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Maintaining Effective Council-Manager Communications, Best Practices for Disaster Preparedness and Tools for Cannabis Regulation Featured at Next Mayors & Council Members Executive Forum

May 28, 2019
Mayors and council members have to understand a number of issue areas, possess unique leadership qualities and have refined interpersonal abilities in order to be effective community leaders.
The next Mayors & Council Members Executive Forum will be held at the Marriott Newport Beach on June 19 – 20 and will provide an opportunity for attendees to receive updates on key policy issues, network with peers, and participate in professional development workshops. Registration closes soon for this valuable forum. For those who would like to go one step further and delve into a specific issue area, register separately for an Advanced Leadership Workshop, which will be held on Friday, June 21.
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The Forum begins with a special opening session from TEDx speaker Sarita Maybin on how to remain positive during difficult communication situations. Sarita is an international speaker, communication expert and author whose audiences have fun learning how to keep up the optimism in working relationships. Following the opening general session, attendees can decide between concurrent sessions on innovation, homelessness, and fair process principles. Later that evening, interact with colleagues and share what you’ve learned during the networking reception.
On Thursday, the opportunities for learning begin with a session on insightful lessons learned from the recent fires in Malibu and Santa Rosa. Listen to the personal stories of city leaders who have led their agencies and communities through these catastrophic events. Concurrent sessions throughout the day will feature best practices for achieving successful council-manager communication and will highlight case studies from partnerships that have formed that encourage the future of the local government workforce.
In the afternoon, 20-minute speed sessions are available, which are information-packed segments on different topics. Listen to dynamic speakers who will share how to challenge and inspire your residents to participate in local government, demonstrate what it means to be a high-performing city and highlight how one city took the idea of a mobile city to heart and developed a holistic strategy to increase online services and facilitate a 21st century workforce that is on the go all the time.
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Advanced Leadership Workshops
Three options are available for interested attendees to further their learning and fully immerse themselves in a specific topic. Registration comes with breakfast and lunch for these 6-hour workshops.
City Finances: What You Need to Know
Led by Michael Coleman, League Fiscal Policy Advisor
As trustees of the city, elected officials have important obligations to safeguard the fiscal assets of the public. The panel of experts will start with an overarching financial picture of state and local government finance in California and delve into essential aspects of municipal finance that every city council member should know. Learn how cities have gotten into financial trouble and the right questions to ask to know if yours is healthy. Gain insight into major trends, challenges ahead and possible reforms. Obtain essential skills to keep your city budget strong through tough economic times. Determine best practices in financial reporting and identify important questions to ask when carrying forward the city budget. Get your questions answered from peers and panelists.
Cannabis Regulation: Best Practices for Your City
In 2018, recreational cannabis became legal in California and cities became authorized to establish their own local ordinances for commercial cannabis. Hear from regulators, compliance advisors and peer cities on the many aspects of local cannabis regulation. Explore best practices as local jurisdictions continue to adjust to new laws and regulations, and get your questions answered on the most pressing cannabis issues facing cities.
Level Up Your Leadership: Mastering Your Role as a Council Member, Community Leader and Colleague
California cities face myriad critical and emerging issues from constrained budgets, from the retirement wave, to the expanding housing and homelessness crisis. In order to navigate this, elected officials must be equipped to lead through these changing, and oftentimes challenging, times. This interactive session will provide tools and strategies to help elected officials operate more effectively as a council and better engage with fellow council members, with city staff and with the community.
For the Mayors & Council Members Executive Forum taking place in June 19 – 20, registration is $375 for League-member city elected officials and staff. It includes admission to Wednesday and Thursday sessions, the Wednesday evening networking reception, and Thursday breakfast and luncheon.
For the Advanced Leadership Workshops, registration is $195 for League-member city elected officials and staff. It includes a 6-hour workshop, breakfast and lunch on Friday, June 21.
Attendees must register separately for both events.
If you have any questions, please contact Caitlin Cole.

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