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.




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

Webinar Series 
Southern California Edison's (SCE) Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Program
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.


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


Past 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

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. 

City Clerks New Law and Elections Seminar

December 7-9, 2022

Hyatt Regency Monterey

1 Old Golf Course Rd., Monterey, CA

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. We hope you can join us December 7-9 in Monterey for our 2022 City Clerks New Law and Elections Seminar!

For questions about the upcoming conference, please contact Education and Events Manager, Christina George.

Become a sponsor


Call for Proposals

Cal Cities is seeking thorough, thoughtful, and complete proposals that tell how your session can help city clerks improve their knowledge on a wide range of topics relevant to their roles within their city. Submissions from individuals, groups, businesses, or organizations on any topic are welcome. Proposals must be submitted online through the session proposal form by Friday, July 1.

We encourage you to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to share your ideas, knowledge, and expertise with this important audience!

General Information

Who Can Submit

Submissions, from any individual, group, business or organization, are welcome through July 1. Please remember that all sessions require a well-conceived presentation, good visuals, and a great deal of rehearsal!

How It Works

Only proposals submitted online through the proposal form will be considered. As there is a limit to the amount of words allowed within the title and description of each proposal, it may be helpful to draft the proposal in a word-processing program first, then paste the final version into the online form.

Target Audience

This educational event is designed to keep city clerks up-to-date on issues of importance to them and their cities.

All About Proposals

Securing a spot on the program is highly competitive, with approximately 25 percent of proposals being accepted. You can increase your chances by preparing a thorough, thoughtful, and complete proposal that tells how your session would help city leaders and those who work within city governments improve their careers and communities. When preparing your proposal consider the following elements:

  • Is there at least (1) peer of the audience on the panel?
  • Is the topic new and/or critical for city clerks and staff?
  • Does the session apply to both seasoned and new city clerks?
  • Will it draw a wide audience?
  • Will this issue stimulate action and further important discussion?
  • Does the description clearly state what city clerks and staff will learn from attending the session?
  • Does the panel reflect the diversity of California cities (north/south, large/small, urban/rural)?

Tips for Successful Proposals

  • Think big
  • Vary the viewpoint
  • Pare down the panel
  • Speaker skills matter
  • Plan for a crowd
  • Try something new
  • Interact with the audience
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Quality counts

Types of Proposals

More than 95 percent of each year's conference programming comes directly from the open call for proposals. Sessions may be scheduled as a general session or concurrent session at Cal Cities' discretion. Select one of the available formats listed below that best fits your topic and desired outcomes or propose an alternative session format.

  • Keynote Speaker
    Keynote speakers are high-profile and designed to bring everyone together for a general session / and may set the tone of the event. This format permits approximately 45-60 minutes of an engaging presentation by a single speaker. Depending on time restrictions, the presentation may be followed by approximately 15 minutes of questions and answers with the audience or a moderator.

  • Panel Discussion

    Panels consist of a moderator and a maximum of three speakers who participate in a 60-minute engaging presentation and discussion followed by approximately 15 minutes of questions and answers.

  • Speed Sessions

    15-minute bursts of information on one topic by one speaker followed by five minutes of questions and answers. Typically, these engaging presentations are based on focused projects or personal experiences.

  • Facilitated Group Discussion
    A 75-minute interactive conversation on a topic led by a single facilitator. You may include a maximum 15-minute presentation on which the issue/concern is framed and, then, guide a discussion among the attendees with prepared questions. At the conclusion of the discussion, the facilitator must spend time summarizing key findings, suggestions, and points.
  • Alternative Format
    Be creative! If your session does not fit one of the above formats, this is your opportunity to propose something different. Please be sure to provide the time, room setup, and other important details. Alternative formats will be accommodated based on interest level, space, and set-up availability.
Requirements, Review, and Policies

Submission Requirements and Review

Submissions will be reviewed by a program planning committee.

Cal Cities reserves the right to modify accepted proposal session titles, descriptions, presenters, or other elements as necessary to insure balance, quality, and enhance marketability. If an originally accepted speaker cancels, the session may be disqualified. Additional speakers not included in the original proposal are not permitted to be added without review and approval.

