In the Community

CP&A loves getting out in the community! Our team members attend events across Southern California, CP&A hosts quarterly Legislative Staffer Luncheons, and much more. Get the latest updates below.

April 2024

CP&A Sponsors Fountain Valley Poker Tournament Fundraiser

CP&A Vice President Paul Simonds participated in the Fountain Valley Community Foundation’s annual poker tournament. CP&A was a proud sponsor of this amazing fundraiser which supports nonprofits across Fountain Valley.

April 2024

CP&A Attends the 2024 Fullerton State of the City

CP&A Account Coordinator Paulina Alvarez attended the 2024 Fullerton State of the City where Mayor Nick Dunlap spotlighted the resilience, diversity, and spirit that defines the wonderful city of Fullerton.

March 2024

CP&A Attends OCCOG’s Annual Conference

Eric Joseph attended the 2024 OCCOG Annual Conference: Consistent Collaboration Creates Community. We were privileged to gain valuable insight on pertinent topics impacting Orange County including transportation, water, housing, and infrastructure along the coast. Thank you to OCCOG for putting on this wonderful event!

March 2024

Eric Joseph Serves at CAMEO Fashion Show

Eric Joseph had the privilege to serve as one of the lead hosts for the annual CAMEO Fashion Show. CAMEO, the professional auxiliary of Assistance League of Long Beach, raised more than $100,000 to support the group’s mentoring and enrichment program. For over 35 years CAMEO has supported under-served, academically promising students from the Long Beach USD high schools and Long Beach City College. Eric, a first-year CAMEO member, is currently mentoring a terrific sophomore from Long Beach Jordan High School.

November 2023

Paul Simonds Gives Veterans Day Message

In November, CP&A Senior VP, Paul Simonds, spoke at Liberty Christian School in Huntington Beach as part of their Veterans Day assembly. Mr. Simonds talked about his time serving in the U.S. Navy and how, despite the chaos raging around the world, we can hold on to our faith while still fighting for freedom and for those who are oppressed here and abroad. We salute Mr. Simonds for his years of service in the Navy and to all those who have and are currently serving in our Armed Forces.

November 2023

Eric Joseph Joins Alumni Association Board at CGU

CP&A Account Manager, Eric Joseph, was recently appointed to the Claremont Graduate University (CGU) Alumni Association Board of Directors. Mr. Joseph, who earned his Master of Public Policy from CGU in 2022, is looking forward to the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the CGU community. For more information about the alumni community or about GCU, in general, please feel free to reach out to Eric as he would love to connect with you!

October 2023

CP&A Runs in the Pomona 5K

In October, the CP&A team had a blast participating in the Pomona 5k with client Trumark Homes. It was a great opportunity to combine fitness, teamwork, and client relationships all in one memorable event!

October 2023

CP&A Co-Hosts Women Leading Government Networking Event

In October, CP&A had the pleasure of co-hosting Women Leading Government’s fall networking event. The event highlighted many of the amazing female City Managers in the County of Orange. Thank you to everyone who made it!

June 2023

Katie Cawelti Speaks on the BIAOC NextGen Public Policy Panel

CP&A Vice President, Katie Cawelti, proudly moderated a panel of speakers at the Builder’s Industry Association of Orange County’s NextGen Committee. The NextGen Committee is a prestigious group of young building industry professionals within the BIAOC. The Committee fosters professional development and growth among its members. The panel discussed the importance of advocacy and getting involved in the public policy process.

June 2023

Curt Pringle Speaks at Development Market Overview

Curt Pringle was the featured keynote speaker at the SoCal Development Market Overview hosted by Architects Orange, CBRE, and TASORO Products at Strawberry Farms Golf Course in Irvine. The conference featured a dynamic group of speakers who gave insight into the Southern California development market. Curt delivered the keynote message, discussing the success of residential development in our county, which has built many vibrant communities throughout the region.

March 2023

Curt Pringle Speaks at the OCCOG General Assembly

CP&A was proud to be a sponsor of the 2023 OCCOG General Assembly: Cultivating Collaboration, where Curt was also the Master of Ceremonies. The General Assembly featured panels discussing: Leading Orange County’s Transportation Future, ANNA: Advancing Neighborhood Networks for All, Beyond Solar: Harnessing the Power of Space, and Working Together to Transform Housing.

January 2023

Katie Cawelti Leads Tour at The Salvation Army

Katie led a hard hat tour with Anaheim City Manager, Jim Vanderpool, and The Salvation Army leadership team. During this tour, the team walked the nearly complete permanent supportive housing apartment building with the Army’s construction team and discussed the mission of CARI (the Center for Applied Research and Innovation).

May 2024

Joint Forces Training Base – City of Los Alamitos

CP&A hosted a legislative staffer luncheon in May in collaboration with the City of Los Alamitos at the Joint Forces Training Base. We heard from Mayor Jordan Nefulda, City Manager Chet Simmons, and Lt. Col. Daniel Fox who gave us a brief presentation on the base’s amenities and history followed by an in-depth tour of the base.

