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 2024 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 

Funding and Expediting Citywide Infrastructure Renewal with Energy Upgrades
July 12, 2023
PowerPoint Slides | Webinar Recording

Thanks to recent financial incentives, especially from the Inflation Reduction Act, there’s never been a better time for California’s cities to complete long delayed infrastructure improvement programs. In this Cal Cities Partner Webinar, ENGIE’s Ashu Jain and Tulare City Manager Marc Mondell highlighted how cities can accelerate and maximize the benefits of an infrastructure modernization initiative. 

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. In this Cal Cities Partner webinar, Culture Cannabis Club’s Devon Julian and Barigye McCoy joined by preeminent local government and cannabis lobbyist (and former Cal Cities staffer) Amy O’Gorman Jenkins highlighted how local governments are spurring new economic development and building their tax base with licensed cannabis.



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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Annual Conference and Expo

October 16-18, 2024

Long Beach Convention Center

300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA


The League of California Cities is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2024 Annual Conference and Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center, Oct. 16-18!

The conference will feature speakers and timely presentations on key topics for local leaders, plus numerous opportunities for peer-to-peer sharing with other California city officials. 

Our popular Expo Hall, filled with new and familiar faces, will be brimming with opportunities to engage with organizations that provide services to cities. For questions about this year’s Expo, including how to reserve a booth space, please visit the Expo webpage.

Importantly, Cal Cities convenes a member-driven General Assembly and Resolutions process every year at the conference. This is a unique opportunity to engage all members on a range of significant policy issues to protect local control. 

For questions about conference registration, please contact our conference registrar, Megan Dunn. For all other questions, please contact Senior Manager, Education and Events Christina George.

2024 Conference Information


Full registration includes

  • Admission to general and concurrent sessions and the expo
  • Wednesday host city reception
  • Admission to CitiPAC and diversity caucus receptions
  • Electronic access to all program materials

Pre-registration deadline
Online registration ends Friday, Oct. 4. After this date, please register on-site if space allows.

Registration Process:

Complete registration directly through your MyCalCities account. If you have not yet used your MyCalCities account, please review details about the portal and contact us with questions.

If you are registering someone other than yourself, first sign in as yourself and then choose the option to register someone else.

Note: Registrations through MyCalCities are available for credit card payments only. If you need to pay with a check, create your account and then reach out to Conference Registrar Megan Dunn to request a mail-in registration form. Full payment is due at the time of registration. We do not invoice for registrations.

Conference registration is required for all conference activities, including department, division, and caucus meetings as well as the General Assembly. Sharing of registration is prohibited.

To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact conference registrar Megan Dunn. Every effort will be made to honor requests submitted.

Full Conference Registration Fees

*Save $50 on the published full conference registration fees if you register by Thursday, July 18. 

 Member-City Official $700
Non-Member City Official   $1,700
Other Public Official $775
All Others $875

One-Day Registration Fees

Member-City Official$350
Non-Member City Official   $1,350
Other Public Official$400
All Others$450

Add-On Registration Fees

Guest Reception Pass   $125

NOTE: The guest/spouse fee is restricted to persons who are not city or public officials, are not a Cal Cities Partner or exhibitor, and would have no professional reason to attend the conference. It includes access to Wednesday’s host city reception, the Expo Floor, and CitiPAC Reception. Meals are NOT included. 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.


City Clerks Workshop Registration Fees

(The City Clerks Workshop is not included in Full Conference or One-Day Registration. Lunch is included.)

Member-City Official$175
Non-Member City Official   $350

Refund Policy

Advance registrants unable to attend will receive a refund of the rate paid, minus a $75 processing charge, only when a written request is submitted to Megan Dunn, and received on or before Oct. 4. 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 reduced rates for registered attendees and exhibitors at the 2024 Annual Conference and Expo. The deadline to reserve your discounted hotel room is Friday, Sept. 20, or until the hotel block is sold out – whichever happens first.

STEP ONE: Register for the conference

Registration can be completed through your MyCalCities account.