Successful Proposal Considerations

The following criteria may be considered during the review of submissions:

  • Relevance - What are the practical applications of your ideas? Have you included reasoning and documentation to support your conclusions, recommendations and outcomes? Conference attendees prefer presentations focused on outcomes or results. Make the definition and background portions of your presentation brief. Highlight problems encountered, options available, choices made, documented pre- and post-change effects and lessons learned.
  • Content expands attendees' knowledge - Will your presentation expand knowledge beyond entry-level basics? Most conference participants are seasoned professionals. In general, direct your presentation to an intermediate or advanced audience.
  • Originality - Does your presentation advance existing ideas or present new ideas? Has this material been presented elsewhere? You might apply proven techniques to new problems or identify and apply new approaches, techniques or philosophies. Assess the degree to which an application is a new tool. Avoid highlighting a named product or service…focus instead on the general attributes, benefits and drawbacks of a given application, process or tool.
  • Examples - Do you have an appropriate number of examples? Documenting comparative results convinces participants that your ideas have been tested in the real world.
  • Timeliness - Will your presentation still be up-to-date and cutting-edge in six to nine months when the conference occurs? Will your topic have implications in the future? How relevant is your topic in the context of pending legislation, regulations and technology?
  • Inclusion of good, solid insights - What attendees want to learn is the reality versus the hype, the positive and negative attributes, problems encountered but not often discussed, realistic expectations for the operational use and adaptability to a changing environment. They are searching for guidelines and models to simplify or manage their own application or installation.
  • Logical conclusions - Are your conclusions supported by data? Attendees place a high value on supporting data in assessing the value and applicability of presentations. Include adequate and convincing details.
  • Identification of outside resources - Have you included sources of information, benchmark data or other examples?
  • Avoidance of product/vendor commercial-No commercials and/or proprietary information for particular products, services, or vendors are permitted.
  • Completeness of proposal - The quality, completeness, and accuracy of the proposal will be considered during the session selection process.
  • Preferred Speaker Qualifications - Panelists should reflect the diversity of California with a north/south, large/small, and urban/rural representation when possible.
    • Five or more years of public presentation experience.
    • Two or more years of experience related to working on or presenting the topic or idea.
    • More than two successful speaking engagements to large audiences at a regional or state level in the past two years.
    • Must not pose a conflict of interest with subject/business area or must disclose such information in each speaker bio submitted.
    • No commercialism.

To ensure a variety of perspectives, Cal Cities policy limits the number of times an individual, group, business or organization can speak at a single conference. In addition, each panel should have no more than one panelist per city/county, firm, company or organization (exceptions may apply).

  • Overall - In the end, you must make your case for the importance of this topic and its relevance to participants.

Registration and Speaker Policy

The League of California Cities is unable to provide complimentary registration or any reimbursement of expenses, travel, or other compensation. We recognize and deeply appreciate your interest and commitment. The success of our program depends on the efforts of practicing professionals willing to volunteer their time to professional education.

Privacy Policy

We value your privacy and will never share any of your personal information nor sell your e-mail address to an outside party.

2021 Conference Information


2021 City Clerks New Law and Elections Seminar (PDF)

Wednesday, December 8

Registration Open

8:00 a.m–6:00 p.m.

Sponsor Tables Open

8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Opening General Session

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks

Melissa Thurman, City Clerk, San Bruno, President, City Clerks Department, League of California Cities

Do You Speak My Language? Language Inclusivity and  Belonging in my Community

Nearly 45% of Californians speak a language other than English at home. In order to effectively and authentically engage with your diverse communities on  pressing issues like housing, water, air quality, and public health, local governments need to understand who is in their community, how to reach them  and in what language, and the legal requirements to do so. One key piece of this puzzle is understanding how to utilize tools and resources to provide language  access for inclusive and equitable community engagement. In this session, hear from experts who will share legal parameters and public participation best  practices on language access so you can better include all segments of your community.

