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Randall Lewis Seminar Series

Through the generous donation of Randall Lewis of Upland-based Lewis Operating Cos., the Center has held the Randall Lewis Seminar Series since April, 2005. The seminars are generally held during the periods of January through June and September through November.

The programs are free to the public and cover a wide range of regional sustainability topics such as air and water quality, infrastructure planning, the fiscal health of cities, affordable housing, public policy decision-making, designing healthier communities, transit issues and social issues.

Information on individual speakers and seminars are announced through this website and can be sent via e-mail. To learn more about an individual seminar, to register and/or receive e-mail announcements from the Center, please contact Shayna Conaway at 951-827-7830 or e-mail at shayna.conaway@ucr.edu

Upcoming Seminars

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Past Seminars


November 15, 2018 - "The Digital Non-Profit Newsroom. Is this the Future of California Journalism?

October 24, 2018 - "The 2018 Midterm Elections: What's on the Horizon for California?"

May 30, 2018 - "The State of the Fourth Estate: Local News in the Information Age"

April 25, 2018 - "The Disappearing Media: What Happens When Local Government Coverage Goes Away? How will the Public Get Information?"

March 6, 2018 - "Facing an Uncertain Future: Why Civic Infrastructure Helps Make Some Cities Better Prepared than Others"

February 8, 2018 - "A Conversation with Ashley Swearengin: Innovation in Regional Policymaking"

January 10, 2018 - "The Failure of Governance in Bell, California: Big Time Corruption in a Small Town"


November 15, 2017 - "A Special Preview: the City of Riverside Segment of the upcoming PBS Documentary “Our Kids”"

October 26, 2017 - "Infrastructure: Among Other Challenges for California's Future"

October 5, 2017 - "California's Housing Crisis: Is there a Legislative Solution?"

May 31, 2017 - "Where Have All the Women Gone?: Exploring the Causes for a Decline in Female City Council Members in Riverside County"

May 9, 2017 - Judy D. White - "Challenges Keep Coming: The Future of Riverside County Education"

April 19, 2017 - Michael B. Van Daele - "Building California's Future"

March 15, 2017 - David H. Wright - "Public Utilities: New Administration, Same Future?"


November 17, 2016 - Mike Esparza - "Responding to California's Major Fire Challenges"

October 27, 2016 - Barry Wallerstein - "Air Quality: With the region's success in improving Southern California air, what does the future hold?"

June 2, 2016 - Hans P. Johnson & Joseph Hayes - "The Updated Future of the Inland Empire"

May 19, 2016 - Behrooz Mortazavi - "Role of Groundwater in Integrated Water Resources Management"

May 11, 2016 - Jacqui Patterson - "Resistance, Resilience, Reclamation, Revolution—Racial Justice, Human Rights and Climate Change"

March 30, 2016 - Kelly Fredericks - "Ontario International Airport: Now Locally Owned, But What Happens Next?"

February 24, 2016 - Michael Storper - "How and Why L.A. Lost Its Economic Mojo: Lessons for Other Southern California Regions"

January 20, 2016 - Mariel Garza, Robert Greene - "Grading City Hall: Holding Local Officials Accountable"


December 3, 2015 - Daniel Keen, Kurt Wilson - "Two California Cities: Emerge from Bankruptcy: Lessons Learned; What Lies Ahead?"

November 4, 2015 - Ariel Dinar - "Dealing with Prolonged Drought and Water Scarcity: Water policy reforms that took Israel from a water scarce to water abundant nation"

October 29, 2015 - Dean Bonner, Penny Newman, Brinda Sarathy, Juliann Allison, Karthick Ramakrishnan (moderator) - "Californians & Climate Change: Latest Findings"

May 27, 2015 - Celeste Cantu, Joe Grindstaff, Doug Headrick, John Rossi - "Water: Impact of the Drought and New Regulations on Inland Southern California"

May 13, 2015 - Gregory Devereaux - "The San Bernardino Countywide Vision: A Community Building Its Future"

April 9, 2015 - Juliann Allison, Nancy Jimeno - "Walk Riverside: Community Based Planning for Sustainable Lifestyles"

February 18, 2015 - Janice Rutherford, Ken Gutierrez, Steve PonTell (moderator) - "Affordable Housing: A Shortage Crisis"


December 10, 2014 - William Dodge - "Regional Grand Bargain"

December 4, 2014 - Ted Gaebler, Stephen Harding, Ronald Bates - "Challenges of City Managers: Past, Present and Future"

September 25, 2014 - Celeste Cantu - "Water and Our Future: What's it to You?"

April 24, 2014 - Gregory C. Devereaux and Jay E. Orr - "What Lies Ahead for Inland Southern California Counties?"

March 20, 2014 - Patricia Lock-Dawson and Jon Harrison - Santa Ana River Trail and Parkway

February 27, 2014 - Juliann Allison, John Husing, Juan D. De Lara, B.J. Patterson and Sheheryar Kaoosji - Warehouse Work: Road to the Middle Class or Economic Uncertainty?


November 19, 2013 - William Fulton - "Planning, Visioning & the Future of Inland Southern California"

October 23, 2013 - Dr. Cynthia E. Azari, Dr. Tomás D. Morales and Dr. Kim A. Wilcox - "Higher Education's Role in I.E.'s Future"

September 23, 2013 - Dr. Gary S. Thomas and Kenneth M. Young - "I.E. Success Stories in K-12 Education."

July 11, 2013 - Jose Medina and Richard D. Roth - "Six Months in Sacramento: Reflections from Riverside Legislators"

May 30, 2013 - Mark Klein - "2030 Districts: Partnering for Sustainability"

April 30, 2013 - Rick Bishop, Anne Mayer, Raymond Wolfe - "RTP/SCS: What's Next for the Inland Region?"

March 12, 2013 - John Husing and Larry Sharp - "The Bankruptcy of San Bernardino: Its Consequences and Solutions"

February 27, 2012 - Steve Johnson - "A Different Kind of Housing Recovery?"

January 22, 2013 - Denny Zane - "Creation of Move Inland Empire"