New Mayors and Council Members Academy

January 18-20 in Sacramento or February 1-3 in Universal City, 2023


Join the League of California Cities for three days of educational content and networking at the 2023 New Mayors and Council Members Academy. There are two options for this year's academy: One in Sacramento, Jan. 18-20, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, and the other in Universal City, Feb. 1-3, 2023, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.

Designed for newly elected officials and veterans wanting a refresher course, this academy provides you with an introduction to the services of the League of California Cities, offers a basic legal and practical framework in which city officials operate, and fosters relationships with fellow elected officials. The opportunity for city leaders to learn from and network with each other provides invaluable support.

The academy will touch on current topics of importance to newly elected mayors and council members, including diversity, relationships between city council and city management, city planning, effective advocacy, financial responsibilities, and more.

Opportunities for elected officials to complete state-mandated AB 1234 ethics training and AB1661 sexual harassment prevention training will be offered and included in your registration fee. Stay tuned for more details!

Join Cal Cities for this can’t-miss opportunity to sharpen your skills as you prepare your city for the future. Registration will open in the fall of 2022.

For questions about the 2023 academy, please contact Associate Manager, Event Program, Kayla Boutros.

Please see our event and meeting policies.

Look below for specific information about the academy you wish to attend. 

2023 Northern California Academy Information

Registration

Full Registration Includes:

  • admission to all educational sessions  
  • admission to Wednesday lunch, Thursday breakfast and lunch, Friday breakfast, and the legislative reception 

  • access to all program materials 

 

Register online (requires credit card) by: 

Wednesday, Jan. 4 for the Northern California Academy Register now 

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

Special Needs? Contact Megan Dunn by Wednesday, Jan. 4 for the Northern California Academy.

 

Conference Registration Fees 

 

Member-City Officials and Staff  

$625 

Non-Member City Officials and Staff            

$1,625 

Guest Reception Pass 

$50 

 

*The guest/spouse fee is restricted to persons who are not city or public officials, are not related to any League Partner or sponsor, and would have no professional reason to attend the conference. It includes admission to the Legislative Reception only. There is no refund for the cancellation of a guest/spouse registration. It is not advisable to use city funds to register a guest/spouse.  

 

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 Jan. 4 for the Northern California Academy. Refunds will not be available after this date. If you are unable to attend, you may substitute a colleague for your entire registration. 

Hotel and Travel

A limited number of hotel rooms are available at a reduced rate for conference attendees. The discounted hotel rate cut-off for the Hyatt Regency Sacramento is Friday, Dec. 30, 2022.

STEP ONE: Register for the Northern California Academy 

After your registration for the conference is received and processed, a confirmation email will be sent containing a link to the discounted hotel reservations page. 

STEP TWO: Book a hotel room 

Hotels are subject to sell out prior to the deadline – reserve early!  

Academy Location:  

Hyatt Regency Sacramento 
1207 L Street Sacramento, CA 95814 

Group Hotel Rate (per night): $215 – Single/Double Occupancy (plus tax and fees) 

Hotel Changes or Cancellations 

Hotel reservation changes, date modifications, early check-out, or cancellations must be made directly through the hotel. Please note that after the discounted hotel rate cut-off date 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, email, 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 Transportation 

The Hyatt Regency Sacramento is located in downtown Sacramento, across from the Capitol and approximately ten miles to Sacramento International Airport (SMF) and just one mile to the Sacramento Valley Station for Amtrak service. Take advantage of secured covered parking at the hotel with both valet and self-parking available for your convenience (fee applies). Additionally, guests can make use of 26 electric car chargers included in the price of parking. Contact the Concierge for assistance with reservations for Super Shuttle, Yellow Cab or other ride sharing options. 

Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, Jan. 18

Registration Open 

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

AB 1661 Training  

9:00-11:00 a.m. 

Opening General Session 

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Networking Luncheon with your Division 

12:30-1:30 p.m. 

Educational Session 

1:45-3:15 p.m. 

Educational Session 

3:30-5:00 p.m. 

Legislative Reception

5:30-6:30 p.m.  

 

Thursday, Jan. 19

Registration Open 

7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Networking Breakfast 

7:30-9:00 a.m. 

AB 1234 Session 

7:45-9:45 a.m. 

