LOS ANGELES (March 21, 3:10 p.m. EST) — With rolling energy blackouts again disrupting life in California, plastics business managers are among those looking for answers, options and alternatives. That´s the topic of an energy-crisis panel discussion April 11 at Plastics Encounter Los Angeles.
The session will run from 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the L.A. Convention Center, as part of a broader, three-morning business conference accompanying Plastics News´ April 10-12 Plastics Encounter trade show.
Los Angeles Business Journal reporter Howard Fine will moderate the session, which will feature the following panelists:
* Jack Kyser, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.´s economic research director and chief economist.
* Curtis L. Kebler, Western region director of asset commercialization for power provider Reliant Energy Inc., and a member of the governing board of the California Power Exchange.
* Arnold Rosenthal, executive vice president of cost-containment consultants Utility Resource Management Group Inc.
* Randall Phillips, a project engineer with Republic Tool & Manufacturing Corp., a Carlsbad, Calif., molding unit of lawn care giant Scotts Co., that has coped with soaring energy costs.
Kyser — who serves on the Economic Policy Council of the California Institute, the research and policy arm of the California congressional delegation — will stay on after the panel to deliver the keynote luncheon address. He also is on the economic advisory panels of both the state controller and the California Chamber of Commerce.
A one-day conference pass costs $195 and a three-day pass $395. Interested parties can register online in the L.A. section at www.plasticsencounter.com, or by calling 1-888-368-7229.