to Sep 27


  • Vespera on Ocean, a Marriott Autograph Hotel (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
37th WCLI (Springhill).jpg


Sign up TODAY!

REGISTRATION FORM (Limited time - room availability not guaranteed)

When: Wednesday – Friday, September 25 – 27, 2019

Where: SpringHill Suites Paso Robles/Atascadero

Dear WCLI Attendees,

As many of you are aware, the opening date of Vespera on Ocean, our venue for the 37th annual West Coast Landmen’s Institute, is going to surpass our scheduled date for the Institute. As per our agreement with Marriott, they have secured a sister hotel, Springhill Suites in Atascadero, California. All reservations that were booked through the room block will be automatically transferred to the new hotel.  Your confirmation number will remain the same. Marriott is working in tandem with the new venue to insure that our transition is seamless.

The annual golf tournament will still be held at Cypress Ridge. We have moved our reception Wednesday night to start later (6:30) so that our golfers have time to arrive at the hotel and check in.

Our Thursday night dinner is set, as planned, at Giuseppe’s Cucina Italiana, and transportation will be provided. Springhill Suites opened in 2015. All rooms are suites and the cost has been amended to $139/night, including reservations for the Tuesday before and Friday thru Sunday after the Institute.

Our Wednesday night reception is to take place on their outdoor patio, with a view of the vineyards. They have an indoor/outdoor bar service that will be open for our reception. They have also extended their bar hours to accommodate our group.  We are working diligently to make this year’s WCLI a great one, and hope that if you have any questions or concerns, you will reach out to us.  Below is the contact information for the Hotel as well as a link to their website. Please visit their link to peruse all the wonderful amenities Springhill Suites has to offer. 

SpringHill Suites Paso Robles/Atascadero
900 El Camino Real / Atascadero, Ca. 93422

On behalf of the WCLI Committee, we are looking forward to seeing all of you on September 25th, 2019.


 Yvonne Hicks, Rick Peace, and your volunteer Steering Committee.


View Event →

11:30 AM11:30

LAAPL Luncheon at the Grand - Thursday, September, 2019

Dear LAAPL Members & Guests!

September 2019 LAAPL Luncheon Meeting

 When: September , 2019 @ 11:30 am

Where: The Grand Long Beach
4101 E. Willow Street, Long Beach, CA 90815.

Cost:  $25 per person. Pre-pay on the LAAPL website. Cash or check accepted at the door.

Menu:  Buffet style

Topic:  AB 585 New Law Affecting Assignments of Oil and Gas Leases on Calif. Public Land –
What’s a Landman to do?

Our speaker: The luncheon speaker will be L. “Rae” Connet, Esq. from PetroLand Services

L. Rae Connet.jpg

L. “Rae” Connet, Esq. from PetroLand Services
L. “Rae” Connet is an active member of AAPL, LAAPL, a practicing attorney and the co-founder of PetroLand Services, a land consulting from serving oil and gas producers, utility companies, mineral owners, governmental agencies and real estate developers across multiple states.  Combining her strong legal background and training with the practical skills of a working land professional, Rae brings 28 years of experience and expertise to serve the company’s clientele.  Rae also represents the company’s clients before regulatory agencies dealing with land use, zoning and planning issues, drilling and facilities permitting related to oil and gas facilities.  Law Degree:  JD, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; Admitted to Practice in All California Courts, The United States District Court for the Central District of California  &  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.

Topic:  AB 585 New Law Affecting Assignments of Oil and Gas Leases on Calif. Public Land – What’s a Landman to do?

On July 30, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 585 into law. AB 585 came about in response to Bankruptcies in 2017 that left the state largely responsible for the decommissioning of Platform Holly in state waters off the coast of Goleta (Santa Barbara County) and Rincon Island just off Mussel Shoals (Ventura County). The State alleged that Venoco LLC removed staff and closed Offshore Platform Holly and the Ellwood Onshore Facility (EOF), without first plugging and abandoning the oil and gas wells. The SLC stepped in to provide staff to run the facilities for abandonment and closure purposes. Venoco, LLC filed suit.

The Act clarifies the State’s police power to step in to plug, abandon and remediate facilities on Public Lands. In response to Venoco’s actions, the State of California has incurred costs in the amount of $108 million and is expected to continue to incur costs in the tens of millions of dollars over the next two years. The Act authorizes the State Lands Commission, when considering the approval of an assignment, transfer, or sublet of an oil and gas lease, to consider whether a proposed assignee is likely to comply with the provisions of the assigned, transferred, or sublet lease for the duration of the lease term. The bill also requires present and future oil and gas leases or permit holders to remain liable for plugging and abandoning wells and drill site remediation.

