International Right of Way Association

Chapter 1 - Los Angeles County

2006 Relocation Seminar


IRWA Chapter 1, Los Angeles, presents the Third Annual Relocation Assistance Conference

May 23 from 8-4:30 pm at the Quiet Cannon

901 N Via San Clemente Montebello CA


The changes to the regulations of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisitions Policies Act of 1970 (Uniform Act) will have a significant impact on public agencies throughout the United States.  This impact will have a greater effect in CA than in most other jurisdictions for two reasons.  First, the new regulations create significant differences between the Federal regulations and the CA regulations. Second, the new regulations require a greater degree of advisory services and there appears to be a tendency with CA public agencies to minimize the responsibility to provide advisory assistance.  

This seminar, sponsored by Chapter 1 (Los Angeles) of the IRWA, has assembled a great panel of experts who have a significant number of years interpreting, applying and solving the more complex issues impacting relocation programs in public acquisition and relocation. 

The seminar will identify and discuss the 40+ differences between the new federal acquisition/relocation regulations and the state of California (Housing and Community Development [HCD] regulations. 

Primarily, the seminar is devoted to the increased emphasis to provide relocation advisory assistance to displaced people.  Understanding and applying the principals of advisory assistance discussed in the seminar will reduce litigation, increase public confidence in acquisition projects, create better relationships with people impacted by projects, promote compliance with Federal regulations and regulators and will reduce overall costs necessary to complete projects. 

We will have a great luncheon speaker who will address the proposed constitutional and legislative proposals to eminent domain procedures, which, if enacted would severely impact all public agencies in CA.


7:30-8:00     Registration 

8:00-8:30     Introduction by William Von Klug and Fred Arévalo

8:30-9:30     Identification and discussion of advisory assistance requirements under Federal
                    and State regulations. Lynette Overcamp 

9:30-9:45     Break 

9:45-10:45    Discussion of why advisory assistance is more important now than ever before.
                     Karen Eddleman 

10:45-11:00   Break 

11:00-12:00 Discussion of litigation and similar costs related to advisory assistance.                      Barry McDaniel 

12:00-1:30    Lunch (Monthly Chapter 1 luncheon with Darryl Root speaker discussing the
                     proposed California constitutional amendments and proposed legislative changes) 

1:30-3:30     Identification and discussion of differences between state and federal acquisition
                    requirements.  William Von Klug and panel 

3:30-3:45     Break 

3:45-4:00     HUD requirements for Advisory Assistance under Uniform Relocation Act.  Janna Bickel.

4:00-4:30     Panel Question and Answer session.


Speakers Bio

Jana Bickel, Relocation Specialist U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Los Angeles Field Office. Jana has twenty-nine years of Federal Service, eighteen of it with HUD in Community Planning and Development. Department. She has administered CDBG, Section 108 HOME, ESG, HOPWA and the McKinney homeless programs in communities in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego counties. For the last two years she has been the Southern California Relocation Specialist for HUD. During this time she has given seven relocation-training sessions and has monitored eight grantees. She has a Masters Degree from U.S.C in Public Administration. 

Karen Eddleman, AR/WS, has more than 16 years of experience in providing project planning, project management and primary field agent services for relocation projects.  Ms. Eddleman has specialized in Relocation Planning and Relocation Assistance.  With her comprehensive understanding of State, Federal and HUD Relocation Guidelines, Karen also prepares Replacement Housing Studies, Relocation Impact Studies and Cost Estimate Studies.  These documents and studies guide public agencies and non-profit organizations through the Relocation process.  Ms. Eddleman has relocated all types of businesses including light industrial warehouses, machine shops, veterinary clinics, offices, school districts, liquor stores, bars, restaurants, boat shops, retail shops and churches.  Her residential relocation experience spans the spectrum from luxury single-family homes and ranches to Single Room Occupancy hotels.  Several projects throughout the State have allowed her to deal with the special concerns of relocating persons living in mobile homes. 

