L. Dennis Michael

Invitation to Attend

It’s my pleasure to invite you to seize a valuable opportunity by attending the 2016 Annual Conference and Expo, October 5 - 7 in Long Beach. You won’t want to miss this enriching experience.

That’s because attending the Annual Conference represents an investment in your community and in yourself. You’ll work smarter and feel re-energized after hearing from leading experts, deepening your knowledge of emerging issues, and connecting with colleagues tackling similar challenges.

At the Expo, you’ll have the chance to look over a whole host of innovative products and services that can help make your city run more efficiently.

This year’s Annual Conference – the League’s 118th – will once again be the state’s largest gathering of city officials, all of them committed to bettering California’s cities. I hope you’ll join us!

Warm regards,

L. Dennis Michael

2015-2016 President, League of California Cities®
Mayor, Rancho Cucamonga

Robert Garcia

Welcome to Long Beach!

As Mayor of the 7th largest city in California, it’s my honor and pleasure to welcome the California League of Cities to our beautiful community. We are proud to be one of the most diverse cities in America, home to a growing aerospace industry, innovative entrepreneurs, world-class museums, one of the nation’s finest aquariums in the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Toyota Grand Prix, and a great Pride Parade and Festival that attracts visitors from all over the world. We’re also proud of the progress we’ve made making city government more transparent, efficient and responsive. Through the use of technology, open data, and rigorous public communications, we are keeping residents, businesses and tourists informed and up to date, and holding ourselves accountable in everything we do. And there’s more to come. Meanwhile, our city is undergoing a dramatic urban renaissance, with new developments shooting skyward throughout our downtown, new restaurants and shops opening, and downtown household income up by 75% over the past decade. National and local brands share the stage in Long Beach, and the future is looking very bright for our economy. The Port of Long Beach continues to set cargo volume records while reducing emissions, and our airport is winning accolades from coast to coast. I’m very bullish on Long Beach.

The League of Cities is doing important work that benefits Long Beach and our entire region. The League’s advocacy on transportation issues, water conservation, and homelessness are just a few of the many actions important to our city. My thanks to all the member cities and the League staff for your hard work on behalf of the people of California. I’m grateful to know we will continue to work together on these important policies, supporting good government and progress in our state.

On behalf of the people of the great City of Long Beach, thank you for visiting with us! We wish you a successful and productive conference.


Mayor Robert Garcia

Jason Roberts

Jason Roberts

"Build a Better Block: How to Make Real Change in Your Community, Today"

How can we drive change in our communities and move past unproductive committees and outdated regulation? How do we become the “bike part of town” and revitalize stagnant blocks? In this funny, smart, energetic, and breathless talk, arts activist Jason Roberts of the Better Block Project encourages us to stop waiting around. Even if that means painting in our own crosswalks, bringing in our own trees, and blackmailing ourselves into action.

Christopher Thornberg

Christopher Thornberg

"Fact and Fiction: What is really going on in the California Economy?"

There seem to be many worries about the ability for the current expansion to maintain momentum—China, oil, the Middle East, tech bubbles and other issues have all cause brief periods of market panic. How sustainable is the economy in its current form? How does ‘business unfriendly’ stack up? What are the future flash points that cities need to focus their attention on?

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