This year the California Association of Councils of Governments and the Local Government Commission are working Better Together by joining their winter policy and leadership events, the Yosemite Policymakers Conference and the Regional Leadership Forum.

Join this cross-section of California city and county elected officials, regional leaders and executives, and senior policymakers to take a comprehensive deep dive into best practices and current policy issues that impact the future of our communities and our state at the Yosemite Leadership and Policy Conference, set in breathtaking Yosemite National Park, March 14-17, 2019.

Thank you for joining us!

Presentations

yosemite2016-speaker1 The conference often sells out because attendees say the format is uniquely structured to address today’s most pressing problems and showcase fresh ideas with hands-on discussion of how to implement them. The conference begins at 7:30pm on Thursday, March 14, and continues through noon on Sunday, March 17.

We encourage you to bring your family, attend the opening session on Thursday evening, and use the session breaks to ski, hike, skate or just enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite in the winter. All conference sessions will be held at the Yosemite Lodge.

 

Thursday, March 14 (Yosemite Valley Lodge)

Please note that no food is provided Thursday evening. There is a cafeteria at Yosemite Valley Lodge, as well as a restaurant, The Mountain Room, and several other options in the valley. Get some food after registering, and join us for Trivia at 8:00pm.

6:00 PM

Conference Registration

Networking / Cocktails

8:00 PM

Opening Remarks
Super California-istic-Let’s-All-Be-Precocious Trivial Contest

9:00 PM

Adjourn for Evening

Friday, March 15 (Yosemite Valley Lodge)

Please note there will be no breakfast or lunch provided Friday. There will be Hors D’oeuvres at the evening networking reception.

9:30 AM

LGC/CALCOG Better Together
Kate Meis & Steve Hansen, Local Government Commission
Bill Higgins & Steve Teshara, California Association of Councils of Government

10:00 AM

Balancing Growth and Resiliencey across the State
Kate Gordon, Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
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10:40 AM

The Future of the San Joaquin Valley
Daron McDaniel, Supervisor, County of Merced
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Leticia Perez, Supervisor, County of Kern

11:30 AM

Keeping SB 375 Ambitious and Achievable
Introduction: Catherine Blakespear, Mayor, City of Encinitas
Muggs Stoll, Director of Land Use and Transportation Planning, San Diego Association of Governments
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12:00 – 6:00 PM

Conference Break

6:00 PM

Cocktails and light food

7:30 PM

Getting Back on Track: Curbing our VMT
Steven Cliff, Deputy Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board
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8:00 PM

Putting our Money Where our Mouth is: Garnering Support for Transportation and Housing
Carl Guardino, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
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9:00 PM

Adjourn for Evening

Saturday, March 16 (Yosemite Valley Lodge)

On Saturday breakfast will be provided to all participants at 8:00 am, and a Boxed Lunch will be available at 12:15. In the evening, participants can enjoy Hors D’oeuvres at the networking reception.

8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM

MicroTransit
Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor, City of West Sacramento
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9:15 AM

Opportunity Zones
Ian Ross, Cofounder and CEO, OppSites
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Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director, League of California Cities
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Ken Hira, Senior Vice President, Kosmont Companies
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10:10 AM

Break

10:25 AM

Disaster Relief
David Guhin, Assistant City Manager, City of Santa Rosa
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Tim Snellings, Director of Developmental Services, County of Butte
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11:00 AM

Water and Wildlife: Strategies to Enhance Rural Resilience and Economic Development
Glenda Humiston, Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California
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11:20 AM

Addressing California’s Housing Crisis
Anya Lawler, Policy Advocate, Western Center on Law and Poverty
Steve Heminger, Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
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Jake Mackenzie, Councilmember, City of Rohnert Park

12:15 – 4:30 PM

Boxed Lunch and Conference Break

12:15 – 1:00 PM

Optional Lunchtime Discussions in the Cliff Falls Room

4:30 PM

Networking Reception

5:45 PM

Housing: Legislative Leadership in 2019
Senator Scott Wiener, California State Senator, District 11
Senator Bob Wieckowski, California State Senator, District 10

6:45 PM

An Evening with John Muir

Sunday, March 17 (Yosemite Valley Lodge)

Sunday morning there is a breakfast that will be provided for all participants beginning at 8:00 AM.

