Friday, June 3rd, 2016
Workplace Conflict Solutions Workshop

Conflict can open the door to innovation, revelation, insight, opportunity, and improved communications. We face conflict in our daily lives, so it is essential that we learn productive ways to deal with and learn from it.
This workshop is an important first step toward avoiding conflict. This endeavor requires time, patience, and application.
This will be participatory. The skills are basic, though they are rarely practiced in the real world. The first step is having the knowledge. You only truly learn by doing. In this presentation we'll discuss our conflict history and explore solutions for avoiding conflict in the future.
There are three learning objectives from this workshop:
1.) Recognize and embrace conflict;
2.) Address and process conflict;
3.) Understand the source of conflict and design solutions for avoiding conflict in the future. 
  
About Ron M. Supancic 
Ronald M. Supancic has practiced Law exclusively since 1970. He has served as a Mediator and as a Judge Pro Tem with the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 1976. Ron holds an AV rating with the Martindale Hubbell Law Register. The 'A' signifies the highest level of legal ability, while the 'V' denotes 'very high' adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence. Ron has been voted one of L.A.'s Super Lawyers by a jury of his peers every year since 2006.
Friday, May 6th, 2016
Legal, Political and Cultural Causes of California's Water Crisis - What are the solutions?

California is now in the throes of one of the worst droughts in over a century-there has been little rain and snowfall in more than three years. Yet the causes of the State's critical water shortage are mostly legal, political and cultural. And unfortunately, a strong El Nino event with heavy winter rains will not correct the effects of decades of over-pumping of water.
 
Matthew Fienup will discuss the economics of California's water shortage, clearly defining how water is used, how the shortage affects the State's economy and what changes would begin to restore balance between the supply and demand for California's scarcest resource. His presentation will also include an update on exciting, local developments, as Ventura County seeks to make fundamental changes to the way that it manages water.

About Matthew Fienup 
Matthew is an economist at the California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF). He teaches courses in Econometrics and Environmental Economics in the Masters of Quantitative Economics program. Matthew holds a Masters degree in economics from the University of California Santa Barbara, and he is currently a PhD candidate in environmental economics at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB. His specialty is applied econometric analysis and the economics of land use. Matthew is very active in the area of groundwater policy in Ventura county. He is working with local irrigators and groundwater regulators to design and implement a market-based system of groundwater management.

Matthew returned to school to pursue his PhD after running a small business in Ventura County for more than a decade.

Friday, February 26th, 2016
Tales from the Other Side: Accountants as Expert Witnesses
Lawyers often need to rely on help from accountants to establish elements of their cases and to sift through large amounts of financial information.  Working as an expert witness in that context is markedly different from an accountant's ordinary practice.  This month's presentation will focus on the specialized relationship between expert witness accountants and the attorneys who rely on them.

Our presenter, Wayne Lorch, has been working as a forensic accountant in Ventura County for more than twenty years.  His presentation will focus on what to do when asked to provide an expert opinion, circumstances that are unique to working as an expert witness, and ways that attorneys can more effectively work with and support their accountant experts. 

About Wayne Lorch
Wayne D. Lorch is a forensic accountant and financial analyst.  Since 1992, his professional efforts have been concentrated on providing services to corporations, partnerships and individuals in the areas of financial analysis, forensic accounting analysis and valuation related issues in both litigated and non-litigated matters.  Additionally, he has conducted marketplace research and analysis in a variety of areas including executive compensation and the effect of economic conditions on specific business models.  Mr. Lorch has testified as an expert witness on hundreds of occasions in and around Ventura County.

Wayne Lorch, CPA/CFF, CVA

LORCH & COMPANY, APC

370 N. Westlake Boulevard

Suite 100

Westlake Village, CA  91362

T – 805.496.4330

F – 805.496.3324


Friday February 5th 2016 - "Current State of the Economy - Ventura County Edition"


A Presentation by:

Bruce Stenslie
CEO of the Economic Development Collaborative - Ventura County


The Ventura County economy is continuing to recover from the Great Recession, though now five years into recovery we're starting to show some mixed results across our key industry sectors.  Some of those results are well known and understood, while others are quite surprising.

 

Bruce Stenslie will provide in-depth data and commentary on several of these sectors, including Construction, Manufacturing, Finance and Insurance, Health Services, and Leisure and Hospitality.  What's happening within those sectors and others has significant implications both for policy makers and service providers, relative to the stewardship and continuing growth of the region's economy and quality of life.

 

Bruce Stenslie, EDC-VC's president/CEO, has more than 25 years' experience in workforce and economic development.

Prior to joining EDC-VC in 2007, Stenslie served as:  

 

Deputy Director of the California Workforce Association and Director of Workforce Policy for the Mayor's Office in LA.

Bruce is one of the CPA/Law Society's newest board members. In 2013 Stenslie was elected by his peers as Chair of the California Association of Local Economic Development, the statewide association representing over 800 professionals in economic development.


Bruce Stenslie

[email protected]

805-794-0455