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Connect at the League’s Annual Conference: Diversity, Divisions and Sessions Oh My!

October 7, 2019
There are many opportunities to get involved in a diversity caucus and your regional division at the League of California Cities 2019 Annual Conference & Expo, Oct. 16-18.
Participate in the conference events highlighted below to learn more.
Discover the League’s Diversity Caucuses Through Sessions and Networking
The League is committed to promoting involvement for all city officials in order to reflect the diversity of California's cities. Toward that end, the League has recognized five diversity groups, to present an opportunity for city officials who share common interests or characteristics to connect with one another. Each will hold a session during the Annual Conference & Expo as outlined below, as well as a networking reception on Thursday, Oct. 17 where you can get to know the caucus members and how to get involved.
Mapping Black California: Sharing Stories of Culture, Comfort, and Circumstance
In 2016, UC Berkeley reported 67 percent of African American households were renters and among them 64.1 percent were rent burdened. African American homeownership in the state was only 41.9 percent. This session will look at the narrative of what “home” is considered for many in our state, while telling the stories of millions through their own experiences and voice. What does home look like to you?
Thursday, Oct. 17, 6-8 p.m. Reception at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Regency A Ballroom
Planned by the African-American Caucus
Ensuring an Impactful Census 2020: What California Cities Can Do
The Census 2020 has a direct impact on the funding and services that your city will receive over the next decade and helps ensure fair representation at all levels of government. An undercount will have devastating impacts, plus California is the hardest to count state in the nation. This session will hear from experts working on the 2020 Census in CA, who will discuss effective messaging and approaches for informing and motivating key HTC populations including immigrant communities throughout the state.
Thursday, Oct. 17, 9-11 p.m. Reception at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Regency DEF Ballroom
Planned by the API Caucus
Let’s Talk Shop: How are You Managing Adult Use Cannabis?
This panel will provide a comprehensive look at successes and challenges of adult use cannabis in various jurisdictions. Challenges such as enforcement, taxation and budget disparities (e.g., staffing and revenue expectations) will be discussed. Regardless of your city's regulation, or lack thereof, we will provide an update of where cities are at 22 months out. Panelists will provide their cities' best practices for their regulation implementation process. Planned by the Latino Caucus.
Thursday, Oct. 17, 6-9 p.m. Reception at Shannon’s at The Top, 201 South Pine Avenue
Planned by the Latino Caucus
LGBT Legislation and Your City: Moving Forward Together
California continues to lead the nation in assuring cities are welcoming places for LGBT persons, with landmark laws embracing diversity in the workplace and advocates continuing to identify gaps in the state laws that stifle full equality to workplaces. This workshop is designed to help cities with strategies to successfully comply with new laws and continue to be welcoming and safe places for all. Experts will outline winning strategies designed by cities to implement new laws related to the recruitment, hiring and retention of LGBT persons, and will also identify emerging policy issues at the state and federal level.
Thursday, Oct. 17, 5:30-7 p.m. Reception at Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way
Planned by the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) Caucus
The Power of Partnership with Gender Equality
Women now make up 28 percent of the California State Legislature, up from its previous 21 percent just one year ago. Will the phenomena of growing women elected leaders with 2018’s “Year of the Woman” influence the decisions that mayors and city councils make in choosing their city manager? How should they determine the best fit? Approximately one out of five city managers of the 473 city council/city manager governed cities in California are female. Will this trend shift favorably for female city managers and create greater gender equality? Join this lively panel discussion of women leaders.
Thursday, Oct. 17, 5:30-7 p.m. Reception at Gladstones, 330 South Pine Avenue
Planned by the Women’s Caucus
Regional Division Networking Opportunities
The League’s 16 Regional Divisions cover every corner of California and serve as the grassroots advocacy core of the League. City officials, both elected and professional city staff, work closely with the League regional public affairs managers to develop regional informational programs and carry out grassroots activities to support specific legislative, regulatory and ballot measure goals. Divisions provide necessary input and counsel from a diverse range of perspectives among a membership from all over the state.
Join your division and network with your fellow area local officials. Find your regional division meeting opportunity at the annual conference in the list below, note the date of your division’s event, and contact your regional manager to sign up. Additional fees may apply.
On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the following divisions will be holding a luncheon:
  • Inland Empire/Desert Mountain
  • Monterey Bay
  • Los Angeles County
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento Valley
  • South San Joaquin 
On Thursday, Oct. 17, the following divisions will be holding a reception following the conference educational sessions:
  • Central Valley Division
  • Channel Counties Division
  • East Bay Division
  • North Bay Division
  • Orange County Division
  • Redwood Valley Division
  • San Diego County and Imperial County Divisions 
On Friday, Oct. 18, the following divisions will be holding a breakfast before the conference educational sessions:
  • Peninsula Division 
The annual meeting will offer city leaders a three-day educational and networking event providing opportunities for participants to gain perspectives and knowledge on real issues challenging cities, plus deepen relationships and share with others in similar fields. Find sessions available to participants by visiting our event page online.
If you have any questions, please send an email to education@cacities.org.

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