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What to Expect at Two League Educational Events in December

Deadline to Register — Nov. 12

October 25, 2013
The League of California Cities offers annual educational training opportunities for the various departments within the organization.
There are two conferences coming up this December, the Municipal Finance Institute and the City Clerks New Law & Elections Seminar. Below is a preview of a couple of sessions that will be offered at each. Reserve your spot now to make sure you don’t miss out on these premier events.

Municipal Finance Institute
This year’s Municipal Finance Institute, Dec. 4 – 5, at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, San Diego, will feature a multitude of learning opportunities for attendees. Here are two of the most anticipated sessions for 2013: 
  • Sales & Use Tax Collection: Discovering Trends and Leave with Strategies
    • Special Guest Speaker: Betty Yee, board member, State Board of Equalization. Sales and use tax revenues are vital to local governments. What are the revenue trends for the short, mid and long term? What does the future hold for local sales and use tax revenues? How will the collection of sales and use tax from e-commerce effect our tax base? What can be done to ensure that your city receives the tax revenue that is due? Discover trends and leave with strategies to implement in your city.
  • City Fiscal Health: What We’ve Learned and the League’s New Diagnostic Tool
    • What have we learned from the experiences in Vallejo, Stockton, Bell and elsewhere? What are best practices and those to avoid? What are the signs of fiscal distress? Hear stories and lessons from those involved and learn about the League’s new Fiscal Health Diagnostic Tool that can help you identify and communicate your city’s fiscal condition.
City Clerks New Law & Elections Seminar
In addition to the Brown Act, FPPC and Elections and New Law updates offered at this year’s New Law & Elections Seminar, there are additional “not to be missed” sessions that will provide an even more beneficial learning experience. Here are a few session summaries that highlight what you have to look forward to this December:
  • Transparency Strategies: Websites and Beyond
    • Local agencies and their officials need to enjoy the public’s trust and confidence to tackle the difficult issues of the day. Part of this trust and confidence comes from the public’s sense the agency is forthcoming with information and has nothing to hide. Receive insight on experiences using websites and other tools to share information proactively with the public — before the public’s interest takes the form of a Public Records Act request.
  • Customer Service — Taking it to the Extreme
    • City Clerks are in the customer service business. Explore the important principles of providing excellent customer service: service, attitude, consistency and teamwork. Anticipate a fun, interactive presentation incorporating Bob Farrell’s principles of customer service and just “Give ‘em the pickle”.
Register online by Nov. 12 and select “Municipal Finance Institute” or “City Clerks New Law & Elections Seminar.” It is possible to register onsite after Nov. 12.

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