The base is home to several Army National Guard units, including the 63rd Regional Support Command and the California Army National Guard’s 40th Infantry Division. The 40th Aviation Brigade, the Army Reserve, and the Department of Agriculture operate various helicopters and aircraft out of the facility. Additionally, the Training Base features a fully staffed Army air traffic contingent, including an Army Air Traffic Control Tower and staff, a jet fuel farm with aviation refueling, a crash rescue/fire department, and an Army Aviation Weather Office.

The base also features a swimming pool which the U.S. women’s Olympic Water Polo team uses to practice. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us, to the City of Los Alamitos Recreation, and to the Joint Forces Training Base for partnering with us for this event.

October 2023

BayWa r.e.

CP&A partnered up with BayWa r.e. Americas, located in Irvine, for another exciting luncheon! BayWa r.e. is a leading global renewable energy developer and distributor that works with businesses and organizations worldwide to provide renewable solutions that reduce carbon footprints and reduce energy costs, all while operating 100% carbon neutral.

Attendees for the luncheon were greeted with a company introduction by CEO of BayWa r.e. Wind, Gordon MacDougall followed by a riveting discussion on BayWa r.e.’s legislative and policy priorities, led by Antonia Castro-Graham, Director of Energy Policy and Strategy, Americas. The meeting concluded with a comprehensive look of BayWa r.e.’s operations and services management and technology before touring the company’s very own Remote Operations Control Center (ROCC), which allows for 24/7 monitoring and response for active projects all around the globe.

September 2023

Santa Ana Zoo

CP&A had the privilege of partnering with the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo to host another Legislative Staffer Luncheon! We heard from Steven Mendoza, Assistant City Manager of Santa Ana, Nathan Hittle, Board Member of the Santa Ana Zoo, Ethan Fisher, Director of Santa Ana Zoo, and Cat Decker, Executive Director of Friends of Santa Ana Zoo. We were given a brief history of how the zoo got started, the various educational programs they host for kids, and the new Education Hub building which will continue to help expand their outreach capabilities. We also learned more about their co-host, the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo, who help bring financial support, growth, and community awareness to the zoo.

Following this, we got an in-depth tour of the zoo. Attendees explored their butterfly sanctuary, fed domesticated camels, and toured the veterinary office where staff members take care of sick and injured animals. At the end of the tour, we learned about forthcoming attractions at the Santa Ana Zoo like the Giant River Otter and the future Primate Forest Habitat.

July 2023

Salvation Army

CP&A collaborated with The Salvation Army of Orange County for July’s Legislative Luncheon. The event featured three dynamic and inspirational speakers including Ben Hurst, Managing Director of the Center of Hope, Kelly Bruno-Nelson, Executive Director of Medi-Cal/CalAIM, and Grace Stepter, Director of Housing and Community Development for the city of Anaheim.

Legislative staffers around Southern California flocked to the event to get a sneak peak and special tour of the Center of Hope Campus in Anaheim. The Center of Hope is a 325-bed low barrier emergency shelter with 72 permanent supportive housing apartments that will soon include a state-of-the-art Center for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI). CARI’s funding partners include the Samueli Foundation and CalOptima.

All eyes are currently on Orange County, as lawmakers and residents across the state want to understand and replicate the Salvation Army’s unique and dignified approach to homelessness. Their “homeless throughput system” gradually rehabilitates and reintegrates people back into the community, always focusing on the soul and spirit of each individual.

June 2023

Cypress College

In June, CP&A partnered with Cypress College for a Legislative Luncheon. Attendees were warmly welcomed by the College’s President, Dr. JoAnna Schilling. Following a delightful lunch, guests were treated to an in-depth tour of the campus, which included a glimpse of the newly established Veterans Resource Center, Aviation Simulation Lab, Health Science Labs, Mortuary Science facilities, and an engaging Planetarium demonstration!

Cypress College’s transformation over the years has been remarkable. Back in 2014, the college was the beneficiary of a substantial $574 million bond through Measure J. This funding paved the way for the construction of state-of-the-art facilities, solidifying the college’s status as a premier educational destination for Orange County students!

February 2023

City of Laguna Beach

In partnership with the City of Laguna Beach, CP&A hosted our a Legislative Staffer Luncheon featuring a briefing on some of the projects CP&A is helping the City of Laguna Beach with to harden their infrastructure and seek funding to accomplish their goals.

Fire Chief King and Public Works Director McAvoy provided information on how the City has been working to mitigate fire hazards. Thank you to all the legislative offices that were represented. Special thanks to our friends at Mark Thomas for sponsoring lunch and to Mayor Bob Whalen, Councilmember Alex Rounaghi, Fire Chief Niko King, and Public Works Director Mark McAvoy for facilitating the briefing and discussions.

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