25-28 September 2017 Monterey, CA

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The CSDA Annual Conference & Exhibitor Showcase is the one conference special district leaders can’t afford to miss! Cultivate new connections this September in Monterey.

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Join 800-plus special district professionals and industry experts for a three day, must-attend education, and networking event.

50+ Speakers

Develop new partnerships and participate in inspiring and motivating keynote sessions.

Networking

Walk away with strategies, new connections, and innovative ideas to move your district forward.

Event Date:

September 25-28, 2017

Year after year the CSDA Annual Conference GROWS because of the value it delivers to attendees.

The CSDA Annual Conference & Exhibitor Showcase is the one conference special district leaders can’t afford to miss! Cultivate new connections this September in Monterey.

Join 800-plus special district professionals and industry experts for a three day, must-attend education, and networking event. Develop new partnerships. Participate in inspiring and motivating keynote sessions. Walk away with strategies, new connections, and innovative ideas to move your district forward.


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Keynote Speakers

More than a Conference

Eric Boles

Eric Boles

President and Founder

Setting a new standard for organizations to enhance their culture and develop higher levels of commitment and performance.

Manley Feinberg

Business Leader and Author

This keynote will leave with you many actionable techniques, frameworks, and insights to help lead your organization to a better tomorrow.

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Event Schedule

25 - 28 September 2017

Pre-Conference Program Events on Monday, September 25, 2017

Conference Begins - Monday evening @ 5:30 p.m.

Monday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Pre-Conference Workshop Earn SDRMA CIPs

Special District Leadership Academy Module 1: Governance Foundations

Special District Leadership Academy Module 1: Governance Foundations

As the core curriculum of CSDA’s Special District Leadership Academy, this workshop serves as the “foundation” for the series on effective governance of special districts. It is specifically designed for special district board members and meets the requirement for six hours of governance training for Special District Leadership Foundation programs.

$225 Member, $340 Non-member

Monday 11:15 am – 3:15 pm Pre-Conference Workshop

Building Your District Strong - Principles for Sustained Success

BHI Management Consulting

This workshop will systematically examine each area of building a strong district from the foundation to the top-level, optimized best practices. The course is designed for boards and their managers to assess their district against a template for success.

$150 Member, $225 Non-member

Monday 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Special District Administrator (SDA) Certification Exam

Special District Leadership Foundation

(Optional – must be scheduled prior to conference)

Monday 9:00 - Shotgun Start

Golf Tournament

Del Monte Golf Course

New! SDLF Scramble for Scholarships Golf Tournament

Join special district elected officials, staff, and business affiliates at this optional fun event. Great golf skills are not necessary! Proceeds benefit the Special District Leadership Foundation scholarship fund.

$115 includes golf with cart, lunch, and prizes! Transportation to/from on your own

Monday 10:30 am – 2:00 pm Pre-Conference Tour

Elk Horn Slough Safari™ and Moss Landing Harbor District Tour

Elkhorn Slough Safari ™ is an exciting way to visit Elkhorn Slough, where you will see a fantastic variety of wildlife such as playful sea otters, curious harbor seals, sea lions, and hundreds of species of birds. The tour will provide excellent opportunities to view and photograph wildlife close at hand. These two-hour boat cruises include an in-depth look at various aspects of slough ecology, fascinating history, and birding in the company of a naturalist guide.

$60 per person includes transportation to/from the hotel, light snacks, and Elkhorn Slough Safari™

Limited to 24 attendees! Early registration is encouraged.

Monday 12:00 – 3:00 pm Pre-Conference Tour

Monterey Regional Airport District Tour

Check out what’s new at the airport. That’s right! Get a tour of Monterey Regional Airport and briefing on projects and initiatives. Monterey Airport (MRY) a 498 acre is a "Non-Hub" airport created in 1941. Four airlines serve Monterey: Alaska Airlines, American, Allegiant and United Airlines.

$50 per person includes lunch, tour, and transportation to/from the hotel.

Limited to 45 attendees! Early registration is encouraged.

Monday 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Chapter Roundtable Discussion

Join CSDA board members and local chapter leaders from across the state to share best practices and discuss issues and opportunities. All attendees welcome.

