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 Clerks New Law and Elections Seminar

December 13-15, 2023

San Diego Mission Bay Hotel

1775 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA

Thank you for joining the League of California Cities for the 2022 City Clerks New Law and Elections Seminar in Monterey!

Designed for city clerks and staff members of all tenures from throughout the state, the City Clerks New Law and Elections Seminar expands an individual’s knowledge on a wide range of topics relevant to the city clerk’s role within their city and fosters relationships and communication with peers. The opportunity for city clerks to learn from and network with each other provides invaluable support.

The seminar took place Wednesday, Dec. 7-Friday, Dec. 9 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, where nearly 300 city clerks and staff from across the state explored current topics of importance and engaged in networking opportunities.

Save the date for the next seminar on Dec. 13-15, 2023 at the San Diego Mission Bay Hotel.

For questions, please contact event program manager, Kayla Boutros.

Please see our event and meeting policies.

Seminar Information

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2022 Seminar Session Descriptions

View the 2022 City Clerks New Law and Election Seminar program.

Wednesday, December 7

Registration Open

8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Premium Sponsor Tables Open

8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Opening Keynote: How to Get Things Done When You’re Not the Boss

10:00 a.m.-noon

Sometimes you’re not in charge. You cannot tell people what to do, yet you still need their help to do your job. Yes, it’s possible to get results, influence others, and lead projects without being a boss, but how? By establishing a reputation for integrity and trustworthiness you’ve got a good start—yet you need to master certain skill sets to succeed. This keynote explores strategies for helping city clerks achieve their professional goals regardless of the constellation of circumstances they face.

Opening Remarks: Marc Donohue, President, City Clerks Department and City Clerk/Communications Director, Eastvale
Speaker: Mitchell Friedman, Principal, Mitchell Friedman Communications

Networking Luncheon

noon-1:30 p.m.

Strategies for Creating Dynamic Multi-Generational Teams

1:30-3:00 p.m.

It used to be called the generation gap. With seven living generations, the potential for generational differences in the workplace is high. In this session, hear from a Baby Boomer, a Gen Xer, and a Millennial on what it means to say “back in my day,” and how celebrating each other’s differences and unique perspectives is a better leadership approach than trying to get everyone “on the same page.” Participants will learn strategies for translating generational language differences, why innovation doesn’t have to abandon tradition, and will leave with a new appreciation for their co-workers.

Presentation of Sponsors: Ashton R. Arocho, Second Vice President, City Clerks Department and Deputy City Clerk, Fontana
Moderator and Speaker: Stephanie Smith, Director of Election Services, Best Best & Krieger, LLP
Speakers: Paula de Sousa, Partner, Best Best & Krieger, LLP
Frank Splendorio, Of Counsel, Best Best & Krieger, LLP

Visit with Sponsors

3:00-3:30 p.m.

Wearing Multiple Hats: How to Manage a PIO Role

3:30-5:00 p.m.

The role of a Public Information Officer (PIO) comes with several responsibilities ranging from creating social media posts to devising a public engagement strategy. Many agencies add these responsibilities to differing roles, making balancing them with an everyday workload a daunting task. During this session, presenters will share their insights on managing multiple roles, the communications that come with it, and community engagement best practices. The foundational knowledge shared in this session will help you deliver in your role as a city clerk.

Moderator: Jessica Blair, First Vice President, City Clerks Department and Communications Director/City Clerk, Half Moon Bay
Speakers: Michelle Bigelow, City Clerk/Public Information Officer, Morgan Hill
Jorge Garcia, Assistant City Manager, Pismo Beach
Ryder Smith, President, Tripepi Smith

Joint Networking Reception with Fire Chiefs and Municipal Finance Officers

5:00-6:30 p.m.

Make new friends and catch up with old ones while enjoying delicious appetizers and tasty beverages during the evening networking reception. This joint reception is open to attendees from all three Cal Cities conferences: the Fire Chiefs Leadership Seminar, Municipal Finance Institute, and City Clerks New Law and Elections Seminar. It's the perfect opportunity to form support networks inside and outside your profession.

Thursday, December 8

Registration Open

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Networking Breakfast

8:00-9:00 a.m.

New Law and Election Update and More!

