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Tejon Ranch Co. Decries False and Misleading Campaign Organized by Opponents to Recently-Approved Centennial Master Planned Development

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Demands extremist groups remove knowingly false, inaccurate and
misleading material and video from websites

TEJON RANCH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tejon Ranch Co. demands that the California Native Plant Society (CNPS)
remove material, including a video, from an anti-Centennial website
which Tejon Ranch believes contains recklessly, if not knowingly false,
inaccurate and misleading material. California Native Plant Society has
partnered with the Tucson, Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity
(CBD), a longtime litigant against Tejon Ranch projects, in opposition
to Centennial and this latest action to mischaracterize Centennial is
true to form for both groups.

“90% of Tejon Ranch—240,000 acres—will be permanently conserved.
Amazingly, that is not enough for some extremist groups,” said Michael
R.W. Houston, Tejon Ranch Co.’s General Counsel. “We call upon them to
cease and desist their campaign of presenting false, inaccurate and
misleading statements to the public in an effort to undermine Los
Angeles County’s recent approval of Centennial, as well as their efforts
to damage the overall Tejon Ranch Conservation and Land Use Agreement,
which is supported by major respected conservation groups like Audubon
California, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club,
Endangered Habitats League, and others.”

The video falsely accuses shareholders of Tejon Ranch Co. of engaging in
unlawful activity. Here is a portion of the text from the video:

The Tejon Ranch Corporation is a Wall Street traded company owned
primarily by a large group of Hedge Fund looters

The video summary claims the building of Centennial would destroy 6,000
acres of wildflower habitat, leaving the impression that all the
landscapes shown in the video are from the Centennial site. This is not
accurate.

California Native Plant Society
Published on May
1, 2019

Photographer Richard Dickey captures the magnificent beauty of Tejon
Ranch, where LA County has just approved a new city of 55,000. More than
6,000 acres of wildflower habitat will be destroyed.

In fact, most of the landscapes shown in the video are not from, or
do not show the Centennial planning area, and a significant percentage
of the land depicted in the video is not even part of Tejon Ranch.

Given that the author of the web-article in which the video appears
claims to have spent over “200 days on Tejon Ranch”, and the
photographer/producer of the video claims to have spent 30 years
photographing the area, it is appalling that both the author and video
producer would so recklessly insinuate, if not blatantly assert, that
the land shown is located either on Tejon or in the Centennial project
area – when much of it is not.

Depicting locations that are either not on Tejon Ranch or not located
in the Centennial project, while representing such sites are located in
those locales, is false, severely misleading and fraudulent.
This
sort of deceptive activity is consistent with CBD’s past practices.

CBD used a similar tactic against Arizona rancher Jim Chilton when it
posted knowingly false and misleading pictures of his ranching lease on
its website back in 2002. Chilton successfully sued for defamation and
was awarded $600,000 by a jury, which included punitive damages. The
case shows the lengths CBD will go to in pursuit of its radical agenda.
They clearly do not feel constrained by the truth, even asserting to the
Arizona appellate court in Mr. Chilton’s case that they had a First
Amendment right to lie, an argument the court rightfully rejected as it
affirmed the jury’s verdict and damage award.

In addition to having a history of using false and misleading
information to damage those they oppose, CBD appears to spend most of
its time and its substantial resources on litigation, all designed, in
the words of CBD co-founder Kieran Suckling, ”to create severe economic
pain.“ CBD has consistently and continually sued proposed housing
developments in California, which does nothing to help, and actually
exacerbates the housing crisis in California. Given its agenda to
oppose, delay and obstruct, it’s clear that the “economic pain” CBD
wants to inflict is being felt by young and middle-class Californians
who find decent housing to be unavailable and unaffordable.

Approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on April 30,
2019, Centennial addresses the serious need to provide additional
housing that’s within reach of middle-class families in Southern
California. Centennial also creates a new job center for Los Angeles
County as it gives companies the opportunity to locate in an area where
their employees could afford to live. Centennial is expected to create
23,000 permanent jobs on site and nearly 25,000 construction jobs, with
at least 30% of those jobs going to local residents. Centennial will
offer price attainable homes and 18% of the housing units will be
officially designated affordable units. With Governor Newsom proposing
to build more than 400,000 homes a year, Centennial can be part of the
solution to the housing crisis in California. All while still conserving
90% of Tejon Ranch.

