Cal Cities Partners

Through its Cal Cities Partner program, the League of California Cities provides an opportunity for outside organizations to support the work of cities while engaging in educational activities, policymaking, conferences, regional meetings, and networking events throughout the year. Cal Cities Partners represent many industries and bring a unique perspective to city officials. Whether they are participating in regional division meetings, Cal Cities Policy Committees, or through various online or in-person educational forums, Cal Cities Partners bring a valued voice to conversations around city issues.





Become a Cal Cities Partner
Build Your Brand and Raise Your Profile Through the 2023 Cal Cities Partner Program

The Cal Cities Partner program is the gateway to local elected officials and the local government decision-making process in California.

Build Your Network

The program connects California’s businesses, nonprofit associations, labor communities, and other organizations with local government leaders from the state’s 482 cities.

This unique network provides vast opportunity for dialogue and participation with local governments and can provide the right venues to establish the contacts and conversations necessary to help organizations reach their goals.

Gain Recognition

Cal Cities Partners gain wide recognition throughout the year at numerous events and conferences that draw thousands of city officials, as well as in publications such as Western City magazine and Cal Cities' website.

Learn More About the Partner Program

Webinar Series 
Cannabis and Economic Development Webinar
Jan. 12, 2023
PowerPoint Slides | Webinar Recording

California voters continue to signal their strong approval for licensed cannabis business operations in their communities. This past election, voters across the state approved 23 of the 27 local cannabis revenue related ballot measures put before them. With 91% of Americans approving of cannabis legalization in some form, it should be no surprise that many California cities want both the economic development and tax revenues that come with licensed cannabis businesses.

Join us for a discussion on the benefits and best practices of opening your city up to licensed cannabis and resources that can help make it happen. Culture Cannabis Club’s Devon Julian and Barigye McCoy will be joined by preeminent local government and cannabis lobbyist (and former Cal Cities staffer) Amy O’Gorman Jenkins, to talk about how local governments are spurring new economic development and building their tax base with licensed cannabis. Amy will also brief participants on available state grant funding opportunities and highlight legislation being considered for the year ahead.

Bismarck Obando, Director of Public Affairs, League of California Cities
Mike Egan, Senior Manager, Sponsorship and Corporate Development, League of California Cities

Devon Julian, Chief Executive Officer, Culture Cannabis Club
Barigye McCoy, Chief of Communication, Culture Cannabis Club
Amy O'Gorman-Jenkins, President, Precision Advocacy
Chris Rogers, Councilmember, City of Santa Rosa


Past Webinar Series
March 15, 2022 
PowerPoint Slides |  Webinar Recording
Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Charge Ready Program has launched! By offering significant financial incentives and technical support, SCE’s Charge Ready program helps local governments, businesses, and property owners deploy the necessary infrastructure and equipment to support EV charging stations at their property. Attend this session to hear directly from SCE experts and learn how your community can apply to the program and get EV chargers on their property safely, quickly and at reduced cost.

Presenters: Naveed H. Ahmad, Sr. Advisor, eMobility, Southern California Edison; Dana Robertson, Advisor, eMobility, Southern California Edison

March 3, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

Curative explored how they develop local partnerships to transition from providing large-scale COVID-19 testing to vaccine distribution across California. The session highlighted the importance of public-private partnerships such as the one Curative has formed with the City of Riverside. 

Presenters: Haley Albert, Director of Growth, Curative; Agatha Bacelar, General Manager, Curative; Mark Annas, Emergency Services Administrator, City of Riverside; Brian Guzzetta, Captain, City of Riverside; Kaitlin Bilhartz, Marketing Communications Project Manager, City of Riverside

January 20, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

Cal Cities Partner and Charter Communications presented a webinar that focused on how ISP’s and municipalities can partner to bring resources to communities, connectivity, adoption of services, and best practices in the permitting process to complete projects that will increase economic success for residents and businesses.

Presenters: Keri Askew Bailey, Group Vice President, Charter Communications; Antonia Castro-Graham, Deputy City Manager, City of Fullerton; Sunne McPeak, Presiden, and CEO, California Emerging Technology Fund; Michael Santorelli, Director at Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute, New York School of Law

Speakers Bureau and Expert Session Registry

The Cal Cities Partner program is developing a list of Partner-led educational sessions that can be drawn from throughout the year to provide educational sessions for conferences, regional division meetings, or webinars. The ability to submit a session is restricted to Cal Cities Partner members and is a direct benefit of participation in the program. Partners should submit session concepts and potential presenters via our online submission tool.  

