Southern California Community Gathering

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Description: It’s an investment for the future of your business and community!

The California Commission on Disability Access (CCDA) in collaboration with the Office of Senator Roth and the City of San Diego, is hosting a community gathering event for the Southern California region where members of the restaurant industry, state and local government, and consumers come together to dialogue and collaborate on issues related to disabled access. Refreshments will be provided, as well as tools and resources to assist restaurant owners and operators in increasing access for all.


9:00 a.m. - Welcome, Introductions, Opening Video and Remarks from Local Legislative Representatives

9:15 a.m. - Restaurant Case Studies

  • Steve Blake, Blake Law Firm of San Diego

  • Jan Buddingh, Gordon & Rees/Scully Mansukhani Law Firm of San Diego

9:45 a.m. - Solutions for Business and Toolkit for Restaurant Industry

  • Debbie Wong, Division of the State Architect

  • Janae R. Davis, Program Manager, California Pollution Control Financing Authority

  • Medhi Shadyab, Local Building Official for the City of San Diego

  • Carla Holland, Director of South San Diego Small Business Development Center

10:15 a.m. - Break

10:30 a.m. - Voices of the Customer

  • Lillibeth Navarro, Founder and Director of CALIF

  • Jacqueline Jackson, Council Member of State Independent Living Council

  • Lisa Wrench, Language People

11:00 a.m. - Q&A Session

11:20 a.m. - Event Evaluation & Thank You’s/Acknowledgements

11:30 - Networking and Refreshments

Remote Participation:
• Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, San Diego, CA 92108
• A livestream of the event will also be available at

Disability Accommodation Requests:

CCDA will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in programs, services, and activities. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, should contact LaCandice Ochoa as soon as possible but no later than three (3) business days before an event: or (916) 319-9610.

Questions? Contact CCDA:

Address: 400 R Street, Suite 310, Sacramento CA 95811
Phone: (916) 319-9974