CBD has initiated seven different legal challenges against Tejon Ranch
over the last 16 years in both state and federal court. It should
therefore come as no surprise that its representatives recently promised
to sue Los Angeles County over its approval of Centennial. Given that
CBD sued and lost, both at the superior and appellate court level, when
it challenged Los Angeles County over its approval of the Antelope
Valley Area Plan– which designated the site where Centennial is located
for future development, it would be simply rehashing issues on which
it’s already sued and lost. It’s no wonder CBD has been called nothing
more than a lawsuit-factory, spending much of its time and resources
either in court or issuing press releases, rather than engaging in
proactive conservation.

CBD had the opportunity to engage in proactive conservation on Tejon
Ranch. It was initially involved in negotiations, along with respected
environmental organizations such as the Sierra Club, Natural Resources
Defense Council, Audubon California, Endangered Habitats League, and
others, that led to the historic and science-based Tejon Ranch
Conservation and Land Use Agreement, in which 90% of Tejon Ranch will be
conserved. This agreement was supported by two previous Governors’
Administrations, and because of this agreement, Tejon Ranch can play a
vital role in the building of residential units to help meet Governor
Newsom’s housing goals for California, all while conserving 240,000
acres in perpetuity.

Even though published reports indicate it was CBD representatives
themselves who advocated for and demanded the 90/10 ratio of
conservation to development, the organization walked away from the
negotiations just months before an agreement was reached. CBD is
recently quoted in a different publication saying it preferred to retain
the right to sue (and presumably collect attorneys fees) than
compromise, even if that compromise would result in a guaranteed
positive conservation outcome.

If it does sue—again—over Centennial, it’s likely to hypocritically
raise the issue of wildfires, as it did in a recently-filed lawsuit
against another housing development in Los Angeles County. In another
instance of what clearly appears to be CBD taking whatever position best
suits them, even if it’s contradictory to other positions it’s taken,
CBD opposed Governor Newsom’s emergency declaration streamlining 35
wildfire mitigation projects that would help protect 2.2 million
Californians in over 200 communities from future wildfires, claiming it
would undercut environmental protections. In that instance, CBD said the
best measure to protect homes against wildfire wouldn’t be to thin
forests and remove dead and dying brush from nearby at-risk communities,
but to retrofit houses to current building standards and create
defensible space around them, something that clearly could not be
accomplished before the next wildfire season.

But the prescription that CBD claims is the best defense against
wildfire is exactly what the plan for Centennial requires. Though, at
Centennial, instead of needing to retrofit homes, houses and other
buildings will be constructed from the very beginning based on the most
stringent fire codes and building standards in place at the time. These
plans have been reviewed and approved by all appropriate State and
County Fire authorities. The defensible space standards at Centennial
also far exceed state requirements.

Tejon Ranch Co. calls upon CBD and CNPS to cease their false and
misleading campaign against Centennial, to support the Ranchwide
Agreement that permanently conserves 90% of Tejon Ranch, to respect the
overwhelming community and state support it received, and to recognize
the deleterious impact of their positions on the urgent need to produce
more housing for thousands of families in California.

Contacts

Barry Zoeller, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Investor
Relations
(661) 663-4212
bzoeller@tejonranch.com

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Which CD is right for you? Continuous Deployment or Continuous Delivery? – Matt Beaney (AutoTrader UK) present the solution at TCE2019 Prague

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Software release expert will present a keynote session at PICANTE TECH Conference Europe 2019.

 

If you search online, you will find that continuous integration, continuous deployment, and continuous delivery are like vectors that have the same direction, but different magnitude. Their goal is the same: make our software development and release process faster and more robust.

The key difference between the three is in the scope of automation applied. What gets people who are new to the field confused is that they are not mutually exclusive, but include each other, like Russian dolls.

At PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019), which will take place in Prague on the 3rd of September at Vienna House Andel’s Prague, you can hear more about the subject in a special keynote which will be presented by Matt Beaney, Service Transition at AutoTrader UK.

Matt has overseen Service Transition at AutoTrader UK for over 10 years, driving continual improvement of the release success rate from 85% to 99.8% and increasing the release rate from <600 to 15,000 per year. In Prague, he will tell you all about CD is right for you and your company.

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PICANTE Tech Conference Europe is designed to bring both people and knowledge together and provides the excellent ecosystem of networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.