Instructions on how to access your account can be found at this link.

STEP TWO: Book a hotel room

Once you’ve registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the hotel reservations page where you can access discounted hotel room rates and manage your reservations, including modifications and cancellations. Hotels are quickly selling out; we recommend checking the portal often for openings or booking with your favorite hotel brand at the market rate.

You must be registered for the conference prior to booking a hotel room in the Cal Cities block. Rooms not associated with registered conference attendees, exhibitors, speakers or sponsors will be canceled.

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.

Scam Notice: Scammers may contact you claiming to be the housing bureau/service for the conference. Cal Cities has contracted with LiveCon as the official housing bureau/service for the 2024 Annual Conference and Expo. Official emails regarding the conference will come from addresses ending in or, or the actual hotel. Neither party will call you directly without prior communication.

Parking and Transportation

In addition to the main parking lot along Shoreline Drive, the convention center has three parking garages: Terrace Theater, Arena, and Promenade. Convention center garages can be accessed from Linden Avenue. Please visit Long Beach Convention Center for additional information. Parking prices are subject to change without notice.

Public transportation is easily accessible and includes the Metro Blue Line, Los Angeles County’s light rail system, and Long Beach Transit, the city’s public transportation services available both on land and water.

Nearby airports:

Long Beach Airport (LGB): 10 miles
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): 22 miles
John Wayne Airport (SNA): 30 miles

Schedule at a Glance

Schedule is subject to change.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Registration open/Voting Delegates Booth open
8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.                     

City Clerks Workshop (additional registration required)
8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.                     

AB 1234 Ethics Training
10:00 a.m.-noon                           

Department and Caucus Business Meetings**
10:30 a.m.-noon                  

Regional Division Lunches**
11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.     

First-Time Attendee Orientation
12:45-1:15 p.m.             

Opening General Session*
1:30-3:30 p.m.                       

Concurrent Sessions, Department, and Caucus Business Meetings**
3:30-5:00 p.m.                                 

Grand Opening Expo Hall and Host City Reception*
5:00-7:00 p.m. 

CitiPAC Leadership Reception
7:00-9:00 p.m.


Thursday, Oct. 17

Registration open/Voting Delegates Booth open
7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.                     

Petitioned Resolutions Due
8:30 a.m.                                

Concurrent Sessions and Caucus Business Meetings**
8:30-9:45 a.m.        

Expo Hall Open
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

General Session*
10:00-11:30 a.m.                          

Attendee Lunch in Expo Hall
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.                   

Regional Division Lunches**
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.              

Young Professionals Meet and Greet
12:30-1:00 p.m.                      

Resolutions Committee
1:00-2:30 p.m.                

Concurrent Sessions, Department, Issues Group, and Caucus Business Meetings**
1:00-5:15 p.m.                        

Regional Division and Caucus Events**


Friday, Oct. 18

Registration open
7:30-11:30 a.m.                 

Regional Division Breakfasts**
7:00-8:15 a.m.                              

Concurrent Sessions
8:00-10:45 a.m.                         

General Assembly
8:30-10:30 a.m.                     

AB 1661 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
8:45-10:45 a.m.                         

Closing General Session*
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   


*No competing events may be scheduled during this time.

**Check with your regional public affairs manager, caucus president, issues group leader, or department president for the specific day/time for this event. Additional registration may be required.

Explore Previous Conferences

Click here to view the 2023 Annual Conference and Expo program.

Previous Session Materials
2023 Session Materials

MCLE Session Materials

Access the MCLE sessions agenda here.

Access the MCLE Evaluation form here.

Read speaker bios here.

