Faculty composed of current legislators and political and policy experts assembled to educate local officials preparing to take the next step in their careers in public service. This year’s program featured a wealth of information and speakers over the two days including:
- The Condition of the California Economy and What It Means for Future Legislators: Department of Finance Director, Keely Bosler, gave an overview of the California economy, followed by a panel including Allan Zaremberg, California Chamber of Commerce president/CEO, Carolyn Coleman, League executive director and Graham Knaus, California State Association of Counties executive director, with their input on what the future of the economy could mean for local governments. The moderator was Fran Mancia, vice president of Government Relations MuniServices.
- Census 2020 and the Possible Changes to the Legislative District Lines after Redistricting Reform: Vice President of Political Data Paul Mitchell gave a deep dive into the history of redistricting and the potential challenges in upcoming changes due to the new census with Tim James of the California Grocers Association as moderator.
- Perspectives on California’s Split Roll Initiative: Proponents and opponents of the split roll ballot measure discussed their perspectives on the split roll property tax measure that has qualified for the November 2020 ballot. Helen Hutchison, interim director of the League of Women Voters provided background and the primary benefit the supporters believe this measure would bring while the California Business Properties Association President and CEO, Rex Hime, shared why the opponents believe voters should reject the measure. As moderator, League Legislative Director/Deputy Executive Director, Dan Carrigg, led the discussion to help ensure the candidates understood the benefits and impacts that changes to major state policy could prompt.
- From Local Government to the Legislature-Remembering Your Roots: The League’s Assistant Legislative Director, Jason Rhine, moderated a panel of three CCLI alumni and current state legislators including Assembly Members Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Richard Bloom, and Blanca Rubio, who discussed the importance of having family buy-in for a state run for office, fundraising, logistical challenges, and how despite the obstacles, it’s the best job ever.
- Key Questions to Ask When Hiring a Political Consultant: Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis’ Campaign Manager Kate Meader, Rose Kapolcynski of Rose Kapolczynski Consulting and Tim Rosales of Rosales Johnson Agency talked about how to develop a campaign to reach targeted voters using a variety of tools and different budgets. That panel was moderated by Comcast Spotlight Senior Political Manager Carol Dahmen.
- Raising Campaign Funds: Hitting Your Fundraising Milestones: Connie Emerson Sanders of Sanders Emerson Consulting and Ian Williams of Capital Development Strategies discussed raising campaign funds and how the top 2 primary system has made the challenge even greater. Californians Allied for Patient Protection Executive Director Lisa Maas moderated.
- How Polling Data Can Work For You: Paul Maslin of FM3 Research talked about how to most effectively use and translate the polling data that you gather to enhance your campaign strategy while Tim James of the California Grocers Association moderated.
- Running for the California State Legislature – Getting Your Campaign Message Out: Kyle Packham of the California Special Districts Association moderated a panel of campaign messaging experts. Rob Stutzman of Stutzman Public Affairs and Leo Wallach of RALLY revealed the differences between running for local and state office and what it takes to get your message across to voters.
- The Role of Independent Expenditure Committees (IEs) in the Top 2 System: Laiza Negrete of the California Realtors Association and Pam Woudstra of Woudstra Consulting talked about the crucial role IEs play in legislative campaigns, offering insights on how these committees are formed, what they might be looking for and the best ways to explore trying to gain their support. The panel was moderated by Comcast Spotlight Senior Political Manager Carol Dahmen.
It was an exciting two days and we look forward to seeing where the CCLI Class of 2019
will be in 2020.