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National Access Cannabis Corp. Provides Sales Update for Retail Cannabis Operations Since Federal Legalization

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National Access Cannabis Corp. (“NAC” or “the Company”) (TSXV: META), Canada’slargest cannabis retailer1, today provided investors with a corporate and retail sales update. The Company is successfully executing on its growth strategy and has achieved over $50 million in retail sales since legalization, with cumulative gross margin in excess of 31%. The Company is targeting to have 40 operating stores by the end of calendar 2019.

“NAC is rapidly growing its store count and revenue,” said Mark Goliger, CEO of NAC. “We have been granted 10 licenses in Alberta since the ending of the moratorium on May 31st, and we expect positive movement with our licence applications in British Columbia. We now have 30 stores open, with another 5 stores licensed and in development.  We expect continued revenue momentum as we roll out improved and streamlined store designs to enhance customer experience. With the recent filing of our final base shelf prospectus to provide us with flexible access to capital, we are confident in our ability to execute on our strategic growth initiatives to continue our leadership position in Canadian cannabis retail.”

The Company’s current portfolio of 35 licensed locations is split as follows:

  • 25 NewLeaf Cannabis™ stores in Alberta
  • 9 Meta Cannabis Supply Co.™ stores in Manitoba
  • 1 Meta Cannabis Supply Co.™ store in Saskatchewan

The newest retail location opened August 20, 2019:
NewLeaf Cannabis – Falconridge
55 Castleridge Blvd NE, Calgary

Previous announcements regarding NAC’s retail store expansion may be found through the following links:

August 8, 2019National Access Cannabis Corp. Continues Growth by Announcing Licence to Open a New Retail Cannabis Store in Alberta for a Total of 35 Licensed Retail Stores Across Canada and New Store Opening Update

July 30, 2019National Access Cannabis Corp. Continues Growth by Announcing Licences to Open Two New Retail Cannabis Stores in Alberta for a Total of 34 Licensed Retail Stores Across Canada

July 25, 2019National Access Cannabis Corp. Continues Growth by Announcing Licences to Open Two New Retail Cannabis Stores in Alberta for a Total of 32 Licensed Retail Stores Across Canada

July 3, 2019National Access Cannabis Corp. Continues Growth by Announcing Licences to Open Two New Retail Cannabis Stores in Alberta for a Total of 30 Licensed Retail Stores Across Canada

May 31, 2019National Access Cannabis Corp. Responds to the AGLC Lifting the Moratorium on Cannabis Retail Stores in Alberta

 

SOURCE National Access Cannabis Corp.

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The Use of Artificial Intelligence by Startups and SMEs panel discussion moderated by Dr. Robert Skalina (WH Partners) at TCE2019 Prague

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Leading law expert and tech compliance advisor to moderate the AI-related panel discussion at PICANTE TECH Conference Europe 2019.

 

The future is almost here and there are more and more talks about AI being a key part of our daily life. But, it seems we are not quite there yet as most of the services that are available are not the real independent AI which is feared by many doomsday preachers.

At PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019), which will take place in Prague on the 3rd of September at Vienna House Andel’s Prague, we have put together an artificial intelligence-related panel discussion which will highlight some of the most recent topics that are discussed in the sphere and can benefit many in the upcoming period.

The panel discussion will be joined by Andjela Todorovic (Software Engineering Intern at Cubic Corporation), Jiří Třečák (CEO at Supernova), Aleksander Kijek (Chief Product Officer at Nethone) and last but not least, Vojtech Chloupek (Partner at Bird & Bird).

The futuristic thinking panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Robert Skalina, Senior Advisor at WH Partners.

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About Dr. Robert Skalina

Robert Skalina is a Czech Advocate as well as a Registered European Lawyer in Malta. He is based in Prague and works in Malta regularly.

He is financial services and corporate lawyer and provides advice to a wide range of investment managers, advisors and funds, including private equity and hedge funds. Robert also regularly advises clients in the gaming/gambling industries and has vast experience in the area of mergers and acquisitions and complex cross border transactions.

Robert has previously held the position of head of legal of a London based investment advisor active throughout the EMEA region. Prior to that, he served as legal counsel for the largest retail bank in the Czech Republic.

Robert graduated with an LLM cum laude from the London School of Economics. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the Charles University in Prague. He provides advice in English, Czech and Slovak.

PICANTE Tech Conference Europe is designed to bring both people and knowledge together and provides the excellent ecosystem of networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.

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