EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

Session#1
Monday, October 22
10:30 am - 11:50 am

 

 

Integrating Council Goals and Objectives into your Annual Budget

Many cities and counties are integrating an outcomes-based budgeting or performance based budgeting model, or at least concept. All departments, not just finance, need to know how to integrate their budget enhancement requests, and even their "status quo" operational budgets into council goals, objectives and workplans. This session will give attendees key points on integrating council goals and objectives throughout all departments into the annual budget process. Panelists will discuss best practices and examples of how budget guidlines can incorporate council goals and objectives, and easily be implemented and tracked by departments during the budget process and give examples of how to prepare department budget presentations for council budget workshops. 

Speakers:
                  Robert Hamud, Finance Director, City of Snoqualmie, Washington


Session #2
Monday, October 22
10:30 am - 11:50 am

The Twenty First Century Mall - What's Next?

With the internet gradually eroding market share from traditional brick and mortar retail businesses, the sales tax revenue stream is changing. In particular, many traditional malls with anchor tenants such as Sears, JC Penny, Macy's, etc. are struggling to remain viable in today's marketplace. The questions becomes how to 'reinvent' the mall with new uses while trying to maintain the sales tax revenues. Participants will learn some examples of how malls are redeveloping and play 'mall monopoly' - an interactive game to let participants design their community's future malls to build better places while maintaining municipal revenues and services. 

Speakers:
                  Thomas Adams, Client Services Manager, Avenu - Insights and Analytics


Session #3
Monday, October 22
10:30 am - 11:50 am

Conflict of Interest: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls in Contracting with Consultants

Cities and local agencies engage a variety of professional consultants to fill a mix of needs. The application of conflict of interest laws and regulations has been somewhat fluid, due to statutory changes as well as court decisions. The use of alternative project delivery methods (including Design/build, Construction Manager at Risk, and Public-Private Partnerships) create new types of relationships that raise their own unique issues. In addition, some funding sources, particularly at the federal level, have procurement guidelines that bar "organizational conflicts of interest" that also affect the engagement of consultants. This program will address both the basic structure of conflict of interest rules that pertain to consultants, but also address the unique challenges posed by innovative methods of project delivery.

Speakers:
                  Michael Conneran, Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP
                  Nicole Witt, Attorney, Hanson Bridgett LLP


Session #4
Monday, October 22
1:00 pm - 2:20 pm

The Innovation Economy:  Building a Purpose-driven Innovation Accelerator

“Innovation” used to be something done by a small cadre of people locked in a closed room, toiling in secret for years to develop a single breakthrough idea.  Today innovation is much more likely to be “open”, inviting people from distant corners and unrelated disciplines to participate in creating multiple solutions to vexing problems.  The next step in this evolutionary process is Networked Innovation.  We’ll discuss what it looks like to build an inclusive, integrated, purpose-driven Regional Innovation Accelerator, and focus it to benefit your organization and your community. 

Speaker:
                  Joel Carnes, Alliance for Innovation President & CEO


CGL Certified #1
Monday, October 22
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Navigating the Political World of Local Government

This interactive workshop is based on the premise that professionals in local government must learn how to effectively navigate in a political world.  They must think politically, but act non-politically. 
 
The session will focus on:

  • The need for leaders to understand the two distinct worlds of policy/politics and professional administrators;

  • Different approaches to respond to "political" ideas and initiatives;

  • How to think strategically (politically), but act professionally; and

  • Strategies to take "smart risks" to navigate the political world.

Speakers:
                  Frank Benest, Cal-ICMA Talent Initiative
                  Dominic Lazzaretto, City Manager, City of Arcadia/Cal-ICMA Talent Initiative


CGL Certified #2
Monday, October 22
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Managing Personnel Investigations and Whistleblower Claims in the "Me Too" Era

In today's "me too" environment, whistleblower, discrimination and sexual harassment claims are becoming more and more prevalent in public sector workplaces. The increase in claims and the increasing sophistication of plaintiffs' lawyers pose new challenges for public sector managers and Human Resources professionals, requiring them to be particularly careful and sensitive in addressing allegations of misconduct - not only to protect the rights of accused employees, but also to help prevent against litigation by complainants as well as the accused. In this session, two experienced investigators/public sector management practitioners will present valuable information on how to manage personnel investigations, in order to assure that the ultimate resolution of the underlying complaint is proper and defensible in the event of litigation or other challenges. Participants will be able to apply to learning and skills from this session when dealing with personnel complaints; whenever they are called upon to handle investigations or review the work of investigators; and whenever they coincide with potential whistleblowers or whistleblower claims. 

Speakers:
                  Jeffrey Sloan, Partner, Sloan Sakai Yeung & Wong LLP
                  Genevieve Ng, Partner, Sloan Sakai Yeung & Wong LLP

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Session #5
Monday, October 22
2:30 pm - 3:50 pm

Community Engagement - The Power of Working Together!

