Annual Conference and Expo

September 22 — 24, 2021

SAFE Credit Union Convention Center

1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA

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Cal Cities is thrilled to announce that registration is now open for our 2021 Annual Conference and Expo! We can’t wait to see our city officials in person after 18 months of virtual meetings and events. The programming for this year’s annual conference will feature a variety of exciting speakers and timely presentations on key topics for local leaders, plus numerous networking opportunities. The always popular Expo floor will be back this year, filled with new and familiar faces, and brimming with opportunities to engage with companies and organizations that provide services to cities. 

As we all know too well, the pandemic is not over. Our number one priority will continue to be the health and safety of participants. We are working closely with the convention center to ensure that important protocols and cleaning procedures continue, and if necessary, are strengthened. A special webpage outlining these procedures and other important health and safety information for attendees will be available in plenty of time to prepare for the conference. 


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Conference Attendees


Program at a Glance

As of June 14, 2021 (subject to change)

Wednesday, Sept. 22
8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.Registration Open/Voting Delegates Booth Open
8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.City Clerks Workshop (additional registration required)
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. AB 1234 Ethics Training
11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Regional Division Lunches*
12:45-1:15 p.m.   First Time Attendee Orientation 
1:30-3:30 p.m. Opening General Session 
3:45-5:00 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions 
5:00-7:00 p.m. Grand Opening Expo Hall & Host City Reception (exhibitor exclusive; no competing events) 
7:00-10:00 p.m. CitiPAC Leadership Reception Hosted by Willdan

Thursday, Sept. 23
7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.Registration Open/Voting Delegates Booth Open
8:30-9:45 a.m.Concurrent Sessions
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.Expo Open
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.General Session
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.   Attendee Lunch in Expo Hall
1:00-2:15 p.m.General Resolutions Committee
1:00-5:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 
EveningRegional Division* and Caucus Events

Friday, Sept. 24

7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Registration Open
7:30-9:00 a.m.Regional Division Breakfasts*
8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.Concurrent Sessions
8:45-10:45 a.m. AB 1661 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
12:30-2:30 p.m.  Closing Luncheon & General Assembly

*Check with your Regional Public Affairs Manager for specific day/time

Hotel and Travel

A limited amount of hotel rooms are available at reduced rates for registered attendees and exhibitors at the 2021 Annual Conference and Expo. The discounted hotel rate cut-off is Tuesday, August 31. Hotels are subject to sell out prior to the deadline — reserve early!

Predatory Housing Warning

Beware of unauthorized housing and hotel reservation services that may solicit your business. All legitimate communications regarding housing will come directly from the League of California Cities. If you receive a suspicious email or phone call asking to book your hotel room for the conference, please let us know immediately.

STEP ONE: Register for the Conference

STEP TWO: Book hotel room

After your registration for the conference is received and processed, a confirmation email will be sent containing the links for housing reservations. 

Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street
$205.00 single/double*

Sheraton Grand Sacramento
1230 J Street
$200.00 single/double*

The Citizen Hotel
926 J Street
$204.00 single/double*

Holiday Inn Sacramento Downtown
300 J Street
$198.00 single/double*

Best Western Plus Sutter House
1100 H Street
$180.00 single/double - Phone reservations only. Please ask for the League of California Cities room block.*

Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Sacramento
2001 Point West Way
$174.00 single/double*

Hilton Sacramento Arden West
2200 Harvard Street
$174.00 single/double*

*Plus occupancy taxes and fees.

Hotel Changes or Cancellations

Hotel reservation changes, date modifications, early check-out, or cancellations made prior to Tuesday, August 31, must be done through the online reservation link you received when registering for the conference. Use your confirmation/acknowledgement number to access your reservation and make any necessary changes. Once the August 31 deadline has passed, please contact the hotel directly with any changes or cancellations. Please note that after the housing deadline has passed, you may incur a financial penalty and minimum one-night room charge or attrition fees.

PLEASE NOTE: The information you provide to Cal Cities when registering for a Cal Cities conference or meeting may be shared with the conference or meeting hotel(s). The hotel(s) will also share with Cal Cities the information you provide to the hotel(s) when you make your hotel reservation for the conference or meeting. The information shared between Cal Cities and the hotel(s) will be limited to your first name, last name and dates/length of stay in the hotel.

