Cities Leading the Future


Thank you for attending our 58th Annual Summer Seminar!

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Summer Seminar 2018

July 12-15, 2018
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
Carlsbad, CA


Thursday, July 12, 2018

7:30am Golf Tournament Registration

8:30am Gold Tournament Shotgun Start

4:00-7:00pm Registration and Exhibits

5:00pm Welcome Reception


Friday, July 13, 2018

7:00am Continental Breakfast

8:00am Official Welcome

• Tai Sunnanon, ICA Interim Executive Director
• Robert Gonzales, ICA President and Councilmember of San Fernando

8:30am Session 1- Drone Ordinances: Case studies on city policies

With the advent of drone technology comes the need for cities to better equip themselves on practices and policies in their cities. Learn from how Culver City and other neighborhoods have responded to drone ordinances.

• Moderator- Robert Gonzales, ICA President and Councilmember of San Fernando
• Captain Jason Sims, Culver City Police Department
• Barry Brennan, President, Flying Lion, Inc.

9:45am Session 2- Pension Reform: Where do we go from here?

One of the most complicated reform efforts has been government pensions. With several policy chanegs and city lawsuits, elected officials need the most current information to support pension reform in their cities.

• Moderator- Göran Eriksson, ICA Secretary and Councilmember of Culver City
• Jasmine Nachtigall-Fournier, Co-Founder and President, GovInvest, Inc.
• Ira Summer, Head of Actuarial Engineering, GovInvest, Inc.

11:00am Session 3- Emergency Operations Center: How county and energy services respond to emergencies

With the natural disasters that occurred in Santa Barbara County recently, comes a need to better understand the protocols for emergency operations and communication channels between city and Los Angeles County and between public and private partners.

• Moderator- Richard Montgomery, ICA Vice President and Councilmember of Manhattan Beach
• Leslie Luke, Deputy Director, Los Angeles County EOC
• Mona Curry, Emergency Manager, City of Los Angeles, Emergency Management Department
• Steven Oda, Manager, Business Resiliency Operations, Southern California Edison

12:30pm Lunch & Featured Speaker- Homelessness: Updates on Measure H

To broaden and accelerate the support to end homelessness, the Los Angeles County residents voted to approve Measure H in 2017, which will generate approximately $355 million annually for services and programs to prevent and combat homelessness in the County. What are some of the updates and how can independent cities benefit from services?

• Introduction- Robert Gonzales, ICA President and Councilmember of San Fernando
• Keynote Speaker- Phil Ansell, Director, Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative

2:15pm Session 4- Government Owned Networks: Benefits and challenges

Cities are wanting to operate their own cable networks, putting them at odds with the private sector. What are the benefits and challenges for cities wanting to pursue this?

• Moderator- Mark Henderson, ICA President-Elect and Councilmember of Gardena
• Stephanie Katsouelas, Public Works Director, Manhattan Beach
• David Schirmer, Chief Information Officer, Beverly Hills
• Stephen Sawyer, Director of Government Affairs, Charter Communications
• Michelle Williams, Chief Information Officer, Culver City

7:30pm Hospitality Suite: Game Room


SATURDAY, July 14, 2018


7:00am Continental Breakfast

9:00am Session 5- The Future of Urban Planning: Downey case study

The City of Downey is working on its Bio-medical zone and on its Imperial Hwy Redevelopment plan. The City is also working on a light rail line that will be going through the area. With these new developments and opportunities comes the need for a concerted partnership among the public, private and social sectors. Thus, Downey offers us a lucrative case study for other cities to consider when envisioning its future.

• Moderator- Sean Ashton, ICA Treasurer and Mayor of Downey
• Manjeet Renu, Senior Executive Officer, LA METRO
• Mary Wright, Vice President, Civic Solutions
• Dave Barquist, Planning Practice Builder, Kimley-Horn
• Jack Wong, Founder and CEO of JWA Urban Consultants

10:30am Session 6- Community Choice Aggregation: Should you join?

The notion of lowering energy costs to consumers and or to allow consumers greater control of their energy mix is how CCAs have come to pass. What are the upsides and downsides to being part of a CCA?

• Moderator- Mark Henderson, ICA President-Elect and Councilmember of Gardena
• Ted Bardacke, Executive Director, Clean Power Alliance of Southern CA
• Ranbir Sekhon, Director of Portfolio Planning & Analysis, SCE

12:00pm Lunch & Keynote- Cannabis: Update on Measure M

In March 2017, voters in Los Angeles passed Measure M, permitting the city council and mayor to regulate the marijuana industry within the City. What are some of the updates and how are other cities responding to the marijuana industry in their cities?

• Introduction- Robert Gonzales, ICA President and Councilmember of San Fernando
• Keynote Speaker- Cat Packer, Executive Director and General Manager of the Department of Cannabis Regulation

1:15pm Session 7- The Future of Energy: Economics, innovation, and environmental stewardship

The energy landscape in California is changing. Energy companies are leading the way to drive local economies while helping the state achieve its aggressive environmental goals. Learn how local governments can support their communities by ensuring energy policy is balanced, promotes competition, and pushes innovation while preserving
affordability and customer choice.

• Moderator- Steve Zurn, General Manger, Glendale Water & Power
• Geoff Danker, Environmental Policy & Planning Manager, SoCalGas
• Margita Thompson, Vice President of Communication, CRC
• Willie Rivera, Director of regulatory affairs, CIPA

2:30pm Session 8- AB 1661 & AB 1825: Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Training

The unfortunate reality we live in is that workplace harassment does take place. This final session has two-parts: A panel discussion on how cities can mitigate them and a 2-hour Certification course for elected officials.

• Moderator- Göran Eriksson, ICA Secretary and Councilmember of Culver City
• Panelist- Richard Padilla, Partner, Olivarez Madruga Lemieux O’Neill, LLP
• Panelist- Elena Rivkin-Haas, Associate, Olivarez Madruga Lemieux O’Neill, LLP
• Certificate Instructor- Sunny Soltani, Senior Partner, Aleshire & Wynder, LLP
• Certificate Instructor- William (Bill) Wynder, Partner, Aleshire & Wynder, LLP

6:00pm- General Membership Meeting & Dinner

• Elections- ICA Board of Directors
• Seminar Highlights- Tai Sunnanon, ICA Interim Executive Director
• Closing Remarks- Mark Henderson, ICA President-Elect and Councilmember of Gardena


SUNDAY, July 15, 2018

7:00-9:00am Get-away Continental Breakfast

9:00-11:00am Board of Directors Meeting (Open to all ICA Members)

11:00am Depart

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