Educational Session 

10:00-11:00 a.m. 

Educational Session 

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Networking Lunch 

12:30-1:30 p.m. 

Educational Session 

1:45-3:15 p.m. 
 

Educational Session 

3:30-5:00 p.m. 

Friday, Jan. 20

Registration Open 

7:30-11:00 a.m. 

Breakfast 

7:30-8:30 a.m. 

Educational Session

8:30-10:00 a.m. 

Educational Session 

10:15-11:45 a.m. 

Adjourn 

12:00 p.m. 

Explore Previous Academies

2022 Academy Session Descriptions

Click to view the full academy schedule PDF.

Thursday, January 20

Morning Coffee Chat with the Department Executive Committee

8:30–9:15 a.m.

Join the Mayors and Council Members Department executive committee for an informal coffee chat before the conference begins. Come (virtually) meet your peers, share insights, and gear up for the day ahead!

Cal Cities Mayors and Council Members Department Officers
John Minto, Department President and Mayor, Santee
Susannah Meyer, First Vice President and Council Member, Brentwood
Blanca Pacheco, Second Vice President and Mayor, Downey
Lori Ogorchock, Immediate Past President and Department Director and Council Member, Antioch


An Irregular Meeting of the City Council of Dysfunction Junction: The Do’s and Don’ts of Conducting a Public Meeting

9:30–11:30 a.m.

Enjoy a popular depiction of a city council meeting gone awry and learn from its mistakes.

Welcome and Introductions 
John Minto, President, Mayors and Council Members Department, League of California Cities and Mayor, Santee

Speakers 
Christi Hogin and Michael Jenkins, Best Best & Krieger
 

Your Cal Cities and How to Use It

1:00–1:45 p.m.

As a city official, you are the League of California Cities. Meet the Cal Cities leadership team and learn about the organization’s mission and structure, the advocacy and educational tools Cal Cities provides, and how you can get the most out of your membership.

Moderator
Jennifer Whiting, Director, Education and Member Services, League of California Cities 

Speakers
Cindy Silva, President, League of California Cities and Mayor Pro Tem, Walnut Creek
Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director and CEO, League of California Cities

 

Developing an Effective City Council and City Manager Team: The Key to Good Governance and City Success 

2:00–3:30 p.m.

Successful communities require highly effective governance and management, key to which is a positive city council/city manager working relationship guided by good, open communication. This session will help you to better appreciate the roles that the city council governing body, individual council members, and the city manager fulfill in a successful working relationship based on effective communication and sound governance practices.

Moderator

Pat Martel, West Coast Regional Director, ICMA

 

Speakers
Angela Andrews, Council Member, Hayward
Kelly McAdoo, City Manager, Hayward 

 

Friday, January 21

Financial Responsibilities, City Revenues Workshop 

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Learn about your responsibilities as an elected official when exercising fiduciary accountability and transparency in open government. In this enlightening conversation, discuss the local government financial cycle, elected official financial oversight duties, and state and local funding relationships, and the four stages of fiscal meltdown. Plus, learn how to be a better leader by discovering how to avoid micromanagement and manage complacency. The importance of structurally balanced budget tips for setting city council goals and the need for financial policies will be stressed during this session.

Speakers
Michael Coleman, Fiscal Policy Advisor to the League of California Cities and CSMFO; CaliforniaCityFinance.com
Christina Turner, City Manager, Morgan Hill

 

Thursday, January 27

Morning Coffee Chat with your Regional Division 

8:30–9:15 a.m.

Meet your regional public affairs manager and join fellow division members for an informal coffee chat before the day begins. Regional Divisions cover every part of California and serve as the grassroots advocacy core of the League of California Cities. Made up of elected and career city officials, Regional Divisions develop region-specific programs and carry out grassroots activities to support specific legislative, regulatory, and ballot measure goals. Divisions guide Cal Cities policy by appointing representatives to the board of directors, as well as its resolutions, policy, and annual conference committees.

*Desert Mountain and Inland Empire divisions will not have a coffee chat. Please contact Laura Morales for more information.

*The Monterey Bay division will not have a coffee chat. Please contact Deanna Sessums for more information.


