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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.


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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.

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

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Annual Conference and Expo

September 7-9, 2022

Long Beach Convention Center

300 E Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA

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The 2022 League of California Cities Annual Conference and Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center, Sept. 7-9, 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 all other questions, please contact Education and Events Manager Christina George.


Beware of professional hotel scammers who may contact you claiming to be the Cal Cities Housing Bureau/Service to help reserve hotel rooms in the vicinity of the Long Beach Convention Center.

They may say the Cal Cities hotel block is sold out or use some other ploy to book you into another hotel for a room that most likely does not exist.

Once the housing reservation period has begun, and after your registration or exhibit space fee has been paid in full, you will automatically receive a hotel registration link from an email address.

Please review our event and meeting policies.

2022 Conference Information


Full Registration Includes: 

  • admission to the expo and educational sessions (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Wednesday host city reception, Thursday lunch with exhibitors, and Friday closing luncheon
  • Admission to CitiPAC and diversity caucus receptions
  • Electronic access to all program materials   
Pre-Register Online by Aug. 24 (requires credit card) – Register Here

Mail-in Registration by Aug. 24 (pay by check) – contact Megan Dunn to request a registration form. 

NOTE: Conference registration is required to attend all conference activities including department, division, and caucus meetings and the General Assembly. Sharing of registration is prohibited. 

Special needs? Contact conference registrar Megan Dunn before Friday, Aug. 5.

Full Conference Registration Fees 

*Register by July 27 for a $50 discount on Full Conference Registration Fees 

  • Member-City Official — $650 
  • Non-Member City Official — $1,650 
  • Other Public Official — $725 
  • All Others — $825 

One-Day Registration Fees 

  • Member City Official — $350 
  • Non-Member City Official  — $1,350 
  • Other Public Official — $400 
  • All Others — $450 

Add-On Registration Fee 

Guest Reception Pass — $125 

*The guest/spouse fee is restricted to persons who are not city or public officials, are not related to any League Partner or sponsor, and would have no professional reason to attend the conference. It includes admission to Wednesday’s host city reception only. There is no refund for the cancellation of a guest/spouse registration. It is not advisable to use city funds to register a guest/spouse. 

City Clerks Workshop Registration Fees  

(The City Clerks Workshop is not included in Full Conference or One-Day Registration. Lunch is included.) 

  • Member City Official — $175 
  • Non-Member City Official — $350  

Refund Policy 

Advance registrants unable to attend will receive a refund of rate paid, minus a $75 processing charge, only when a written request is submitted to Megan Dunn, and received on or before August 24. Refunds will not be available after this date. If you are unable to attend, you may substitute a colleague for your entire registration. 
Hotel and Travel
A limited number of hotel rooms are available at reduced rates for registered attendees and exhibitors at the 2022 Annual Conference and Expo. conference attendees. The deadline to reserve your discounted hotel room is Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022.  

STEP ONE: Register for the Conference 

STEP TWO: Book a hotel room 

After your registration for the conference is received and processed, a confirmation email will be sent containing a link to the discounted hotel reservations page. Hotels are subject to sell out prior to the deadline – reserve early!  

Hotel Changes or Cancellations 

Hotel reservation changes, including cancellations, must be done through the online reservation link you received when registering for the conference.  Please note that any requests received after Tuesday, August 9, 2022 will be booked on a space and rate available basis. 

PLEASE NOTE:  The information you provide to Cal Cities and the housing bureau, LiveCon, when registering for a Cal Cities conference or meeting may be shared with the conference or meeting hotel(s). The hotel(s) will also share with Cal Cities the information you provide to the hotel(s) when you make your hotel reservation for the conference or meeting. The information shared between Cal Cities and the hotel(s) will be limited to your first name, last name, email, and dates/length of stay in the hotel. 

CAUTION! You must be registered for the conference prior to booking a hotel room. Do not make a hotel reservation unless you are sure it is needed. Your city/company will be financially responsible for all cancellation/attrition fees. If you are making hotel reservations for others, please confirm with each individual, in advance, that they actually need hotel accommodations and intend to use them on the dates you are reserving.

Parking and Transportation 

In addition to the main parking lot along Shoreline Drive, the convention center has three parking garages: Terrace Theater, Arena, and Promenade. Convention center garages can be accessed from Linden Avenue. Please visit Long Beach Convention Center for additional information. Parking prices are subject to change without notice. 

Public transportation is easily accessible and includes the Metro Blue Line, Los Angeles County’s light rail system, and Long Beach Transit, the city’s public transportation services available both on land and water. 

Nearby airports: 
Long Beach Airport (LGB): 10 miles 
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): 22 miles 
John Wayne Airport (SNA): 30 miles
Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, September 7

Registration Open/Voting Delegates Booth Open 
8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. 

City Clerks Workshop 
(additional registration required) 
8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 

AB 1234 Ethics Training 
10:00 a.m.–noon 

Regional Division Lunches* 
11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. 

First Time Attendee Orientation 
12:45-1:15 p.m. 

Opening General Session 
1:30-3:30 p.m.  

Concurrent Educational Sessions 
3:45-5:00 p.m.  

Grand Opening Expo Hall and Host City Reception 
(exhibitor exclusive; no competing events) 
5:00-7:00 p.m.  

CitiPAC Leadership Reception 
7:00-10:00 p.m. 


Thursday, September 8

Registration Open/Voting Delegates Booth Open 
7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

Concurrent Educational Sessions 
8:30-9:45 a.m. 

Expo Open 
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 

General Session 
10:00 a.m.-noon

Attendee Lunch in Expo Hall  
11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 

General Resolutions Committee 
1:00-2:15 p.m. 

Concurrent Educational Sessions 
1:00-5:30 p.m. 

Regional Division* and Caucus Events 


Friday, September 9

Registration Open  
8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Regional Division Breakfast* 
7:30-9:00 a.m. 

Concurrent Educational Sessions 
8:30-11:15 a.m. 

AB 1661 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training 
9:15-11:15 a.m. 

Closing Session and General Assembly (includes lunch) 
11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 

Schedule subject to change. 

*Check with your regional public affairs manager for specific day/time. 

NOTE: Conference registration is required to attend all conference activities including Department and Division meetings and the General Assembly.  
Session Descriptions

Dealing with Deferred Maintenance
Building owners and local government agencies are facing a deferred maintenance crisis. This is often exacerbated by the “pay as you go” policy employed by many state and local governments to fund ongoing and capital maintenance. Without proper funding and policy correction, the cost of deferred maintenance will double every five years. During this session, attendees will learn effective methods to gather information and develop insights to make strategic decisions and develop a prioritized capital needs plan that successfully addresses the growing deferred maintenance crisis.

SB 1383 Procurement and Opportunities
California's new organic waste regulations (SB 1383, 2016) went into effect at the start of the year. One of the goals of the new regulations is to reduce harmful methane gas emissions by composting organic waste and returning it to the soil in the form of compost and mulch. While meeting some of the regulation’s requirements, cities can also enhance local landscapes and save water. In this session, learn about the organic-waste-turned-soil-amendment process, the effect of carbon sequestration on climate change, and the different ways jurisdictions can comply with SB 1383 procurement requirements.

