Earlier this month, the California City Management Foundation (CCMF) presided on two panels at the 2019 League of California Cities (LOCC) Annual Conference hosted at the Long Beach Convention Center from October 16-18. The annual conference provided an opportunity for public executives to gain insight, expand knowledge, and collaborate with cities across California.
The first panel was “Housing and Land Use in Governor Newsom’s Budget.” Three city managers from across the state weighed in on local control and how cities can earn their carrots. The panel was moderated by Anthony Gonsalves (President of Joe A. Gonsalves and Son) and the speakers included Paul Arevalo (City Manager of West Hollywood), Karen Pinkos (City Manager of El Cerrito) and Deborah Feng (City Manager of Cupertino).
The second panel was “The Hidden Costs of Tackling Homelessness.” Moderator Kurt Wilson (Davenport Institute Trainer, Pepperdine University) led off the session by explaining the background of the homelessness crisis in California. Panelists Elizabeth Andrade (Chief Operations Director, Mercy House), Roxanne Diaz (Shareholder, Richards, Watson & Gershon) and Hafsa Kaka (Homeless Services Manager, Santa Ana) then delved into strategic methods and related fiscal issues for tackling homelessness at the local level.
Thank you again to the League of California Cities for providing CCMF the opportunity to convene these panels. Thank you to all of those who came out to the panels at the #CaCities Annual Conference! We hope these two educational sessions provided attendees with valuable lessons from these current and timely topics.