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Randy Murphy, Oroville City Administrator, represented the city of Oroville at the League of California Cities 115th Annual Conference, Sept. 18–20 in Sacramento. Approximately 1,800 city officials attended the three-day conference where they learned from experts and found resources to help them solve the critical issues faced by California cities.
“We have a history that goes back 115 years to when a group of city officials first came together to form the League with a mission to give California cities a voice in Sacramento,” said League President and Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard. “They understood the strength of joint efforts and the importance of a forum where city officials can share and learn about best practices. Our voice remains strong today and this conference is an opportunity to sharpen our skills as leaders.”
Mr. Murphy and other attendees were briefed on recent conclusion of the 2013 Legislative session and bills affecting cities as well as a wide range of issues including economic development, infrastructure, municipal finance, land use, ethics, sustainability and more.
“The League conference is an investment in my city. This event brings together leading experts on issues our city grapples with on a daily basis. I value not only the quality sessions and speakers but also having an opportunity to talk with my colleagues from throughout California about their cities and the solutions they are implementing to best serve their residents,” said Mr. Murphy.
Keynote speakers at the conference were Erik Wahl, the author of UNThink on the art of vision and Dr. Lowell Catlett, a futurist who spoke on the evolving role of cities. Attendees participated in approximately 40 breakout sessions on covering all aspects of local government.
An exposition introduced attendees to vendors who offer innovative products and services to help city officials supply the services needed by city residents and businesses.
“California as a whole can only be strong when our cities are strong. Our members are vitally important to ensuring that the voice of cities is represented in Sacramento. The League’s conference is designed to give city officials the tools and resources they need to meet challenges in their communities. I am inspired by the dedication of California city officials and the League exists to support the work of cities,” said League Executive Director Chris McKenzie.