2017 Annual Conference

Session Materials

2017 Annual Conference Session Materials

Education 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Speakers: Eric Danly, City Attorney, Petaluma | Hong Dao Nguyen, Attorney, Best Best & Krieger, LLP | Peter Thorson, City Attorney, Jurupa Valley and Temecula, Richards, Watson & Gershon

Education 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Speakers: Maggie Stern, Attorney, Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard | Gary Winuk, Managing Attorney, Kaufman Legal Group

Concurrent Sessions / CityTalks 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.
SB 1: A Funding Fix For California's Roads

Speakers: Randy Breault, Public Works Director, Brisbane | Brian Kelly, Secretary, California State Transportation Agency | Eric Thronson, Deputy Director, Legislation and Finance, California Transportation Commission

Speakers: Greg Devereaux, Managing Partner, Worthington Partners | Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments | Bob Russi, City Manager, La Verne

Speakers: Steve Hansen, Council Member, Sacramento | Ed Shikada, Assistant City Manager, General Manager of Utilities, Palo Alto | Kara Ueda, City Attorney, Best Best & Krieger, LLP

Providing Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Services (201 Rights)

Speakers: Scott Clough, Principal Partner, AP Triton, LLC | Kurt Henke, Principal/ Managing Partner, AP Triton, LLC | Raymond Ramirez, Attorney-at-Law, Cal Chiefs

Immigration and Refugee Issues Today: a 360° Perspective

Speakers: Yannina Casillas, Legislative & Government Affairs Coordinator, Council on American-Islamic Relations, California (CAIR-CA) | Darrell Steinberg, Mayor, Sacramento

Speaker: Eric Baggesen, Managing Investment Director, California Public Employees' Retirement System

Got Fiscal Health? An Intro to the League's Municipal Financial Health Diagnostic Tool

Speaker: Michael Coleman, League Fiscal Policy Advisor, CaliforniaCityfinance.com

City As Incubator – Are Cities the True Change Agents?

Speaker: Jonathan Holtzman, Partner, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai | Public Law Group

Concurrent Sessions 8:15 - 9:30 a.m.
Prop. 64 Grants: Adult Use of Marijuana Act

Speakers: Rudy Escalante, Retired Chief of Police/Compliance Officer, Vista 500 Consulting, LLC | Michael McLaughlin, Fire Chief, Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department | David McPherson, Cannabis Compliance Director, HdL Companies

The Public Official and FPPC: Silent Partners in Transparency

Speakers: Jaycob Bytel, Deputy Communications Director, Office of Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento | Michael Martello, Senior Counsel, Institute for Local Government | Erin Peth, Executive Director, Fair Political Practices Commission

Those Held with Governance Hold the Liability: Limiting the Risk

Speakers: Debbie Harper, Partner, LSL CPAs | Becky Shevlin, Council Member, Monrovia

Speakers: Porter Gilberg, Executive Director, The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach | Susan Stanton, Chief Operating Officer, Administrative Services, Santa Clara Valley Water District

Speaker: Alan Wang, President, NewsWorthy Media

Tools to Boost Housing and Economic Development

Speakers: Jason Rhine, Legislative Representative, League of California Cities | Aaron Laurel, Economic Development & Housing Director, West Sacramento | Nicholas Romo, Legislative Policy Analyst, League of California Cities | Gurbax Sahota, President & CEO, California Association for Local Economic Development

Concurrent Sessions / CityTalks 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Strategies to Reduce and Address OPEB and Pension Costs

Speakers: Kevin O'Rourke, Senior Consultant, Public Agency Retirement Services | Charlie Francis, Former Finance Director, Sausalito | Steve Rymer, City Manager, Morgan Hill | Dennis Yu, Senior Vice President, Public Agency Retirement Services

Speakers: Marc Blakeman, Vice President, External Affairs, AT&T | Michael Hill, National Director, External Relations, ExteNet Systems, Inc. | Chad Mosley, City Engineer, Cupertino

Speakers: Christine Mirasy-Glasco, Executive Director, Upward Bound House | Meghan Sahli-Wells, Council Member, Culver City | Andrew Sotelo, Director, School and Family Support Services, Culver City Unified School District

Speakers: Martin Gonzalez, Executive Director, Institute for Local Government | Chris Richardson, Chief Program Officer, Downtown Streets Team | Michele Steeb, Chief Executive Officer, St. John's Program for Real Change

Effective Public Presentations

Speaker: Michael Coleman, League Fiscal Policy Advisor, CaliforniaCityfinance.com

Speaker: Michael McLaughlin, Fire Chief, Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department

Speaker: Gage C. Dungy, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

Concurrent Sessions / CityTalks 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.
CEQA: New Strategies for Streamlining the Environmental Review Burden

Speakers: Tim Cremin, Principal, Meyers Nave | Shaye Diveley, Of Counsel, Meyers Nave | Shiraz Tangri, Senior Of Counsel, Meyers Nave

Who Has Our Tax Dollars Now?