Speakers
Regional Public Affairs Managers

Effective Advocacy and Key City Issues

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Meet the League of California Cities’ legislative team and learn about the 2022 Cal Cities Action Agenda, legislative calendar, and trending issues in the Legislature. The Cal Cities team will also share ideas for establishing practical skills to develop persuasive arguments and testimony that will serve your city’s interests.

 

Moderator

Melanie Perron, Deputy Executive Director, Advocacy & Public Affairs, League of California Cities

 

Speakers
Bismarck Obando, Director of Public Affairs, League of California Cities
Jason Rhine, Assistant Legislative Director, League of California Cities
Caroline Cirrincione, Legislative Affairs, Lobbyist, League of California Cities 
Damon Conklin, Legislative Affairs, Lobbyist, League of California Cities 
Derek Dolfie, Legislative Affairs, Lobbyist, League of California Cities
Elisa Arcidiacono, Legislative Affairs, Lobbyist, League of California Cities   
Johnnie Piña, Legislative Affairs, Lobbyist, League of California Cities     
Nicolas Romo, Legislative Affairs, Lobbyist, League of California Cities
Jessica Sankus, Senior Policy and Legislative Analyst, League of California Cities

Policy Role in Land Use Planning

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Land use planning is one of the most important parts of a city official’s responsibilities due to the long-term impacts it can have on a community’s environment, economic vitality, and the physical health of its residents. Learn about tools and processes in land use planning, such as the general plan, zoning, and the California Environmental Quality Act, as well as the role of regional agencies and the state. This knowledge will help you foster a solid working relationship with your city’s planning commission and planning staff.

Moderator
Lori Ogorchock, Immediate Past President and Department Director and Council Member, Antioch

Speakers
Mark Teague, Managing Principal Environmental Services, PlaceWorks
Eric Nelson, Planning Commissioners Department Director and Dana Point Planning Commissioner


Your Legal Powers and Obligations; Open Government and Conflicts of Interest

1:30–3:00 p.m.

You were elected to make things happen in your city. Learn the breadth and limitations of your powers as a city official. Then, acquire a basic understanding of the legal authorities and restrictions under which cities and city officials operate, with a focus on open government laws, such as the Brown Act and the Public Records Act, and laws pertaining to conflicts of interest.

Moderator

Corrie Manning, General Counsel, League of California Cities

 

Speaker
Thomas Brown, Of Counsel, Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP

 

Friday, January 28

Morning Coffee Chat with the Department Executive Committee

8:30–9:00 a.m.

Join the Mayors and Council Members Department executive committee for an informal coffee chat before the conference begins. Come (virtually) meet your peers, share insights, and gear up for the day ahead!

Cal Cities Mayors and Council Members Department Officers
John Minto, Department President and Mayor, Santee
Susannah Meyer, First Vice President and Council Member, Brentwood
Blanca Pacheco, Second Vice President and Mayor, Downey
Lori Ogorchock, Immediate Past President and Department Director and Council Member, Antioch


Social Media / Digital Communications and Civic Engagement

9:15–10:30 a.m.

With constant advancements in social media over the last several years, it can be hard to keep up with the “do’s and don’ts” of every platform. Moreover, as misinformation increases, elected officials need to be quick on their feet and have the necessary skills to proactively manage public perceptions about local governmental affairs. Discover what cities should be doing to communicate with their constituents in the 21st century, and the rules that elected officials must follow.

Moderator
Blanca Pacheco, Second Vice President and Mayor, Downey

Speakers
Brandon Castillo, Partner, Bicker, Castillo & Fairbanks
Traci Park, Partner, Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP

 


From Dangerous Discourse to Extraordinary Engagement: Changing the Conversation on Inclusion

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Diversity is a fact: Inclusion is a choice and often, an expectation. It is important to take a good, hard, long look at how we are doing business and truthfully examine how to do business better. As elected officials, it is incumbent upon us to ask and effectively answer two questions: "Who else needs to be included in our conversations?" and "How can we effectively engage them?" This session will give you a personal lens into conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion, and will equip you with specific strategies for more inclusive business practices.

Moderator
John Minto, President, Mayors and Council Members Department, League of California Cities and Mayor, Santee

Speaker
Eric Bailey, Managing Partner, Extraordinary Balance
 

Conference Adjourns
12:30 p.m.