There is a deep desire to help build strong neighborhoods and communities, focusing on community engagement and capacity building to help build relationships and social capital, to give a voice and opportunities for service and leadership, to foster a sense of belonging and ownership and to build skills and capacity in both individuals and groups. 


Most cities struggle with cultivating public engagement that is resident-driven, neighborhood focused and sustainable over time.  Rarely do you see public engagement topics led by residents themselves.  Instead, public engagement efforts are often characterized by public hearings or meetings aimed at gaining “buy in” from residents; however, these approaches are easily dominated by a few vocal residents who tend to focus on what is wrong while other voices and opinions go unheard. The top-down approach to public engagement does not encourage residents to initiate, sustain or take responsibility for actions that improve and strengthen their neighborhoods.  


This workshop will present an overview of four critical strategies to achieve a successful neighborhood engagement program. See the results of two distinct neighborhoods' success and challenges.  Through this workshop, attendees will learn the importance of relationship building and receive actionable skills and examples on how to use the tools they learn in their communities. 

Speakers:
                  Ron Dwyer-Voss, Pacific Community Solutions, Inc., CEO
                  Lorianne Ulm, Community Engagement Manager, City of Rancho Cordova


Kick-But Solutions - Convert Obstacles into Stepping Stones for Your Success
Everyone has aspirations and plans, but ... obstacles get in our way (time, money, people, etc.). Learn how to shift your thinking and actions so that obstacles actually accelerate your results. Learn "kick-but" solutions to the three biggest buts local government professionals face. Don Maruska, Director of the ICMA Coaching Program, Master Certified Coach, and co-author of "Take Charge of Your Talent: Three Keysto Thriving in Your Career, Organization, and Life," will energize you to power up your talent story and thrive.

Speaker:
                  Don Maruska, Director of the ICMA Coaching Program

Keynote Speaker
Tuesday, October 23
9:00 am - 10:20 am


Session #6
Tuesday, October 23
10:30 am - 11:50 am

(Em)Power to the People: Organizational Strategy for Cross-Departmental Collaboration

The Gallup State of the American Workplace states that when organizations successfully engage their employees, they report experiencing a 240% increase in performance-related business outcomes compared with an organization that does not engage their employees. As current and future leaders of cities, counties, and special districts, knowing how to successfully engage the workforce translates into better outcomes and services for the community. This session will focus on the City of Fremont’s five-year journey, through a cross-departmental team and improved internal communications, led the effort in increasing job satisfaction among its 800+ City employees.

Improving communications and the culture within a governmental agency may be difficult but it’s not impossible. This session will delve into how the City of Fremont, through a cross-departmental team, led the effort in increasing job satisfaction among its 800+ City employees and improved internal communications over a five-year period. 

In 2012, the results of an employee survey indicated three focus areas on which to improve: Internal Communications, Succession Planning, and Performance Management. The presentation will focus on how Internal Communications improved within the City, and touch upon how each of the three focus areas identified were addressed with progress benchmarked over a five-year period. The session will delve into how the City of Fremont began to use its existing communication tools more effectively and implemented new programs through cross-departmental teams. Attendees will learn how information was gathered to produce the City’s first Internal Communications Plan, a guiding document developed from feedback received at all levels of the organization, the results, and learn how they can use similar tools to improve their organization’s communications and work culture.

Speakers:
                  Cheryl Golden, Communications Manager, City of Fremont
                  Alina Kwak, Management Analyst, City of Fremont


Session #7
Tuesday, October 23
10:30 am - 11:50 am

Empathy Over Ego: Using Lean Start-Up Methods to Solve Real Problems

Oftentimes we think of community engagement as attending events, holding meetings, and sending our Twitter followers to online polls. All of these are excellent methods for understanding what people think - but how do we understand what they do and why they do it? In this session you will learn, and spend time practicing, how to deeply understand others' experiences and values through one-on-one empathy interviews. Learn from examples how you can use empathy interviewing to solve problems in a way that better serves your community members and staff, and conserves scarce organizational resources.

Speakers:
                  John Stefanski, Management Analyst, City of Hayward
                  Laurel James, Management Analyst, City of Hayward


Session #8
Tuesday, October 23
10:30 am - 11:50 am

From Glacial to Gripping: Battling Local Government’s Stodgy Reputation to Build a Dynamic Workforce

While glaciers helped form the landscape of Yosemite National Park 2 to 3 million years ago, local governments must shake its “moves at a glacial pace” reputation. One common misconception is that organizations must adopt tech companies’ perks such as free lunches and unlimited paid time off, to be able to recruit and retain good talent.  Learn about Cal-ICMA’s Talent 2.0 Report, and find out about the dozens of little things organizations and its leaders can do to help create gripping and dynamic workplaces.  Whether you are an aspiring department head, a manager, or an analyst, this session will offer take-home solutions on addressing the talent challenge.

