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Seminar on the Air We Breathe

Air Quality is First Topic in New Seminar Series at UC Riverside

The Center for Sustainable Suburban Development Offers “Randall Lewis Seminar Series”

(April 12, 2005)

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Jim Lents

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Two noted air quality experts will discuss the air we breathe in Inland Southern California at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 in the Chancellor’s Conference Room at University Village, 1201 University Ave., Riverside.

This is the first event in the “Randall Lewis Seminar Series,” a free monthly seminar series intended to create dialogue on important regional issues studied by UC Riverside’s Edward J. Blakely Center for Sustainable Suburban Development.
James Lents, director of the Blakely Center and former Executive Officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) will be joined by the Barry Wallerstein, current head of the AQMD for a discussion about whether the region can comply with stricter federal mandates on the horizon.

The 2005 seminar series is sponsored by Randall Lewis, Executive Vice President of the Lewis Group of Companies and well-known for his innovative approaches to planning, designing and marketing residential communities. He serves on several executive boards including the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development and the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research.

The second program in the conference, on May 19, will feature Christopher Mead, a UCR graduate who is now on the architecture faculty at the University of New Mexico. Mead has done extensive research on the creation of the Paris Opera House and how that building changed its neighborhood. Mead will talk about creating cultural institutions in the suburbs and how they can broaden and deepen communities.

“The Blakely Center is committed to serving as a forum for discussions of planning and development topics of regional interest,” said Andy McCue, managing director. “As a university institute, the Center is in the position to attract a broad range of participants from government, business, community and environmental groups, the professions and the arts. These are the kinds of people who become advocates for ideas in their home communities.”

He said future topics may include affordable housing, the water picture in the Inland region, Riverside County’s TUMF program and its implementation, infrastructure financing, border-related issues, the relationship of density and affordability in housing, and television for the Inland area.

Each program will run about 90 minutes, providing ample time for questions from the audience and a reception afterward. Reservations are requested to or (951) 827-7830 to ensure adequate space and refreshments.

More information, including directions to free parking, is available on the Web at



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