Partner Directory

Cal Cities Partners represent many industries and bring a unique perspective to city officials. One of the program’s many benefits is enrollment in a searchable online service directory. 

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Partner Briefings

Upcoming Partner Briefings
Thursday, March 23, 2023
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City Leaders Summit

April 12-14, 2023

SAFE Credit Union Convention Center

1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA

The City Leaders Summit is a unique advocacy and education event that allows city officials to influence state policy decisions and gain top-notch leadership skills. During the event, city leaders will spend a full day meeting with legislators to discuss the most pertinent issues affecting their cities and then attend two days of in-depth educational sessions to explore local solutions to statewide problems.

For questions, please contact Associate Manager, Event Program, Kayla Boutros.


2023 Summit Information


Registration for the Summit is SOLD OUT. Please contact to be added to the waitlist.

Full Registration Includes: 


  • admission to all educational sessions  

  • admission to the Wednesday evening reception, Thursday breakfast and lunch, and Friday breakfast 

  • access to all program materials 

Full Conference Registration Fees 


Member-City Officials and City Staff 


Non-Member City Officials and City Staff 


All Others 




One-Day Registration Fees 

Member-City Officials and City Staff



Thursday and Friday   



Non-Member City Officials and City Staff



Thursday and Friday   



All others

Guest Pass to Wednesday Reception      



*The guest/spouse fee is restricted to persons who are not city or public officials, are not related to any Cal Cities Partner or sponsor, and would have no professional reason to attend the conference. It includes admission to Wednesday’s networking 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 April 5. 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 is March 21, 2023. Hotels are subject to sell out prior to the deadline – reserve early!  


STEP ONE: Register for the Conference 

STEP TWO: Book a hotel room 

Once registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation e-mail directing you to the group housing reservations page. 

Hyatt Regency Sacramento 
1209 L Street Sacramento, CA 95814 
(916) 443-1234 


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 March 21, 2023 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 

Self-Parking: $25.00 for overnight parking or $30.00 for day use.  

Valet Parking (per day): $37.00 for overnight parking or $40.00 for day use. 

Nearby airportSacramento International Airport (SMF): 11 miles



*Schedule subject to change

View the 2023 City Leaders Summit program.

Wednesday, April 12

Registration Open

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Opening General Session

10:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Day one of the conference focuses on legislative advocacy. Join Cal Cities leadership and lobbyists for an update on high priority legislation that you will want to advocate on when you meet with legislative officers later in the day.

Lunch on Your Own

12:15-1:30 p.m.

The Shared Path to Preventing and Reducing Homelessness

1:30-4:30 p.m.

Cal Cities and the California State Association of Counties are holding a special joint convening on collective solutions for preventing and reducing homelessness. Attendees will hear from both state lawmakers and local leaders as they share their perspectives on this challenging topic, as well as the roles, responsibilities, and resources needed to address this crisis. 

Dessert and Coffee Break

2:45-3:00 p.m.

Legislative Reception sponsored by Cal Cities Partners

5:30-7:00 p.m.

After a full day of lobbying and education, relax and enjoy some light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments while networking with your colleagues.

Thursday, April 13

Registration Open

7:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Networking Breakfast

7:30-8:15 a.m.

General Session

8:30-10:00 a.m.

Get Them to “Yes”! Persuasive Critical Communication Skills for City Leaders

Successful city leaders have the skill set to demand decorum during city council meetings, resolve conflict, set and achieve strategic plans, persuasively communicate with department heads, and powerfully lead community meetings. The key to transforming perceptions, decreasing division and conflict, and increasing community trust is through strengthening the communication skills of everyone in the organization. In this interactive and engaging keynote, attendees will learn how to improve their overall communication skills, receive coaching and guidance as they practice implementing these techniques during group exercises, and apply the concepts learned.

