|Oct. 10, 2016
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Over the course of three days last week, more than 1,800 California city officials joined together at the League’s 118th Annual Conference & Expo in Long Beach. The event featured approximately 55 educational sessions, 250 exhibitors, engaging keynote speakers, recognition of excellent work by cities, along with individual recognitions, the adoption of one resolution and the swearing in of the League's new executive officers and board of directors.
Meetings & Events
The League board of directors on Oct. 6 voted to oppose Proposition 57, the Public Safety Rehabilitation Act of 2016, (36–1) with two directors abstaining. The vote followed an extended deliberative process commencing with the League’s Public Safety Policy Committee in April, and initial discussion by the board of directors in June and a board delegation attending a meeting requested by Gov. Jerry Brown to discuss the measure in July. Fundamental to the League’s opposition to the measure are public safety concerns stemming from reducing sentences for specific crimes which –despite debates over legal definitions — are clearly violent.
Police Chiefs, Public Safety, Realignment
The city of Loomis won the grand prize drawing on Friday, Oct. 7, during the closing general session of the League’s 118th Annual Conference & Expo. For the third year in a row, the League sponsored U.S. Communities program offered a $3,000 voucher as the grand prize to be used with any of the program’s 40 suppliers to purchase a wide range of products or services.
On Oct. 6, the League board of directors took the formal step to establish a new league legislative policy committee — voting unanimously to establish the new Governance, Transparency & Labor Relations (GTL) policy committee. GTL will have a renewed focus on technology (open data), healthcare, elections and political reform. Additionally, the committee will oversee pension (OPEB) and workers compensation reform as well as other related issues.
Technology, Administrative Services, Employee Relations
Lodi Council Member JoAnne Mounce was installed as League president on Oct. 7 during the 118th Annual Conference & Expo in Long Beach and will now lead the organization for the coming year. Elected as League second vice president in 2014, she advanced to the office of first vice president in September 2015.
Palos Verdes Estates Council Member James Goodhart was elected League first vice president during the League’s 118th Annual Conference & Expo in Long Beach. He will serve as first vice president for a one-year term before advancing to president in September 2017.
South San Francisco Council Member Rich Garbarino was installed as second vice president during the League’s 118th Annual Conference & Expo in Long Beach and will advance to the office of first vice president in September 2017.