8:30 AM

Breakfast

9:00 AM

Regional Roundtable Discussions

11:15 AM

Conference Adjourns

Speakers
Christopher Cabaldon
Mayor, West Sacramento
Sen. Scott Wiener
California State Senator, District 11
Carolyn Coleman
Executive Director, League of California Cities
David Guhin
Assistant City Manager, Santa Rosa
Glenda Humiston
Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California
Steven Cliff
Deputy Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board
Anya Lawler
Policy Advocate, Western Center on Law and Poverty
Steve Heminger
Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Ken Hira
Senior Vice President, Kosmont Companies
Kate Gordon
Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
Daron McDaniel
Supervisor, County of Merced
Hassan Ikhrata
Executive Director, SANDAG
Sen. Bob Wieckowski
California State Senator, District 10
Carl Guardino
President and CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Jake Mackenzie
Councilmember, City of Rohnert Park
Tim Snellings
Director of Development Services, County of Butte
Ian Ross
Cofounder and CEO, OppSites

More speakers have been announced! View our program for more details!

Registration

Take advantage of early bird registration rates and register for the conference by January 18, 2019. Regular rates will be in effect starting on January 19, 2019, and a late fee will apply after February 8, 2019.

Refund requests will be honored if received in writing by February 8, 2019 registration deadline. All refunds are subject to a $100 processing fee. Refunds will be issued via the original payment method used at time of registration.

After February 8, 2019, NO REFUNDS will be offered.

After February 8, 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: bmorrison@lgc.org.

Early Bird Rate
Deadline: 1/2/19
Regular Rate Incl. Late Fee
After: 2/8/19
LGC or CalCOG Member $400.00 $450.00 $525.00
Non LGC or CalCOG Member $450.00 $500.00 $575.00
Lodging

The 2019 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 deadline for the Group Rate at both of these venues is February 12th, 2019. 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 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 11I7NC when making reservations for either venue.

The cut-off date for reservations within the group rate is close of business on February 12, 2019. You may still be able to make reservations, but rooms will be booked on a space and rate availability basis.

Roommate Assistance: In order to help reduce costs, we can work with you to try and find a roommate for the conference. If you are interested, please contact Ben Morrison at bmorrison@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 $496.00
Majestic Double Deluxe $496.00
YV Hotel Standard 2 Double or 2 Queen $258.50
YV Hotel Standard 2 Double or 2 Queen $258.50
YV King Standard $258.50
YV Family 1 Queen, 1 Bunk $258.50

Rates do not include a 10% Occupancy Tax, 1% MCTBID, 0.2% CA Tourism Assessment Fee, $2.00 Yosemite Conservancy Fee.

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

Online: To book your reservation online, you may visit http://www.travelyosemite.com. Use group code 11I7NC 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 cancelled 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 5:00pm and check out is 11:00am.
  • Pets are not allowed in any room.
  • Quiet hours are 10:00pm – 7:00am.
Sponsors

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, CALCOG sponsors can contact Bill Higgins billhiggins@calcog.org. LGC sponsors can view the LGC Sponsorship Brochure or contact Ben Morrison (916) 448-1198 x333 / bmorrison@lgc.org for information on how to become a conference sponsor.

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Thank you to our 2019 Conference Sponsors!

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For questions on the conference:
Ben Morrison
Executive Assistant
(916) 448-1198 x333
bmorrison@lgc.org

The Yosemite Leadership and Policy Conference is a collaboration between the Local Government Commission and the California Association of Councils of Government.

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