Infrastructure Recovery After Disaster: 2018 Camp Fire
The most destructive fire in California history, the Camp Fire, destroyed 90% of the town of Paradise. Public infrastructure was heavily impacted and has required creative solutions for recovery. Hear the lessons learned on the road to infrastructure recovery, and how regional cooperation and leveraging financial resources have supported the path forward.

Lessons Learned from the Most Destructive Fires in California History
Wildfire season has now expanded to the entire year, making recovery planning vital for cities. The city of Santa Rosa and the town of Paradise experienced the two most destructive fires in California history, the 2017 Tubbs Fire and the 2018 Camp Fire. Now several years into recovery, both communities have lessons learned and best practices to share. Panelists will share their experiences and lessons learned in recovery, including employee care, communication, and regional partnerships.

Ending Poverty in California Cities
California cities have faced massive change over the past two years. For communities of color, the fallout of the pandemic created fear and anxiety. Black/African American and Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents have experienced higher rates of violence, job loss, and rising housing costs. Community-based organizations and cities have worked on strategies to address the underlying causes of these issues, including guaranteed basic income programs. Learn how to finance the startup of a guaranteed basic income program, sustain financing over time, and evaluate the impacts of the program. Planned with the African American and Asian Pacific Islander Caucuses.

Supporting Local Small Businesses to Raise Community Capital
There is a crisis of capital access for many small businesses: 83% of businesses do not have access to bank loans or venture capital. Hear from a securities lawyer and capital raising coach on how local governments and community-based organizations can create an ecosystem that helps small local businesses raise investment capital from their community of customers, supporters, and fans. Discover how to set up the necessary infrastructure so that capital can flow to these unsung heroes of our communities.

CalPERS: Continuing on the Path to Sustainable Pensions
Although CalPERS lowered its assumed rate of return in 2021, the effects on city budgets were muted by strong returns that year. Since then, global markets have been rocked by conflict, inflation, the supply crisis, and factors beyond the control of any one investor, institution, or even nation. Yet pension obligations remain in place, a yearly cost for which cities must both account and plan for. In this session, CalPERS executives will cover the most recent developments impacting city contribution rates, actuarial assumptions, investment strategies, system funding, governance, and policy decisions.

Advancing Empowerment in a Disadvantaged Community
Join the city of Norwalk for an informative discussion on how a partnership with the University of California, Irvine helped Norwalk successfully engage and empower one of its most distressed neighborhoods. Attendees will learn how the city’s empathic listening first approach helped bridge divisions and uncover meaningful, cost-effective, and context-sensitive interventions to community needs. This session will focus on how its attention to the significance of culture and art helped the city build trust and create a partnership necessary for sustained progress.

Rural Retail: Making Your Community Competitive
One common thread among all local officials is that we want our communities to grow, thrive, and prosper. Every community has its own vision for community and economic development. Offering new retail and restaurant options to citizens plays a big role in growth. Rural communities, however, face unique challenges when it comes to attracting those new businesses. Hear from three rural city managers about how they have positioned their cities to expand retail and restaurant businesses. Plus, discover key components to include when pitching your city to companies.

Creating a Youth-Friendly City: It’s Not Just About the Money
Learn how the city of Sacramento’s efforts to create a community where all youth can thrive can be replicated in other municipalities. This session will outline a multifaceted strategy that covers how to change policy, expand infrastructure, start new programming, collaborate with key stakeholders, and find new protected sources of revenue. Engage in a dialogue that delves into the integration of authentic and meaningful youth voices, including when it is appropriate to engage with them and what authentic and meaningful youth engagement looks like.

Defending Institutions: Promoting Civic Debate and Rejecting Personal Attacks
Public discourse has become increasingly hostile in the last couple of years, at times escalating to verbal and physical threats against elected officials and city employees. When this happens, how can city leaders and administrators protect themselves and their families while fostering greater community trust? Do existing channels for public debate suffice, or are more outlets needed to make the public feel heard — particularly in the age of digitization? Attend this session to learn how transparent communication tactics can effectively diffuse situations with outraged citizens. 

Show Me Some RECOVERY! Updates on Fees, Assessments, Financing Districts
Fiscal sustainability is a constant challenge for cities, especially as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is critical that cities utilize a variety of revenue tools for long-term fiscal sustainability, as well as recovery. This panel will address revenue options and the importance of public engagement, and updates from recent case law and legislative changes affecting California cities, including tales of challenges and successes in Rancho Cucamonga. Attendees will leave with actionable information that can be applied to their city.

Post-Pandemic Mentorship for Women
The pandemic has changed workplaces and roles — especially for women. Women have been significantly impacted by the pandemic, with nearly half of all women saying the pandemic has negatively impacted their careers. Today, women face increased challenges in the workplace, including evolving workplaces, career pivots, and changing leadership. During this session, women leaders will discuss and brainstorm the opportunities and benefits of mentoring that supports women. Learn how to strengthen mentoring skills and about programs that help women emerge stronger from the pandemic. Planned with the Women’s Caucus.

Creative Solutions to Reduce Homelessness
Reducing homelessness is consistently ranked as a top priority by California residents and local officials. Local governments have developed creative solutions and partnerships to capitalize on the political will — and funding — to implement real solutions. Discover how three California communities leveraged state and federal funding to develop new housing, while communicating effectively at city hall and on the streets.

Going Green By 2025: Implementing SB 1383 in California Communities
New regulations went into effect this year that will force most Californians to adopt a new habit: organic waste recycling. SB 1383 (Lara, 2016) aims to reduce organic waste disposal by 75% by 2025 and recover no less than 20% of disposed edible food. These changes not only require cities to reevaluate their waste disposal services but unleash a wave of education and outreach. Experts will share lessons they have taken away from assisting jurisdictions with this issue and what public agencies should be doing now.

Making Equity Stick: City Charter Revisions and Other Systemic Changes
The National Civic League recently revised its 120-year-old Model City Charter to provide guidance on everything from city management to equity and public engagement. This session will explore how communities can work together to make equity and civic engagement permanent fixtures of local governance, whether in city charters, policies, or agencies. Panelists will introduce concepts from the new model regarding equity and engagement and discuss their work to make equity and engagement lasting features of their communities.

Scaling Up: Fostering Innovation Through Technology Pilot Projects
As California cities face tight budgets, cities like Long Beach have invested in programs that procure and pilot innovative solutions to pressing civic challenges. This session will highlight three innovative, data-informed pilot projects in the city of Long Beach from the last two years. Participants will learn why pilot projects are a transformative low-cost strategy for exploring technological solutions in an accessible, equitable, and cost-effective manner, and how they can design procurement workflows to scale from idea to pilot project, and eventually, full contract.

California's Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program
With over $1 billion invested, California's Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program includes a detailed public engagement process for improving park access in underserved communities. Learn how this interactive, three-step model can improve access to the community outreach process, create an authentic dialogue with residents, and lead to better outcomes for a broad range of public projects.

How to Stay Out of Trouble: Avoiding Council Chaos
Council members are elected to be trustworthy and loyal stewards of public services. Using real-life examples, this session will cover the topics council members need to understand to avoid allegations of misconduct and to have a functional council. Join this session to learn the roles of a city council versus individual council members and who holds which privileges; and how to handle confidential material; safeguard attorney-client privileged information; and understand fair process hearing standards.

