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Local city officials are the reason California's cities are resilient and diverse communities where our residents can live, work, and play. Cal Cities is here to help ensure you are the best city official you can be for your community. 

To help you get started with Cal Cities, the resources below outline your membership benefits and how you can engage with and get the most out of your membership.

 

 

 

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Get access to unmatched advocacy, updates about the latest policy issues, cutting-edge professional development, and more. 

Members' Roadmap

New to Cal Cities or want to get the most from your membership? We’ve created a roadmap to help you get started.

2024 Advocacy Priorities

We stand ready to work collaboratively with the state and federal governments and other stakeholders to accomplish our strategic advocacy priorities.

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The League of California Cities engages with city officials through a variety of channels to keep them informed on the issues that matter most to cities.

Western City Magazine

Dive deeper into big policy issues and trends and receive practical ideas for city officials in the monthly digital Western City magazine.

Cal Cities Delivers

Cal Cities delivers major victories for cities year after year – protecting local control, securing billions of dollars in new funding, and preserving existing city resources.

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Departments

Functioning as professional societies with educational and networking opportunities, municipal departments play an essential role in forming Cal Cities policy and programs. Each department is represented on the Cal Cities’ board of directors and policy committees.

Regional Divisions

Representing virtually every city and town in California, Regional Divisions are at the core of our advocacy efforts. City officials — both elected and career — help develop region-specific programs and carry out grassroots activities that support chosen legislative, regulatory, and ballot measure goals.

Caucuses 

Caucuses advocate for equitable state policies within Cal Cities’ internal committees and departments, ensure that the unique needs of their respective communities are responded to, and promote the advancement of officials from traditionally marginalized communities.

Coastal Cities Group

Composed of 61 cities located within California's coastal zone, the Coastal Cities Group (CCG) collaborates on sea level rise mitigation efforts, land use regulations, and other issues of mutual interest.

Rural City Information Exchange

Rural communities often face different challenges than their urban counterparts and, even when the issues are similar, the solutions can differ dramatically.

Policy Committees

City officials actively debate, shape, and steer Cal Cities’ policy-making process and advocacy efforts. Over 400 officials collectively add their expertise and guidance to Cal Cities through one of seven policy committees.

Advocacy Tools

Cal Cities provides up-to-date information about the legislative process, lobbying, and which bills are scheduled for hearings. Hone your advocacy skills by diving into our Advocacy Tools.

 

Mission, Vision, and Beliefs

Our mission is to expand and protect local control for cities through education and advocacy to enhance the quality of life for all Californians. Our vision is to be recognized and respected as the leading advocate for the common interests of California's cities. Learn more about Cal Cities' core beliefs

 

Annual Conference and Expo

October 16-18, 2024

Long Beach Convention Center

300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA

The 2024 League of California Cities Annual Conference and Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center, Oct. 16-18, features general sessions, workshops, and networking events. The conference attracts hundreds of leaders from all sections of city government, including mayors, council members, city managers, city clerks, city attorneys, fiscal officers, and other city staff. 

This year’s conference will offer educational and innovative leadership sessions across a variety of formats, with a roster of more than 100 speakers. Change is constant in our cities, and these sessions will support city leaders by equipping them with the latest knowledge, resources, and tools to advance their communities and assist officials in their daily roles and operations within their city.   

For questions about registration, please contact our registrar, Megan Dunn. For questions about becoming an exhibitor, please contact Amy Wade. For all other questions, please contact Education and Events Manager, Christina George

Please review our event and meeting policies.

Conference Information

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




Call for Proposals

The League of California Cities is seeking unique, forward-looking topics for the 2024 Annual Conference and Expo. Take advantage of this special opportunity to gain visibility and share expertise at the premier educational event for California local elected officials, city department directors, and decision-makers by submitting a session proposal.   

Cal Cities is seeking thorough, thoughtful, and complete proposals that tell how your session can help elected city officials improve their communities, leadership abilities, and knowledge within their roles. Submissions from any individual, group, business, or organization on any topic are welcome. Proposals must be submitted online through the session proposal form by Friday, April 5

 

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 April 5. 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 session proposal form will be considered. Since there is a limit to the number 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, before pasting the final version into the online form. 

Target Audience

This educational event is designed for local elected officials, city department directors, and decision-makers throughout California.  

 

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 to improve their careers and communities. When preparing your proposal consider the following elements:

  • Is the topic new and/or critical for city government?
  • Will it draw a wide audience?
  • Will this issue stimulate action and further important discussion?
  • 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
      Fifteen minute bursts of information on one topic by one speaker followed by five minutes of questions & answers. Typically, these engaging presentations are based on focused projects or personal experience.
    • 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 ensure 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 elected officials, appointed officials, and 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. Instead, focus 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 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 - Panels should reflect the diversity of California with a north/south, large/small, urban/rural representation when possible.
      • Five or more years of public presentation experience. 
      • Two or more years of experience related to working in or presenting on 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 the subject or 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 and 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 email address to an outside party.


    Cal Cities by the Numbers

    476 Member Cities

    57 Board Members

    16 Regional Divisions

    10 Municipal Departments

    5 Diversity Caucuses


    Cal Cities Bylaws

    Cal Cities staff, boards, departments, finances, committees, and divisions are governed by an extensive set of bylaws.

     

    FPPC Compliance

    The League of California Cities is a “publicly funded nonprofit organization” for purposes of Government Code section 84222.5. This statute imposes several requirements, including posting Cal Cities’ FPPC ballot measure campaign filings on its website.