WELCOME TO THE INDEPENDENT CITIES ASSOCIATION

ICA is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, public benefit corporation created in 1960.  It is made up of 32 member cities in the Southern California area.  The organization focuses on education, legislative advocacy, intergovernmental relationships and other major issues that transcend the boundaries of its member cities.  ICA holds two Annual Seminars bringing together city council members, other city officials and business partners for the purpose of being better informed and to share relevant experiences. The Winter Seminar addresses public safety and the Summer Seminar focuses on contemporary issues.

Robert Gonzales
ICA President 2017-18

I am truly honored to serve as president of an organization with so much history as ICA. As a result, I have a bold vision for ICA. Building off of the great work from our past presidents, I want to re-build and re-brand this membership-based organization to being the best in all of Southern California. Here’s what we have in store:

  • – Continuing our successful Conferences, Winter Sessions in January in Santa Barbara and Summer Sessions in June in Carlsbad
  • – Growing our membership to over 40 cities
  • – Building our education series for cities
  • – Increasing our legislative endeavors to support policies that better our communities
  • – Energizing our City Manager’s task force, giving city staff members an opportunity to network and exchange best practices

ICA is the premier organization educating elected officials and city staff in legislation that matters to them most, including public safety. The new board and I have great things planned and we are eager for you to join us.


Interim Executive Director




Tai Esteban Sunnanon

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