Surplus Land Act: Know the Impact Before You Transact
California is facing a housing crisis and the state has revved up efforts to accelerate the production of affordable housing, including the use of public agency-owned land. The Surplus Land Act requires all public agencies to follow a process to sell or lease any public property by first offering it to a state-controlled list of affordable housing developers. Learn how the Surplus Land Act process impacts local land use and how to navigate the sale, lease, or licensing of public agency property to pursue public-private projects that produce economic development results, all while staying in compliance with state requirements.

How Bias-Free Technologies Can Play a Role in Reimagining Policing
City leaders, community members, and law enforcement are reimagining how cities can reshape policing while keeping communities safe. Technologies such as vehicle fingerprint cameras can provide bias-neutral, objective investigative leads, while helping departments increase time and budget efficiencies. Gain an understanding of how these technologies can improve policing outcomes and community safety. Innovative, forward-thinking California elected officials and police leaders will share their experiences in adopting the use of cutting-edge, ethically engineered technologies to improve public safety and enhance public trust.

Cities for Workforce Health Grant Program: Lessons Learned for Your Employee Wellness Program
The Cities for Workforce Health Grant Program, launched in 2014, gives out five $5,000 seed grants each year to California cities. These grants help cities start, improve, and maintain employee wellness programs. In this session, speakers will share success stories, provide examples of how cities spent their grant funds, and discuss what did and did not work for the grant cities. Attendees will leave the session with ideas and suggestions for how they can implement or improve their city's employee wellness program now, even without grant funding.

The Secrets to Building Tech Economies in Underestimated Cities
How does a city like Fresno develop a powerhouse tech economy? How does a place once siloed as just another agricultural town successfully diversify its economy and become a hub for technology careers, businesses, and digital infrastructure? In this session, learn how Bitwise Industries builds tech economies outside Silicon Valley, creating jobs and strengthening digital infrastructure. By the end of the session, attendees will be able to explore specific ways to promote economic development while strengthening their city’s digital infrastructure and reducing workforce barriers. Planned with the Latino Caucus.

I'm Not in Charge? How to Get Things Done!
Excited, energized, and passionate newly elected council members want to dive into city work. However, excitement can turn into frustration, when they hear “you can't do it that way," "it’s not in the budget," "you need council approval," or "we don't do it that way." This session will review city governance models and discuss the roles of officials and staff. Elected officials will share their experiences and explain how they creatively get work done while balancing policies and rules. There will be a special emphasis on what motivates these elected officials to work outside of city hall and serve constituents most in need of services.

Building Diversity into the Public Safety Recruitment Pipeline
The Fire Foundry recruits young adults from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds and employs them in fuels crews that specialize in vegetation management to prevent wildfires, empowering them to begin a career in fire service. This partnership provides hands-on learning, weekly community college classes, social support services, and career development guidance. Panelists will share the Fire Foundry playbook for connecting community resources to recruit, train, and support underrepresented young adults in building a sustainable career in the fire service.

ARPA to General Fund: Leveraging Today’s Capital for Tomorrow’s Savings
With a stream of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and a deadline to spend them, cities have a unique opportunity to invest in critical infrastructure like never before. From energy and water system modernization to broadband and indoor air quality improvements, cities are looking to deploy innovative solutions that will pay dividends in the future. Panelists will discuss how cities are using ARPA funds, what projects have and have not worked, lessons learned, and how cities are best positioned to help the state meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Creative Funding Strategies for Infrastructure Renewal
Limited resources and staffing, coupled with unfunded mandates, often hamper cities’ abilities to invest in the infrastructure necessary to meet sustainability and decarbonization goals. As a result, some local governments wait and hope for grants to be approved or revenue measures to pass. However, hope is not the best strategy. This session will focus on creative strategies to meet unfunded challenges, including sustainability and climate goals. Attendees will learn how agencies like the city of Fullerton; California State University, Fresno; and Travis Air Force Base leveraged performance contracting, public-private partnerships, and energy-as-a-service to achieve outstanding results.

Cannabis and Economic Development
In the emerging post-pandemic world, many cities are struggling to plug holes in their general fund caused by the loss of sales tax revenues. For many, it may be difficult to find funding for vital programs, including public works projects, parks, and public libraries. This panel examines in detail the revenues cannabis has brought to cities and how this funding can replace state financing programs — including redevelopment and enterprise zones — that were eliminated a decade ago. Additionally, this session will examine best practices to maximize cities’ use of cannabis revenues.

Five Steps to Take Before Applying for Federal Infrastructure Funding
Join this session to learn the five steps cities can take to better prepare to apply for federal funding made available through the 2021 federal infrastructure bill. Panelists will discuss how to prioritize the request list, align local priorities with federal funding, assess available resources and processes, and analyze the implications of funds with and without federal tracking requirements. Panelists will also discuss how to evaluate and implement new technologies and processes to ensure a sustainable, streamlined program that meets the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program’s tracking and reporting requirements.

Climate Action Plans in Practice: San Leandro and Ontario Case Studies
California cities of all sizes have adopted climate action plans to help meet the state’s long-term energy reduction targets. In both Ontario and San Leandro, sustainability goals required civic leaders to take bold action to produce positive outcomes. As a result, these cities have preserved critical services and drastically reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions. San Leandro and Ontario both demonstrate cities’ capacity to adapt and hedge against climate change. In this session, learn how these two communities envisioned and accomplished their goals — and how other cities can do the same.

LED Streetlight Conversions: Benefits for the Environment and Your Budget
Southern California Edison’s LS-1 Option E program provides local governments an opportunity to update older, less efficient streetlights to LED technology. This program offers a cost recovery mechanism, no up-front costs to the customer, and immediate savings. Plus, Southern California Edison manages the entire program from beginning to end. Learn how your city can utilize this cost-effective program.

EV Infrastructure at No Cost: Can’t Get Better Than That!
Cities and other public agencies in Los Angeles County can now install electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure at no cost through the EV Equity Leadership program. Administered by Los Angeles County and implemented by The Energy Coalition, this program provides the infrastructure needed to improve EV charging access in disadvantaged communities and increase residents’ awareness of EV mobility options. Learn how disadvantaged communities are disproportionately burdened by the negative impacts of pollution and how they can benefit through this program.

How To Be an Effective Partner during CEQA Tribal Consultation
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians manages a robust regulatory program that allows the tribe to build strong relationships with agencies across their ancestral territory. These relationships have allowed California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) agencies to understand the nature of tribal cultural resources, how to avoid or appropriately mitigate impacts to those resources, and how to be effective partners to tribes during consultation. This presentation will provide an overview of the nature of tribal cultural resources, how to advocate for them at the agency level, and how to meaningfully work with tribes in pursuit of cultural preservation.