Opening Remarks:
Susannah Meyer, President, Mayors and Council Members Department and Vice Mayor, Brentwood

Keynote Speaker:
Tracy Miller, TM Consulting, Expert Communications Coach and Former Senior Assistant District Attorney

Tracy Miller is a former prosecutor with over 25 years of legal experience and was the highest-ranking woman in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. She led the daily operations of the 6th largest district attorney’s office in the nation, including supervising 155 attorneys and operating a 140 million dollar budget. Miller began her career as a law clerk for prosecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden on one of the most visible cases in our nation’s history — the O.J. Simpson trial.  As a communications expert, Miller transforms leaders by strengthening their skills to positively impact their influence on public perception while retaining and motivating those in their organization, engaging in healthy conflict, setting expectations, and increasing morale.

Strategies for Local Governments to Prevent Organized Retail Crime

10:15-11:30 a.m.

Organized theft continues to be a challenge for local municipalities across California. This session aims to introduce new strategies to local leaders to effectively combat this issue. By coordinating the right stakeholders in the public and private sector, you can be a force for change to create a safer shopping experience for your constituents, protect your tax base, and make it harder for your community to be targeted.

Mike Karbassi, Council Member, Fresno

Jason Daughrity, Captain, California Highway Patrol
Michael Lamb, Organized Retail Crime Investigations Manager, Rite Aid
Rachel Michelin, President/CEO, CA Retailers Association

Future of Homekey: Motel Conversions Over the Next 10 Years

10:15-11:30 a.m.

Homekey has become a key way to prevent and reduce homelessness. In two years, the program has created nearly 13,000 housing units at an accelerated rate. If funding for Homekey expires, cities will need to find new, creative ways to continue building off the program’s success. Prior to Homekey, this expert panel produced hundreds of converted permanent supportive housing units, with these properties later serving as the framework for the State’s program. This discussion will explore the future of motel conversions from a state, regional, local, and developer perspective. Panelists will open their playbook to share lessons learned and innovative approaches to zoning, funding, and long-term operations and services.

La Shelle Dozier, Executive Director, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency

Timothy Lawless, Branch Chief, Homekey, Cal Department of Housing and Community Development
Michael Massie, Chief Development Officer, Jamboree Housing Corporation
Grace Ruiz-Stepter, Housing and Community Development Director, Anaheim

Networking Lunch

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Reimagining Emergency Medical Services Through Mobile Integrated Healthcare

12:45-2:00 p.m.

The City of Beverly Hills’ Nurse Practitioner Program is an innovative Mobile Integrated Healthcare solution that offers a holistic, patient-centered delivery model. In this session, attendees will learn how the Nurse Practitioner Program enables firefighter paramedics/EMTs to focus on emergent calls, positively impacts the community’s health, treats chronic conditions, and explores potential avenues for reimbursement through the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare.

Julian Gold, Mayor, Beverly Hills

Greg Barton, Fire Chief, Beverly Hills Fire Department
Marc Cohen, Medical Director, Beverly Hills Fire Department
Sean Stokes, EMS Administrator, Beverly Hills

Extended Speed Sessions

Navigating Housing Challenges Associated with Short-Term Rentals

12:45-1:15 p.m.

Short-term vacation rentals have boomed during and post pandemic. Many cities are struggling with how to identify and monitor activities at these properties while striking a balance for their community. Some cities opt to ban or create a cap on the number of short-term rentals while others do not. Learn best practices for every community and help to assure that cities are capturing revenue associated with this exploding industry.

Dustin Reilich, VP Sales & Government Relations, Deckard Technologies, Inc

Extended Speed Sessions

Best Practices in Addressing Illegal Dumping

1:25-1:55 p.m.

Illegal dumping of durable waste (e.g., auto parts, household appliances, mattresses, furniture, construction and home renovation waste, and electronics) is different from littering and requires distinct prevention and mitigation strategies. To help policymakers and other stakeholders better understand the significant environmental, economic, and societal harms that illegal dumping creates (both where the dumping occurs and in surrounding communities), this presentation identifies drivers of illegal dumping and explores public policy options to address the problem. Also, hear what several cities have accomplished through implementing pilot projects using these best practices.

Taylor Grimes, Special Projects Coordinator, Mattress Recycling Council

City Council and Staff’s Role in Workplace Investigations

2:15-3:30 p.m.