CAUTION! You must be registered for the conference prior to booking a hotel room. Do not make a hotel reservation unless you are sure it is needed. Your city/company will be financially responsible for all cancellation/attrition fees. If you are making hotel reservations for others, please confirm with each individual, in advance, that they actually need hotel accommodations and intend to use them on the dates you are reserving.

Parking and Public Transportation

The convention center is conveniently located in the heart of the city and is within walking distance of the State Capital, hotels, dining, landmarks, and attractions. Public transportation is easily accessible and includes the Sacramento Regional Transit (RT), ZipCar, and Amtrak.

Self-parking and valet are available at most hotels. Parking for the convention center is available at the city-owned Memorial Garage on 14th street between H and I Streets. In addition, several privately owned parking garages are also within walking distance of the convention center. (Parking rates vary by location and are subject to change without notice).


Full Registration Includes:

  • Admission to Expo and education sessions (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Wednesday host city reception; Thursday grab-and-go breakfast; Thursday lunch with exhibitors; Friday closing luncheon
  • Admission to CitiPAC and Diversity Caucus Receptions
  • Electronic access to all program materials

Online Registration (credit card) - Register Now

Mail-in Registration (pay by check) - contact Megan Dunn to request a registration form.

NOTE: Conference Registration is required to attend all conference activities including Department and Division meetings and the General Assembly. Sharing of registration is prohibited.


Full Conference Registration Fees


Early bird (through July 16)
After July 16 and onsite

City Delegate


  Member City

$ 550

$ 600

  Nonmember City
$ 1550
$ 1600

Public Official


 State/County/Public Official

$ 625

$ 675




  Company Representative

$ 625

$ 675


All Others

$ 825

$ 875



Optional Registration Add-ons (non-refundable)

City Clerks Workshop (includes lunch) - $150 member cities, $300 non-member cities

Guest Registration - $125

The guest rate is restricted to those who are not city/public officials, are not related to any Partner/Expo company, and would have no professional reason to attend for learning or business. Rate includes admission to the Expo and receptions only. Session seats are reserved for conference registrants. There is no refund for the cancellation of a guest registration. It is not advisable to use city funds to register a guest.

Questions or special needs? Contact conference registrar Megan Dunn before Wednesday, August 25.


One-Day Registration

Early bird rates are not available for one-day registration


City Delegate


  Member City

$ 325

  Nonmember City

$ 1325


Public Official


  State/County/Public Official

$ 375




  Company Representative

$ 375


All Others

$ 575


Refund Policy

Advance registrants unable to attend will receive a refund of rate paid, minus a $75 processing charge, only when a written request is submitted to Megan Dunn, and received on or before September 15. Refunds will not be available after this date. If you are unable to attend, you may substitute a colleague for your entire registration.


General Information

Conference Location

The 2021 Annual Conference will be held at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, located at 1400 J Street in Sacramento. All sessions will be held at the convention center unless otherwise noted.

Brown Act and Cal Cities Conferences

The Brown Act permits the attendance of a majority of the members of a legislative body at a conference or similar gathering open to the public that addresses issues of general interest to the public or to public agencies of the type represented by the legislative body. However, a majority of the members cannot discuss among themselves, other than as part of the scheduled program, business of a specific nature that is within the local agency’s subject matter jurisdiction.

Helen Putnam Award for Excellence

This program, supported by the League Partners, recognizes outstanding cities that deliver the highest quality and level of service in the most effective manner possible. Visit the special displays by cities that won the 2021 prestigious award and learn what your city can adapt from their success. Displays can be found in the League Partner Village in the Expo Hall.

Institute for Local Government

The Institute for Local Government promotes good government at the local level with practical, impartial, and easy-to-use resources for California communities. Current program areas and resources to help local officials in service to their communities include local government basics, public engagement, sustainable communities, and public service ethics. Please visit to learn more.

