2010 Annual Conference Preview: Rebuilding California From the Ground Up
On Thursday, Sept. 16, conference activities include concurrent sessions in the morning and afternoon, with topics ranging from new electric transmission lines to working effectively with local clergy and congregations (for more on this topic, see “Working With Local Clergy and Congregations Offers Real Benefits”). During the afternoon, Cesar Millan will share his thoughts on mastering leadership by understanding how to take charge and become a pack leader. Millan hosts the popular TV show “Dog Whisperer.”
The Exposition opens on Thursday, and attendees can join more than 200 exhibitors, showcasing new products and services, who are available to discuss ways to cut costs and increase efficiency. For a small additional fee, attendees also can join the Institute for Local Government during the Sixth Annual Luncheon Symposium (see “Informing Democracy: Local Leadership and the Changing Information Needs of Communities” below). Advance symposium reservations are $45 each.On Friday, Sept. 17, League regional divisions will hold networking breakfast events, and the Expo concludes with a lunch and afternoon prize drawings. Attendees will welcome new board of directors during the Closing General Session. Immediately following the session, voting delegates and attendees will participate in the concluding Annual Business Meeting. Voting delegates are required to register and stay until the conclusion.
Informing Democracy: Local Leadership and The Changing Information Needs of Communities
An information revolution faces local officials and their communities in the way that news and information are created, shared and received. The Institute for Local Government’s Sixth Annual Luncheon Symposium on Sept.16, 2010, will feature Professor Peter M. Shane speaking on the topic of “Informing Democracy: Local Leadership and the Changing Information Needs of Communities.” Professor Shane served as executive director of the Knight Commission and took the lead in drafting its Informing Communities report. Professor Shane also teaches at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law.
This Sixth Annual Luncheon Symposium, held in conjunction with the League of California Cities Annual Conference in San Diego, will offer a thought-provoking presentation on what constitutes an informed democracy at the local level. In a period of changing information flows resulting from technology, local officials face a dizzying array of opportunities to inform — and be informed by — their communities. This information grid is as important to community vitality and success as are networks of roadways and water systems, and local officials can play a leadership role in addressing their communities’ changing information needs.
Advance symposium reservations are $45 each. Symposium sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information call the Institute for Local Government at (916) 658-8231 or visit