Article Features Tracy Petrillo

2007 Annual Conference Preview
Don’t Miss It!

The League of California Cities 
109th Annual Conference 
Sept. 5-8, 2007 
Sacramento Convention Center

Tracy Petrillo is director of education and conferences for the League and can be reached at <>.

Attend the upcoming annual conference and be part of League history in the making! This conference is the only event that brings together city officials, city staff, dignitaries, policy-makers, subject matter experts, and private and public sector leaders from throughout California. Filled with workshops and learning opportunities, policy development meetings, networking events and the Expo showcase of municipal products and services, the annual conference is packed with extraordinary value.

The Event at a Glance

Arrive early on Wednesday, Sept. 5 to attend a scheduled policy committee meeting or pick up your badge at the registration desk, which opens at noon. Register for an optional pre-conference workshop, either Survival Spanish for City Officials and Staff or AB 1234 Ethics Laws and Principles, the training required by law for elected officials.

First-time attendees will be welcomed with a special session at 2:30 p.m. Next, join more than 2,000 of your peers at the Opening General Session, featuring League President Maria Alegria, Executive Director Chris McKenzie and keynote speaker and author Mark Sanborn, who will present “From Ordinary to Extraordinary Leadership and Service.” Conclude the evening at the “City of Festivals” Host City Reception, offered by the City of Sacramento to registered attendees, before heading off to dinner with colleagues and new friends.

On Thursday, Sept. 6, extensive breakout sessions and discussion forums will be offered. Each professional department will host a business meeting at 9:30 a.m., followed by the grand opening of the sold-out Exposition. Join colleagues for lunch on the show floor or support the Institute for Local Government by purchasing a ticket to its luncheon symposium (for more information, see “Symposium Presents New Climate Change Project” at left). The afternoon program will conclude with a general session on environmental issues and will feature Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels. Evening networking events will continue with the CITIPAC Gala Leadership Reception.

On the final full day of programming, Friday, Sept. 7, join your division for its breakfast meeting before embarking on another day of learning and conversation. Be sure to visit the Expo, which concludes at 3:15 p.m., before joining the League board of directors for the Closing General Session featuring Sir Ken Robinson, who will present “Leading a Culture of Innovation.”

Don’t even think about departing for home yet because the best night of networking and fun is saved for last on Friday. Find out what the buzz is about at the popular Death by Chocolate reception and networking events offered by all four League caucuses.

Wake up to new inspiration and excitement about your civic service and attend the concluding Annual Business Meeting on Saturday morning, Sept. 8.

New for 2007: One lucky city will be selected to win the use of a GEM electric vehicle for an entire year. Remember, register your voting delegate and be sure they are present at the business meeting for voting and to win.

The 2007 Conference Planning Committee

The League extends special thanks to the 2007 Annual Conference Program Planning Advisory Committee members for their time and efforts.

Janet Abelson, Council Member, El Cerrito

Carolee Bates, City Clerk, Victorville

Marc Boomgaarden, Fire Chief, Yuba City

Genoveva Calloway, Council Member, San Pablo

John Chlebnik, Mayor Pro Tem, Calimesa

Rick Cole, City Manager, Ventura

Debbie Cook, Council Member, Huntington Beach

Craig Labadie, City Attorney, Concord

Ted Long, Council Member, South Lake Tahoe

Pamela McCarthy, City Clerk, Bakersfield

Anthony Nisich, Director of Public Works, Santa Barbara

Harry Price, Mayor, Fairfield

Ron Swegles, Council Member, Sunnyvale

Ellen Taylor, Council Member, Claremont

Symposium Presents New Climate Change Project

The Institute for Local Government’s (ILG) Annual Symposium Luncheon will be held Thursday, Sept. 6 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The symposium and follow-on workshop will focus on ILG’s new climate change program for local agencies. Walter McGuire, director of the Flex Your Power Energy Conservation Campaign, will speak about the results of new research on public opinion regarding climate change.

The symposium and workshop will also present information about resources available to local officials on climate change policy options. For more information about the program, visit

ILG’s climate change program is made possible by start-up funding from Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric, the Waste Management Company’s Charitable Contributions Program, Northern California Power Agency, Southern California Public Power Authority, the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties.

The symposium includes lunch; the fee is $45. Any net proceeds will support ILG’s climate change program. To sign up for the symposium, check the symposium box on your annual conference registration form (available at or visit

This article appears in the August 2007 issue of Western City
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