Wednesday

7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Conference Registration Open

8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
SDRMA Full Plated Breakfast and Keynote Speaker

Jason Hewlett

The Promise - Becoming Legendary Leaders

In 2021 our world is different, but foundational values remain the same: To deliver on our Promises, to be accountable to expectations and exceed them, and to always give 100% in every interaction.  In Jason’s entertaining and educational presentation, utilizing the legends of stage for establishing what a Promise looks like from a performance level, participants will be enlightened, energized, and entertained in a keynote unlike any other.  Music, comedy, stories, and powerful insights will leave your attendees talking about The Promise in their own lives, business, and how everyone can up their game in 2021.

Take-Aways:

  • Confidence in Skills and Talents
  • Team Unity
  • ICM Process - Identify, Clarify, Magnify
  • Discovery of Signature Moves and Personal Branding
  • Energy for delivering at a higher level of Leadership in 2021
  • Entertained & Inspired by Jason’s delivery and stage presence


10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Special District Leadership Foundation Board Meeting

Breakout Sessions

Proven, Get-to-the-Point Methods to Complete Your Long-Term and Strategic Planning Quickly, Efficiently, and Enjoyably

Rauch Communications Consultants

This session provides approaches that have been proven to work: step-by-step guidance on how to engage the Board, executive team, staff and public in a successful Strategic Planning process avoiding vague words by pinning down clear direction in plain English; how to measure results; and more. There will be opportunities for questions, answers and engagement among the participants and the seminar leader.

 

How to Pay Off Your CalPERS Pension Liability – Not Just POBs

Urban Futures, Inc.

This session will start by providing a simple explanation of your CalPERS pension liability.  We will provide an update on CalPERS’ Investment Return for FY21 and discuss how much CalPERS is expected to lower the Discount Rate next year.   The primary focus of this discussion will be on potential strategies to address your CalPERS liability, including:  making Additional Discretionary Payments (ADPs) or a Soft Fresh Start, Leveraged Refunding, and Tax-exempt Exchange - providing real-world case studies of each.   Finally, we will also touch upon pension obligation bonds (POBs), why they are so compelling, the GFOA’s position on POBs, and POB risks and how to address them. 

 

Brown Act in the Pandemic Matrix

Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

The pandemic created a lot of new circumstances with regard to Board meetings.  So many aspects changed as public meetings moved into the cybersphere.  The question now is how much of that is here to stay, and how much will fade with the pandemic.  What we need to figure out is how public meetings will look going forward, and how a special district can remain compliant with the Brown Act – whether the meeting is in-person, virtual, or something in between.  This session will discuss recent changes to the Brown Act, with a specific emphasis on the use of technology

 

Building Disaster Resilience through FEMA Programs

Federal Emergency Management Agency

An overview on the processes and considerations of Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Programs --- best practices, how to engage, applying, etc. 

 

Ethics AB 1234 Compliance Training (part 1)

Lozano Smith

This critical training satisfies your mandatory ethics training requirement during each two-year period, or within six months of being hired.  Attendees will refresh their knowledge of public service ethics laws and principles. This includes informing attendees on how to best navigate legal mandates; focus on doing the right thing in the public interest; consider conflicts of interest; and help spot issues before they become a problem.

Representative Topics:

  • Effective Governance and Principles Beyond the Law
  • Personal Financial Gain: Conflict of Interest, Bribery
  • Personal Advantages and Perks: Gift and Travel Restrictions
  • Governmental Transparency and Fair Processes: Financial Disclosure, Brown Act
  • Fair Processes: Due Process, Common Law Bias, Incompatible Offices

 

WC, ADA, and FEHA: The Keys to Mitigating Liability

Special District Risk Management Authority

MacIntyre & White

In today’s increasing liability for employers as it relates to workers’ compensation and disability claims, this presentation will focus on an employer’s responsibilities when dealing with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA) as well as how an employer should coordinate those responsibilities when a workers’ compensation claim is involved.

 

Recent Developments in Redistricting and the California Voting Rights Act

National Demographics Corporation and Cole Huber, LLP

This presentation will provide updates regarding the conversion to district elections under the California Voting Rights Act (“CVRA”) and the redistricting process (for those special districts that currently have district elections).  The presentation will address recent court cases interpreting the CVRA and the legal requirements for creating districts.  The presentation will also address the release and use of 2020 Census data, the timing of the districting and redistricting processes, and the deadlines for being ready for the 2022 election cycle.