*Agenda is subject to change 


 

2022 Academy Session Materials

In addition to access to all live sessions, session materials, and virtual networking opportunities, registering for the conference grants you access to all session recordings for later viewing for a limited time. Click to view the session recordings. 

 

Previous Academy Session Materials

2021 Session Materials
2020 Session Materials
2019 Session Materials

 





2023 Southern California Academy Information

Registration

Full Registration Includes:

  • admission to all educational sessions  
  • admission to Wednesday lunch, Thursday breakfast and lunch, Friday breakfast, and the legislative reception 

  • access to all program materials 

Register online (requires credit card) by: 

Wednesday, Jan. 18 for the Southern California Academy.  Register now.  

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

Special Needs? Contact  Megan Dunn by Wednesday, Jan. 18 for the Southern California Academy. 

 

Conference Registration Fees 

 

Member-City Officials and Staff  

$625 

Non-Member City Officials and Staff            

$1,625 

Guest Reception Pass 

$50 

 

*The guest/spouse fee is restricted to persons who are not city or public officials, are not related to any League Partner or sponsor, and would have no professional reason to attend the conference. It includes admission to the Legislative Reception only. There is no refund for the cancellation of a guest/spouse registration. It is not advisable to use city funds to register a guest/spouse.  

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 Jan. 18 for the Southern California Academy. Refunds will not be available after this date. If you are unable to attend, you may substitute a colleague for your entire registration. 

 

Hotel and Travel

A limited number of hotel rooms are available at a reduced rate for conference attendees. The discounted hotel rate cut-off for the Sheraton Universal City is Tuesday, Jan. 10., 2023

STEP ONE: Register for the Southern California Academy.

After your registration for the conference is received and processed, a confirmation email will be sent containing a link to the discounted hotel reservations page. 

STEP TWO: Book a hotel room 

Hotels are subject to sell out prior to the deadline – reserve early!  

Academy Location:  

Sheraton Universal 
333 Universal Hollywood Dr. 
Universal City, CA 91608 

 

Group Hotel Rate (per night): $199 – Single/Double Occupancy (plus tax and fees) 

Hotel Changes or Cancellations 

Hotel reservation changes, date modifications, early check-out, or cancellations must be made directly through the hotel. Please note that after the discounted hotel rate cut-off date 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, email, 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 Transportation 

The Sheraton Universal is located in Universal City, steps from Universal Studios and CityWalk, and less than five miles to Hollywood Burbank Airport. Valet and self-parking are available onsite for a fee. The Metro’s red line is also a short walk away. 

Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Registration Open 

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

AB 1661 Training  

9:00-11:00 a.m. 

Opening General Session 

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Networking Luncheon with your Division 

12:30-1:30 p.m. 

Educational Session 

1:45-3:15 p.m. 

Educational Session 

3:30-5:00 p.m. 

 

Thursday, Feb. 2

Registration Open 

7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Networking Breakfast 

7:30-9:00 a.m. 

AB 1234 Session 

7:45-9:45 a.m. 

Educational Session 

10:00-11:00 a.m. 

Educational Session 

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Networking Lunch 

12:30-1:30 p.m. 

Educational Session 

1:45-3:15 p.m. 
 

Educational Session 

3:30-5:00 p.m. 

 

Legislative Reception

5:15-6:15 p.m.

 

Friday, Feb. 3

Registration Open 

7:30-11:00 a.m. 

Breakfast 

7:30-8:30 a.m. 

Educational Session

8:30-10:00 a.m. 

Educational Session 

10:15-11:45 a.m. 

Adjourn 

12:00 p.m. 

 

Explore Previous Academies

 

2022 Academy Session Descriptions

Click to view the full academy schedule PDF.

Thursday, January 20

Morning Coffee Chat with the Department Executive Committee

8:30–9:15 a.m.

Join the Mayors and Council Members Department executive committee for an informal coffee chat before the conference begins. Come (virtually) meet your peers, share insights, and gear up for the day ahead!

Cal Cities Mayors and Council Members Department Officers
John Minto, Department President and Mayor, Santee
Susannah Meyer, First Vice President and Council Member, Brentwood
Blanca Pacheco, Second Vice President and Mayor, Downey
Lori Ogorchock, Immediate Past President and Department Director and Council Member, Antioch


An Irregular Meeting of the City Council of Dysfunction Junction: The Do’s and Don’ts of Conducting a Public Meeting

9:30–11:30 a.m.