What if a department head brought a harassment complaint against a city manager directly to a council member? How do you handle the complaint and the department head’s requests for updates on the investigation? This session will take attendees through the required legal and policy processes and review what confidentiality means in this scenario. The presenter will also discuss the practicalities of providing public service during an ongoing investigation. 

Shelline Bennett, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

Surplus Land Act and its Housing and Land Use Impacts

2:15-3:30 p.m.

California continues to face a housing crisis and the state legislature continues to pass laws to accelerate the production of affordable housing. The Surplus Land Act seeks to increase housing by requiring public agencies to follow a state-controlled process, including offering public property to affordable housing developers prior to selling or leasing property for other uses. Learn how this law impacts local land use and how to navigate the sale, lease, and use of publicproperty to pursue public-private projects that produce economic development results while staying in compliance with state requirements. 

Larry Kosmont, Chairman and CEO, Kosmont Transactions Services

David Zisser, Assistant Deputy Director, Local Government Relations & Accountability, CA Department of Housing & Community Development
Matthew Cody, Of Counsel, Best Best & Krieger
Troy Brown, City Manager, City of Moorpark

Universal Inclusionary Housing

3:45-5:00 p.m.

This session will discuss expanding inclusionary housing requirements to cover existing rental properties. Many were exempted by the Palmer decision. One approach is with a parcel tax based on the number of rental units, offering inclusionary housing as an in-lieu option. The tax would exempt existing housing developments with affordable housing, significantly expanding affordable housing opportunities. Unlike rent control, it won’t affect the new housing starts, which are affected by the existing inclusionary housing regulations. Existing properties, previously protected from inclusionary housing requirements, have government-created lower operating costs.

Moderator and Speaker:
Stuart Kasdin, Council Member, Goleta

Ethan Walsh, Attorney, Best Best & Krieger LLP
Rob Wiener, Executive Director, California Coalition for Rural Housing

Partnering for Protection: Looking Past Jurisdictions to Provide School Safety

3:45-5:00 p.m.

The dreadful rise in school violence often brings unity through grief, but what happens if the city and its partners are united before something so horrific happens? Can it be prevented? Can they work cooperatively while respecting boundaries? Attendees will learn different tactics to cooperate across organizations to provide proactive strategies to address the rising violence in schools.

Frank Oviedo, Assistant City Manager, Santa Clarita

Larry Gonzalez, Chief of Police, Riverside Police Department
Steve Ellis, Administrative Director Student Safety and Security, Corona Norco Unified School District

Friday, April 14

Registration Open

7:45-10:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

7:45-8:45 a.m.

How Cities Can Fight Crime with Civil Litigation

9:00-10:15 a.m.

Drugs such as meth and fentanyl are a major problem in California. What happens when a property becomes a hotbed for drugs and criminal activity? What can city leaders do? The answer is a Drug Abatement lawsuit, codified at H&S 11570 et seq. This is a powerful civil tool that allows public agencies to shut down drug properties. The city can also recover its attorney fees and costs for the lawsuit making it cost-neutral for the city. 

Moderator and Speaker:
Ryan Griffith, Attorney & Receiver, Bay Area Receivership Group

Adam Abel, Assistant City Attorney, Santa Rosa

Why a Balanced Masculine and Feminine Leadership Approach Matters

9:00-10:15 a.m.

76% of employees are disengaged at work. Staff eventually leave because they don't feel seen, heard, or appreciated. Who knew the answer to this lies in a TV show called “Ted Lasso”? Ted Lasso's leadership style, which combines both feminine and masculine traits, is vital for organizations because it demonstrates the effectiveness of a holistic and inclusive approach to being a leader. Attendees will learn how to rise above the antiquated “Mad Men” way of managing and embrace a Ted Lasso standard of leadership where people are the priority.

Jeff Harry, Positive Psychology Play Speaker, Rediscover Your Play

Closing General Session

10:30 a.m.-noon

Citizens, Cities, Resilience: Engage the Never Give Up Mindset

Imagine what you could learn from a man who rescued his two small children when they were kidnapped to the Middle East. Attendees will learn about advocacy, resilience, perseverance, and how to overcome obstacles both professionally and personally.