Artificial Intelligence and the Practice of Law (MCLE Specialty Credit for Technology in the Practice of Law)

Speakers: Peter Lee, Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law, Director, Center for Innovation, Law, and Society, UC Davis School of Law
Matthew Slentz, Senior Counsel, Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley
Paper |  PowerPoint

General Municipal Litigation Update

Speakers: Pamela K. Graham, Senior Counsel, Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley
Meghan Wharton, Senior Counsel, Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley
Paper | PowerPoint

Meeting Disruptions, Workplace Violence Restraining Orders, and the Bane Act

Speakers: Jon R. di Cristina, Senior Counsel, Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley
Ryan Richardson, Chief Assistant City Attorney, Oakland
Paper | PowerPoint

Land Use and CEQA Litigation Update

Speaker: John Luebberke, Of Counsel, Herum Crabtree Suntag
Paper | PowerPoint

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing – State and Federal Law

Speakers: Celeste Stahl Brady, Shareholder, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth
Yolanda M. Summerhill, Assistant City Attorney, Newport Beach
Paper |  PowerPoint

Case Study: A Capital City’s Approach to Unsheltered Community

Speakers: Emilio Camacho, Senior Deputy City Attorney, Sacramento
Aaron M. Israel, Senior Deputy City Attorney, Sacramento
Beau Parkhurst, Senior Deputy City Attorney, Sacramento
Paper |  PowerPoint

Labor and Employment Litigation Update

Speakers: Geoffrey S. Sheldon, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
Elizabeth Tom Arce, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
Paper |  PowerPoint

CalPERS Legal Update, Emerging Issues, and Common Compliance Problems

Speakers: Steve M. Berliner, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
Michael D. Youril, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
Paper |  PowerPoint

Municipal Tort and Civil Rights Litigation Update

Speakers: Jeremiah Johnson, Partner, ColeHuber
Neil Okazaki, Senior Deputy City Attorney / Constitutional Policing Advisor, Corona
Paper |  PowerPoint

Pay to Play No More? Levine Act (SB1439)

Speakers: Robert Fabela, City Attorney, Anaheim
Amanda B. Freeman, Senior Deputy City Attorney, Fresno
Rebecca L. Moon, Senior Assistant City Attorney, Sunnyvale
Paper|   PowerPoint

Practicing Ethics (MCLE Specialty Credit for Legal Ethics)

Speaker: Valerie Silverman Massey, Chief Deputy City Attorney, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, San Diego
Paper | PowerPoint

2022 Session Materials

MCLE Session Materials

Access the MCLE sessions agenda here.

Read speaker bios here.

Land Use and CEQA Litigation Update

Speaker: William Ihrke, City Attorney, Cerritos and La Quinta, Partner, Rutan & Tucker

Affordable Housing Covenants: Ensuring Continued Affordability

Speakers: Barbara Kautz, Partner, Goldfarb & Lipman

Gabrielle Janssens, Attorney, Goldfarb & Lipman
Paper | PowerPoint

The People’s Business: California Public Records Act Update

Speakers: Donald A. Larkin, City Attorney, Morgan Hill
Kelly Trujillo, Assistant City Attorney, Napa

Practical Tips for Reviewing Public Works Contracts

Speakers: Gary Bell, City Attorney, Auburn, Town Attorney, Yountville, Assistant City Attorney, Novato, Shareholder, Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley
Matthew Summers, City Attorney, Barstow, Calabasas and Ojai, Shareholder, Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley

Transferring and Financing Risk in Public Works Contracts

Speaker: Deirdre Joan Cox, Partner, Burke, Williams & Sorensen

Lawyers’ Responses to Audit Letters: Law, Practice, and A Few Tips

Speaker: Peter M. Thorson, City Attorney, Temecula, Jurupa Valley, Shareholder, Richards Watson Gershon

Section 1090 Update: Davis v. Fresno, FPPC Opinions and Other Developments

Speaker: Sean SeLegue, Partner, Arnold & Porter

Wireless Update: Shot Clocks, Deemed Granted Remedies and Fee Challenges

Speakers: Gail Karish, Partner, Best Best & Krieger
Lutfi Kharuf, Partner, Best Best & Krieger
Christopher Diaz, City Attorney, Colma and Hillsborough, Partner, Best Best & Krieger