Enjoy a popular depiction of a city council meeting gone awry and learn from its mistakes.

Welcome and Introductions 
John Minto, President, Mayors and Council Members Department, League of California Cities and Mayor, Santee

Speakers 
Christi Hogin and Michael Jenkins, Best Best & Krieger
 

Your Cal Cities and How to Use It

1:00–1:45 p.m.

As a city official, you are the League of California Cities. Meet the Cal Cities leadership team and learn about the organization’s mission and structure, the advocacy and educational tools Cal Cities provides, and how you can get the most out of your membership.

Moderator
Jennifer Whiting, Director, Education and Member Services, League of California Cities 

Speakers
Cindy Silva, President, League of California Cities and Mayor Pro Tem, Walnut Creek
Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director and CEO, League of California Cities

 

Developing an Effective City Council and City Manager Team: The Key to Good Governance and City Success 

2:00–3:30 p.m.

Successful communities require highly effective governance and management, key to which is a positive city council/city manager working relationship guided by good, open communication. This session will help you to better appreciate the roles that the city council governing body, individual council members, and the city manager fulfill in a successful working relationship based on effective communication and sound governance practices.

Moderator

Pat Martel, West Coast Regional Director, ICMA

 

Speakers
Angela Andrews, Council Member, Hayward
Kelly McAdoo, City Manager, Hayward 

 

Friday, January 21

Financial Responsibilities, City Revenues Workshop 

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Learn about your responsibilities as an elected official when exercising fiduciary accountability and transparency in open government. In this enlightening conversation, discuss the local government financial cycle, elected official financial oversight duties, and state and local funding relationships, and the four stages of fiscal meltdown. Plus, learn how to be a better leader by discovering how to avoid micromanagement and manage complacency. The importance of structurally balanced budget tips for setting city council goals and the need for financial policies will be stressed during this session.

Speakers
Michael Coleman, Fiscal Policy Advisor to the League of California Cities and CSMFO; CaliforniaCityFinance.com
Christina Turner, City Manager, Morgan Hill

 

Thursday, January 27

Morning Coffee Chat with your Regional Division 

8:30–9:15 a.m.

Meet your regional public affairs manager and join fellow division members for an informal coffee chat before the day begins. Regional Divisions cover every part of California and serve as the grassroots advocacy core of the League of California Cities. Made up of elected and career city officials, Regional Divisions develop region-specific programs and carry out grassroots activities to support specific legislative, regulatory, and ballot measure goals. Divisions guide Cal Cities policy by appointing representatives to the board of directors, as well as its resolutions, policy, and annual conference committees.

*Desert Mountain and Inland Empire divisions will not have a coffee chat. Please contact Laura Morales for more information.

*The Monterey Bay division will not have a coffee chat. Please contact Deanna Sessums for more information.


Speakers
Regional Public Affairs Managers

Effective Advocacy and Key City Issues

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Meet the League of California Cities’ legislative team and learn about the 2022 Cal Cities Action Agenda, legislative calendar, and trending issues in the Legislature. The Cal Cities team will also share ideas for establishing practical skills to develop persuasive arguments and testimony that will serve your city’s interests.

 

Moderator

Melanie Perron, Deputy Executive Director, Advocacy & Public Affairs, League of California Cities

 

Speakers
Bismarck Obando, Director of Public Affairs, League of California Cities
Jason Rhine, Assistant Legislative Director, League of California Cities
Caroline Cirrincione, Legislative Affairs, Lobbyist, League of California Cities 
Damon Conklin, Legislative Affairs, Lobbyist, League of California Cities 
Derek Dolfie, Legislative Affairs, Lobbyist, League of California Cities
Elisa Arcidiacono, Legislative Affairs, Lobbyist, League of California Cities   
Johnnie Piña, Legislative Affairs, Lobbyist, League of California Cities     
Nicolas Romo, Legislative Affairs, Lobbyist, League of California Cities
Jessica Sankus, Senior Policy and Legislative Analyst, League of California Cities

Policy Role in Land Use Planning

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Land use planning is one of the most important parts of a city official’s responsibilities due to the long-term impacts it can have on a community’s environment, economic vitality, and the physical health of its residents. Learn about tools and processes in land use planning, such as the general plan, zoning, and the California Environmental Quality Act, as well as the role of regional agencies and the state. This knowledge will help you foster a solid working relationship with your city’s planning commission and planning staff.

