City Clerks New Law and Elections Seminar session proposals due July 1

May 29, 2024

By Cal Cities Education Staff

Do you have unique insights into public records requests, elections, or other city clerk topics? Cal Cities is seeking unique, forward-looking session proposals for the 2024 City Clerks New Law Elections Seminar — a three-day educational and peer-learning event in Napa. Taking place Dec. 11-13, the seminar will bring together over 300 California city clerks to discuss the biggest issues affecting cities and the city clerk profession.

Individuals and organizations can submit proposals for panel discussions, facilitated discussions, and keynote presentations. Participants can also earn continuing education credits through select sessions.

Proposals must be submitted online through the session proposal form by July 1. Sessions may not include sales, commercialism, or product promotion of any kind. Members have indicated an interest in a wide range of topics, including:

  • Records retention.
  • Public records requests.
  • Campaign statements.
  • Election-related issues.
  • Leadership.
  • Community engagement.
  • Recalls, referendums, and initiatives.
  • Managing emotions and maintaining a positive work environment.

Member-driven and member-led programming is a cornerstone of Cal Cities’ educational activities, with more than 95% of all programming coming directly from open calls for proposals. When preparing a proposal, try to answer the following key questions:

  • Is the topic new or critical for city clerks and staff?
  • Does the session apply to both seasoned and new city clerks?            
  • Will it draw a wide audience?
  • Does the description clearly state the session’s key takeaways?
  • Will this issue stimulate action and further important discussion?
  • Does the panel reflect the diversity of Cal Cities members and California cities — north and south, large and small, urban and rural?

Cal Cities is seeking thorough, thoughtful, and complete proposals from an individual, group, business, or organization on any topic. Session proposal tips, along with last year’s schedule and session materials are available on the City Clerks New Law and Elections Seminar webpage.

For more information, please contact Associate Manager, Event Program, Kayla Boutros.