Closing Remarks:
Susannah Meyer, President, Mayors and Council Members Department and Vice Mayor, Brentwood
Ali Sajjad Taj, President, League of California Cities and Council Member, Artesia

Keynote Speaker:
Scott Lesnick, Global Leadership Keynote Speaker, CSP, Certified Speaking Professional and Author

Scott Lesnick is an author, trainer, and global leadership keynote speaker who motivates audiences with powerful, entertaining messages and interactive sessions. His memoir “Kidjacked – A Father’s Story” and his book “Lifejacked: Life Lessons on Leadership” both received critical acclaim.  Lesnick has spent 24 award-winning years in sales and management at Shaw Industries, a Berkshire Hathaway Fortune 500 company. He earned a Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association — a designation given to roughly 17% of members worldwide — and served as the Dean of the Academy in 2016-17. Lesnick is a graduate of the University of Miami, Florida.




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Wednesday, May 11

Registration Open

8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Opening General Session

10:00–11:15 a.m.

Day one of the conference focuses on legislative advocacy. Join Cal Cities leadership and lobbyists for an update on high priority legislation that you will want to advocate on when you meet with legislative officers later in the day.  

Session Remarks: 
Cindy Silva, President, League of California Cities and Mayor Pro Tem, Walnut Creek
Ali Sajjad Taj, First Vice President, League of California Cities and Council Member, Artesia
Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director and CEO, League of California Cities 

League of California Cities Speakers
Melanie Perron, Deputy Executive Director, Advocacy and Public Affairs
Jason Rhine, Assistant Director, Legislative Affairs
Elisa Arcidiacono, Legislative Representative, Public Safety
Caroline Cirrincione, Legislative Representative, Community Services
Damon Conklin, Legislative Representative, Transportation, Communications and Public Works
Derek Dolfie, Legislative Representative , Environmental Quality
Johnnie Piñ a, Legislative Representative , Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations
Nicolas Romo, Legislative Representative, Revenue and Taxation

Cal Cities News Conference

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

City leaders will gather at the Capitol and urge lawmakers to draw on the state’s historic surplus for new housing programs, organic waste recycling, and unfunded mandates.  

Lunch on Your Own

12:15-2:00 p.m.

Cities' Role in Modernizing California’s Behavioral Health Continuum

2:00-3:30 p.m.

Listen to insight from legislative leaders on how cities can support counties in ensuring access to behavioral health services for all Californians. This discussion will focus on modernizing California’s behavioral health system to support unsheltered individuals in receiving housing, treatment, and care. 

Porsche Middleton, Mayor, Citrus Heights

Karen Goh, Mayor, Bakersfield
Toby Ewing, Executive Director, Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
Thomas Umberg, Senator, 34th District

Planning for the Communities of Tomorrow: The Intersection of Land Use and State Climate Goals

3:45-5:00 p.m. 

Join us for a discussion on the future of land-use planning and meeting our state climate goals in California cities. Listen to insight from state legislators and councils of governments on how they think cities can balance the need for more housing, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Cheryl Viegas Walker, Immediate Past President, League of California Cities and Council Member, El Centro

Dave Cortese, Senator, 15th District
Laura Friedman, Assembly Member, 43rd District
Kacey Lizon, Deputy Executive Director for Planning and Programs, Sacramento Area Council of Governments

Legislative Reception sponsored by League Partners

5:30-7:00 p.m.

After a full day of lobbying and education, relax and enjoy some light hors d'oeuvers and refreshments while networking with your colleagues. 

Thursday, May 12

Registration Open

7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Networking Breakfast

7:30-8:15 a.m.

General Session

8:30-10:00 a.m.

Critical Communication Skills for City Leaders
City leaders who strengthen their communication skills will positively impact their ability to influence public perception while retaining and motivating their teams. Discover tips to strengthen your presentation and communication skills with fellow council members, city staff, and the community. Learn to hold teams accountable and how to use communication methods that prevent division. Leave the session with the tools to provide engaging, dynamic, and persuasive presentations and connect with any audience. 

Welcoming Remarks
Cindy Silva, President, League of California Cities and Mayor Pro Tem, Walnut Creek
John Minto, President, Mayors and Council Members Department, League of California Cities and Mayor, Santee

Keynote Speaker
Tracy Miller, CEO TM Consulting, Communications Coach, Retired Senior Assistant District Attorney


Concurrent Educational Sessions

10:15-11:30 a.m.

