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March 18, 2012 (San Diego) -- The National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) today announced the establishment of its Land Use and Environmental Mediation Group, specializing in resolving disputes among landowners, developers, environmentalists, community activists and government agencies around development issues and other environmental concerns.


NCRC is a San Diego-based non-profit institution which sponsors mediation of a wide variety of issues and conflicts, including real estate, business, family, and neighborhood disputes. These services are provided both through the court system and at the request of private parties. NCRC also conducts training of mediators, both in the United States and in Europe.

In announcing the new mediation group, NCRC President Steven Dinkin stated: "This adds an important new capability to our organization, and will help resolve many difficult public disputes throughout California."
The Land Use and Environmental Mediation Group is comprised of five individual mediators with extensive experience in the field:
Richard Caputo, an engineer and experienced mediator, spent much of his career as a Planning and Technical Manager with Jet Propulsion Lab and brings expertise in energy and renewables issues. Rich: 760-765-3157 /
Barbara Filner, the founding director of the National Conflict Resolution Center's Training Institute, specializes in designing processes for controversial issues that require public participation. Barbara: 619-840-5039 /


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