Moderator
Lori Ogorchock, Immediate Past President and Department Director and Council Member, Antioch

Speakers
Mark Teague, Managing Principal Environmental Services, PlaceWorks
Eric Nelson, Planning Commissioners Department Director and Dana Point Planning Commissioner


Your Legal Powers and Obligations; Open Government and Conflicts of Interest

1:30–3:00 p.m.

You were elected to make things happen in your city. Learn the breadth and limitations of your powers as a city official. Then, acquire a basic understanding of the legal authorities and restrictions under which cities and city officials operate, with a focus on open government laws, such as the Brown Act and the Public Records Act, and laws pertaining to conflicts of interest.

Moderator

Corrie Manning, General Counsel, League of California Cities

 

Speaker
Thomas Brown, Of Counsel, Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP

 

Friday, January 28

Morning Coffee Chat with the Department Executive Committee

8:30–9:00 a.m.

Join the Mayors and Council Members Department executive committee for an informal coffee chat before the conference begins. Come (virtually) meet your peers, share insights, and gear up for the day ahead!

Cal Cities Mayors and Council Members Department Officers
John Minto, Department President and Mayor, Santee
Susannah Meyer, First Vice President and Council Member, Brentwood
Blanca Pacheco, Second Vice President and Mayor, Downey
Lori Ogorchock, Immediate Past President and Department Director and Council Member, Antioch


Social Media / Digital Communications and Civic Engagement

9:15–10:30 a.m.

With constant advancements in social media over the last several years, it can be hard to keep up with the “do’s and don’ts” of every platform. Moreover, as misinformation increases, elected officials need to be quick on their feet and have the necessary skills to proactively manage public perceptions about local governmental affairs. Discover what cities should be doing to communicate with their constituents in the 21st century, and the rules that elected officials must follow.

Moderator
Blanca Pacheco, Second Vice President and Mayor, Downey

Speakers
Brandon Castillo, Partner, Bicker, Castillo & Fairbanks
Traci Park, Partner, Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP

 


From Dangerous Discourse to Extraordinary Engagement: Changing the Conversation on Inclusion

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Diversity is a fact: Inclusion is a choice and often, an expectation. It is important to take a good, hard, long look at how we are doing business and truthfully examine how to do business better. As elected officials, it is incumbent upon us to ask and effectively answer two questions: "Who else needs to be included in our conversations?" and "How can we effectively engage them?" This session will give you a personal lens into conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion, and will equip you with specific strategies for more inclusive business practices.

Moderator
John Minto, President, Mayors and Council Members Department, League of California Cities and Mayor, Santee

Speaker
Eric Bailey, Managing Partner, Extraordinary Balance
 

Conference Adjourns
12:30 p.m.

*Agenda is subject to change 


 

2022 Academy Session Materials

In addition to access to all live sessions, session materials, and virtual networking opportunities, registering for the conference grants you access to all session recordings for later viewing for a limited time. Click to view the session recordings. 

 

Previous Academy Session Materials

2021 Session Materials
2020 Session Materials
2019 Session Materials

 

 

Speaker Center

In the Speaker Center, you can find resources for all speaker-related details including deadlines, audiovisual requests, presentation submission directions, panelist agreements, and key event contacts. 

Speaker Agreement

Below are key presenter deadlines and a link to the Speakers Agreement. Please read and complete the required fields to acknowledge your acceptance of the League of California Cities’ presenter guidelines. Providing your digital signature allows Cal Cities to move forward in planning and promoting your session, as well as publish your name and affiliation on our website and in marketing materials. Your contact information will remain strictly confidential.

Should you have any questions, please contact the education department.

Important deadlines 

Friday, Nov. 18: Complete the Speakers Agreement and note any specific audiovisual requests. On the day of their presentation, speakers are provided a one-day complimentary registration (not including meals or special events), which needs to be completed via the form. If you would like to register for additional conference days or activities, please contact Megan Dunn.

Friday, Dec. 30: Discount hotel rate cut-off for the Northern California Academy. Once you register for the conference, you will be prompted to book a hotel room.