Hanna Stelmakhovych, Program Manager, Institute for Local Government
Albert Maldonado, Associate at Best Best & Krieger LLP

General Luncheon: Celebrations and Sponsor Recognition

12:00–1:30 p.m.

The Engineering of Public Records Processing

1:30–3:00 p.m.

When an agency receives a public records request, a statutory set of wheels are put in motion. During this session, participants will learn best practices for each step of this process, starting with how to encourage requesters to narrow the subject of their request. Additionally, attendees will get familiar with Electronically Stored Information (ESI) and will learn how to search for, review, and produce ESI – including e-mails, text messages, video and audio files – in response to PRA requests 

Christine Wood, Director of PRA Services and e-Discovery Counsel, Best Best & Krieger LLP

Exclusive Premium Sponsor Break 

3:00–3:30 p.m.

Take this opportunity to visit with and thank the Premium Sponsors of the City Clerks New Law and Elections Seminar. Ask questions, discuss products, and possibly even win a prize! Learn about these companies and how their services are helping cities in California achieve their goals.

Calling all Residents, Please Apply! 

3:30–5:00 p.m.

From recruitment to onboarding, the boards and commissions technical process can be a tedious one. Changing an existing appointment process, outreaching for diverse candidates, establishing or disbanding a group, or even assigning resources to boards and commissions, can be a challenging situation fraught with personality and political conflicts. Come learn from three very different cities about their boards and commissions processes and how they are managing organizational change to the function while encouraging their elected officials and residents to engage.

Joelle Fockler, City Clerk, Concord, Second Vice President, City Clerks Department, League of California Cities

David Carnahan, City Clerk, Sunnyvale
Michael MacDonald, Assistant City Clerk, Berkeley Nikima Newsome, Assistant City Clerk, Santa Monica

Joint Networking Reception with the Fire Chiefs Leadership Attendees and All Premium Sponsors

5:00–6:00 p.m.


Thursday, December 9 

Registration Open

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Networking Breakfast

8:00–9:00 a.m.

New Law and Election Update and More! 

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

It’s that time of year again. In this session, we will recap the general happenings of the previous legislative session, review new bills related to elections, records, Brown Act, etc., and review new FPPC rules, regulations, filing requirements, etc. In addition, we will take time together to identify which department programs and practices currently work, which do not, and what legislative solutions may be the answer to future expected challenges to the profession, especially as it relates to meetings, records, elections and voting.

Moderator and Speaker:
Randi Johl, Legislative Director / City Clerk, Temecula, Department Director, City Clerks Department, League of California Cities
Introductory Speaker:

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

Dane Hutchings, Managing Director, Renne Public Law Group
Michael Cohen, Elections Policy Attorney, Renne Public Law Group
Alexandra Castillo, Political Reform Consultant, Fair Political Practices Commission
Chloe Hackert, Education Program Manager - Legal Division, Fair Political Practices Commission

Networking Luncheon

12:00–1:30 p.m.

Sudden Council Member Vacancy! What Do I Do Now?

1:30–3:00 p.m.

Hear stories from city clerks on how to deal with the sudden vacancy of a council member. What happens if a council member dies, gets arrested, suddenly resigns, is involved in a scandal, violated the Brown Act, etc.? What do you do next? Vacancies often happen at a moment’s notice without any warning. Examples from three different cities on how to navigate the appointment process or call for a special election, and the politics behind all the decision making, will be shared in this session.

Melissa Thurman, City Clerk, San Bruno, President, City Clerks Department, League of California Cities


Marc Donohue, City Clerk/Communications Director, Eastvale, First Vice President, City Clerks Department, League of California Cities

Randi Johl, Legislative Director/City Clerk, Temecula, Department Director, City Clerks Department, League of California Cities

Pat Jacquez-Nares, City Clerk, City of Moreno Valley

Cookies and Conversations Break on Behalf of Melissa Thurman, President of the City Clerks Department 

3:00–3:30 p.m.

Join the President and officers of the City Clerks Department of the League of California Cities for a cookie and conversation break.

Media Engagement In Tumultuous Times: Building Trust Through Transparency and Powerful Storytelling 

3:30 –5:00 p.m.