Monday 4:30 – 5:15 pm

District NetWorks Meetings

Designed by local special district leaders to connect and interact with other leaders from throughout California; come take part in one of our six District NetWorks meetings. No matter where you are in the state, you belong to a district Network. Share challenges, solutions, and opportunities with your neighboring districts. Learn how you can take part in CSDA’s grassroots advocacy and public outreach efforts. Take this opportunity to meet your public affairs field coordinator, connect with special district leaders, and grow your Network!

To learn more about CSDA District NetWorks efforts, visit: www.csda.net/about-csda/district-networks

Monday 5:30 – 7:30 pm Conference Begins

CSDA Annual Conference Begins

President’s Reception with the Exhibitors

Join us in the exhibit hall as we network with business professionals who provide all types of goods and services to special districts. Enjoy appetizers and refreshments as you meet with Monterey native and CSDA Board President Vince Ferrante and CSDA board members from around the state.

Tuesday 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

Exhibitor Showcase Open

Tuesday 7:30 – 8:45 am

Continental Breakfast with the Exhibitors (Raffle)

Tuesday 9:00 – 10:45 am

Opening Keynote Presentation

Eric Boles

Eric Boles Moving to Great

Eric Boles, president and founder of The Game Changers, Inc., will be starting off CSDA’s 2017 Annual Conference with his keynote session “Moving to Great.” Through his company, Mr. Boles has been able to create several executive and emerging leader development programs that are used globally and have set a new standard for organizations to enhance their culture and develop higher levels of commitment and performance. Mr. Boles’ presentation will prepare you for Annual Conference with a drive to move toward greatness.

Tuesday 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

CSDA Finance Corporation Board and Annual Meeting

Tuesday 11:15 am - 12:15 pm Breakout Sessions

Building a Solid Financial Foundation: Financial Policies and Internal Controls

James Marta & Company LLP CPAs

Best practices start with board adopted policies and procedures in key financial areas and internal controls. Special districts that are financially well-managed have clearly articulated fiscal policies. Formal documentation and communication are critical for proper implementation and monitoring. In this session you will learn what policies are critical for financial management, security, internal control, and financial decision-making. Questions to consider: Do you have written fiscal policies, how often are they reviewed, what do they cover, are your employees aware of the policies, and how do your policies compare with actual circumstances?

Full Court Press: A Media Crash

CV Strategies

Dealing with scrutiny from news media can be uncomfortable and even intimidating – especially going on-camera. In this hands-on workshop, hone real-world media skills from Emmy Award-winning former news insiders with decades of experience. Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone! In a safe setting, you’ll stage a mock news conference complete with questions from our expert “reporters”, discover the do’s and don’ts of conducting an on-camera interview and come away with an increased awareness of how to face the media in even the most difficult of circumstances. Plus, learn about the latest industry best practices that combine the challenges and opportunities of managing an ever-evolving media landscape. Participants will leave with more self-confidence plus a state of the art “communications toolbox” complete with the tactics and tools they can’t live without!

It's Getting Hot in Here – Climate Change Adaptation Recommendations for Special Districts

Local Government Commission and Office of Planning and Research

Climate mitigation and adaptation are hot topics in California and for special districts, especially with the climate change focus of the Little Hoover Commission’s special district study. The Commission’s report is expected to include numerous recommendations for special districts to be more involved in climate adaptation efforts. This session is the perfect opportunity to be responsive and learn about ways all districts, large and small, can prepare for and adapt to changes in the environment due to climate change.

Lions, Tigers, and Comfort Animals – As an Employer, What (and How) Are You Required to Accommodate?

Kane Ballmer & Berkman

This session will discuss the different categories of animals recognized by the Fair Employment and Housing Act, what the employer can ask the employee about the disability and the request for an accommodation, what the employer can demand in terms of documentation for the need for an accommodation and how the animal will assist the employee in performing the job functions, and importantly, what can the employer refuse to allow into the workplace?

Look Before You Leap! Protecting Your District Before Litigation

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

Discuss and explanation of the various mistakes and pitfalls that districts make that impair the ability to defend against later litigation. Topics discussed will include preserving the protections of the Government Claims Act, the need for a records retention policy, steps that should be immediately taken if you think the district might be sued, learning the steps necessary to preserve the protection of the Government Claims Act, how to maintain records in the digital age to increase chances in litigation, and how to respond when you think your district might be sued.

