SOURCE: League of California Cities

September 05, 2007 22:01 ET

League of California Cities' Annual Conference Kicks Off: 'Cities Shaping California's Future'

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - September 5, 2007) - Approximately 2,000 city officials gathered at the Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 5, for the opening general session of the League of California Cities' 109th Annual Conference. The session included addresses by keynote speaker Mark Sanborn, League President Maria Alegria and League Executive Director Chris McKenzie.

Alegria presided over the opening session and discussed the League's activities over the past year.

"The conference is an opportunity to witness the fruits of our labor and the successes we've had working together," she said. "Cities have taken the lead in shaping California's future, and our advances have set the tone for the nation and the entire world."

League First Vice President Jim Madaffer announced the 2007 winners of the League's prestigious Helen Putnam Awards, given to cities that develop programs that significantly increase the level of service for their communities. A total of 35 cities were honored, including grand prize winners Santa Fe Springs, Elk Grove, San Rafael, Santa Clara, Dana Point, Santa Clarita, and Cathedral City.

McKenzie spoke about the League's legislative efforts this year, including work on infrastructure, housing and climate change. In addition, McKenzie focused on Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA 8), a measure carried by Assembly Member Hector De La Torre that would provide protections for homes, churches and small businesses from eminent domain. He urged city officials to speak to their legislators to support the legislation.

"This is the comprehensive reform measure Californians wanted to see," McKenzie explained. "We have an opportunity to communicate to the State Assembly our support of this measure and for the people of California. Help us make the impact we know we can."

Mark Sanborn, noted author of "The Fred Factor: How Passion in your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary," remarked on the defining work city officials do during his keynote address.

"We talk about defining moments -- graduations, marriage, birth of a child -- those are commemorative moments," he said. "Right now, what you're doing, you do the important work. Those tasks are your defining moments."

Thursday's general session will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is scheduled to deliver the keynote address. Friday's closing general session will feature keynote speaker 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 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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