How Cities Can Fix Dangerous Properties and Increase Revenue
Almost every city has abandoned, fire-damaged, or otherwise dilapidated properties. However, a solution for these longstanding dilapidated properties exists under California Health and Safety Code (HSC) §§ 17980.6 and 17980.7. This presentation will explain how cities can utilize the receivership remedy to abate dangerous properties and simultaneously generate revenue.  

Ryan Griffith, Attorney and Associate Receiver, Bay Area Receivership Group
Amanda Pope, Senior Counsel and Director of City Receiverships, Jones & Mayer

Finding Successors – Finding Future Leaders in your City Staff
As cities struggle to retain employees, an even bigger challenge is attracting and retaining city managers and city attorneys that can provide stability and leadership to a city despite the political landscape. Learn about the process of training city employees for the overall sake of the city management profession, as well as the development of a strong reputation and character of their city. 

Karen Pinkos, City Manager, El Cerrito

Damien Arrula, City Administrator, Placentia
Timothy Davis, Attorney, Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP
Rhonda Shader, Mayor, Placentia

Networking Lunch

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Concurrent Educational Sessions

12:45-2:00 p.m.

Emerging Issues and Cutting-Edge Solutions for Challenges Facing California Cities 
California's economic landscape creates a need for well-planned growth, sustainability practices, and innovative service delivery methods to navigate challenges and embrace opportunities. For the past two years, the city of Merced has accomplished its annual work plan to further the council's goals and priorities by leveraging resources through strategic collaboration with residents, community partners, and organizers. In this facilitated discussion, participants will consider three commonly shared challenges and share their own experiences. Discussion items will include engaging productively with community organizers, balancing the need for free enterprise and affordable housing, and encouraging social cohesion. 

Stephanie Dietz, City Manager, Merced
Matthew Serratto, Mayor, Merced

Lessons Learned in the Recovery After the Camp Fire 
On Nov. 8, 2018, the Camp Fire destroyed most of the Town of Paradise. Three years later, the Town is in the process of rebuilding a more resilient community. The Town has hit many roadblocks, creating hurdles in the recovery process throughout this time. This presentation will cover the recovery process and lessons learned while looking to the future at the obstacles still affecting the Town's recovery.  

Steve Crowder, Mayor, Paradise
Colette Curtis, Recovery and Economic Development Director, Paradise
Kevin Phillips, Town Manager, Paradise  

Concurrent Educational Sessions

2:15-3:30 p.m.

Food for Thought: Ingredients for a Vital Downtown in a Post Covid Digital World
Downtown areas are at a crossroads, as consumer spending patterns and private investment shift in a post-COVID world, presenting challenges and opportunities for a new and vital future. Cities must understand new economic development platforms to generate revenues and foster economic growth. This includes accelerating the use of value capture tools, such as tax increment districts like EIFDs/CRIAs, to generate fiscal upside. Cities can also strategically use zoning and entitlements as “currency” in a digital world, capturing value in the shift from retail to residential/industrial and the reimagination of regional retail centers and corridors. Learn the components of new tools that can enhance revenue capture and reset a community’s economic future. 

Blanca Pacheco, Second Vice President, Mayors and Council Members Department and Mayor, Downey

Larry Kosmont, Chairman and CEO, Kosmont Companies
Damien Arrula, City Administrator, Placentia

Foundations of an Equitable and Inclusive Community
Participants will be guided through a series of motivational concepts and exploration of how their personal values, and the values related to their work as public servants, lead to a vision for their cities as truly inclusive communities. This research-based and human-centered approach will leave participants inspired and equipped with the foundational elements for creating equity and inclusion within your cities. Learn how everyday behaviors and community interactions of mayors and councilmembers are tied to a true and clear vision of equity. Community leaders will learn to create the human connection and mindfulness that will foster equitable outcomes for those we serve. 

Berké Brown, Partner, Fogbreak Justice

Concurrent Educational Sessions

3:45-5:00 p.m.

Intergenerational Collaboration and the Next Generation of City Leadership 
In this session, participants will explore core values and motivations for entering public service all while learning how to leverage our different generational perspectives. Speakers will discuss how to confront complex local government challenges, and how crossing multigenerational bridges can best serve communities.

