Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations

The Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations Policy Committee reviews issues related to transparency, technology (open data), healthcare, elections, and political reform. Additionally, the committee oversees pensions and workers compensation reform, as well as other labor-related issues. 


Retirement System Sustainability
Established in 1932, the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) is a defined benefit system. Members include employees of state agencies, cities, schools, and other local public agencies. Visit the retirement system sustainability page for an overview of the pension system, as well as related news articles, educational resources, and tools.

California Grants Portal

The California Grants Portal (a project by the California State Library) is your one destination to find all grants and loans offered on a competitive or first-come basis by California state agencies. 

Policy Committee


Committee Members
The committee's membership is comprised of representatives from each of the Cal Cities professional departments and regional divisions. 

Committee Officers 

Chair - Lori Ogorchock, Council Member, Antioch
Vice Chair - Rick Bonilla, Council Member, San Mateo
Meeting Agendas and Highlights
The 2021 Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations Policy Committee will meet virtually this year on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, January 15, from 1:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 9, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 16, from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 4, from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Essential Hour: Your First Public Meeting – Brown Act Basics

November 5, 2021 10:30 AM — 12:00 PM

Register Now

Presented by Cal Cities’ City Attorneys Department Attorney Development and Succession and Brown Act Committee

Overseeing your first public meeting as a municipal attorney can be a daunting experience.  You might have read the Brown Act in preparation, but providing legal guidance in real time when you are in front of the public and media requires alertness to potential pitfalls, political astuteness, and confidence. 

Join us for a presentation during which we will discuss Brown Act basics, offer tips and suggestions through hypotheticals, and provide some suggested best practices.  This is a joint effort of the Brown Act Committee and the Attorney Development and Succession Committee (Substantive Law Subcommittee) of the City Attorneys Department.

The League of California Cities is a State Bar of California minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) approved provider. Cal Cities certified that this webinar meets the standards for participatory MCLE credit for registered attendees in the amount of 1 hour. Please note that participatory MCLE credit is only available to those who are registered to participate in the “live” webinar and Cal Cities is unable to provide credit to those who choose to view the webinar recording. 


  • Tracy Noonan, City Attorney, City of Thousand Oaks
  • Noel Doran, Assistant City Attorney, City of Palmdale
  • Thomas Jex, Burke Williams and Sorensen, LLP
  • Cara Silver, Jorgenson, Siegel, McClure & Flegel 

Registration is $50 for Cal Cities Members. Non-member cities and all others will be charged $150. Please note that registration is limited

Register by Thursday, November 4 at 12 p.m. For questions, please contact Megan Dunn at

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Pina, Johnnie
Johnnie Piña
Policy Analyst
(916) 658-8214

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