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Welcome to the inaugural electronic issue of the Contra Costa Lawyer – appropriately themed Green!

With this new online-only format, the Contra Costa County Bar Association is reducing its carbon footprint while enhancing the utility of the magazine by enabling full text searching, hyperlinked content, virtual delivery to wherever you are and other features.

The Real Estate Section is proud to be part of the Association’s new direction. We have a number of exciting things planned for 2011. We’re continuing our regularly-scheduled meetings the third Friday of the month, January through June, September and October. We meet from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at Scott’s Restaurant in Walnut Creek. Free to Section members, it’s a perfect way to begin your day while networking and conveniently picking up your MCLE credits. February’s meeting on the 18th will include an overview of changes to the mechanics’ lien laws. Look for announcements about other upcoming topics, and send your ideas and suggestions to our new Director for programs, Michael P. Durkee of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP. Michael can be reached at mdurkee@allenmatkins.com .

Pippin Brehler

We hope you find this month’s issue timely and valuable. We have a number of articles on a variety of topics, including the new federal “green” labeling regulations, local certification of a “green” business, building efficiency standards, a follow-up to last month’s article about effective on-line marketing, tax credits for green projects, and the benefits of having the new Arnason Justice Center certified to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver standard.

I would also like to welcome our newest Real Estate Section Board members, and acknowledge the hard work of our current and past members. In addition to Mike Durkee joining our Board, our new Director-at-Large for elections is Chad Gallagher of Miller Starr Regalia. Craig Nevin of the Law Offices of Nevin Ramos & Steele returns to our Board to replace Patrice Suberlak, who relocated last year to San Diego and is sorely missed. We are fortunate to have Craig back, with his deep roots and broad expertise. Our liaison to the Association Board is Elva Harding of Shapiro Buchman Provine Brothers Smith LLP. John Barnard is our Secretary and Treasurer, and had continued to arrange programs until Mike joined us. We are ably assisted by the professional staff of the Association and experience of the past Presidents of the Section. Without their help, none of this would have been possible.

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Friday, February 18th, at 7:30 a.m., at Scott’s. If you have any questions or suggestions, or want to become more involved, please contact me. Otherwise, I’ll see you there!

Best regards,

Pippin C. Brehler
President
Real Estate Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association
Senior Staff Counsel
California Energy Commission
(916) 654-5056
pbrehler@energy.state.ca.us

The content of this article and views expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily the Energy Commission.

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