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Pre-Conference Sessions Available at the League’s Annual Conference & Expo

August 22, 2014
Wondering how to spend your time on Wednesday, Sept. 3, leading up to the General Session kickoff?  We’ve got you covered!
This year, the League of California Cities Annual Conference will be offering pre-conference sessions for attendees. Along with AB 1234 training, a classic conference session and two CityTalk sessions will be offered leading up to the Opening General session. So now the question isn’t what will you be doing leading up to the conference but which session will you choose? 
  • Understanding Public Service Ethics Laws and Principles (AB 1234 Training), 9-11 a.m.
Speaker: Michael D. Martello, Institute for Local Government senior counsel
State law requires elected and appointed officials to receive training in specified ethics laws and principles every two years. Newly elected and appointed officials must receive this training within one year of becoming a public servant. This lively, example laden, two hours will make this mandatory training more tolerable — if not outright enjoyable.
Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and you must be present for the full two hours to receive the certification of attendance at 11 a.m. Attendance at this session will be available as part of your conference registration or one-day Wednesday registration.
  • Coping Strategies: How Cities Managed the Great Recession and are Positioned for the Future, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Speakers: José Cisneros, City and County of San Francisco treasurer and League of California Cities president, Lea Eriksen, Long Beach budget manager, and Alyssa Lee, senior officer, Pew Charitable Trusts, American Cities
Declining revenues and federal and state aid, obligations to employees, and increased service demands from residents mean city leaders are often faced with tough choices between short-term interests and long-term fiscal health. Key fiscal trends and tactics that cities and other governments across the country are employing to navigate the future will be shared.
  • CityTalk: Sustainability – How California Cities are Leading the World, 10:30-10:50 a.m.
Speaker: Theodore Senet, Gibbs Giden Locher Turner Senet & Wittbrodt partner
While the state of California has led the nation in energy efficiency, California cities are the true laboratories of new sustainable technologies, renewable power generation, high performance buildings and clean transportation. The audience will learn of cutting edge sustainability programs and the trends in state and municipal laws, as well as opportunities for attracting economic growth and increasing workplace productivity. This entertaining multimedia presentation will incorporate graphics and video to demonstrate the transition to sustainable urban environments and the potential for California cities to lead sustainable development around the world.
  • CityTalk: Beverly Hills Customer Service Initiative, 10:55-11:15 a.m.
Speaker: Wendi Pomerance Brick, Customer Service Advantage, Inc. president
Guided by  the Six Essential Elements for Creating a Culture of Service™ - setting expectations, training your team to provide great service, empowering your team, measurement and feedback, celebrating successes, and project and process improvements – the City of Beverly Hills is building a service-driven culture. Learn why focusing on service quality in government is imperative, internally and externally; what the City is doing, how they’re doing it; and how your organization can too!
Session locations will be available in event programs and distributed on site.
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