Municipal Tort and Civil Rights Litigation Update

Speaker: Timothy T. Coates, Partner, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland

Getting It Right: Best Practices in Responding to Government Claims

Speakers: Alana Rotter, Partner, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland
Nadia Sarkis, Partner, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland

Labor and Employment Litigation Update

Speakers: Geoffrey S. Sheldon, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

Elizabeth Tom Arce, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
Paper | PowerPoint

Microaggresions vs. Dog Whistle: How to Differentiate and Investigate

Speakers: Danielle Drossel, Attorney Investigator, Oppenheimer Investigations Group
Vida Thomas, Partner, Oppenheimer Investigations Group

General Municipal Litigation Update

Speaker: Pamela K. Graham, Senior Counsel, Colantuono Highsmith & Whatley

Public Safety and Individual Rights in the Age of Firearms

Speakers: Kyle Brochard, Shareholder, Richards Watson & Gershon
T. Peter Pierce, Shareholder, Richards Watson & Gershon

So, You Say You Have Diversity?! Now What? (Specialty MCLE – Elimination of Bias)

Speakers: Glen Googins, City Attorney, Chula Vista
Robert Lennox, Assistant City Manager, Carson
Sunny Soltani, City Attorney, Carson, Partner, Aleshire & Wynder
2021 Session Materials
MCLE Resources

2021 Annual Conference City Attorneys Programming Agenda

Speaker Bios

Legal Issues:  Social Media; Cannabis
Social Media, First Amendment and Government: New Rules of Engagement 
Speaker: David Mehretu, Meyers Nave

Overview of Cannabis Regulation Guide
Speakers: Lisa Vidra, City Attorney, Culver City
Emilio Camacho, Senior Deputy City Attorney, Sacramento

Report from the Ad Hoc Emergency Response Committee
Speaker: Gregory G. Diaz, Ad Hoc Emergency Response Committee Chair, City Attorney, San Buenaventura

Policy and Legal Considerations in Serving the Unsheltered 
Speakers: Elizabeth L. Atkins, Deputy City Attorney, San Diego
Bridgette Dean, Director, Office of Community Response
Aaron M. Israel, Deputy City Attorney, Sacramento
Andrea M. Velasquez, Deputy City Attorney, Sacramento

Legal Issues: Land Use, CEQA and Surplus Land Act 
Land Use and CEQA Litigation Update
Speaker: William Ihrke, City Attorney, La Quinta, Partner, Rutan & Tucker

Impact of Recent Changes to the Surplus Land Act
Speakers: Erin Lapeyrolerie, Attorney, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
Karen Tiedemann, Attorney, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP

Legal Issues: Design Immunity and Tort and Civil Rights Litigation
The Basics of Design Immunity:  Creating a Paper Trail
Speaker: Robert Ceccon, Shareholder, Richards, Watson & Gershon

Municipal Tort and Civil Rights Litigation Update
Speaker: Timothy T. Coates, Partner, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland

Legal Issues:  Labor and Employment Law
Labor and Employment Litigation Update
Speaker: Brian P. Walter, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

Impacts of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts on Employment Litigation
Speaker: Suzanne Solomon, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore 

Legal Issues:  Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Specialty MCLE)
(MCLE Specialty Credit – Recognition and Elimination of Bia in the Legal Profession and  Society)
Report on the Cal Cities Advancing Equity Advisory Committee
Speaker: Eric S. Casher, City Attorney, Pinole, Meyers Nave

Early Lessons on Setting up a DEI Committee
Speakers: Elena Gerli, Partner, Aleshire & Wynder
Sunny Soltani, Equity Partner, Aleshire & Wynder

Implementing DEI in your City
Speaker: Jason R. Alcala, City Attorney, Livermore

Legal Issues:  Municipal Litigation Update
General Municipal Litigation Update
Speaker: Holly O. Whatley, Assistant City Attorney, South Pasadena, Ojai, Sierra Madre, Shareholder, Colantuono Highsmith Whatley, PC

2020 Session Materials



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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.