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Newly Added 2018 Annual Conference & Expo Sessions Focus on Priority City Issues

August 24, 2018
Three priority sessions have been recently added to the program for the League’s upcoming Annual Conference & Expo in Long Beach, Sept. 12–14.
Most of the sessions for this major event are selected earlier in the year, but the League is adding three high interest sessions on some of the important topics that cities are addressing today. 
The Present and Future of Legislating Police Culture
Friday, Sept. 14, 9:30–10:45 a.m.
Police use of force has become a topic of considerable interest and remains at the forefront of the legislative agenda of criminal justice organizations. Law enforcement representatives and criminal justice advocates both acknowledge that the power of police officers to use deadly force is perhaps the most significant responsibility we confer on any public official, and that it must be guided by the goal of safeguarding human life. This discussion will delve into divergent viewpoints on use of force through the lens of public safety management, advocates of more police accountability, and the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). The purpose of the panel is to explore recent high profile state legislation pertaining to police use of force, transparency and accountability.
  • Eugene Harris, chief of police, City of San Gabriel (tentative)
  • Michael Gennaco, Office of Independent Review
  • Peter Bibring, ACLU 
Proposition 6: Eliminating $52 Billion for Thousands of City, County, and State Transportation Projects
Friday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.  
After 10 years of advocacy by the League and its partners, the Legislature and Governor ushered in SB 1 (Beall), a $52 billion landmark infrastructure investment for transportation in California. Of the $52 billion, $26 billion is dedicated to the state highway system while the other $26 billion goes to local streets and roads in direct apportionments and through grant opportunities. However, thousands of approved state and local SB 1 transportation projects are all at-risk, threatened by Proposition 6 which would repeal the law. Come learn from key state and local experts on what Prop. 6 means for your city and the future of transportation in California.
  • Rony Berdugo, legislative representative, League of California Cities 
  • Will Kempton, former executive director, Transportation California
  • Matt Robinson, legislative advocate, California Transit Association
  • Kiana Valentine, senior legislative representative, California State Association of Counties 
Reducing Homelessness in your Community: Where Do You Start?
Friday, Sept. 14, 8– 9:15 a.m.
The League of California Cities, Institute for Local Government, and the California State Association of Counties released a report this year examining collaborative local solutions to address homelessness. Come hear about the findings of the report and dive into one component of the recommendations: Creating a homelessness plan. What will you do? Who will do it? How do we measure success? A homelessness plan provides direction for elected officials and staff as they make decisions about where to dedicate resources and offers a way to measure progress and success. Discover how three very different communities approached this important exercise.
  • Melissa Keuhne, communications manager, Institute for Local Government 
  • Emily Halcon, homeless services coordinator, Sacramennto
  • Paul Navazio, city manager, Woodland
  • Helene Schneider, regional coordinator, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness 
Online registration has ended, please register on-site. Full conference registration includes access to all general and educational sessions (except the City Clerks Workshop), Wednesday host-city reception, most networking events, Thursday lunch with exhibitors, and the Friday closing luncheon. Member city full conference registrations starts at $575.
Visit www.cacities.org/AC for more information. If you have any questions, please send an email to education@cacities.org.

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