Oceana Surfrider Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples cordially invite you to a free-of-charge community-wide public forum on the issue of new federal offshore oil drilling being proposed in the Pacific Ocean.

Wednesday, August 29 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Taking place in the ancestral homelands of the Tongva and Acjachemen Nations on the UC Irvine campus (location details coming soon), this educational and informative forum will include expert panelists including local and state elected officials, representatives from nonprofit groups, and the local business community.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Angela Mooney D’Arcy – Acjachemen, Sacred Places Institute
  • Toni Iseman – City of Laguna Beach council member, former Mayor
  • Damon Nagami – Senior Attorney, NRDC
  • Pete Stauffer – Environmental Director, Surfrider Foundation
  • Nancy Hastings – OC Campaign Organizer, Oceana
  • Esmeralda Maria Michel – Santiago High School Student

Invited / pending speakers:

  • Congresswoman Mimi Walters
  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • Representative from Billabong, based in Irvine

Panelists will discuss the timing and process of the Executive Order to review and revise the 5 year oil and gas leasing program, Senate Bill 834 and Assembly Bill 1775, are both state legislation that would block infrastructure and make it cost prohibitive to drill off the state of California, and over 50 municipalities along the CA Coastline have passed local ordinances in opposition to expanding oil and gas drilling in Federal waters.

Additional details on panelists to be added, please check back!

Students, teachers, interested residents are welcome to attend and to bring friends. Light refreshments provided and there will be an opportunity to mingle with panelists.

UC Irvine,
School of Social Ecology
Meeting Room – SBSG 1517

Google Maps or Apple Maps: Enter in the following: “UCI Social Science Parking Structure”

This is especially easy to locate from the Social Science Parking Structure (SSPS) on the corner of Campus Dr. and Stanford.

Participants will enter on the first level and are recommended to drive to level three and park in a general parking spot, not one labeled AR Permit (or reserved).

Upon leaving the parking structure on the third floor, the building immediately in front is the Merage School of Business. It is a five story building.

Participants are requested to head to the right along the walkway and to turn left in the gap between Merage School of Business and the next five-story building, which is SBSG.

SBSG 1517 is the first room on the bottom floor (with a white patio fence). The total distance walk is about 50 yards.