Cities have been faced with extraordinary challenges over the past couple of years including the pandemic, civil unrest, and wildfires. These challenges have resulted in a surge in media requests for information and increased pressures on city departments. In this session, hear from a city communications director and city clerk about lessons learned from communicating during an emergency, a journalist about what reporters need and what cities can do better to provide information under deadline pressures, and from a crisis communications expert on essential tools and best practices to build trust with the media and ensure your city story is told in a way that resonates authentically with both reporters and the public.


Jill Oviatt, Director of Communications and Marketing, League of California Cities


Daisy Gomez, Clerk of the Council for the City of Santa Ana

Alicia Robinson, Reporter, The Orange County Register


Friday, December 10

Registration Open

7:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Networking Breakfast

8:00–9:00 a.m.

Enjoy a breakfast buffet with your colleagues. Tables will be designated for those interested in learning more about CMC/MMC, IIMC Accreditation.

Finding Your Purpose When the World Is On Fire

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker and Workshop

Some days it feels like we are doomed. Maybe we are. Either way, we should make the most of our lives while we’re here. The key is to NOT make it about winning or losing, but deftly playing an infinite game. That’s only possible when you are able to lead with the reason why you do what you do. In this talk, Aniyia will share ways to search within to discover your WHY, distinguish what is necessary and real for YOU, and how to use this as a compass to navigate the world…. as long as it keeps turning.

Welcome and Introductions:
Marc Donohue, City Clerk/Communications Director, Eastvale, First Vice President, City Clerks Department, League of California Cities

Aniyia Williams, Creator, Inventor, Tech Changemaker, Founder of Black & Brown Founders, Zebras Unite

Conference Adjourns

12:00 p.m.


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2020 Seminar Session Descriptions

Thursday, December 17

The Diverse and Inclusive City

9-10:30 a.m.

Join us as we explore the working culture of a City and Council through the lens of Diversity and Inclusion. We will examine those areas outside of the scope of just ethnicity and gender, to include age, thinking style, and communication style. We will review and discuss the importance of diversity in the workplace, identify inclusive practices, and call out challenges that may be in place.

Welcome and Introductions: Anthony Mejia, City Clerk, Palm Springs, President, City Clerks Department, League of California Cities

Moderator: Anthony Suber, Deputy City Manager, Town of Atherton

Speakers: | Shelline Bennett, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore


Remote Records Management in Pandemic Times

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

Our work environment has changed drastically since March of 2020. Agencies have scrambled to continue serving the public while maintaining efficient, secure access to critical information. Concerns about remote meetings, VPN portals, personal devices, trusted documents, confidentiality and the threat of black hat actors have changed how Records Managers and Information Technology groups provide trustworthy document management. How can we assure management and the public accurate, unobscured access to our information? Are remote meetings considered “records”? In this segment, we will discuss your remote access challenges and how we can best manage the records we need during the seemingly unending shelter in place.

Moderator: Laura Nieto, Chief Deputy City Clerk, Irwindale, Recording Secretary, City Clerks Department, League of California Cities

Speakers: Bruce Meier, President Records Control Services, Inc.


Lunchtime Trivia: TV, Gameshows, and Fast Food!

12:40-1:20 p.m.

Test your knowledge in this interactive themed trivia game, where you will be working together in small teams to see who will come out on top. Prizes and bragging rights are on the line… No googling allowed!


Police Records and the Public Records Act

1:30-3 p.m.

This year, the California Legislature has introduced several pieces of legislation that would continue to expand an agency’s obligations under the Public Records Act. Without question, agencies are facing increasingly new and difficult burdens, especially law enforcement agencies. In this training, Director of PRA Services and E-Discovery Counsel Christine Wood will review the PRA, highlight new and unique disclosure requirements, and discuss best practices for the identification, collection, review and production of public records in the possession of public agencies.

Moderator: Patrice M. Olds, City Clerk, San Mateo, Past President, City Clerks Department, League of California Cities

Speakers: Christine Wood, Director of PRA Services and e-Discovery Counsel, Best Best & Krieger 


Creating Personal Balance in an Unbalanced World

3:30-5 p.m.

