League Partners

Through its League 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. League 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, League Partners bring a valued voice to conversations around city issues.

 

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Become a League Partner
Build Your Brand and Raise Your Profile Through the 2021 League Partner Program

The League 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

League 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

2021 Webinar Series 
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.

League 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

 

Past Webinar Series
December 2, 2020, at 1:30 p.m.
PowerPoint Slides │ Stream Recording

League Partner, SitelogiQ shared how cites can help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in your facilities, including using best of class technologies available that can effectively irradiate 99.4% of the COVID-19 causing virus with the lowest first cost and lowest operating cost of all other systems.  Learn how to significantly reduce operating costs through intelligent facility and infrastructure upgrades to hedge against declining revenues in such unprecedented times.

Presenters: John Burdette, CEM, CDSM, LEED AP | Director, State & Local Government, SiteLogiQ; Paul Douglas, Facility Solutions Specialist, SitelogiQ; Jessica Ritter, Facility Solutions Specialist, SitelogiQ

November 18, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
PowerPoint Slides Stream Recording

League Partner, VANIR explored public-private partnership trends and the associated demands for alternative delivery solutions. The American Society of Civil Engineers scorecard provided a deep analysis of the existing infrastructure deficit. As we move from stabilizing our economic decline to economic recovery and growth, government investments in infrastructure are expected to play a critical role.

Presenters: Michael Burns, PE, PgMP, DBIA, Executive Director of Infrastructure & P3, VANIR; Victoria (Tori) Taylor, President & CEO of Project Finance Advisory, Ltd. (“PFAL”); Jeffrey Purtell, Senior Associate, DLR Group; Geoffrey Stricker, Senior Managing Director, Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate

October 21, 2020, at 1:30 p.m.
PowerPoint Slides  │ Stream RecordingWebinar Materials 

Join League Partner, Expedia Group, for a presentation and panel discussion on topics ranging from travel and tourism in a COVID-19 world, to how to effectively regulate short-term rentals in your city and achieve compliance. The City of Palm Springs shared how they created fair and effective short-term rental regulations that achieve high compliance.

Presenters: Richard de Sam Lazaro, Senior Government Affairs Manager, Expedia Group; Lisa Middleton, Councilmember, Palm Springs; Boris Stark, former Palm Springs Vacation Rental Code Enforcement Official

September 23, 2020, at 1:30 p.m.
PowerPoint SlidesStream Recording

Join League Partner, Kaiser Permanente, as they present findings from their recently released playbook entitled, "Planning for the Next Normal at Work." The playbook was designed to guide employers and businesses through health considerations they will need to address as they safeguard workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare to bring employees back to traditional work environments.

Presenters: Jennifer Castillo, MPH – Workforce Health Consultant, Kaiser Permanente; Brianne Jackson, MPH – Senior Workforce Health Consultant, Kaiser Permanente

June 24, 2020, at 2 p.m.
PowerPoint SlidesStream Recording

Learn all about an innovative and improved way to install fiber with microtrenching — it’s faster,
smaller, and less invasive from start to finish. Microtrenching allows fiber to be installed underground while minimizing disruption to the roadway, traffic flow, and your community

Presenters: Scott Longhurst, Governmental Affairs Manager, Crown Castle International, scott.longhurst@crowncastle.com;  John Toccalino, VP Design & Construction, West Region, Crown Castle, john.toccalino@crowncastle.com; Kevin James, President of the LA City Public Works Commission, City of Los Angeles, Kevin.James@lacity.org; Rochelle Swanson, Government Affairs Manager, Crown Castle, Rochelle.Swanson@crowncastle.com
Speakers Bureau and Expert Session Registry

The League 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 League 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

League 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
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Past Partner Briefings



A monthly briefing that covered upcoming events and opportunities. 

A monthly briefing that covered upcoming events and opportunities. 

This briefing focused on Partner program changes for 2021, including new levels and benefits. 

New Mayors and Council Members Academy

January 20-21 and January 27-28, 2022

Virtual

Designed for newly elected officials and veterans wanting a refresher course, the New Mayors and Council Members Academy fosters relationships between elected officials and introduces city officials to the League of California Cities' services, as well as the basic legal and practical framework in which city officials operate. Last year's conference touched on topics like diversity, relationships between city council and city management, effective advocacy, financial responsibilities, and more.

For questions about registration, please contact registrar, Megan Dunn. For all other questions, please contact Conference Program Manager Caitlin Cole.

Please see our event and meeting policies.

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2021 Academy Session Descriptions

Thursday, January 21

Morning Coffee Chat with the Department Executive Committee

8:30-9:15 a.m.

Join officers of the Mayors and Council Members Department for an informal “Coffee Chat” before the conference begins for the day. Come (virtually) network with your peers, and gear up for everything you will learn in the day ahead!

Cal Cities Mayors and Council Members Department Officers: Lori Ogorchock, Department President and State League Director, Council Member, Antioch | John Minto, Department First Vice President, Mayor, Santee | Dominic Foppoli, Department Second Vice President, Mayor, Windsor | Melanie Bagby, Department Immediate Past President, Council Member, Cloverdale

 

City of Dysfunction Junction - How to Conduct an Effective and Respectful Council Meeting

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Enjoy a popular and hilarious skit, contrasting the wrong and the right ways to conduct your city council meetings.

Welcome and introductions: Lori Ogorchock, Council Member, Antioch, President, Mayors and Council Members Department, League of California Cities

Facilitators: Christi Hogin, City Attorney, Artesia, Lomita, Malibu, and Palos Verdes Estates, Best Best & Krieger | Michael Jenkins, City Attorney, Goleta, Hermosa Beach, Rolling Hills, and West Hollywood, Of Counsel, Best Best & Krieger

 

Your Cal Cities and How to Use It

1-1:45 p.m.