Open Government: Managing Public Meetings and Public Records in an Electronic Age

Richards Watson Gershon

Open government has taken on new meaning in this electronic age, and the legislature and courts are catching on. The result: new obligations for public agencies. Hear how other special districts have addressed electronic records and the use of personal email accounts and devices following the California Supreme Court’s decision in City of San Jose v. Superior Court. How should your agency respond to Public Records Act requests for these, and other types, of records? What changes must be made to Brown Act practices in light of recent legislation? Find out during this update on open meeting and public records requirements.

Right this Way to a Better Board – Board Best Practices

BHI Management Consulting

Based on the instructor’s new book Fifty-Two Ways to be a Better Board, this session will narrow the 52 ways down to four overall concepts that he has correlated as the most important elements of being a board member.

Tuesday 12:15 – 1:45 pm Lunch

Lunch with the Exhibitors

All conference attendees are welcome to attend lunch in the exhibit hall. Enjoy your lunch while taking time to learn more about our exhibitors and the valuable services they provide. From risk management, accounting, HR, legal, banking services, and more – our exhibitors have some of the best of what you’re looking for!

Lunch is included in conference registration.

Tuesday 2:00 – 3:15 pm Breakout Sessions

Being Open-Minded about Open Data

Lozano Smith

Data increases geometrically on an almost daily basis. The methods by which you can harvest it and then put it to use for your district and those whom you serve increase in a similar manner. A general understanding of cyber-data, and how it can both benefit and compromise you, is critical in today's regulatory and business environment.

CalPERS Update & How to Prepare for a Survive a CalPERS Audit

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

Many special districts have been audited by CalPERS and more will be audited in the future. This session will provide a timely update on CalPERS developments for 2017 and the critical topics that your districts should know to prepare for a CalPERS audit and have a successful outcome

Successful Strategies for Utilizing Debt

CSDA Finance Corporation

Debt is not necessarily a four-letter word. Borrowing funds for mission-critical infrastructure can be a valuable strategy for protecting cash reserves while achieving your district’s goals. Consultants from the CSDA Finance Corporation discuss ways to take advantage of low interest rates, including utilizing various financing structures, and refinancing of existing debt to save money in the long-term.

Required Ethics AB1234 Compliance Training (Part 1)

Meyers Nave

AB1234 mandates that local agency officials receive two hours of ethics training every two years. This two part training covers all the required topics, including laws relating to: (1) personal financial gain by public servants (conflict-of-interest, bribery), (2) claiming perquisites of office (gift, travel and mass mailing restrictions, use of public resources for personal or political purposes, free or discounted transportation), (3) government transparency (financial interest disclosure requirements, open meeting laws), and (4) fair process (incompatible offices, competitive bidding, nepotism).

Special Districts Jeopardy!

CSDA and Panel of Legal Experts

"I'll take special district laws for $1,000 Alex." Join us for this fast-paced and informative session featuring a panel of attorneys answering questions commonly asked by special districts regarding various areas of law, including the Brown Act, Public Records Act, Proposition 218, elections, board training requirements, and more. The session will also feature a ‘Lightning Round’ to allow the audience to ask our experts general legal questions.

Understanding Special District Investments – What is the Trustee’s Fiduciary Responsibility

Wells Fargo Advisors and Orange County Cemetery District

Presenters will cover the board's fiduciary responsibilities by reviewing the importance of having an Investment Policy Statement, the Prudent Investor Rule, an overview of permitted investments per California Government Code, and investment strategies for rising interest rates. Concluding with a special district case study from a general manager's perspective on the Investment Management Program. Overview of staff and trustees share in the fiduciary responsibility, maximizing returns within permitted guidelines, utilizing provider options, policy reviews, and ongoing board / committee communications.

What’s New in California Prevailing Wage Updates

Contractor Compliance and Monitoring Inc.

Prevailing wage law in California is constantly changing. Attend this session to get the latest update on recent changes. Key topics will include when: Maintenance and Service work is covered by prevailing wages; preconstruction work is covered by prevailing wages; work can be exempt from prevailing wage by using agency staff, volunteers, CCC, and students; and, the latest update on the litigation over whether concrete deliveries are covered by prevailing wages. CCMI will also be sharing its Public Agency Prevailing Wage Checklist designed to help agencies understand and comply with prevailing wage requirements.

Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30 pm Breakout Sessions

A New Look at Design Immunity – Expanding Protection for Public Entities

Hanson Bridgett, LLP

Design immunity is an incredibly powerful doctrine that is underutilized by public entities. It provides an absolute defense to dangerous condition of public property liability for public entities. With some creative thinking, public entities can use design immunity not only to shield them from liability for injuries caused by the structural design of their facilities, but also for the way in which those facilities are operated. Moreover, public entities are not limited to obtaining design immunity for new facilities, but can also set up a design immunity defense for existing facilities. Come learn about this significant defense to dangerous condition claims and get tips on proactive steps your agency can take to strengthen and expand this immunity to maximize the potential of obtaining design immunity when sued.

Beyond the Next Budget: Fiscal Forecasts for Effective Planning

Hayward Area Recreation & Park District and Management Partners

Many agencies base next year’s budget on this year’s, assuming that most details will remain the same. But the risks of this practice were revealed during the Great Recession, when many special districts had to scramble to recover from plunging revenues. Hayward Area Recreation and Park District recently worked Management Partners to develop a five-year fiscal forecast, which will allow the district to see how pay increases, new debt, pension costs, revenue changes, possible recessions, and inflation will affect the district’s finances for an extended period. The forecast helps district officials keep budgets within sustainable parameters, develop reserves and contain costs.

Employee Engagement

CPS HR Consulting

Leaders at all levels of government are under enormous pressure to maintain and improve performance, while managing increased turnover and doing more with less. One proven response to this difficult leadership challenge is to improve the level of employee engagement. After all, the primary resource we have in government is talent. If our people are engaged and perform well, government will also perform well. Empirical research has clearly and convincingly shown that improving employee engagement will drive higher levels of individual and organizational performance, and help retain valued employees. This workshop provides participants with the knowledge and tools to understand what engagement is and why it matters, and measure and improve employee engagement. Participants will be able to apply what they learn to measure and improve employee engagement in their organizations.

One Toke Over the Line: The Growing Specter of Marijuana in the Workplace

Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

Marijuana is more common place than ever. With this changing legal landscape, it is critical that public employers understand their rights in addressing employee marijuana use. When and how can a public employer conduct drug testing? What is the scope of acceptable marijuana use in the workplace? What affirmative steps can a public employer take to address issues of marijuana use with its employees? Join us for a discussion of these timely issues to ensure that your agency is not left high and dry.

Required Ethics AB1234 Compliance Training (Part 2)

Meyers Nave

AB1234 mandates that local agency officials receive two hours of ethics training every two years. This two part training covers all the required topics, including laws relating to: (1) personal financial gain by public servants (conflict-of-interest, bribery), (2) claiming perquisites of office (gift, travel and mass mailing restrictions, use of public resources for personal or political purposes, free or discounted transportation), (3) government transparency (financial interest disclosure requirements, open meeting laws), and (4) fair process (incompatible offices, competitive bidding, nepotism).

Say What?!? Speaking Plainly Through Policy

BHI Management Consulting

This session outlines the critical nature and importance of making long-lasting and meaningful policy as a board. Good policy is the most professional expression of a great board and agency. Yet special districts struggle with what policy means and how to make and use them. From BHI Management Consulting’s President, Brent Ives, “Making good policy moves our board to the highest level of performance”. Don’t miss it.

Tie in to TIERS – A New Framework for Practical Public Engagement at the Local Level

Institute for Local Government

In this interactive session, participants will learn about a new public engagement framework created by the Institute for Local Government. The TIERS (Think-Initiate-Engage-Review-Shift) Framework provides a practical step-by-step approach for any local government, small to large. Share your challenges and hear from special districts that have begun to implement this framework.

Tuesday 4:30 – 6:00 pm Reception

Mix & Mingle in the Exhibit Hall: Grand Prize Drawings

Mix & Mingle in the Exhibit Hall

Networking Reception

Root yourself and connect with exhibitors in the exhibit hall for a cocktail and appetizer before you go out on the town in Monterey for dinner. Be sure to enter for one more chance to win one of our fabulous prizes!

Wednesday 8:15 – 9:00 am Breakfast

Breakfast

SDRMA Sponsored Full Plated Breakfast

All registered attendees and exhibitors welcome.