9:00 a.m.-noon

It’s that time of year again. In this session, we will share highlights from the previous legislative session; discuss new bills related to elections, records, and the Brown Act; and review new Fair Political Practices Commission rules, regulations, and filing requirements. In addition, we will identify which department programs and practices currently work, which do not, and what legislative solutions may be the answer to future challenges of the profession, especially as it relates to meetings, records, elections, and voting.

Moderator: Randi Johl, Department Director, City Clerks Department, City Clerk/Legislative Director, Temecula
Speakers: Michael Cohen, Associate, Renne Public Law Group
Chloe Hackert, Education and External Affairs Unit Manager, Fair Political Practices Commission
Dane Hutchings, Managing Director, Renne Public Policy Group
Lindsey Nakano, FPPC Senior Legislative Counsel, Fair Political Practices Commission
Johnnie Pina, Legislative Representative, League of California Cities

Networking Luncheon

noon-1:30 p.m.

Federal Resources for Elections

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Under the Help America Vote Act of 2002, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission serves as a clearinghouse for best practices in election administration. These best practices can be scaled back or downsized as needed to work across jurisdictions. In this session, presenters from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission will introduce the agency’s clearinghouse function and highlight the resources and best practices that election officials can leverage to help with every aspect of election administration; from cyber security to language assistance, chain of custody, post-election audits, and accessibility.

Moderator: Debra Black, Recording Secretary, City Clerks Department and City Clerk, San Dimas
Speakers: Kammi Foote, Senior Election Subject Matter Expert, U.S. Election Assistance Commission
Christy McCormick, Commissioner, U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Building a Strong Working Relationship with Your City Manager

3:30-5:00 p.m.

As clerks, we are dedicated to our organizations, managers, and councils, but how do you build a strong relationship with a city manager when those positions are ever changing? In this session, we will discuss how to build a better relationship with your city manager, understanding your role as the clerk, and how to work within your boundaries and stay in your lane. This session will teach you what your city manager expects of you and how to coach your city manager on what is expected of them, as well as how to work through difficulties.

Moderator: Ashton R. Arocho, Second Vice President, City Clerks Department and Deputy City Clerk, Fontana
Speakers: Heather Glaser, City Clerk, Mountain View
John Kunkel, Interim City Manager, Huron
Graham Mitchell, City Manager, El Cajon
Marci Reyes, City Clerk, Kerman

Friday, December 9

Registration Open

8:00-10:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

8:00-8:45 a.m.

When Discourse Fails and Recalls and Initiatives are on the Horizon

8:45-10:15 a.m.

In the era of unprecedented election challenges, municipal clerks are obligated to exhaust all means of communication to maintain public trust. These efforts include encouraging civil discourse and facilitating access to timely and relevant information. In this session, attendees will learn how to productively engage internal and external stakeholders to lower the temperature in the room, as well as the technicalities of how to conduct a recall or initiative in a community when the temperature remains a little too hot to handle.

Moderator: Marc Donohue, President, City Clerks Department and City Clerk/Communications Director, Eastvale
Speakers: Dawn G. Abrahamson, City Clerk, Vallejo
Melissa Kuehne, Senior Program Manager, Institute for Local Government
Lisa Pope, City Clerk, Vernon

Creating Greater Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Through Language Access

10:30 a.m.-noon

Democracy requires participation and as City Clerks we must create a transparent and accessible environment. Online access to meeting information is a powerful tool, but in order to reach as many communities as possible, a language access program is necessary. Hear about programs implemented in other cities along with the lessons learned. Panelists will discuss how they discovered that it is possible to do more to engage the entire community and increase meaningful participation, even with limited resources.

Moderator: Jessica Blair, First Vice President, City Clerks Department and Communications Director/City Clerk, Half Moon Bay
Speakers: Kerry Bigelow, City Clerk, Chula Vista
Diana Fuentes, Assistant City Clerk, San Diego
Sarah Gorman, City clerk Services Manager, Santa Barbara



2022 Seminar Session Materials

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Contact Staff

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

Helen Putnam Awards

The Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program recognizes and promotes the outstanding efforts and innovative solutions made by city governments each year. Learn about the Helen Putnam Awards.

Cities for Workforce Health

The Cities for Workforce Health helps support cities develop and foster employee wellness programs. Along with Kaiser Permanente, and Keenan & Associates, Cal Cities Partners work to provide educational content, one-on-one consultation, and financial support to cities at a variety of levels. Learn about Cities for Workforce Health.