“Community Capitals Policing:” Rethinking Public Safety by Creating Healthy Communities
The “community capitals policing” model helps prevent crime by addressing the essential “capitals” that make a thriving community. Much like community policing, community capitals policing is built on community input. It leverages existing community strengths; forms partnerships between local agencies; creates positive youth development opportunities; facilitates employment for formerly incarcerated individuals; and addresses priority community and local business needs while building health equity. Learn how to prevent crime, reduce recidivism, and reenergize communities using this model through the successes, challenges, and knowledge gained in Alameda County — California’s first county to initiate this approach.

On-Street Dining Risks: Managing Tensions between Safety and Supporting Businesses
The COVID-19 pandemic led to a significant increase in outdoor business activities within the public right-of-way. While dining decks, parklets, streeteries, and other similar outdoor dining areas helped local businesses survive the pandemic, their proximity to moving vehicles has created safety concerns. Public agencies are now faced with managing difficult tensions between supporting local businesses and public safety. Attend to learn best practices, resources, and safeguards that help increase sidewalk and onstreet dining safety for residents and visitors.

AB 602: An Essential Breakdown for Development Impact Fee Programs
AB 602 (Grayson, 2021) imposes significant changes to the way cities and counties administer impact fee programs by amending Government Code Section 65940.1 and the California Mitigation Fee Act. Notable changes include requirements related to internet postings and hearing information, fee calculation summaries, and annual reports. AB 602 also substantially changes how fees are justified, calculated, and adopted. During this session, attendees will learn the details of each new requirement and the steps they need to take to ensure compliance.

Five Questions to Ask Before Engaging Your Community
Understanding the community landscape and the principles behind authentic public engagement is the foundation for building trust between local governments and community members. However, not all issues require a process for public engagement. In this session, learn five key questions to ask before starting a public engagement process and how those answers can help chart public engagement. Participants will leave the session with a clear answer to the question, “Should I engage with my community on this issue?”

Supporting Housing in Your Community Through Policy, Finance, and Communications
As cities throughout the state strive to meet aggressive RHNA goals, many are running up against obstacles. If they have land, they lack developers. If they have developers, they often have community opposition. In this session, local leaders will share creative policies, innovative financing strategies, and new marketing techniques to help you steer clear of the pitfalls on the road to encouraging more housing in your community.

Creating More Equitable and Resilient Communities
Communities across California are increasingly affected by climate change and face growing health concerns, safety issues, and economic impacts. Learn how cities throughout the state are engaging vulnerable residents to identify problems and solutions that advance equity and create more resilient communities for all.

Black Education and Economics Empowerment
Black Americans continue to face systemic obstacles in education and economics, which are perpetuating the educational achievement and wealth gap throughout our nation. Building on a recent Cal Cities African American Caucus conversation about Black excellence, education, economics, and empowerment, this panel will provide insight on how we can close the educational achievement and wealth gap to empower Black Americans to thrive in communities throughout California. Planned with the African American Caucus.

Transgender Health Care
Very few municipalities have public health programs. Learn about the realities, myths, and a path forward on transgender health care from experts who will speak on barriers to care, the present state of coverage, networks, and cultural competence. In this session, those treating patients today will share their experiences providing gender-affirming care. City leaders will gain insights while in a safe space for questions, conversations, and understanding. Planned with the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) Caucus.

City Clerks Workshop: Fair Political Practices Commission: A Workshop for Filing Officers
Representatives from the Fair Political Practices Commission will conduct a multipronged training for filing officers about their roles and responsibilities under the Political Reform Act. Topics of review will include conflict-of-interest filings by designated employees, candidate campaign filings, and new or proposed regulations. New and seasoned professionals alike will benefit from this wholesale review as they prepare for the upcoming election.

MCLE-Earning Sessions

Legal Issues: Land Use and CEQA
This session will provide a city-focused update on land use and California Environmental Quality Act litigation. MCLE credit is available.

Legal Issues: Affordable Housing Covenants: Ensuring Continued Affordability
This session will provide an overview of best practices for administering a local affordable housing program that ensures affordable housing units are built and affordability requirements are enforced. MCLE credit is available.

Legal Issues: An Update on the California Public Records Act
This session will include a presentation on the California Public Records Act. MCLE credit is available.

Legal Issues: Public Works Contracting and Risk Management
This session will cover legal trends and issues pertaining to public works contracting and risk management. MCLE credit is available.

Legal Issues: Audit Letters, Government Code Section 1090, and Wireless Permitting
This session will cover how to respond to audit letters, legal trends, and issues pertaining to Government Code section 1090. The session will also provide attendees with a how-to guide to address new challenges in wireless facilities permitting and updates on cases currently pending in California courts. MCLE credit is available.

Legal Issues: Municipal Tort and Civil Rights Litigation and Government Claims
This session will provide a city-focused update on municipal tort and civil rights litigation, followed by a presentation on responding to government claims. MCLE credit is available.

Legal Issues: Labor and Employment Law
This session will provide a city-focused update on labor and employment litigation, followed by a presentation on attorney-client investigations. MCLE credit is available.

Legal Issues: Municipal Litigation Update and Public Safety
This session will provide a city-focused update on general municipal litigation, including a presentation on recent cases interpreting the Second Amendment and California law related to possessing or acquiring firearms. MCLE credit is available.

Legal Issues: Labor and Employment Law
This session will provide information on implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. MCLE credit is available. Includes 1 hour of Elimination of Bias sub-field MCLE credit.


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2021 Conference Schedule 

2021 Annual Conference and Expo Program (PDF)

Wednesday, September 22
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration Open

Second Floor, Convention Center

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
City Clerks Department Meeting

9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Fiscal Officers Department Meeting

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

City Clerks Workshop: DEI and the City Clerk’s Office: Expanding the Bridge Clerks

Additional registration $150 per attendee from a member city/$300 per attendee from a non-member city. Pending approval for 1 CMC/MMC Advanced Education Point.

The City Clerk’s office is often referred to as the bridge between the community and City Hall. It is the first place where the members of the community go when they don’t know where to go. It is forward facing to the community on so many levels – boards and commissions, public records requests, elections, special events, etc. It is uniquely situated to serve as an internal and external ally in City Hall. The question is whether that ability is recognized and what, if anything, is done with it. In this session, participants will examine how DEI principles are interwoven with the work of the profession and learn practical skills and strategies to implement the same, and how the City Clerk's office can be a conduit for greater sense of belonging in our communities.. The goal and hope of the session is to equip participants to expand the bridge in their communities from their place on the front lines of local government and democracy.

9:50 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Economic Outlook with Dr. Peter Rupert
Dr. Rupert is back with an always popular economic outlook presentation. Receive state and national perspectives from the professor with a focus on trends and forecasts. CPEs offered for CA Certified Public Accountants (CPAs)

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Understanding Public Service Ethics Laws and Principles (AB 1234)
State law requires elected and appointed officials to receive two hours of training in specified ethics laws and principles every two years. Newly elected and appointed officials must receive this training within one year of becoming a public servant. Join a panel of experts as they help navigate the ethics laws and principles. Sign-in will begin 30 minutes prior to the session and you must be present for the full two hours to receive the certification of attendance. Entry will be prohibited once the session begins. Planned with the Institute for Local Government. The Institute for Local Government is a State Bar of California minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) approved provider and certifies this activity meets the standards for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California in the total amount of 2 hours (general credits). Provider #13881.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
City Managers Department Meeting
Public Works Department Meeting

11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Regional Division Lunches

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Inland Empire/Desert Mountain Division
Space is limited; please RSVP to your Regional Public Affairs Manager, Laura Morales (909) 275-4110. Additional fees may apply.

