2020 Yosemite Policymakers Conference

2020 Yosemite Policymakers Conference

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California mayors, city council members, county supervisors, city managers and other high-level department heads all come together in the middle of the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite National Park at the 29th Annual Building Livable Communities Conference in March 2020.

This popular conference always features a timely and inspirational agenda designed to provide California’s policymakers with tools and innovative solutions to address community needs.


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Challenging times open the door for creativity and innovation – and the last two years certainly have had their its challenges. From federal decisions that compel us to expand and accelerate our state’s leadership on resource stewardship and social justice to firestorms that devastated northern and southern communities and forests, there was no shortage of immediate needs and long-term problems to tackle.

Californians are resilient and local leaders are stepping forward into 2020 with even more passion and persistence.

The 29th Annual Yosemite Conference will equip local policymakers with practical strategies and accessible tools to implement innovative solutions with a focus on recovering from immediate economic, social and environmental challenges while increasing longer-term community resilience to prosper in the future.

The conference program will cover a broad range of issues, from recovering from natural disasters and shifts to important federal affordable housing tools to improving resilience in a rapidly changing environment. 

At this ever-popular conference, local thought leaders will discover new partners, renewed inspiration and a united resolve to make lasting changes that will lead to a stronger, healthier, more equitable communities.


The Great Pivot: California at the Crossroads

We find ourselves today at a historic crossroads, where we have a chance to choose paths – in our housing, transportation and energy – that offer promising opportunities amid pressing perils that threaten the future of our communities. Pivoting now is the only way to ensure future prosperity, social equity and community resiliency. 

The transportation path we pursue now will determine how we move from place to place in the future. The mobility landscape is rapidly evolving, and the decisions we make now can help ensure that our communities have a shared, electric, accessible, safe, people-powered mobility future that supports health, climate and social equity goals. Our ability to pivot away from the current preoccupation with personal cars will affect how much we do – or don’t – exacerbate environmental degradation, increase costs for families and communities, and expand social inequities.

We also need to pursue a different housing path. California needs 3.5 million new homes – affordable to a diverse spectrum of households and income levels – to close the gap in our housing supply. Our housing crossroads also presents us with an immediate imperative to fix to our expanding homelessness crisis. 

The decisions of where and how we build those new homes over the next five years will shape our ability to curb the rise in vehicle miles traveled and reverse a trajectory that will continue to degrade natural and working lands, place people in areas of high wildfire risk, make traffic problems worse, unnecessarily increase infrastructure costs, and pollute our air and water. Making the right choices now can, taken together, improve the quality of life for everybody and make our communities more resilient, healthy and prosperous.

The third step we must take is how we power everything in our lives. Along with housing and transportation challenges, the energy sector is also experiencing widespread disruption and evolution – as we’ve seen with the recent PG&E bankruptcy and power shutoffs as well as the rapid growth of Community Choice Energy. Moreover, these energy impacts are affecting communities differently, unfairly. The gap between the richest and the poorest U.S. households is now the largest it has been in the past 50 years — despite low national unemployment and more than a decade of consecutive annual GDP growth. 

As we make decisions about the places where we live and work, about how we get to and from those places, and about how we power our lives, we must also power – and empower – the equity of prosperity that makes our families and our communities healthy and strong.

From our individual and collective experiences, we know that the blueprint for the clearest path to our best future lies with local governments. Local governments invent, encourage and implement the solutions to many of California’s pressing challenges – from affordable housing to climate-change responses to the transitions in our energy and mobility sectors. With all of these important responsibilities, local leaders must come together at this historic crossroads to share their ideas and successes, and advance holistic, forward-thinking solutions.


Take advantage of early-bird registration rates and register for the conference by December 18, 2019. Regular rates will be in effect starting on December 19, 2019, and a late fee will apply after February 5, 2020.

Refund requests will be honored if received in writing by the February 5, 2020 registration deadline. All refunds are subject to a $100 processing fee. Refunds will be issued via the original payment method used at the time of registration.

After February 5, 2020, NO REFUNDS will be offered.

After February 5, should you need to cancel and replace yourself (send a substitute if you can no longer attend), you must contact the conference organizers via email with the replacement contact information: rdana@lgc.org, no later than February 28, 2020.

Early Bird Rates until December 18th Regular Rates until February 5th Late Registration Rates until March 2nd
LGC Member $450 $500 $550
Non-LGC Member $500 $550 $600

The 2020 Yosemite Conference will be held at the Yosemite Valley Lodge in Yosemite National Park. We have rooms blocked for this event at both the Yosemite Lodge and the Majestic Yosemite Hotel.

Yosemite Lodge

Yosemite National Park, 9006 Yosemite Lodge Dr.
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Majestic Yosemite Hotel

Yosemite National Park, 1 Ahwahnee Dr.
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Please note that the cutoff date for the Group Rate at both of these venues is Monday, January 20, 2020. After this date, any remaining rooms in the group block will be released for general sale. You may still book a room after this date but available rooms will be booked on a space and rate availability basis, and the group rate might not be available.

Please contact Central Booking at 888-413-8869 with lodging questions or visit their website http://travelyosemite.com. Use the group code 12G3YP when making reservations for either venue.

Roommate Assistance: In order to help reduce costs, we can try and help you find a roommate for the conference. If you are interested, please contact Ryan Dana at rdana@lgc.org. We will do our best to assist you although we cannot guarantee we will find you a match.

Room Type Rate
Majestic Yosemite King Deluxe $521.00
Majestic Double Deluxe $521.00
YV Hotel Standard 2 Double or 2 Queen $271.00
YV King Standard $271.00

Rates do not include a 12% Occupancy Tax, 1% MCTBID, 0.2% CA Tourism Assessment Fee, $2.00 Yosemite Conservancy Fee.

To make a reservation by phone, you may contact Central Reservations by dialing 888-413-8869 (7 am – 7 pm, Arizona Time, MST/PST)

Online: To book your reservation online, you may visit http://www.travelyosemite.com. Use group code 12G3YP when making your reservation.

  1. Select “Check Rates
  2. Select “Plan Your Trip Now
  3. Using the pull-down menu either select Majestic or Yosemite Valley Lodge
  4. Select the number of rooms, adults and children
  5. Important: when selecting “check-in” and “check-out” dates DO NOT select dates from the calendar, instead type the date directly into the field in this format: MM/DD/YY
  6. Select “Check Availability”
  7. Select the option you would like to “Add to Cart”

Reservation Policies

  • All individual guest rooms must be canceled 7 days prior to arrival to receive a full refund.
  • No-shows are considered late cancellations and are invoiced at first night’s stay (room, tax & fee)
  • All guests will be required to check-in and provide a credit card or cash deposit for incidentals.
  • Group check-in is 5:00 pm and check-out is 11:00 am.
  • Pets are not allowed in any room.
  • Quiet hours are 10:00pm – 7:00am.

We are looking for Conference Sponsors – agencies, organizations, foundations, and companies – that are leading the way in creating innovative solutions for increasing resiliency and implementing smart-growth strategies in a time of rapid change.

These high-profile sponsorship opportunities offer many ways to interact with local policymakers and underscore your commitment to making our communities more sustainable and resilient while also providing for people’s basic housing, transportation, food, and work needs.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, view the LGC Sponsorship Brochure or contact Ryan Dana (916) 448-1198 x309 / rdana@lgc.org for information on how to become a conference sponsor.

Thank you to our 2020 Conference Sponsors!


For questions on the conference program:
Ryan Dana
Event Associate
(916) 448-1198 ex 309

The Yosemite Policymakers Conference is presented by the Local Government Commission.

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