Barry McDaniel is Chief Executive Officer of Overland Pacific & Cutler, Inc. He has over three decades of experience with relocation consulting, project planning and engineering and construction management. Mr. McDaniel has directed large scale acquisition/relocation programs including program development, budgeting, acquisition/relocation planning, relocation case implementation, property management, housing inspections, staff and client training, and quality control. These acquisition/relocation activities were undertaken while employed with a public agency and while consulting to over 200 public agencies, including airport authorities, housing authorities, school districts, transportation agencies, redevelopment and economic development agencies, and other special districts. These projects have involved a variety of funding sources that required compliance with the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (URA) and state and local public agency relocation assistance laws and guidelines.  Mr. McDaniel is known for his ability to handle large, complex business relocations that require compliance with various regulatory oversight agencies.  In addition, he provides expert witness support for situations that arise as a result of relocation exposure. 

Lynette Overcamp, SR/WA has twenty years of acquisition and relocation experience.  She has worked with numerous types of properties, including residential, commercial and industrial.  She is highly knowledgeable in acquisition and relocation assistance, and familiar with the State and Federal laws pertaining to those areas.  She is a licensed Real Estate Sales Person in the State of California and a Notary Public.  Lynette is also the Education Chair for International Right of Way Association, Chapter 1. 

Darryl Root is a Senior Project Manager with Paragon Partners Ltd.   Darryl has more than twenty (20) years of professional real estate experience in the public sector involving acquisition of right of way, easements and fee property, as well as providing residential and business relocation assistance.  His work experience has involved work on airports, highways, mass transit projects, school construction projects, design build projects, redevelopment projects and similar projects.  He has worked on projects throughout the United States.   He brings a distinctive perspective to the right of way process through his educational background.  He has earned both a Juris Doctorate degree and a Master of Business Administration degree.  His combination of education and national experience makes him uniquely qualified to speak on the topic of to the proposed changes to eminent domain legislation. 

William Von Klug, SR/WA, R/W-RAC is currently a Senior Project Manager with Paragon Partners Ltd.   In his present capacity, Mr. Von Klug trains staff for Paragon Partners and oversees acquisition and relocation projects for the Company.  Prior to joining Paragon Partners he was Acquisition/relocation Coordinator for Los Angeles County Community Development Commission.   He has worked in acquisition/relocation since 1970. He has worked on projects throughout the US.  His projects have been governed by Federal relocation regulations and numerous different state laws.  Most recently he has worked on projects governed by various Federal regulations and by State of California relocation regulations.  He has over 35 years of relocation experience, has testified to Congress on relocation issues and has taught over 375 classes or seminars.  Mr. Von Klug is a member of the International Right of Way Association’s Relocation Committee and is a Past President of one of its chapters and was voted professional of the year by Chapter 1.   

Fred Arévalo, R/W-RAC- has served as Chapter 1 Relocation Chairman since 2000. Fred Arévalo has over 10 years experience working for the public sector. He currently works for the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles.   As a relocation specialist he oversees the work of Project Managers regarding relocation requirements involving both residential and business occupants; reviews relocation plans and needs analysis, cost studies, and relocation impact studies. Perhaps Freddy’s strongest area is having an above average experience in auditing relocation files for both federal and state funded projects. He is very detail oriented and thorough. Fred Arévalo’s forthright approach to problem solving in a win-win fashion allows him to be the liaison in various disciplines within public agencies.  Fred Arévalo speaks at public meetings, conferences and citizen participation groups.  For the past five years, he has been the official Spanish interpreter at community meetings to promote County services for all unincorporated areas. Chapter One Nominations and Awards Committee selected Fred Arévalo Professional of the Year in 2002. This award gives consideration to IRWA Board participation, job classification, voluntary duties and effort, and general professionalism. 

Don’t miss this opportunity. Sign up now! Register by e-mail at: or Contact:

Maureen Meyers, Paragon Partners Ltd.
5762 Bolsa Avenue, Suite 210
Huntington Beach CA 92646
(714) 379-3376

Tuesday May 23, 2006 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Seminar Cost: $100.00 (Includes Lunch)

Lunch only: $25.00


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