General Information

Conference Location

The 2018 Annual Conference will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center, located downtown at 300 East Ocean Boulevard. All sessions will be held at the convention center unless otherwise noted.

Parking and Public 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. Parking rates are $15.00 per car entry and special rates as posted at garage may apply during the conference (subject to change without notice).

Public transportation is easily accessible and includes the Metro Blue Line, Los Angeles County’s light rail system, and the Passport, a free downtown shuttle, connecting the convention center with all local conference hotels, restaurants, and area attractions. The Passport operates daily, every 6 to 20 minutes.

Conference App

The League of California Cities mobile application is a great organization and conference tool. The app provides full access to the conference in the palm of your hand. You can see the schedule of events, build your own custom schedule, import your selected events into your calendar, access session materials, speaker bios, all exhibitor information, and the list goes on. The League’s mobile app is available for download through your device’s app store by searching “League of CA Cities”, “League of California Cities” or “CACities.”

Brown Act and League Conferences

The Brown Act permits the attendance of a majority of the members of a legislative body at a conference or similar gathering open to the public that addresses issues of general interest to the public or to public agencies of the type represented by the legislative body. However, a majority of the members cannot discuss among themselves, other than as part of the scheduled program, business of a specific nature that is within the local agency’s subject matter jurisdiction.

Helen Putnam Award for Excellence

This program, supported by the League Partners, recognizes outstanding cities that deliver the highest quality and level of service in the most effective manner possible. Visit the special displays by cities that won the 2018 prestigious awards program and learn what your city can adapt from their success. Displays can be found in the League Partner Village in the Expo Hall.

Institute for Local GovernmentInstitute for Local Government

The Institute for Local Government promotes good government at the local level with practical, impartial, and easy-to-use resources for California communities. Current program areas and resources to help local officials in service to their communities include local government basics, public engagement, sustainable communities and public service ethics. Please visit www.ca-ilg.org.

Mayors and Council Members Academy Torch ProgramMayors and Council Members Leadership Academy Torch Program

The MCMLA torch program is for elected officials who are seeking continuing education to enhance their own knowledge and skills in order to better serve the public. Each year officials from throughout the state earn recognition as they progress upward through three sequential levels of achievement. For more information visit www.cacities.org/TorchProgram.

Session Materials

Our goal is to provide exceptional educational experiences, networking opportunities, and innovative tools that will make attendees and their cities more successful. Presentation materials are an important element of the Annual Conference and will be available online at www.cacities.org/achandouts as well as on the League’s mobile app. You can download or print session materials in advance or after the conference for additional resources.

Networking Opportunities

CitiPAC – Leadership Reception

In conjunction with hosts Keenan & Associates, CitiPAC will present its Leadership Reception on the evening of Wednesday, September 12. Join conference attendees for this wonderful event in support of CitiPAC featuring food, beverages and entertainment.

Host City Reception

The City of Long Beach welcomes the delegates to the League of California Cities Annual Conference & Expo. Please join us at the opening night host reception and enjoy a selection of delicious hors d'oeuvres. The reception will take place from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, at the Long Beach Convention Center in the Expo Hall. A registration badge is required to access the event.

Diversity Groups

The Board of Directors has recognized the following five diversity groups: African-American Caucus; Asian-Pacific Islander Caucus; the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Local Officials Caucus; Latino Caucus and Women’s Caucus. Sign up to join one or more of the League’s Caucuses. Each will host a networking event at the Annual Conference open to all attendees.

Regional Divisions

Regional Divisions function as the League’s grassroots advocacy teams. Divisions are staffed locally by public affairs managers to support League goals. Contact your regional manager for more information about division networking events during the conference. Additional fees may apply.

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