Wednesday 9:00 – 10:45 am

SDRMA General Session, Safety Awards, Keynote: Manley Feinberg

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Reaching Your Next Summit! 9 Vertical Lessons to Lead with More Impact

Manley Feinberg, business leader and author of Reaching Your Next Summit! 9 Vertical Lessons to Lead with More Impact will be our keynote speaker on Wednesday. Prior to Mr. Feinberg’s career as a speaker, he worked with Build-A-Bear Workshop and helped the company land on the FORTUNE 100 “Best Companies to Work For” List four years in a row with his award-winning business solutions. This keynote will leave with you many actionable techniques, frameworks, and insights to help lead your organization to a better tomorrow.

Wednesday 11:00 am – 12:15 pm Breakout Sessions

Beyond Website Basics

Streamline

If your district has a website–regardless of the platform–and you're ready to take it to the next level, this is the session for you! We’ll share resources for free, beautiful photos and iconography you can use to dress up your site; cover various tools for converting Word files to PDFs, and scanned PDFs to text files (important for upcoming compliance requirements!); demonstrate easy ways to engage with citizens using things like email signup forms, voting and polling tools; and discuss search engine optimization including submitting your site to search engines, and how to craft content for the best search results. You'll leave with handouts including additional resources to take back to your district or share with peers.

CEQA Basics and Hot Topics for Board Members and Staff

Best Best & Krieger and Albert A. Webb Associates

CEQA is complex and fast changing but this panel of CEQA attorneys and consultants will break this crucial environmental law down to its essential components. A special emphasis on the latest CEQA developments relating to greenhouse gas emissions, tribal cultural resources, SGMA, and marijuana use and cultivation will also be provided, focusing on how these “CEQA hot topics” affect special districts.

Employment Law Update: Gender Identity in the Workplace

Special District Risk Management Authority

In this session, we will discuss and provide examples of gender issues facing employers in California today. What is the current state of California law? What is an Employer’s legal duty to accommodate LGBTQ employees and/or the public? Exactly how many restrooms do we need?

Get in the Mix! Work-Life Blending

CPS HR Consulting

The concept of “work-life balance” is changing. With the ability to be connected all the time, we are moving to more of a work-life blend. How does that translate in the workplace? What does this look like for you and how can you find your right blend? By rethinking balance and seeking to blend, not only will you feel less guilty about mixing work and life together, but you will find it more realistic to feel fulfilled both at and outside of work.

Planning for the Future Through Effective Rate Setting

Best Best & Krieger and Santa Margarita Water District

Rate-setting is a necessary, yet often a difficult, obligation for every district. Districts must consider short-term financial requirements, including day-to-day operation and maintenance of water and wastewater systems, while simultaneously planning for the future through building reserves and preparing for future capital projects and improvements, and unexpected expenses. Balancing these needs with political realities can create unique challenges for districts, and failure to do so can result in dire consequences down the road. This session explores legal and technical requirements for rate-setting, as well as strategies for successful adoption and implementation of water rates designed for long-term financial stability from Santa Margarita Water District, based on experience.

The Doctor Will See You Now: Assessing the Financial Health of Your District

Mann, Urrutia, Nelson CPAs & Associates, LLP

This session will provide a review and insight of important financial concepts, reports, and policies specific to public agencies including special districts. The presenter will cover: understanding the financial audit process and how to evaluate audit results, application of basic financial ratios to help assess the financial health of your district, and evaluating fraud risk and implementation of related internal controls.

Turning Public Perceptions of Your District from Negative to Positive: Dealing with Opposition, Complaints, Angry Customers, and Negative Media Coverage

Rauch Communication Consultants, Inc.

Whether your district is seeking to overcome lack of support for an important program or buffeted and besieged by opposition, this seminar can help by providing clear examples and guidance on how to deal with difficult public issues and regain public trust, understanding, and support so your district can move forward.

Wednesday 12:30 – 1:45 pm Lunch All Attendees Welcome

CSDA Annual Awards Luncheon

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CSDA Recognizes the Best Among Special Districts

Each year, CSDA presents various awards during the CSDA Annual Conference and Exhibitor Showcase. There are several different categories. Please consider outstanding individuals within your districts for individual awards. Chapter awards and district awards are also open for nominations.

Wednesday 2:00 – 3:30 pm Breakout Sessions

Before You Press Send: Public Records and Brown Act Considerations

Lozano Smith

Questions regarding use of e-communication, and retention of and public access to electronic documents, continue to challenge board members and staff. Hear the latest on e-communication and the Brown Act; public records; social media implications; and use of personal devices for public business. This session will help attendees better understand how the law applies to the use of technology, and how to develop and manage polices related to e-communication.