What’s a landman to do? The Act mandates the preparation of affidavits showing when the leases expire or terminate and imposes criminal liability for the failure to do so within 6 months of termination or expiration. The bill would make the failure of a lessee, assignee, transferee, sublessee, or operator to comply with these deadlines a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $10,000, by imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment, for each offense. The Act further requires recording of documents not previously required to be recorded. The Act’s provisions are effective on or after January 1, 2020. Ms. Connet will speak on the effect of the Act and ways in which landmen may wish to modify their practices to best serve their operating clients.

The Act impacts the State’s four million acres of tidelands and submerged lands and the beds of navigable rivers, streams, lakes, bays, estuaries, inlets, and straits, as well as the 459,000 acres of the State’s “school lands.”

L. Rae Connet, Esq.
President, PetroLand Services (outside link)

View Event →
9:30 AM09:30

The 2019 LAAPL Mickelson Golf Classic

Sand Canyon Country Club

Located in Santa Clarita California

LAAPL cordially invites you to participate in the 2019 LAAPL Mickelson Golf Classic fundraiser to be held at Sand Canyon Country Club in Santa Clarita California. We look forward to your participation. This tournament honors William A. Mickelson, a respected leader in LAAPL and a prowess on the golf course.

This year’s fundraiser beneficiary is the R. M. Pyles Boys Camp ( Join us for a day of fun and the opportunity to make positive changes in the lives of area youth. LAAPL will donate the net proceeds realized from the tournament to the R.M. Pyles Boys Camp, thus we encourage you to “sponsor” generously. Please return your checks with completed sponsorship forms and logos as soon as possible and no later than June 1, 2019. Cocktail hour, buffet dinner, raffle and awards ceremony will follow.

Go to
27734 Sand Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, California 91387
(661) 252-8484


GOLF ONLY, Price “Bogey Special” ……………………………………………................................………..…..........$175.00
(Includes golf and dinner for One player)


“HOLE IN ONE”: Full page ad – plus presenting sponsor status in all tournaments
material and program sponsorship
(Includes golf and dinner for Two Foursomes)

“EAGLE”: Full page ad - plus special recognition in tournament & program …..........……………..$1000.00
(Includes golf and dinner for a Foursome)

“BIRDIE”: Half page ad - golf tournament program ................................................................………..$500.00
(Includes golf and dinner for Two players)

“PAR”: Quarter page ad - golf tournament program ............................….............................……...……$275.00
(Includes golf and dinner for One player)

“CLUBHEAD SPECIAL”: …………………………………………………………………………….…..………..……………..….………$150.00
(Includes your name listed in tournament materials and golf tournament program)

Please make your checks payable to LAAPL, mail payment and forms to: Jason Downs, LAAPL Treasurer, 419 Main Street # 357, Huntington Beach CA, 92648 #858-699-3353, and e-mail my camera ready artwork Contact me by email for online payment options.

CHECK IN: 9:30 AM, TEE TIME (Shotgun): 11:00 AM DINNER: 4:00 PM (DINNER ONLY: $50)

Tournament format will be a 4-man scramble. Prizes will be awarded for 1st place, longest drive, and closest to the pin. Club Rules: No coolers on the course, no golf carts driven on vehicle parking lot, shirts with collars only (no t-shirts, sweats, tank tops, denim, short shorts or cut-offs).

View Event →
11:30 AM11:30

LAAPL Luncheon at the Grand - Thursday, May 16, 2019

LAAPL Luncheon at the Grand - Thursday, May 16, 2019

  • Thursday, May 16, 2019

  • 11:00 AM  1:00 PM

  • The Grand Long Beach (map)

Speakers:    Ronald Stein, Founder and Ambassador for Energy & Infrastructure at PTS Advance
Topic: Is California becoming a National Security Risk to the U.S. and Inflationary challenge to California businesses?

When: Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 11:30am - 1:00pm

 Cost:  $25.00 with reservation
                            $30.00 without reservation

 Download the flyer here

 Reservations: Make your reservations and payments at by clicking:
LAAPL Reservations / Online Payments or by emailing

 Reservations must be made by 11:00 am Wednesday morning to receive the discount price above. As always walk-ins are welcome, and payments can be made by cash/check at the door.

 New Location: The Grand Long Beach located at 4101 E. Willow Street, Long Beach, CA 90815. (562-426-0555).  Luncheon Flyer

R. Stein(2).jpg

Ronald Stein, P.E.
Founder and Ambassador for Energy & Infrastructure
PTS Advance

“A licensed professional engineer, Ronald Stein enjoyed his first career in project management and engineering roles with major international engineering firms, Fluor and Bechtel. Ronald has since been instrumental in the growth of PTS Advance and has been recognized with numerous awards. At PTS Advance, Ronald’s responsibilities include development of opportunities by maintaining an active network with the leaders in the various client organizations, as well as contributing to increase Energy & Infrastructure education and literacy in the wider public sphere. Ronald also volunteers his time as a student mentor at California State University Fullerton and as an advisory board member to the college’s Center for Family Business, Center for Entrepreneurship, and Center for Leadership. Ronald holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from California State University, Northridge.”

View Event →