11:30 am - 1:15 pm
Riverside Division
Space is limited; please RSVP to your Regional Public Affairs Manager, Erin Sasse (951) 321-0771. Additional fees may apply.

11:45 am - 1:15 pm
South San Joaquin Valley Division
Space is limited; please RSVP to your Regional Public Affairs Manager, Rajveer Rakkar (559) 244-1849. Additional fees may apply

11:30 am - 1:15 pm
Los Angeles County Division
Space is limited; please RSVP to your Regional Public Affairs Manager, Jennifer Quan (626) 786-5142. Additional fees may apply.

11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Sacramento Valley Division
Space is limited; please RSVP to your Regional Public Affairs Manager, Charles Anderson (916) 798-2231. Additional fees may apply.

12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.  
First Time Attendee Orientation

Join League leadership and staff as you begin your first Annual Conference experience. Hear about the League, and most importantly, how to get the most out of your conference experience.

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Opening General Session 
• National Anthem and Color Guard
• Welcome Remarks, Cheryl Viegas Walker, President, League of California Cities, Mayor, El Centro
• National League of Cities Remarks, Clarence Anthony, Executive Director, National League of Cities
• Nominating Committee Report, James Lewis, City Manager, Pismo Beach
• Past Presidents’ Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by John Dunbar, Immediate Past President

• Keynote - Bonnie St. John

Courageous Humility: Leading with Resilience in Challenging Times 
In today's world, leaders at all levels are facing unprecedented challenges: a pandemic, civil unrest, political tension, and more. How do we continue to tap into new sources of energy for the innovations, insights and initiatives we need as the pace of change continues to accelerate? Bonnie St. John, Paralympic ski champion, amputee, and highly sought-after coach for Fortune 500 companies, addresses these challenges with practical exercises and techniques that enhance our capacity to offset the negative effects of stress, increase resilience and play to win.

3:30 p.m - 5:00 p.m.
Legal Issues: Social Media; Cannabis
This session will cover legal trends and issues pertaining to social media, the first amendment, and government. The session will provide an overview of a new publication prepared by the Cannabis Regulation Committee of the City Attorneys Department of Cal Cities. MCLE credit is available.

3:45 p.m - 4:15 p.m. 
Fire Chiefs Department Business Meeting

3:45 p.m. -5:00 p.m. 
Neighborhood Law Programs: Generate Revenue, Reduce Blight and Crime
Every city has nuisance properties that blight neighborhoods, endanger communities, drive down property value, and harm neighborhood morale. Neighborhoods hope and expect cities to fix these problems. Unfortunately, city responses to these issues often seem too slow. In response, several cities have developed Neighborhood Law Programs. Vallejo and Oakland have effectively used these programs - run from the city attorney’s office in close coordination with Code Enforcement, Fire, and Police - to fix community nuisance issues. This panel will explain why these programs are effective and how to create one.

Confronting Hate Group Affiliation or Speech by Public Safety Personnel
Consistent with the national conversation regarding law enforcement and race, municipalities are confronting the challenges of learning that a law enforcement member has used hate speech or may be or may have been affiliated with a hate group. Learn from leading experts in law enforcement and peace officer rights how to address hate group affiliation and speech, and the legal, cultural, and social complexities presented.

CalPERS Update: A Conversation with the CEO 
2021 has already been a momentous year for every California city, but in the area of pensions, the biggest decisions affecting cities have yet to be finalized. In this session, the CalPERS Chief Executive Officer will lay out the big issues and decisions facing the system. Topics covered will include: the recently triggered Risk Mitigation Policy, renewed assumptions about expected investment returns, and plan demographics like life expectancy, inflation and payroll, investment office leadership, and efforts around Environmental, Social and Governance approaches to long-term value creation. This session will also dive into the challenges and risks confronting the system, and the CalPERS team’s plan to navigate a steady path towards full funding over time.

Human-Centered Design and Why My City Should Care About It
You may have heard talk in local government about human-centered design, but do you know what it is or why you should care about it? It is an innovative tool that an increasing number of cities are starting to use that creates programs, policies or services that are tailored to the needs of the person who will use or be impacted by it. Traditionally, cities have approached problem solving from the perspective of City Hall. Human-centered design puts people at the center of the design and creates from their point of view.

Climate Change Adaptation and Wildfire Mitigation Requires Collaboration and Cooperation
Premier Partner Session
Climate change is already impacting California through rising sea levels, extreme heat, more intense droughts, and devastating wildfires. Communities across the state are suffering from the effects, and public institutions and businesses bear significant costs. Join a conversation exploring what our communities and the state will need to do to build resiliency in the face of these growing challenges. The discussion will also explore what investments the public and private sectors will need to consider addressing to adapt to climate change.

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Personnel and Employee Relations Department Meeting

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Grand Opening Expo Hall and Host City Reception
The City of Sacramento welcomes the delegates to the League of California Cities Annual Conference and Expo. Please join us at the host city reception and enjoy a selection of delicious hors d’oeuvres while meeting more than 175 city government product and service-related companies that have come together to help improve their services to the communities they serve. Exhibitors are ready to demonstrate new trends and technologies, state-of-the-art products and much more.

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
CitiPAC Leadership Reception Hosted by Willdan
Cafeteria15L and Park Ultra Lounge, 1116 15th Street, Sacramento CA 95814

Thursday, September 23 
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Registration Open
Second Floor Convention Center

7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Grab & Go Breakfast
Ballroom A Pre-function and Outdoor Terrace

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
City Attorneys Department Business Meeting
This session will include reports from the City Attorneys Department President and Board Director, as well as the Ad Hoc Emergency Response Committee. The Department will also vote on an amendment to the Department bylaws, and elect new Department officers.

City Finance: Law and Elections Update

Leading experts will review the latest major developments in California city revenues, spending, and financing as well as important changes, significant challenges, and new opportunities. Learn about legal developments in new laws, taxes and fees, Proposition 218, Proposition 26, and the underlying issues of your agency’s finances. CPEs offered for CA Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).


Introduction to Labor Relations for Elected Officials

The governing bodies of California public agencies play an important decision-making role in labor negotiations. This session is for elected or appointed officials at local public agencies with represented employees. Hear an overview of the labor relations framework for local government agencies, the labor negotiations process, and the role of the Public Employment Relations Board. Learn about the role of the governing body in negotiations, the importance of the Brown Act, and communication issues related to negotiations.


Tackling the Housing Crisis: The Role of Local Leaders
California’s housing crisis is growing. Local officials play an integral role in land use and policy decisions that set the stage for housing development. To help you better address the housing needs in your community, join a panel of experts that will explore the barriers to housing developments in California and share guidance and lessons learned around community engagement and equity.