Mayors and Council Members Leadership Academy Torch Program

The MCMLA torch program is for elected officials who are seeking continuing education to enhance their own knowledge and skills in order to better serve the public. Each year officials from throughout the state earn recognition as they progress upward through three sequential levels of achievement.

Session Materials

Our goal is to provide exceptional educational experiences, networking opportunities, and innovative tools that will make attendees and their cities more successful. Presentation materials are an important element of the Annual Conference. You can download or print session materials in advance or after the conference for additional resources.

Educational Sessions

Educational sessions at the Annual Conference are offered in a variety of formats and include professional development focused on leadership skills and workable solutions. Targeting a broad audience, sessions concentrate on innovative, evidence-based, and discussion-provoking trends, tools, and best practices. Connecting professional experience and collective understanding, these sessions aim to provide attendees the opportunity to gain practical skills and useful resources.

First Time Attendees

A special presentation to welcome first-time attendees is scheduled for Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. Join us to hear about our organization and how to get the most out of your conference experience.

Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Credits Available

With support and leadership from the City Attorneys Department, a limited number of sessions will provide Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) presentations for California attorneys. Legal updates will be offered in municipal litigation subject areas: General Municipal Law, Torts and Civil Rights, Labor and Employment, and Land Use and CEQA. Additional timely municipal law topics will be covered, including one hour of MCLE specialty credit. Sessions providing MCLE credit will be noted in the conference program. All conference participants are welcome to attend sessions that offer MCLE credit.

Finance Directors with CPAs can Earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits

With support and leadership from the Municipal Finance Officers Department, a limited number of sessions are eligible to earn CPEs for those with a California Board of Accountancy (CBA) license. Sessions providing CPE will be noted in the conference program. All conference participants are welcome to attend CPE-earning sessions.

State Mandated Training

Training to meet state requirements on specific ethics laws and principles and workplace harassment, discrimination and retaliation will be offered. Understanding Public Service Ethics Laws and Principles (AB 1234 Training) will be available as a pre-conference workshop on Wednesday morning, and Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for City Officials (AB 1661/1825 training) will be available Friday morning during the concurrent sessions.

League Partner Sessions

Sessions planned by our League Partners will be scheduled during regular conference times and be designated with special signage and a note in the program. This is an excellent opportunity for Cal Cities members to get to know our Partners in a new way.

City Clerks Workshop

The annual City Clerks Workshop is scheduled on Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. as a pre-conference workshop. The workshop begins with a 30-minute department business meeting followed by a four-hour workshop. CMC/MMC Advanced Education Point accreditation will be available. (Additional registration is required to attend the workshop).

Networking Opportunities

Host City Reception

The City of Sacramento welcomes delegates to the League of California Cities Annual Conference and Expo. Please join us at the opening night host reception and enjoy a selection of delicious hors d’oeuvres. The reception will take place from 5–7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Expo Hall.


The Board of Directors has recognized five diversity groups: African American Caucus; Asian Pacific Islander Caucus; Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Caucus (LGBTQ); Latino Caucus; and Women’s Caucus. Sign up to join one or more of the Cal Cities’ caucuses. Caucus networking events at the Annual Conference are open to all attendees.

Regional Divisions

Regional Divisions function as Cal Cities’ grassroots advocacy teams. Divisions are staffed locally by public affairs managers to support Cal Cities' goals. Contact your regional public affairs manager for more information about division networking events during the conference. (Additional registration may be required for Regional Division activities).

CitiPAC Leadership Reception

CitiPAC will present its Leadership Reception on the evening of Wednesday, September 22. Join conference attendees for this wonderful event in support of CitiPAC featuring food, beverages, and entertainment.

Organization Meetings

Municipal Departments

Functioning as professional societies with educational and networking opportunities, professional departments play an essential role in forming Cal Cities policy and programs. Discover what your colleagues are working on with Cal Cities by attending the department business meetings scheduled throughout the conference.

General Resolutions Committee

Policy developments is a key part of the Cal Cities legislative process and Cal Cities’ annual conference resolutions process is one way that city officials can directly participate in the development of Cal Cities policy. The deadline to submit resolutions is July 24. Visit the Policy and Resolutions page for more information.

Sessions and speakers are subject to change.