Better Boards Equal Better Districts

Rauch Communication Consultants, Inc.

Best practices in board and committee meetings, role of the President, fostering healthy dialogue, board and general manager roles and relationships, and more. Streamline and update how your board operates. Gain ideas on how to make board meetings more effective, interesting, and meaningful. Learn how to evaluate whether to have committee meetings and if so, how to structure them. Get tips on how to ensure your board is focusing on the right information and issues, and providing clear policy direction to the manager. This is an interactive session full of examples and real world ideas.

Effectively Communicating Financials and Key Questions Board Members Should be Asking

James Marta & Company LLP CPAs and Olivenhain Municipal Water District

In this session, you will learn what key financial reports management and the board need for effective decision making and how to effectively present information to those with non-financial backgrounds to ensure a better understanding of the district’s finances. Presenters will discuss the use of financial dashboards to summarize and present the most critical financial data needed on a regular basis, effective budget actual comparison, and multi-year analysis. This session will also provide a board member’s perspective on what questions should be asked of management and other financial service providers.

LAFCOs and Special Districts: Pitfalls and Opportunities

Meyers Nave

LAFCOs have significant authority over special districts and special care is needed to ensure that a district does not run afoul of its powers. This panel will look at specific instances where special districts can work with LAFCOs to avoid problems with other districts, evaluate new opportunities and understand where regional cooperation is the best policy for all involved.

Required AB1825 & AB1661 Harassment Prevention Training for Officials and Supervisors (Part 1)

Burke Williams Sorensen

AB1825 and AB1661 makes sexual harassment prevention training mandatory for supervisory employees and officials receiving any compensation. This legislation requires employers to ensure that all supervisors and officials receive at least two hours of sexual harassment prevention training every two years. Receive your AB1825/AB1661 compliance training for special districts with this breakout.

Winning the War for Talent

Santa Clara Valley Water District and Management Partners

To adapt to the uncertain and disruptive world of local government, special districts must attract, retain and “grow” talent. Participants will preview the results of the Talent Initiative conducted by Cal-ICMA (the California affiliate of the International City/County Management Association). The session will identify the key talent challenges identified in a series of focus groups involving senior leaders in local government and explore strategies and best practices to address the challenges. The presenters will also discuss a positive role for elected officials in winning the war for talent.

Workers’ Compensation Update

Special District Risk Management Authority

Are all workplace accidents compensable under California Labor Code? What does Arising Out Of/Course of Employment (AOE/COE) mean? Join SDRMA for this lively and informative session that will answer these questions and more!

Wednesday 3:45 – 5:00 pm Breakout Sessions

FPPC Update: Conflicts of Interest

Fair Political Practices Commission

This session presented by a representative from the FPPC will include a presentation regarding conflicts of interest under the Political Reform Act and Government Code Section 1090 and a discussion of recent advice letters.

Get On Board: Employee Orientation Requirements and Best Practices

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

Employee orientation is more than just a nice way to acquaint new employees with your history and mission. It’s also a key tool to ensure employees work in compliance with your district’s goals, policies and procedures, as well as to provide them with any applicable information about their legal protections in the workplace. This session will cover the best practices for districts, including best practices for districts with represented bargaining units.

Going to the Ballot?: Restrictions on the Use of Public Funds for Political Purposes

Hanson Bridgett

Need to raise revenues or change the law, but confused by all the pitfalls and restrictions? Want to support a bill or local measure, or ask your residents to approve a property-related fee or assessment, but not sure whether or how to reach out to your public? Come learn about the laws governing public agency efforts surrounding ballot measure campaigns, grassroots lobbying and legislative advocacy. Hanson Bridgett’s attorneys will provide you with a framework to figure out next steps for your agency to inform the public, or the state or federal government, about your agency and its needs.

How’d You Do That? Panel Discussion with CSDA Award Winners

Communication Advantage

Do you ever attend the CSDA Awards Luncheon and think "That's a great idea, but I wouldn't even know where to start on something like that"? Well, here's your chance to get the scoop from some of this year's winners. This panel will explore such topics as where the great ideas come from, what additional resources are needed for implementation, how to gain board approval, and what factors help our judge select a winner. Panel will include representatives from winning agencies and a CSDA awards judge.

