May 16 − 17, 2017  |  Sacramento


The Honorable Pedro Nava
Little Hoover Commission Chair

Mr. Nava served in the California State Assembly from 2004 to 2010. He operates the Law Offices of Pedro Nava. He served on the Little Hoover Commission as an Assemblymember from 2005-2010 and was re-appointed to the Commission by the Speaker of the Assembly on April 3, 2013. He was elected chairman of the Little Hoover Commission on March 26, 2014.

The Honorable Ed Hernandez
Senate Governance and Finance Committee Member

Senator Ed Hernandez was first elected to the Assembly in November of 2006, and re-elected in November of 2008. He won his seat in the California State Senate in November of 2010 and was re-elected in 2014, representing the 22nd Senate District which encompasses the cities and communities of the San Gabriel Valley. Senator Hernandez is an optometrist and local businessman, serving as a health care provider in predominantly low-income communities. He currently serves as the Chair for the Senate Committee on Health and the Senate Committee on Legislative Ethics. Senator Hernandez also serves on the Business, Professions, and Economic Development committees as well as the Senate Insurance Committee.

Pamela Miller
California Association of LAFCo Executive Director

Pamela Miller has served as the Executive Director for the California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions (CALAFCO) since 2012. For the past ten years, Ms. Miller has consulted with several local agencies in California and Michigan in developing individual and system capacities. She is the owner and principal consultant of Miller Management & Consulting Group, which specializes in leader and organizational development for local agencies in California. Ms. Miller is certified in Total Quality Management and is a graduate of the National Community Development Institute’s Community Builders Leadership Institute. She has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Jean Kinney Hurst
Hurst Brooks Espinosa Partner

Jean Kinney Hurst is a founding partner of Hurst Brooks Espinosa, LLC, assisting public and private sector clients with legislative issues associated with state and local finance, state budget, governance, elections, revenue, and taxation among others. During her 15 years as a Legislative Representative for the California State Association of Counties, she has developed a reputation as a tenacious problem-solver, respected advocate, and effective strategist. She has been intimately involved in all aspects of major local government fiscal policy changes as well. Ms. Kinney Hurst holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Sacramento, in addition to a Bachelor of Science with Honors from the University of California, Davis.

Katie Kolitsos
Special Assistant to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon

Katie Kolitsos is a Special Assistant to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and oversees the issues of Housing, Local Government, and Revenue and Taxation. Prior to that, Ms. Kolitsos was the Chief Consultant for the Assembly Local Government Committee. In the committee, her issue areas included land use, budget, redevelopment, special districts, Proposition 218, water, and eminent domain. Prior to joining the Committee, Ms. Kolitsos was a Legislative Analyst for the Association of California Water Agencies and a Legislative Consultant for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research under the Davis Administration. Ms. Kolitsos has a Bachelor’s degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento and her certificate in Land Use Planning and Natural Resources from the University of California, Davis Extension.

The Honorable Mark Stone
(D – Scotts Valley)

Assembly Member Mark Stone represents California’s 29th Assembly District, which includes portions of the Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and Monterey counties. Prior to serving in the state legislature, Assembly Member Stone was elected twice to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, he held leadership roles on the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, and the First 5 Commission. As Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, Assembly Member Stone has served as an advocate for local flexibility and a champion for residents. He has fostered close relationships with the special district officials in his Assembly District to find solutions that empower communities to meet local needs.


Tuesday, May 16

Time Class
9:00–10:00 a.m. Registration
Partake in refreshments and networking opportunities
10:00–10:15 a.m. Welcome
Day one officially begins
10:15–11:00 a.m. Legislators Panel
Participate in audience Q and A with key legislators focused on local government policies
11:15 a.m.–12 p.m. Lunch: Legislative Briefing
Learn the issues from CSDA’s lobbyists
2:00–5:00 p.m. Legislative Office Visits
Attend pre-arranged visits to legislative offices to advocate as a group on the top issues facing special districts
5:00–6:30 p.m. Hosted Legislative Reception
Rub elbows in a casual environment with legislators and Capitol staff

Wednesday, May 17

Time Class
7:45–8:30 a.m. District Networks Café
Enjoy breakfast with your local network’s public affairs field coordinators, CSDA Board Members, and fellow special district leaders
8:30–8:45 a.m. Welcome
Day two officially begins
8:45–9:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker
Hear from a statewide official about the latest opportunities and challenges facing special districts in California
10:00–11:00 a.m. Policy Panel
What’s next for special districts following the Little Hoover Commission report on special districts due out in March?
11:00–11:30 a.m. Awards and Legislative Priorities Outlook
Recognize the good work of your peers and hear concluding remarks on CSDA’s legislative priorities


Event Location

The Grand Events Center

1215 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Across from the Sheraton Hotel


Sheraton Grand Sacramento

Room reservations are available at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, 1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 at the rate of $189 plus tax, single or double occupancy by calling 1-800-325-3535 and asking for the CSDA rate. The CSDA rate includes high speed guest room internet access. The room reservation cut-off is Friday, April 14, 2017, however, space is limited and may sellout before that date.

Contact Us

California Special Districts Association

1112 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

1 877 924 2732

Megan Hemming, Professional Development Director

Social media