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Registration Deadline Extended for Three December Conferences

November 26, 2018
The registration deadline is being extended to Dec. 4 for the Fire Chiefs Leadership Seminar, Municipal Finance Institute and City Clerks New Law & Elections Seminar, with on-site registration available after that date.
 
All three conferences are taking place the second week of December in San Francisco.
 
Many important topics will be discussed during the League’s triple-header event, where California city fire chiefs and fire service professionals, municipal finance officers and city clerks will gather for each departments’ respective education program and networking sessions.

Each conference will offer its own professional development sessions, but attendees from all three will have the opportunity to attend a joint reception on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Information on each conference is below.
 
Fire Chiefs Leadership Seminar: Dec. 12–13
This conference is designed for fire chiefs, chief officers, union leadership and other fire services leaders. During the two-day seminar, attendees will participate in a variety of sessions:
  • California EMS - Past, Present and Future — Learn how California’s EMS system was created, current issues impacting service delivery, best practice models and the future of California’s EMS system. 
  • Professional Development Pathway Initiative — Understand how community colleges and state universities are collaborating with labor organizations to create a clearly-defined Fire/EMS Professional Development Pathway. 
  • Benchmarking Performance - How Do I Compare Apples to Oranges? — Fire service benchmarking is not widely accepted or fully understood. A panel of chiefs and data analysis experts will discuss basic comparisons for data reporting and benchmarking for fire, rescue and EMS measures and budgets. 
  • CalPERS Pension Update — Preserving and properly funding retirement benefits is a shared responsibility between employers, members and CalPERS. Join CalPERS Chief and retired firefighter Kelly Fox for an important discussion of CalPERS’ funding levels, recent Board actions and market developments that are impacting costs for fire agencies. This presentation will highlight key issues facing the system, and provide direction on stakeholder engagement opportunities. 
View the full agenda for the Fire Chiefs Leadership Seminar online.
 
Municipal Finance Institute: Dec. 12–13
This conference brings together more than 150 finance directors and municipal finance experts from throughout California. Sessions include:
  • Economic Outlook with Dr. Peter Rupert — As the economy continues its almost ten-year expansion, people are asking, "How long can it last? Are there signs of imminent collapse? What will happen to international trade with the newly imposed tariffs? Will the increase in minimum wages provide some relief to lower income workers?” Dr. Rupert will provide insight into these questions and more during a lively discussion. 
  • Local Government Reserve Policy — An essential element of fiscal sustainability is having robust financial reserves. However, each community faces its own unique set of risk factors. Attend and learn more about this important topic. 
  • Payroll Compliance & the Fair Labor Standards Act Post Flores — FLSA Regular Rate of Pay compliance is complicated and critical for public agencies. Payroll system limitations often increase the complexity toward compliance. This session will offer suggestions for an action plan to protect your agency from FLSA liability or reduce the liability moving forward through strategies negotiated at the collective bargaining table. 
  • Labor Negotiations Update for 2018 — A recent Supreme Court decision and potential state legislative actions have brought public sector bargaining to the forefront of the public policy debate. As local governments grapple with runaway personnel costs, the “economics” behind labor negotiations has become more important. This session will provide a financial perspective on the status of labor negotiations and provide expectations for increased union activity. Total compensation surveys, benefits cost pressures and consumer prices will also be discussed. 
View the full agenda for the Municipal Finance Institute online.
 
City Clerks New Law & Elections Seminar: Dec. 12–14
Nearly 300 city clerks are expected to attend this seminar and receive information on new election laws, the Fair Political Practices Commission, emergency preparedness, strategies to work effectively with elected officials, and other topics. Sessions include:  
  • Meeting the Challenge of Working Effectively With Elected Officials — What are your experiences with difficult elected officials? Have you been asked to do something inconsistent with city policy? This session is intended to provide you with strategies to deal with these challenges and more. 
  • Emergency Preparedness Part 1: If Only I’d Known — Tips from the Disaster Trenches — Wildfires, mudslides and other natural disasters have devastated California communities over the past few years. Hear from city clerks who were on the frontlines of some of these recent events as they share tips on what to expect when disaster strikes, the importance of flexibility and handling the vast responsibility a clerk may have in the time of a crisis. We’ll explore what items should be in a personal “go bag” as well as how to develop a “clerk in a box” tool kit.
  • Emergency Preparedness Part 2: Understanding a Disaster Through Different Perspectives — Hear how recent disasters have impacted fire personnel and leadership, how their responses have evolved and what city clerks can do to ensure success in the EOC. Learn how a city manager can should approach a disaster through collaboration and communication. 
  • Gray Area Thinking® with Ellie Krug — Join national speaker, transgender writer and “human inclusionist” Ellen “Ellie” Krug as she conducts her highly valued human inclusivity training, Gray Area Thinking®. We have all heard the term “diversity and inclusion”, but what does it actually mean to make a workplace or organization more diverse and inclusive? How do we build an inclusive world in a time of such division? This training will provide an easy-to-understand toolkit on how to be more welcoming in our society. 
View the full agenda for the City Clerks New Law & Elections Seminar online. 
 
Note about Lodging
 
While the League’s room block at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Embarcadero is sold out, there are other hotel properties within a mile with affordable room rates in the $200 range. Lodging can be found through your favorite booking website.
 
Attendees may also want to consider commuting to the conference from outside San Francisco. The hotel is a few steps away from the California Street cable car line stop, ferry terminals and BART stations: For registration questions, please email or call Megan Dunn at (916) 658-8291.


 
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