 


12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Legislative Update Luncheon


2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
CSDA Finance Corp Board and Annual Meeting

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Managing the Impacts of Homelessness on Special Districts Facilities and Services invited

Institute for Local Government (ILG)

 

Revenues and Recovery - An update on taxes, fees, rates and assessments

Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC and NBS

An update on current developments in the law of special district revenues, including selected case studies and new rulings on water rates, special taxes, assessments and other fees and charges.


Lessons Learned From 2020 and How They Will Impact Litigation for Years to Come

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

2020 was unlike any year we have experienced.  COVID-19, civil unrest and political polarization, among other things, impacted the workplace in ways we could not have imagined.  Now, these events have started to shape the type of litigation special districts will be dealing with in the coming years.  We will discuss emerging litigation trends such as disability claims, reasonable accommodation obligations, First Amendment and free speech challenges, social media freedoms and more.  We will also discuss how districts can mitigate the risk of these types of claims. 

 

Energy Resilience for Critical Infrastructure

Centrica Business Solutions

Energy is vital to every business. When an energy-related failure occurs, operational vulnerabilities become exposed and the need for a secure energy source becomes essential. The cost of an energy related failure is significant and far-reaching. That’s why it’s important for special districts to have an Energy Resilience strategy in place to address the risks and protect themselves.

 

Accessing California’s COVID-19 Relief Funds for Special Districts

CSDA Advocacy Team

CSDA has led the charge for special districts’ access to pandemic assistance programs. Now, discover the various sources for relief districts may utilize at state and local levels, and learn more about best practices in gaining access to funding.

 

Strategies to Avoid Liability and Minimize Exposure for Claims Related to Streets, Sidewalks and Trees

Special District Risk Management Authority and Porter Scott

Jury decisions in California are awarding millions in damages against public agencies and have eroded most immunities of public agencies. This presentation provides public agencies with strategies to reduce their exposure when dealing with dangerous conditions related to sidewalks and trees.

 

Ethics AB 1234 Compliance Training (part 2)

Lozano Smith

This critical training satisfies your mandatory ethics training requirement during each two-year period, or within six months of being hired.  Attendees will refresh their knowledge of public service ethics laws and principles. This includes informing attendees on how to best navigate legal mandates; focus on doing the right thing in the public interest; consider conflicts of interest; and help spot issues before they become a problem.

Representative Topics:

  • Effective Governance and Principles Beyond the Law
  • Personal Financial Gain: Conflict of Interest, Bribery
  • Personal Advantages and Perks: Gift and Travel Restrictions
  • Governmental Transparency and Fair Processes: Financial Disclosure, Brown Act
  • Fair Processes: Due Process, Common Law Bias, Incompatible Offices

Must attend both sessions to earn your certificate.

 


3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Crisis Communications: 5 Ideas, 2 Tips, 20 Questions Answered

Tripepi Smith

Crisis communications is something we all think we are ready for until the crisis hits. Then the real crisis begins. Join Ryder Todd Smith, President of Tripepi Smith as he shares his insights and experiences in local government with crisis communications. He will identify career-ending risks, cools tools to have in your arsenal of platforms and take questions from the audience on a full range of subjects. Don’t let your next crisis create a communications crisis, leave this session with some actionable ideas. Also, attendees of this session will look seven years younger when it is over.

 

Exceptional Boards for Exceptional Times:  Creating a Culture of Good Governance

Institute for Local Government (ILG)

Local governments in California face a myriad of critical and emerging issues from economic recovery from the COVID crisis, to the retirement wave, to preparing for future disasters. In order to navigate this, elected officials must be equipped to lead through these changing, and sometimes challenging, times. This session will provide tools and strategies to help elected officials operate more effectively as a board and better engage with fellow board members and staff.

 

Physical and Cyber Security to Critical Infrastructure

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency within the Department of Homeland Security will conduct a special presentation of current and future threats to our nation’s most critical infrastructure.

 


6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
SDLF Taste of the City


Downloadable PDF of Breakout Sessions