How to Create a More Inclusive Environment for LGBTQ+ People in Your City 
City officials and executives managing local governments have the power to advance LGBTQ+ equality and make meaningful changes in their cities. Learn a brief history of federal and state policies and city case studies that have positively impacted the LGBTQ+ community. Experts will provide policy ideas and recommendations to create a more inclusive space for LGBTQ+ individuals. Planned with the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) Caucus.
Women's Caucus Business Meeting


9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Expo Open
Exhibit Hall ABC: Expo Hall
Don't miss your opportunity to meet businesses that can solve your product and service needs and assist your community to find budget solutions.

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Latino Caucus Business Meeting

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
General Session
• Welcome Remarks, Council Member of Walnut Creek, Cindy Silva, First Vice President, League of California Cities
• Cities for Workforce Health Award
• Beacon Award
• Legislative Recognitions

• Keynote - Richard Montañez

One Revelation Will Lead to a Revolution 
In this unique and dynamic presentation, Richard Montañez—known as the Godfather of Latino Marketing—shares his rise up the corporate ladder from janitor to one of PEPSICO’s elite vice presidents. Coming from humble and unlikely means, Richard started at the “beginning, not the bottom.” Richard shares the secrets he used while being driven by passion and a quest for purpose that led him to experience the most dramatic REVELATION he would ever experience in a lifetime. That revelation would spur a REVOLUTION that forever changed corporate America’s protocol, empowering frontline workers, middle managers, and CEOs alike. And the end result would be the birth of a billion-dollar product, also known as America’s favorite snack...FLAMIN’ HOT CHEETOS. 

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Attendee Lunch in Expo Hall

12:15 p.m. - 12:35 p.m.
Why Culture Curation Matters Now More Than Ever
Cultivating a top-notch workplace culture is vital to forming a strong set of team members that boost morale and productivity. Our speaker will share tips from experiences managing a leading marketing, technology, and public affairs firm whose team grew from 2 to 25 members this past decade, all while following the work-from-home model for six years. Attendees will learn why culture is more important than ever and gain tips on how council members and their hired executives can create a positive culture at city hall.

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.   
Legal Issues: Policy and Legal Considerations in Serving the Unsheltered
This session will cover legal trends and issues pertaining to serving the unsheltered community. MCLE credit is available.

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
General Resolutions Committee Meeting

1:15 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.
Cybersecurity Risks and Cities: Strategies to Address Escalating Threats
No organization is safe from digital privacy and security risks. In this presentation, an expert privacy and cybersecurity attorney will address current risks including phishing, hacks, device loss or theft, and enforcement. Learn about key safeguards and risk management strategies. Explore security incident response plans: what to include and why, and the importance of having the plan in place before an incident occurs. Understand significant considerations in addressing a potential breach.

1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
African-American Caucus Business Meeting

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
An Out-of-the-Box Technique for Decision Making and Resident Involvement
Partner Premier Session
Exhausted with lackluster results from community outreach efforts, and interested in new approaches to getting citizens engaged? Democracy by jury is an idea gaining momentum. Learn about the theory, explore the practical possibilities for cities and take home an exciting new way to approach decisions - especially the hardest ones.

Building an Effective City Council-Manager Team, From Day One
Running a city is complex and challenging, even in good times. Successful cities begin with effective relationships among the City Council and City Manager. Hiring, supporting, and guiding the City Manager is the most important function of a City Council. Doing it right will pay dividends in your organization and deliver results to your community. Explore the Council-Manager relationship from the hiring process to maintaining a relationship that will serve the community at its highest level in all situations. Help your city prepare for the next challenge, which is certainly coming.

Changing the Wildfire Prevention Paradigm

It is evident that city leaders must change how we approach wildfire prevention. Total elimination of wildfires is not only impossible, but not advisable. We must build resiliency into our communities and learn to coexist with wildfires. As wildfire knows no jurisdictional boundaries, this effort must be a regional approach. The towns, cities, special districts and county government in Marin County have partnered together for this approach. Through agency and community leadership they are changing the paradigm of wildfire prevention by creating fire adapted communities through vegetation management, home hardening, defensible space, evacuation route improvements, and community education.


Building an Online Community: Local Government Outreach

Looking for the latest tools, tips and best practices to better engage with your community on Facebook and Instagram? Hear directly from the experts how your city can leverage social media, especially when facing a crisis in your city. Planned with the Latino Caucus.


Making the Jump from Finance Director to City Manager

Considering making the jump from finance director to city manager? The city manager is responsible for more than just carrying out the council's policy direction, providing recommendations for and assisting with the implementation of the annual budget, and providing assurance of quality service delivery. Hear from individuals who have experienced the jump as they share both common and not-often-discussed issues related to becoming a city manager. Learn about the nuances of leadership for this specific profession, and key facets of the role that can prepare you before taking the leap. CPEs offered for CA Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).


Rural Cities Information Exchange Meeting

1:45 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.
A Practical Approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
The terms “diversity,” “equity,” and “inclusion” mean different things to all of us. Human resources professionals already understand the business case for DEI, but, how can you encourage DEI without violating the law? What are the best methods to convince others in your organization to embrace DEI principles? This session addresses the fundamentals of DEI and the brilliance of allyship. You will leave this session with a better understanding of the practical side of DEI, and how to create an inclusive culture in your workplace.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Asian-Pacific Islander Caucus Business Meeting

2:15 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.   
Aging Infrastructure: Capital Improvement Plans for Cities of the Future
Smart Cities technology and infrastructure innovations are evolving at lightning speed. How can cities engage the private sector in strategic CIP planning to increase commercial applications of Smart Cities’ investments to help fund critical infrastructure needs today? Case studies of innovative communities will reveal the potential Public-Private Partnership funding power of combining compact urban housing, mobility, technology, and job incubators through distributed systems of infrastructure and economic activity centers to create fiscally resilient cities of the future.

2:40 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.
Legal Issues: Land Use, CEQA and Surplus Land Act
This session will provide a city-focused update on land use and CEQA litigation, and will cover legal trends and issues pertaining to the Surplus Lands Act. MCLE credit is available.

2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Local Government Start-Up
Premier Partner Session
Emerging technologies are providing new options for city services, but how do municipal leaders manage and leverage disruption within antiquated governance structures? Even though cities have a desire to innovate, the idea of local government forming a start-up is difficult to envision. Discover recent examples of entrepreneurial endeavors in local government, including the rise of Community Choice Aggregation energy and innovation zones as “living labs”, as well as the lessons learned from implementing them. Learn how to approach policy and regulatory frameworks that focus on adaptability and partnerships to incubate equitable technology deployment.

State and Local Roles in Building and Measuring Fiscal Resilience
As the economy rebounds from COVID-19, many California cities are still grappling with revenue shortfalls and depleted reserves. What has this crisis taught us about the ways in which collaboration between city and state agencies ensure the efficient, timely and effective distribution of resources? Explore the relationships between city and state agencies, and their shared responsibility for local financial health and resilience.

Tools for Navigating Elected Officials Who Won't Follow the Rules
What do you do when one of your council members is harassing staff? How do you ensure a lenient elected official will discipline their employee? What happens when your council personally attacks one other at meetings? These are the questions city attorneys are asked regularly, and the answers are not easy. Learn about your responsibilities and practical tools for successfully dealing with elected officials who refuse to follow the rules. Explore what can be done when all attempts to resolve the issues have failed.

