League President and Mountain View Mayor Mike Kasperzak kicked off the afternoon lunch with opening remarks by discussing the latest developments on redevelopment and highlighting legislative issues expected in 2012. He introduced the newly elected officials to the League, focusing on the organization's mission and encouraging them to become engaged.
The first day of the academy was followed by a legislative reception, where attendees had a chance to discuss issues directly with legislators and legislative staff, state officials, other city officials and League partners.
President Kasperzak presented Sen. Robert Huff (R-Diamond Bar) with the League's 2011 Legislator of the Year award. Both Sen. Huff and Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Los Angeles) won the award in 2011 for their efforts to protect redevelopment during last year's legislative session. Sen. Wright was presented with his award during the League's 2011 Annual Conference & Expo in San Francisco.
Conference sessions included:
Relationship between City Council and City Manager/Staff;
Communications and the New Media;
How to Conduct an Effective and Respectful Council Meeting; and
Financial Responsibilities and City Revenues.
Friday's program also included a special AB 1234 session certification entitled "How to Build and Maintain the Public's Trust: Practical Ethics and the Law."