Speakers:
                  Nat Rojanasathira, Administrative Services Director, Town of Danville
Dominic Lazzaretto, City Manager, City of Arcadia
Erin Steffen, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Berkeley
Nancy Hetrick, Partner, Management Partners


Session #8
Tuesday, October 23
10:30 am - 11:50 am


 

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Restoration

This year the National Park Service completed a four-year project to restore the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The project included restoring natural hydrology, realigning roads and trails away from sensitive habitat, building accessible trails and relocation of parking from the grove to an area near the South entrance to Yosemite. Visit the recently reopened grove. There are 29 spots available. Meet in the Tenaya Lodge lobby and board the bus at 1pm.

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CGL Certified #3
Tuesday, October 23
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Implementing Racial Equity in City Government

Race matters; almost every indicator of well-being shows troubling disparities by race. Now more than ever, local government is on the front line of addressing issues of race and social equity in our jurisdictions. Without adequate preparation, we are left to rely on whatever limited information our standard education and socialization provided us with for navigating these difficult times. Where diversity and inclusion used to suffice, our residents need justice and change, and we are not likely to be ready to lead in this new context. Over a decade ago in Seattle, Washington, the City founded the first Race and Social Justice Initiative that engaged across the entire organization to address racial inequity in city government. Thus, began the creation of the first broad, multi-layered city government change approach that has inspired others across the nation to join the movement for more equitable outcomes for communities of color in our cities. This workshop is based on what was designed and learned there. Guided by two race and equity professionals with over 20 years of combined experience, this session will unpack the elements of building a race and equity program. The interactive workshop will deepen understanding of systemic racism and prepare you for launching your own racial equity initiative. 

Speakers:
                  Darlene Flynn, Director, Department of Race and Equity, City of Oakland
                  Jacque Larrainzar, Program Analyst, Department of Race and Equity, City of Oakland


CGL Certified #4
Tuesday, October 23
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

How Fear Can Propel Your Career

Only toddlers and sociopaths do not experience fear. This is why the rest of us need tools to handle our fears ahead of time so that when pressure situations do arise, we have the tools to react from a place of poise rather than from a place of emotion like anger, fear or defensiveness. This interactive workshop will teach you a method of self-coaching that includes simple, easy steps to catalyzing your career by adopting a mindset for action. You will get clarity on what matters most to you, define fear in an inspirational way, and commit to acting from a place of purpose and fun.

Speakers:
                  Elba Mijango, Civil Engineer, City of Manteca
                  Tracy Preciado, Senior Organization Development Specialist, UC Davis


Session #9
Tuesday, October 23
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conquering the Half-Dome of Homelessness, Tools for a Successful Climb

Homelessness is a nation-wide issue. This session will provide a case study that outlines how a small rural city leveraged its resources to address a growing public health, safety, and environmental issue by connecting homeless individuals to services through an innovative coastal work program. Participants will learn strategies on how to foster strong partnerships with counties, nonprofit service providers and clients. The group will learn how to facilitate innovative thinking and address homelessness in a holistic approach, involving the whole community in supporting individuals experiencing homelessness.

Speakers:
                  Matthew Chidester, Deputy City Manager, City of Half Moon Bay
                  Jennifer Acuna, City of Half Moon Bay
                 Jennifer Chong, City of Half Moon Bay
                 Jessica Silverberg, Human Services Manager, Center on Homelessness, County of San       
                Mateo Human Services Agency
               Melissa Kuehne, Communications and Development Manager, Institute for Local Government


Session #10
Tuesday, October 23
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Strategic Financial Planning and Communication

This session will give the participant insight into using strategic financial planning and effective communication with employees to develop sound policy making and strong partnerships with employee bargaining units. Strategic financial planning will be examined as a way to inform strategic policy decisions, evaluate multi-year impacts into the budget decision-making process, and provide for sensitivity analysis of financial changes resulting from a changing economic environment. Just as important, the session will suggest ways to use straightforward financial planning and modeling as an integral part of the collective bargaining process to promote good labor relations. Cities routinely face financial management uncertainties even in strong economic periods. In particular, pension costs are expected to dramatically increase to levels that will require cities to nearly double the percentage of their General Fund dollars they pay to CalPERS. Many cities are also facing legacy unfunded liabilities from other post-employment benefits (OPEB). These, together with other financial uncertainties, can severely impair a city’s ability to deliver services, and can strain relationships with labor unions when discussing adjusting salaries for inflation or to keep current with the market. Multi-year financial planning can help elected officials achieve financial stability for their community, and help set realistic operating objectives over time. Moreover, communicating with labor unions using financial modeling as a context, can open up a dialog for partnerships in the collective bargaining process.

Speakers:
                  Art Hartinger, Partner, Renne Public Law Group
                  Bill Lindsay, City Manager, City of Richmond