There are unprecedented demands on us these days as the chaos in our world continues. Expectations to deliver seem endless, and sometimes unattainable, as we pivot, turn and do flips to find new ways of doing things – both professionally and personally. Losing control often feels only a few steps away and caring for ourselves seems to move to the end of the “to-do list” much faster than it ever has before. The reality is that taking care of ourselves and creating a balanced life is not a “to-do”; rather it is a “to-be”. So, how do we create personal balance in this unbalanced world? Join us as we explore what having mind-body-spirit balance means (which is something different for each of us), and how having that balance can enhance our lives. We’ll talk about how our energy field is affected by our level of balance, and how that in turn affects those around us and our ability to support others (like our elected officials and our team), all of which are important aspects of our ability to be an effective leader in our agency. Resources, tools and tips on how to gain and maintain personal balance that works for you will be offered.

Moderator: Ashton Gout, Deputy City Clerk, Palm Springs

Speakers: Pamela Miller, Institute Director, CA MMC Institute | Joann Tilton, Institute Director, Northwest Clerks Institute

Friday, December 18

Elections, New Law and Fair Political Practices Update

9-10:30 a.m.

In this comprehensive session, attendees will receive an overview of the rules and regulations approved during the 2020 legislative session. Practical and real-world applications to city clerk professional responsibilities and tasks will be discussed, as well as FPPC issues and the intricacies of campaign disclosures, gift regulations, conflicts of interest and more.

Speakers: Dr. Alana Jeydel, Education Program Manager, Fair Political Practices Commission | Neal Kelley, Registrar of Voters, Orange County Registrar of Voters


Tools and Technologies for the Modern Clerk: Navigating the “Now” Normal

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

With the professional landscape changing so rapidly in recent months, many Clerks have been forced to implement new tools and technologies in order to continue providing great service to their customers, both internal and external. This shift has provided opportunities for Clerks to explore and implement solutions that will not only help them provide service immediately, but impact the efficiency of the Clerk’s office long into the future. This session will explore available technologies to address the challenges of the “now” normal, including agenda management, digital signatures, workflows, electronic plan submittal, records management portals, online meetings, and remote workspaces, among others.

Moderator & Speaker: Stephanie Smith, City Clerk, Murrieta

Speakers: Michelle Bigelow, City Clerk, Morgan Hill


Lunchtime Trivia: Slogans and Desserts!

12:40-1:20 p.m.

Test your knowledge in this interactive themed trivia game, where you will be working together in small teams to see who will come out on top. Prizes and bragging rights are on the line… No googling allowed!


The Rules for 2021 Redistricting Changed Again!

1:30-3 p.m.

Like every year for the past 5 years, 2020 saw the Legislature adopt AB 1276, again changing timelines, criteria and other rules for redistricting. This panel will discuss:

The key changes from AB 1276, along with the related AB 849 provisions from last year - highlighting how the process and criteria have changed since the 125 cities made the move from at-large to by-district elections

The options for creating commissions to handle redistricting

How maps are implemented at the County after a redistricting map is adopted

Moderator & Speaker: Shalice Tilton, Senior Consultant, National Demographics Corporation

Speakers: Douglas Johnson, President, National Demographics Corporation | Elio Salazar, Geographic Information Systems Manager, Los Angeles County | Chris Skinnell, Partner, Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni, LLP


Bouncing Back: Resiliency in Times of Stress and Change

3:30-5 p.m.

Life often throws us situations—personal and professional—where we are caught off guard or knocked off our feet. During these times it’s easy to lose our stride and our confidence, but there are ways to get back on our feet quickly, spending less time on the down and more time in creative action. In this talk, Heidi shares the latest in neuroscience, behavioral psychology, mindfulness, and coaching techniques so that you can rewire your own brain for positivity, self-compassion, and a strong sense of purpose.

Closing Comments: Melissa Thurman, City Clerk, San Bruno, 1st Vice President, City Clerks Department, League of California Cities

Speakers: Heidi Connal, Executive Coach, Adventure Traveler, Gratitude Finder


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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, and Keenan & Associates, 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.