Advancing Equity: How Old Policies Still Impact Cities (Film Screening)
Sacramento’s redevelopment in the 1950s and 1960s brought great change at the cost of many ethnic communities. Discover how the City of Sacramento pioneered a redevelopment blueprint that became a model for the nation, while at the same time demonstrating the devastation of redevelopment by displacing hundreds of businesses and thousands of residents from its own urban core. Watch the 27-minute documentary, Replacing the Past: Sacramento’s Redevelopment History, followed by insight and never-before-seen clips with the film’s director, and get a chance to ask your own questions.

The Road Ahead for Managing Rising Pension Costs

Public agencies continue to navigate through the damaging effects that COVID-19 has had on their revenues, general fund returns and the economy. Meanwhile, their pension obligations continue to grow, putting further strain on their impacted budgets. Pension systems face an uncertain economic outlook with discount rate targets that are mismatched with future expected returns. How are agencies addressing their pension liabilities during tough economic times such as these? Learn about the fiscal strategies cities have proactively implemented to prepare for the road ahead of rising pension costs.

Unprecedented Action: Dignified Housing Delivered in Six Months
Spearheaded by Supervisor Hilda Solis, the Hilda L. Solis Care First Village demonstrated Los Angeles County’s commitment to allocating resources as rapidly and as cost-efficiently as possible to address housing insecurity and the mental and behavioral health needs of residents experiencing homelessness who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.  Utilizing Federal CARES Act funding, this project transformed an under-utilized county-owned parking lot into an Interim Housing Village of 232 beds located right where the need for housing people experiencing homelessness was greatest in downtown Los Angeles.  Realized in just 6 months from project authorization to occupancy, building this village required intense collaboration between the constructor, the A/E design team, and the owner’s representatives at Los Angeles County Public Works.  Hear representatives from all aspects of the project share what made this highly unique effort possible.

2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   
Coastal Cities Issues Group Meeting
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Caucus Business Meeting
4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
How to Improve Public Safety Through Innovation
When most people think about innovation, Police and Fire Departments are not what immediately come to mind. Instead, public safety departments are known to follow tradition and operate under a strict hierarchy model. But following both tradition and applying innovation are not mutually exclusive. Learn about how the City of Glendale Police and Fire Departments have partnered with their Innovation Team to improve public safety services for the benefit of the public.

Ready, Set, Go! Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Outlook
Premier Partner Session

A year after Governor Newsom’s Executive Order to phase out the sale of internal-combustion vehicles, the ZEV marketplace is poised for tremendous growth as policy action meets California’s leadership in ZEV innovation. State policymakers, local officials, and industry partners are seizing the moment to help Californians transition to cleaner modes of transportation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve local air quality. Explore the progress made to date, the challenges that lie ahead, and the practical steps local governments are taking to prepare for greater adoption of ZEVs like electric vehicles.


Bridging Divides: Tackling Polarization in Your Cities and Communities

After a polarizing 2020, how can city leaders help bridge divides in their communities and begin to advance policies and programs that heal and unify their residents? Hear from nationally recognized experts in conflict resolution, civil discourse, and bi-partisanship about how to approach complex topics, find common ground, and rebuild trust.


Level Up Your Leadership: Creating a Governance Culture of Civility and Purpose

California cities face a myriad of critical and emerging issues, about which city leaders may have widely differing opinions. To navigate these issues, elected officials must be equipped with advanced governance strategies to lead more effectively through these changing times. Women electeds often face additional challenges in their efforts to build trust and gain consensus with their colleagues. Attendees will hear from experts and learn best practices to address these challenges, create a culture of trust and collaboration without violating the Brown Act, and operate with decorum in a manner that best serves the public. Planned with the Women’s Caucus.


What Finance Professionals Need to Know about IT and Security
Please remove (MFI) from the title before posting. Going through a security breach is difficult, time consuming, and expensive. As finance professionals who routinely work with sensitive information, are you confident you have the tools and knowledge to protect your city's finances? Learn about recent events, explore real-life case studies, and dive beyond the basic steps organizations take to reduce the risks of ransomware. Discover approaches that can save your organization valuable time and money, giving you a view of the financial impact and organizational risks of cybercrime. Plus, an expert with over 30 years of experience will share how to avoid these situations and recover operations. CPEs offered for CA Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).

4:20 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.   
Legal Issues: Design Immunity and Tort and Civil Rights Litigation
This session will cover legal trends and issues pertaining to design immunity, and will provide a city-focused update on municipal tort and civil rights litigation. MCLE credit is available.

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Regional Division and Caucus Events

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
East Bay Division
Space is limited; please RSVP to your Regional Public Affairs Manager, Sam Caygill (916) 402-7258. Additional fees may apply.

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Orange County Division Installation Reception
Space is limited; please RSVP to your Regional Public Affairs Manager, Tony Cardenas (714) 766-9290. Additional fees may apply.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
North Bay Division

Space is limited; only guests that have RSVP’d in advance to Nancy Hall Bennett will be admitted

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
San Diego & Imperial Counties Division

Featuring a celebration of Cal Cities President/El Centro Mayor Cheryl Viegas Walker. Space is limited, RSVP required. RSVP to Catherine Hill.

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Women’s Caucus Wine & Cheese Reception

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Latino Caucus Reception

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm 
Central Valley Division Dinner

Space is limited; please RSVP to your Regional Public Affairs Manager, Stephen Qualls (209) 614-0118. Additional fees may apply.


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

African-American Caucus Reception

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

API Caucus: Ice Cream Social

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Taco Bout A Party by LGBTQ Caucus

Friday, September 24
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Penninsula Division
Space is limited; please RSVP to your Regional Public Affairs Manager, Seth Miller (415) 595-8629. Additional fees may apply.

7:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Registration Open
Second Floor, Convention Center

8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Short-Term Rentals (STR): A Balanced Approach

How do you create a balanced approach to STR administration that addresses the needs of your community? Homeowners can start a STR business with the click of a button, but the majority are not aware of their tax obligations. Some community members want to rent, while others don’t want rentals in their neighborhood. Some municipalities are most interested in tax compliance and creating a fair hospitality market, while others are more interested in the potential revenue STRs can generate. Delve into these issues and more with our panel of experts.

Municipal Data in Action

The impact of COVID-19 on the economy has underscored the importance of using data to support decision-making across all industries and sectors, but most importantly for local governments. Data plays a key role in providing public services, keeping residents and businesses safe, improving equity, and tracking resources. Learn how municipalities like the City of Los Angeles are leveraging data and visual tools to support informed decision-making across all levels of government, especially during a global crisis.


California’s Drought: Can We Conserve Our Way Out?
Premier Partner Session
Hear a discussion about California’s current water supply, what we learned from droughts in the past, and how communities need to respond if there is another dry winter.

How Regional Cooperation Makes California Community Marketing Work Harder
Every California community has the opportunity to attract residents, visitors, jobs and investment. Success depends on a strategic marketing approach built on regional cooperation among municipalities and key stakeholder groups. Discover the inspiring story of how the City of Bakersfield & County of Kern collaborated with key stakeholders to build a powerful new marketing platform that positions the region to compete at its best and signal its cooperative qualities. The audience will first learn the critical steps to create early buy in and raise funds, and then hear city and county officials share their processes for collaboration and integrated implementation.

