Metro Talks Presents: "Learning from the North Bay Wildfires" on Thursday, February 1 at 5:30 pm

By Chirag Rabari
Metro Talks - February 1, 2018

Come join the Bay Area’s four regional agencies this Thursday, February 1, starting at 5:30 pm at the Bay Area Metro Center for the latest installment of the Metro Talks speaker series, Learning From the North Bay Wildfires

On Sunday evening, October 8, 2017, multiple small fires erupted in Sonoma and Napa counties. Fueled by strong winds and extreme fire conditions, these North Bay fires ultimately burned more than 200,000 acres, destroyed 8,900 structures, and killed 43 people.

This Metro Talks panel features Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane, who will speak to the devastating experience and aftermath of the fires. Other speakers include staff from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District), who will discuss air quality impacts from the fires, disaster-related public health concerns in the Bay Area, and how this experience can inform our response to future regional disasters – from conducting public messaging during a disaster to the ongoing recovery effort.

Event Details

DATE Thursday, February 1, 2018

LOCATION 375 Beale Street, San Francisco, 1st Floor Atrium

RECEPTION 5:30pm - 6pm, Atrium (light appetizers and refreshments provided)

PANEL DISCUSSION / Q&A 6pm - 7:30pm, Yerba Buena Room

RSVP www.bayareametrocenter.com or on Eventbrite  

QUESTIONS? Contact: metrotalks@bayareametro.gov

This event is free and open to the public. 

About the Speakers

Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane has over three decades of experience working in the fields of health and human services and is well known nationally as a tireless crusader for health care reform and mental health parity. Over the past two years, Supervisor Zane has been jumpstarting housing for vulnerable Sonoma County populations including homeless veterans, seniors and the disabled. In the wake of the North Bay/Sonoma Complex Fires the effort to rebuild lost homes, add new housing, bolster the economy, and facilitate disaster recovery  will be the Supervisor’s primary goals.

Lisa Fasano has 27 years of experience in communications and community involvement and has been the Communications Officer with the Air District for the past 10 years.  Lisa oversees the Spare the Air programs, Winter Spare the Air campaign, Air District media outreach and communications regarding our programs, grants and regulations.

Wayne Kino serves as a Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer and oversees the operations programs at the Air District including the Compliance and Enforcement Division, the Meteorology and Measurements Division, and the Communications Office.  He began his career with the Air District as an Air Quality Inspector, worked in the Rule Development Office and as a Director in the Compliance and Enforcement Division before taking on his current role. 

Eric Stevenson is a chemical engineer with over 25 years of experience in the environmental field.  He has designed remediation systems, performed air pollution emissions permitting, testing and monitoring and, as the current Director of Meteorology and Measurement at the Air District, manages the Air Monitoring, Laboratory, Source Test, Meteorology, Quality Assurance and Data Management. 

Dr. Judith Cutino has 30 years of air quality experience in the Engineering and Compliance and Enforcement Divisions at the Air District.  She holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Touro University. She is currently serving as Acting Health Officer for the Air District.

About Metro Talks

Metro Talks is a speaker series hosted by the Bay Area’s four regional agencies at the Bay Area Metro Center. The series brings together prominent leaders and experts to discuss issues of regional significance like housing, community development, climate change, the economy, technology and innovation, and transportation. Metro Talks invites Bay Area residents to mingle over refreshments and light appetizers and connect with neighbors, regional agency staff‑ and leadership and other interested parties in the beautiful atrium of the Bay Area Metro Center.

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