Required AB1825 & AB1661 Harassment Prevention Training for Officials and Supervisors (Part 2)

Burke Williams Sorensen

AB1825 and AB1661 makes sexual harassment prevention training mandatory for supervisory employees and officials receiving any compensation. This legislation requires employers to ensure that all supervisors and officials receive at least two hours of sexual harassment prevention training every two years. Receive your AB1825/AB1661 compliance training for special districts with this breakout.

The Empty Chair – Handling Board Vacancies and Appointments

Meyers Nave

Attendees will receive instruction and information on board vacancies and appointments. Discussion will also include board governance related to behavior and removal, including legal process and procedures.

Watch Out! Dangerous Condition of Public Property

Special District Risk Management Authority

How dangerous does a condition have to be before a public entity is legally liable? What is a Trivial Defect? Are there immunities for recreational activities? These issues and more will be discussed during this informative session.

Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00 pm Music, games and food

Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) Taste of the City

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BBQ, Blues, & Brews

This party was so much fun this last time – we are bringing it back for an encore performance. Sample local BBQ and craft brews while enjoying music from our DJ/auctioneer, games, and a silent auction.

This party has a purpose. Attendees at this reception will have the opportunity to participate in the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) silent auction to raise funds for scholarships. A special wine raffle will also be held at 6:30 pm Be sure to purchase tickets throughout the conference for the chance to win a deluxe 35-bottle wine cellar fully stocked. You must be present to win!

SDLF is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation, and other recognition programs. The SDLF and its activities are supported through the California Special Districts Association and Special District Risk Management Authority.

Thursday 8:30 – 10:30 am Closing Breakfast

Closing Breakfast

2017 Legislative Impacts on Special Districts

CSDA’s lobbying team will present attendees with the most up-to-date information on the outcome of the biggest state budget and legislative issues impacting special districts in 2017, as well as a sneak peak of what to expect in 2018. Get all the latest legislative results and learn what they mean for special districts going forward.

Thursday 10:30 am

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SNEAK PEAK

Which breakout is right for you?

Is HR your thing Then you might like…

- Lions, Tigers and Comfort Animals - As the employer, what (and how) are you required to accommodate?

- CalPERS Update & How to Prepare for and Survive a CalPERS Audit

- Employment Law Update: Gender Identity in the Workplace

Are you a director or trustee Do you work with directors and trustees? We thought so…

- Right this Way to a Better Board - Board Best Practices

- Better Boards Equal Better Districts

- The Empty Chair - Handling Board Vacancies and Appointments

Not a tech guru That’s ok…

- Being Open-Minded about Open Data

- Beyond Website Basics

- Open Government: Managing Public Meetings and Public Records in an Electronic Age

Not a legal eagle Us either - but we know people…

- Look Before You Leap! Protecting Your District Before Litigation

- What’s New in California Prevailing Wage Updates

- CEQA Basics and Hot Topics for Board Membersand Staff

Struggling to find the right words We can help with that…

- Full Court Press: A Media Crash Course

- Tie in to TIERS - A New Framework for Practical Public Engagement at the Local Level

- Turning Public Perceptions of Your District from Negative to Positive: Dealing with Opposition, Complaints, Angry Customers, and Negative Media Coverage

Got money on your mind Check these sessions out…

- Building a Solid Financial Foundation: Financial Policies and Internal Controls

- Understanding Special District Investments – What is the Trustee’s Fiduciary Responsibility?

- Beyond the Next Budget: Fiscal Forecasts for Effective Planning

Award Nominations

Do you have board members, staff, a chapter or a program that you feel deserves recognition? Now is the time to get in the spotlight!

There are several different categories to enter your district, chapter, and/or an individual. All nominations must be submitted by July 21, 2017.

If you have any questions regarding the awards or the awards process, please contact Charlotte Lowe, executive assistant, toll-free at 877.924.2732 or by email at charlottel@csda.net.

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Conference Location

Monterey Marriott & Portola Hotels

Hotel Room Reservations

Hotel room reservations for the CSDA Annual Conference and Exhibitor Showcase begin at $169 plus tax and are based on availability. In order to book a hotel room at any of the CSDA Annual Conference hotels you must first register for the conference in order to obtain a CSDA room reservation code.

For more information:

Phone: (916) 442-7887
Email: meganh@csda.net