Tessa Rudnick, Council Member, El Cerrito  

Eli Hill, Council Member, San Rafael
Devin Murphy, Mayor Pro Tem, Pinole
Rita Xavier, Mayor, San Pablo

Water Quality Solutions for your Community: The True Source Control Story
As local communities struggle to comply with stormwater permits, this session will focus on water quality, stormwater challenges and solutions, and how True Source Control may ultimately offer the most effective and economical approach to the elimination of many pollutants that impair local waterways.

Derek Dolfie, Legislative Representative, Environmental Quality, League of California Cities

Karen Cowan, Executive Director, California Stormwater Quality Association
Dorene D'Adamo, Vice Chair, State Water Resources Control Board
Vicki Kalkirtz, Senior Planner, San Diego

Friday, May 13

Registration Open

7:45 a.m.-noon

Networking Breakfast

7:45-8:45 a.m.

Concurrent Educational Sessions

9:00-10:15 a.m.

Build It, They Will Come: Creating an Excellent Workplace Culture
Some of the biggest challenges facing executives, include creating a culture that attracts the best employees while simultaneously retaining and rewarding them. The next generation of leaders view organizational culture as one of the most crucial factors in working for and staying with a company. In this presentation, participants will be inspired to recognize the powerful differentiator of organizational culture for local governments, the seven layers of culture, and how to influence positive change at each level with practical and tactical solutions to build thriving workplace cultures. 

Dr. Maria Church, CEO, Government Leadership Solutions 

Land Use and Zoning - Who is Making the Decisions?    
For the last several years, the amount of housing legislation has increased, while the affordability gap continues to widen. Despite the flurry of new regulations, the trend of more expensive housing doesn’t seem to be slowing. Seemingly, a constant with the laws is an erosion of your ability to make decisions on new housing projects. You are frustrated, the public is frightened, and developers are often confused. Despite appearances, all is not lost. There are still ways you can guide development and make sure what is built fits your community. This session will focus on practical solutions and methods of using your General Plan, zoning, and even CEQA to ensure that new developments suit your community.  

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

Eric Nelson, Planning Commissioner, Dana Point 
Mark Teague, Managing Principal – Environmental Services, Placeworks

Closing General Session

10:30 a.m.-noon

Stop Shoulding Yourself: Strategies for High Performers
Are you too busy to take care of yourself? Too busy to be a mentor? Too busy to sleep? Too busy to be attending this session right now? Then this is exactly where you should be. This session is geared towards high performers leading busy, hectic lives, but who sense there’s something “more” they could be doing with their days. Leaning on the idea of incorporating “micro strategies” for building capacity, or improving success and satisfaction, attendees will receive practical training for making courageous changes along with strategies for leveling up their careers and personal lives through authenticity and alignment.   

Closing Remarks

Cindy Silva, President, League of California Cities and Mayor Pro Tem, Walnut Creek
Susannah Meyer, First Vice President, Mayors and Council Members Department, League of California Cities and Council Member, Brentwood 


Keynote Speaker
Nicole Lance, CEO, Nicole Lance Coaching





*Schedule subject to change


2022 Summit 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. 

Agreements and Presentation Submissions

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 

March 14: 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.

By March 29: Submit your final presentation to Cal Cities via the presentation submission page.

April 21: Discounted hotel rate cut off. Once you register for the conference, you will be prompted to book a hotel room.  

April 5: Deadline for advanced conference registration.

Now-April: 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. 

Presentation Guidelines

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 us at
  • Selling from the podium creates conflict of interest problems. Cal Cities educational sessions 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 Wednesday, March 29.

It is Cal Cities' goal to make a positive impact on the environment by integrating environmental considerations into all seminars. Some things to keep in mind are: 

  • 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 City Leaders Summit. 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
Presider (10 minutes)   
  • Facilitate Q&A
  • Final comments

Panel Discussions: 75 minutes, 1 speaker

Presider (5 minutes)     
  • Welcome
  • Frame session
  • Introduce speaker
Speaker #1 (60 minutes)            
  • Summary of relevant experience
  • Learning objectives
  • Core session content
  • Summary of key points
Presider (10 minutes)   
  • Facilitate Q&A
  • Final comments

Speed Sessions: (20 minutes)

Speaker #1 (15 minutes)

  • Self-introduction
  • 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.



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Egan, Mike
Mike Egan
Manager, Sponsorship and Corporate Development
(916) 658-8271

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