As a city official, you are the League of California Cities. Its success, along with your own, depends on your involvement and leadership. Learn about the structure of our organization, and the many different opportunities for you to get involved and make the most of your city’s membership. Join us as we work together to make a difference in your city.

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

Speakers: Cheryl Viegas Walker, President, League of California Cities, Mayor, El Centro | Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director, League of California Cities

 

Relationship between City Council and City Management

2-3:30 p.m.

As an elected official, there will be various competing values and priorities that drive you and your colleagues within your city. Your success on the council requires an effective relationship with your city manager, city attorney and staff, where everyone’s values are respected and represented. Learn how to work together while cultivating each of your diverse roles.

Moderator: Patricia Martel, West Coast Regional Director, ICMA

Speakers: Jim Lewis, City Manager, Pismo Beach | Ed Waage, Mayor, Pismo Beach

Friday, January 22

Morning Coffee Chat with Cal Cities Board Officers and Executive Director

8:30-9:15 a.m.

Join the League of California Cities Board officers and Executive Director for an informal “Coffee Chat” before the conference begins for the day. Come (virtually) network with your peers and gear up for everything you will learn in the day ahead!

Cal Cities Board Officers and Executive Director: Cheryl Viegas Walker, President, League of California Cities, Mayor, El Centro | Cindy Silva, First Vice President, League of California Cities, Council Member, Walnut Creek | Ali Sajjad Taj, Second Vice President, League of California Cities, Council Member, Artesia | John F. Dunbar, Past President, League of California Cities, Mayor, Yountville | Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director, League of California Cities

 

Financial Responsibilities, City Revenues Workshop

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Learn about your responsibilities as elected officials in exercising fiduciary accountability and transparency in open government. Discuss the local government financial cycle, elected official financial oversight duties, and state and local funding relationships, and identify the four stages of fiscal meltdown. The importance of structurally balanced budget tips for setting city council goals, and the need for financial policies will be stressed. Learn to avoid micromanagement and complacency management.

Moderator: Nicolas Romo, Legislative Representative, League of California Cities

Speakers: Michael Coleman, League Fiscal Policy Advisor, CaliforniaCityFinance.com | Christina Turner, City Manager, Morgan Hill

Thursday, January 28

Effective Advocacy & Key City Issues

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Meet the League of California Cities’ legislative team, and learn about Cal Cities' 2021 Strategic Goals, legislative calendar, and trending issues in the legislature. Lobbyists 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 | Derek Dolfie, Legislative Representative, League of California Cities | Bijan Mehryar, Legislative Representative, League of California Cities | Nicolas Romo, Legislative Representative, League of California Cities | Caroline Cirrincione, Policy Analyst, League of California Cities | Johnnie Piña, Policy Analyst, League of California Cities

 

Policy Role in Land Use Planning

11 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Land use planning is one of the most important aspects of a city official’s responsibilities because of 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 (CEQA), 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: Dominic Foppoli, 2nd Vice President, Mayors and Council Members Department, League of California Cities, Mayor, Windsor

Speakers: Mark Teague, Principal, PlaceWorks | Eric Nelson, Vice Chair, Planning Commissioner, Dana Point

 

Your Legal Powers and Obligations

1:30-3:00 p.m.

You were elected to make things happen in your city. Learn the breadth, as well as the limitations of your powers as a city official. Acquire a basic understanding of the legal authorities and restrictions under which cities and city officials operate, with a focus on the Brown Act.

Moderator and Speaker: Corrie Manning, General Counsel, League of California Cities

Speakers: Thomas Brown, Partner, Burke, Williams & Sorensen LLP

Friday, January 29

Morning Coffee Chat with the Department Executive Committee and Premier League Partners

8:30-9 a.m.

Join officers of the Mayors and Council Members Department and the Premier League Partners for an informal “Coffee Chat” before the conference begins for the day. Come (virtually) network with your peers, and gear up for everything you will learn in the day ahead!

Premier League Partners: Amazon, California Water Service, Curative, Richards, Watson & Gershon, SitelogIQ, Southern California Edison

Cal Cities Mayors and Council Members Department Officers: Lori Ogorchock, Department President and State League Director, Council Member, Antioch | John Minto, Department First Vice President, Mayor, Santee | Dominic Foppoli, Department Second Vice President, Mayor, Windsor | Melanie Bagby, Department Immediate Past President, Council Member, Cloverdale

 

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. There is a wide variety of almost immediate online informational sources, and elected officials need to be quick on their feet with 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 need to follow.

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

Diversity is a fact. Inclusion is a choice. If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that it is important to take a good, hard, long look at how we are doing business and truthfully examine how to do business better. Inclusion has moved beyond a buzzword and is now an expectation of our communities, our organizations, and our teammates. 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 new personal lens into conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion, and it will equip you with specific strategies for changing how you do business to be more inclusive.

Closing Comments: John Minto, Mayor, Santee, 1st Vice President, Mayors and Council Members Department, League of California Cities

Speakers: Eric Bailey, Managing Partner, Extraordinary Balance | Nicole Lance, Managing Partner, Extraordinary Balance

 

2021 Academy Session Materials

Presentations

2021 New Mayors & Council Members Resource Guide

2021 Academy Access for Registered Attendees

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. View the session recordings.

 

Previous Academy Session Materials

2019 Session Materials

 





 

 

Contact Staff

Egan, Mike
Mike Egan
Manager, Sponsorship and Corporate Development
(916) 658-8271
egan@calcities.org

Helen Putnam Awards

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Cities for Workforce Health

The Cities for Workforce Health helps support cities develop and foster employee wellness programs. Along with Kaiser Permanente, Keenan & Associates, and the HEAL Cities Campaign, League 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.