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Aug. 21 Online Registration Deadline for Annual Conference Approaching

Check out a Sneak Peak of Conference Sessions

July 27, 2018
In just a few weeks, online registration closes for the League's 2018 Annual Conference & Expo, scheduled Sept. 12–14 in Long Beach.
This important annual event for California city leaders and staff features an assortment of educational sessions, networking opportunities and League governance activities.
The conference schedule is a great tool for conference participants begin to plan their experience. The conference announcement contains a variety of information on the three days. Registration is easy to do through the League’s website. For more information, please visit www.cacities.org/AC.
Diversity Caucuses Conference Session Details
Each of the League’s five diversity caucuses will hold an educational session during the conference. Here is a sneak peak of these not to be missed sessions.
  • Mapping Black California: Using GIS to Identify Our Assets & Assess Our Challenges
  • There are over 3 million African Americans living in California, and the Golden State is home to the single wealthiest Black community — and two of the top 10 most affluent predominantly Black communities — in the United States, however Blacks in California continue to face numerous negative disparities.
  • Utilizing GIS tools–specifically Esri’s ArcGIS, Story Maps, and ArcGIS Hub–the Mapping Black California initiative offers a deeper understanding of the state of Black California, the social, political, and economic issues affecting it, and the means by which we can address the racial disparity problem.
  • Planned by the League’s African American Caucus, tentatively scheduled: Friday, Sept. 14, 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 
  • Improving Civic Engagement in Diverse Communities
    • California has been a majority-minority state since 2000 and yet its democracy does not adequately reflect this diversity. This is especially true at the local level, where participation in local elections and a range of other civic activities, such as contacting public officials, attending local meetings, and signing petitions is marked by significant disparities by race, age, and income. Professor Karthick Ramakrishnan, a national expert on demographic diversity and civic engagement, will present results from a survey that digs deeper into these racial disparities, including among millennials of color. He will also discuss ways to innovate and boost civic engagement among millennials and communities of color in California.
    • Planned by the League's Asian-Pacific Islander Caucus, tentatively scheduled: Thursday, Sept. 13. 
  • City Hall for Everyone — Inside and Out: Planned by the League's Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender Local Officials Caucus
    • California continues to be a leader in assuring workplaces are welcoming for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) persons. City Hall for Everyone — Inside and Out provides specific strategies and procedures cities can utilize to assure diversity in their workforce and meet new state laws and regulations. Experts will explain the new laws and provide specific tools and resources available to cities as they implement state laws related to the recruitment, hiring and retention of LGBT persons.
    • Planned by the League's Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender Local Officials Caucus, tentatively Scheduled: Friday, Sept. 14. 
  • Facebook for Local Government: Tips, Tools & Best Practices
    • Your opportunity to build an online community through Facebook has never been stronger. Come learn about some of the latest tools, tips and best practices that can help you better reach and connect with constituents on Facebook.
    • Planned by the League's Latino Caucus, tentatively scheduled: Thursday Sept. 13. 
  • Unconscious Bias
    • Recent research suggests unconscious bias is a key factor, operating in both men and women, and causing them to downgrade a woman’s performance and leadership capability. For example, the "same" resume gets evaluated much more positively when a male name is put on it — the applicant is deemed more experienced, accomplished, smarter, etc. There is a different set of “rules” for women seeking leadership positions then men seeking the same position.
    • This workshop will dive into the obstacles that keep women’s talents from being fully utilized and recognized in leadership positions and what we can do collectively to change it.
    • Planned by the League's Women's Caucus, tentatively scheduled: Friday, Sept. 14.
Guest room availability through the League’s hotel room blocks is very limited at this time.
 Please secure your lodging for the conference through the housing links you will receive after registering for the conference. If no housing is available, we suggest using your favorite travel reservations website online to locate a room.
If you have any questions regarding registration or hotel, please contact the League at (916) 658-8291.

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