SOURCE: League of California Cities

September 06, 2007 21:52 ET

League of California Cities Annual Conference Continues: 'Cities Shaping California's Future'

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - September 6, 2007) - The League of California Cities' 109th Annual Conference continued today at the Sacramento Convention Center. The general session, held at the Memorial Auditorium, featured keynote speaker Greg Nickels, mayor of Seattle, and remarks by California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown.

With close to 2,000 city officials in attendance, Attorney General Brown centered his comments on issues of climate change, remarking that cities can make a difference in the battle against pollution.

"I want to rally local officials on whatever ideas they have to reduce global warming," Brown said. "The collective strength of the League membership can make a difference."

Nickels spoke to the crowd about challenging U.S. mayors to meet the Kyoto Protocol emission reduction targets. So far, 667 mayors have signed on, representing 73 million Americans. This includes 102 California cities with 14.4 million residents.

"I think this [current emphasis on global warming] is an opportunity for the United States to recognize we have a common interest in preserving the environment... and get beyond partisan bickering," Nickels said. "I salute California for leading the way."

Assembly Member Anna Caballero was honored during today's general session with the League's 2007 "Legislator of the Year" award. Accepting the award, Caballero cited how important her experience as a local official has been in her first year as a member of the State Assembly, and as chair of the Assembly Committee on Local Government.

The conference's closing general session will start at 3:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel's Regency Ballroom. The session will feature a keynote address by Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources.

To view a complete program, visit the League's Web site at www.cacities.org/ac. The press is welcome, but members of the media must first obtain credentials at the Conference Press Room in the Sacramento Convention Center, Room 102.

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