Climate Change Adaptation

Aug 22
Climate Change Adaptation
9:30 a.m., State Capitol, Room 437, Sacramento, CA
Public Hearing
  • Agenda


    Public Hearing on Climate Change Adaptation
    Thursday, August 22, 2013, at 9:30 a.m.
    State Capitol, Room 437
    Sacramento, CA

    Opening Remarks

    The Implications of a Rising Pacific Ocean

    1. Charles Lester, Executive Director, California Coastal Commission (Written Testimony)

    Preparing for Uncertainty - How California Plans to Respond

    1. Ann C. Chan, Deputy Secretary for Climate Change and Energy, California Natural Resources Agency (Written Testimony)

    Need for New Laws and Governance Structures

    1. Daniel Mazmanian, Public Policy Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California (Written Testimony)
    2. Susanne Moser, Director and Principal Researcher, Susanne Moser Research & Consulting (Written Testimony)
    3. Robert Verchick, Gauthier-St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law, Loyola University, New Orleans (Written Testimony)

    Pricing Risk and the Role of Insurance

    1. Stephen G. Bushnell, Senior Director, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company (Written Testimony)

    Comments Submitted by Members of the Public

    • Jennifer Lucchesi, Executive Officer, California State Lands Commission (Written Comments)
  • Public Notice


    August 12, 2013

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Stuart Drown, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125

    Revised Notice of Meeting
    (Revision to List of Speakers) 

    On Thursday, August 22, 2013, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing on climate change adaptation. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Room 437 of the State Capitol in Sacramento.

    In this review of climate change adaptation the Commission will examine the governance and legal structures necessary to effectively adapt to changing climate conditions. Additionally, the Commission will assess appropriate frameworks to guide responses, decisions and investments during a time of uncertainty. At this hearing, the executive director of the California Coastal Commission will discuss the implications of a rising Pacific Ocean. Additionally, the deputy secretary of climate change and energy at the California Natural Resources Agency will discuss how California plans to respond to climate change. The Commission also will hear from Daniel Mazmanian, a University of Southern California professor on governance structures, followed by the director and principal researcher of Susanne Moser Research & Consulting on barriers to adaptation. The Commission additionally will hear from Robert Verchick, a professor from Loyola University, New Orleans, who is an expert in disaster law. Finally, the senior director of the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company will testify about the insurance industry’s role with climate change.

    There will be an opportunity for public comment at the end of the hearing. The Commission also encourages written comments. Immediately following the hearing, the Commission will hold a business meeting in the Legislative Counsel Conference Room in the lower level of 925 L Street in Sacramento.

    All public notices for meetings are on the Commission’s website, If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Commission Executive Director Stuart Drown at (916) 445-2125 or by Thursday, August 15, 2013.

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