities, port activities employ more than a half-million people in California and generate an estimated $9 billion in state and local tax revenue annually. The ports play an important role in products entering and leaving the United States.

According to the Port of Long Beach, the port supports 30,000 jobs (about 1 in 5) in Long Beach, 316,000 jobs (or 1 in 22) in the five-county Southern California region, and 1.4 million jobs throughout the United States. It’s the second busiest port in the nation, yet that may change now that regulators imposed a productivity cap.

Reducing air pollution to impact climate change is a laudable goal and all Californians have a responsibility to preserve and protect our natural resources for future generations. However, the adoption of a new environmental policy should not be a one-sided conversation that occurs in a vacuum.

Public engagement is the key to holding policymakers accountable to do better now and in the future.

Bill Dombrowski is president of the California Retailers Association.