Wednesday, Jan. 4: Deadline for advance conference registration for the Northern California Academy.

Wednesday, Jan. 11: Discount hotel rate cut-off for the Southern California Academy. Once you register for the conference, you will be prompted to book a hotel room.

Wednesday, Jan. 18: Deadline for the advance conference registration for the Southern California Academy.

Nov.-Jan.: To ensure each speaker is comfortable with their responsibilities during the presentation, please hold at least one conference call with all of the panelists in your session. The session planning chair, typically the person who submitted the proposal for the conference, is responsible for connecting with the other speakers to hold a session planning call.


Monday, Jan. 9: Submit your final presentation to Cal Cities via the presentation submission page.

Presentation Guidelines and Submission

Our goal is to provide exceptional educational experiences, networking opportunities, and innovative tools that will make attendees and their cities more successful. Studies show that adults learn best when they are actively involved in the process rather than passively listening or watching. Most attendees are knowledgeable about the subject, and therefore are interested in hearing what others know and what their experiences have been. Accordingly, we urge you to plan your presentation with these suggestions in mind.

The most common complaints on session evaluations from prior seminars are:
  • "The presentation was a 'sales' pitch for a particular product or service."
  • "I couldn't read the slides."
  • "One speaker took so much time that the others were not able to give their full presentations."
  • "I'd like more practical knowledge."
Please consider the following as you prepare for your presentation:
  • Relevant content for experienced audiences that stretches thinking and provides new approaches.
  • Content that is delivered in an engaging way and draws on the experience of the attendees.
  • Examples and case studies of real success (and successful failures).
  • Try to add stories, anecdotes, testimonials, or demonstrations that emphasize your point. We all remember a good story, and thus more easily the lesson with it.
  • Provide tools and information that the audience can implement.
  • If there are other speakers in your session, coordinate with them in advance to decide your speaking order and ensure that all presentations fit into the assigned time allotment. If you do not have the contact information for your co-presenters, please contact kboutros@calcities.org.
  • Selling from the podium creates conflict of interest problems. Education sessions at the New Mayors and Council Members Academy should never be an advertisement. Therefore, presentations may not include any commercialism for specific products or consulting services. 

Submitting Your Session Materials

Presentation materials are an important element of Cal Cities educational programs. Please submit your presentation in either a Microsoft-friendly format or as a .pdf file no later than Monday, Jan. 9. Submitting your materials by this date guarantees they will be posted in time for both academies. Session materials are offered electronically only.  

  • When naming your session materials, please use your session title. For example: "YourSessionTitle".
  • If your session group has created multiple presentations, please combine all presentations into one document before submitting to us, in the order the presenters are speaking.

Please contact the education department with any questions, concerns, or assistance needs you may have. 

 

Session Layout and Structure

The League of California Cities encourages our presenters to use the most engaging educational platform possible when speaking at the New Mayors and Council Members Academy. We recognize that each session has a unique format and presentation style based on the preferences of the speaker(s) and content being presented, but the following three examples are provided as a general guideline in planning your session.

Panel Discussions: 75 minutes, with up to 3 speakers
Moderator (5 minutes)     
  • Welcome
  • Frame session
  • Introduce speakers
Speaker(s) #1, #2 and #3 (20 minutes)   
  • Summary of relevant experience
  • Learning objectives
  • Core session content
  • Summary of key points
Moderator (10 minutes)   
  • Facilitate Q&A
  • Final comments
Panel Discussions: 75 minutes, 1 speaker
Moderator (5 minutes)     
  • Welcome
  • Frame session
  • Introduce speaker
Speaker #1 (60 minutes)            
  • Summary of relevant experience
  • Learning objectives
  • Core session content
  • Summary of key points
Moderator (10 minutes)   
  • Facilitate Q&A
  • Final comments

Speed Sessions: 20 minutes

Speaker #1 (15 minutes)            
  • Self-Indroduction
  • Frame session
  • Fun and engaging presentation
Final Thoughts (5 minutes)   
  • Facilitate Q&A
  • Final comments
As a reminder, sessions may not include any product/service demonstrations or commercial presentations for specific products or consulting services. Please contact the education department with any questions, concerns or assistance needs you may have.