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
Legal Issues: Labor and Employment Law
This session will provide a city-focused update on labor and employment litigation, including the impacts of diversity, equity, and inclusion on employment litigation. MCLE credit is available.

8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Update from State Controller Betty Yee
With so many recent actions that affect local agencies and their finances, discover what the State is doing, and what this means for your city. This informative discussion with the Controller is a must attend event. CPEs offered for CA Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).

8:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors and Officials (AB 1661)

This informational and interactive workplace harassment prevention training will focus on current and emerging issues resulting from the #MeToo movement, and teach officials and supervisors how to identify, prevent, and properly respond to workplace harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and abusive conduct in order to avoid personal and agency liability in compliance with AB 1825/2053/1661 and SB 396. Sign-in will begin 30 minutes prior to the session and you must be present for the full two hours to receive the certification of attendance. Entry will be prohibited once session begins. Planned with the Institute for Local Government. The Institute for Local Government is a State Bar of California minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) approved provider and certifies this activity meets the standards for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California in the total amount of 2 hours (general credits). Provider #13881


9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Bold Action, Innovation During Fiscal Uncertainty, and Environmental Sustainability Case Studies
Premier Partner Session

In today’s world, all aspects of city leadership and governance are intertwined. How did three neighboring Capitol Corridor cities handle parallel goals of fiscal, environmental, and community sustainability while facing the multiple crises of natural disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic, and revenue shortfalls? Join us to learn about the bold, innovative strategies implemented by these geographically-linked agencies, including: public infrastructure financing and renewal, hedging against rising energy costs, improving public safety, capturing grant funding, climate pollution reduction, “smart cities” innovations, and building toward power-grid resilience for critical facilities.

Roadmap to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in a Predominately White, Affluent Community

Join the City of San Luis Obispo for an informational discussion on how to successfully engage your community to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within your city. During this session, efforts such as the establishment of a DEI Taskforce, expanded DEI funding, community learning sessions, and DEI focused city planning will be shared to provide a robust picture of how to effectively advance DEI efforts within a predominately white affluent community. This session will provide you with tangible strategies to support your city’s efforts to be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.


Attracting the Next Generation Workforce with Virtual Career Exploration
Does your agency’s workforce reflect community demographics? Is your workforce retiring? Are you attracting the right talent? The Institute for Local Government’s regional collaborative, Innovative Pathways to Public Service (IPPS), comprised of local and state agencies, K-12, universities, colleges, and non-profits, addresses these critical government workforce concerns. IPPS hosts “Careers in Government,” activities to create diverse talent pipelines and connect youth to jobs aligned with interests. Leaders from three California cities will share their agency’s efforts to engage students, create virtual experiences during COVID-19, and develop community partnerships to build meaningful pathways to public service.

Workforce Housing Solutions: Multifamily Financing, Construction, and Design Innovation Trends

California communities report that one of the greatest economic development threats of 2021 is the critical shortage of available workforce and affordable housing. Learn about recent trends in financing, construction, design and wellness models that are helping communities increase the volume of affordable housing construction to scale the solution and meet the workforce needs for housing. What new building technologies and materials are serving to reduce the cost of housing construction and increase housing choice? This panel will provide case study examples of the evolving city-developer strategic partnership model that successfully produce more affordable, sustainable, resilient, and healthy residential products.


CalPERS Discount Rate: The Process, Decisions, and Impacts for Cities
For many cities, pension costs are the second largest budget line item after salaries. Since pensions are tied to fluctuations in financial markets, economic levels, and plan demographics, it can be a challenge to accurately predict and account for retirement benefit costs. This task becomes even more challenging when one of the key factors in calibrating pension costs – the discount rate – is adjusted. Hear from CalPERS representatives who will update you on significant developments from the past year, and what is on the horizon. Learn about the performance of the investment fund, the recently triggered Funding Risk Mitigation Policy, the ongoing Asset Liability Management Review (conducted every four years by the board), possibilities for further adjusting the discount rate, potential increases for PEPRA member contributions, and a look at the impacts on future employer rates. CPEs offered for CA Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).

9:40 a.m - 11:10 a.m.
Legal Issues: Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Specialty MCLE)
This session will cover legal trends and issues pertaining to diversity, equity and inclusion, including implementing DEI in your city and early lessons on setting up a DEI committee. Includes 1.5 hours of Elimination of Bias sub-field MCLE credit.

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Mayors and Council Members Department Meeting

11:00 - 12:15 p.m. 
Finance Directors: Tips for Working with Your City Clerk and Attorney
When issues get tense in your city, having a solid relationship with your city clerk and city attorney can make a significant difference. You may not always see eye-to-eye, but understanding the key elements of building and maintaining those relationships will help smooth over the process when taking on difficult issues, and will lead to win-win solutions. CPEs offered for CA Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).

Post-COVID Retail Trends and Opportunities
Learn about how COVID-19 has impacted retailers and restaurants in California, and what to expect from new retail development moving forward. Which retailers and restaurants are poised for growth coming out of the pandemic? What proactive retail recruitment strategies should communities be implementing to recruit new retail in the changing post-pandemic landscape?
Building API Solidarity and Safe Communities
Communities across the United States and here in California are facing the challenges of discrimination, hate and violence against Asian Americans and other marginalized communities. With policy changes and the ever-evolving political landscape, city officials and leaders are at the forefront of these issues and must help guide our communities into a brighter and safer tomorrow. In this workshop, explore Anti-Asian Discrimination data, new state and federal policies, and community efforts to better equip city officials and leaders. Learn about community-based solutions and your unique and crucial role in addressing hate, discrimination and violence against Asian Americans and all other marginalized communities. Planned with the API Caucus

Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis
Last year, many California cities declared racism a public health crisis during the civil unrest that sprung up across the nation. What does this mean for residents and what exactly does it look like? The Mapping Black California team, in partnership with the African-American Caucus of Cal Cities, will provide exploration into data visualization that will give significant context to how local elected officials can navigate the resolutions that were adopted and give insight for their constituents to hold them accountable. Planned with the African-American Caucus.

Cannabis- Perceptions vs. Reality
Premier Partner Session
Join us for a presentation that will dispel myths about the current state of cannabis in California. Learn about how cannabis can help fill in gaps made by recent business shutdowns, such as replacing lost tax revenue, providing jobs, filling vacant commercial space, and improving security. Best practices for how to make your city’s cannabis approval experience productive and successful will be discussed.

11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. 
Legal Issues: Municipal Litigation Update
This session will provide a city-focused update on general municipal litigation. MCLE credit is available.

12:30 p.m - 2:30 p.m.
Closing Luncheon and General Assembly
• Welcome Remarks, Cheryl Viegas Walker, President, League of California Cities, Mayor, El Centro
• State of Cal Cities Annual Report, Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director and CEO, League of California Cities
• Presentation of Outgoing President’s Gift
• Board of Directors Leadership Transition
• General Assembly of City Voting Delegates

Previous Session Materials
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


2019 Session Materials


Cal Cities by the Numbers

479 Member Cities

59 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.