Speakers: David Gau, Executive Director, Board of Equalization | Karen Hughes, Supervising Tax Auditor, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration | Fiona Ma, Member, District 2, State Board of Equalization | Nicolas Maduros, Director, California Department of Tax & Fee Administration

Six Ways to Engineer Employee Engagement

Speakers: Paul Arevalo, City Manager, West Hollywood | Patrick Ibarra, Co-Founder and Partner, The Mejorando Group | Scott Ochoa, City Manager, Glendale

Speaker: Wes Strickland, Partner, Jackson Walker LLP

Education 3:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Speakers: Traci Park, Attorney, Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP | Kelly Trainer, Partner, Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP

Concurrent Sessions / CityTalks 4:15 - 5:30 p.m.
Code Enforcement and Safety: The Unknown Disaster Waiting to Happen

Speakers: Eric Nickel, Fire Chief, Palo Alto | Jason Crapo, Deputy Director, Contra Costa County | Robert Marshall, Fire Marshal, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District | Matthew Silver, Partner/City Prosecutor, Silver & Wright LLP

Protecting Your Professional Reputation Online

Speakers: Troy Brown, City Manager, Tracy | Larry Carr, Mayor Pro Tem, Morgan Hill | Karen Pinkos, Assistant City Manager, El Cerrito

Embracing Innovation and Not Getting "Outsmarted"

Speakers: Gregory Rodriguez, Attorney, Best Best & Krieger, LLP | Bill Clarkson, Mayor, San Ramon | Jennifer Cohen, Director of Government Affairs, Department of Transportation, Los Angeles

Reducing Pavement Life Cycle Costs and Greenhouse Gases

Speakers: John Harvey, Director, City and County Pavement Improvement Center, University of California, Davis | Frank Farshidi, Interim Senior Engineer, Department of Transportation, San Jose

Concurrent Sessions 8:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Sacramento Promise Zone: Collective Impact Model for Public-Private Partnerships

Speakers: Carolyn Abrams, Research Analyst, UC Davis Center for Regional Change | Deb Marois, Principal, Converge Consulting Research and Training | Tyrone Roderick Williams, Promise Zone Director, Director of Development, Housing and Redevelopment Agency, Sacramento

Speakers: Kelly Colopy, Director, Health & Human Services Department, Long Beach | Bryan Montgomery, City Manager, Oakley | Manuel Pastor, Director, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, University of Southern California

Will Driverless Vehicles Create a Better Future?

Speakers: Steve Heminger, Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission | Debs Schrimmer, Transportation Policy Manager, Lyft | Darrell Steinberg, Mayor, Sacramento

Hiring For Diversity Discussion Forum

Facilitator: Timothy Simon, Attorney/Cosultant, TAS Strategies

Concurrent Sessions / CityTalks 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Strategies for Managing the New Reality of CalPERS

Speakers: Bruce Channing, City Manager, Laguna Hills | Scott Terando, Chief Actuary, California Public Employees' Retirement System | Kurt Wilson, City Manager, Stockton

Are Cities Losing Control of Local Control?

Speakers: Dan Carrigg, Deputy Director, Legislative Director, League of California Cities | Christiana McFarland, Research Director, National League of Cities

Speakers: Laura Burnett, Regional Director, Library Systems & Services | Ivorie Franks, Library Director, Moreno Valley Public Library | Georg Winkler, Business Coordinator, LS&S, Camarillo Public Library

Practical Engagement: Realities and Opportunities for Meaningful Civic Participation

Speakers: Nick Mastronardi, PhD, CEO, POLCO | Sarah Rubin, Program Manager, Public Engagement, Institute for Local Government | Kimberly S. Thomas, Assistant to the City Manager, Mountain View

Getting the Most Value From Your City's Technology Investment

Speakers: Gaurav Garg, Chief Information Officer, Santa Clara | Bryon Horn, Chief Information Officer, Fresno | Tim Williamsen, IT Manager, MISAC/Petaluma

Speakers: Hezekiah Allen, Executive Director, California Growers Association | Fiona Ma, Member, District 2, State Board of Equalization | Fran Mancia, Vice President of Government Relations, MuniServices

Concurrent Sessions 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Crisis Management for Cities

Speakers: Cliff Glickman, President, Glickman Communications | Connie Jackson, City Manager, San Bruno | Scott Sedgley, Council Member, Napa

How We Decide - Making the Best Use of Choices

Speaker: Karen Baker, Chief Service Officer, CaliforniaVolunteers

Strategies in Strengthening Police and Community Trust

Speakers: Tracy Colunga, Innovation Team Director, Long Beach | Ricardo Goodridge, Field Representative, Board of State and Community Corrections | Eric Jones, Chief of Police, Stockton

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