Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Day One: Federal Advocacy Day

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Legislator of the Year Presentation (Live)

The Honorable John Garamendi, Congressman, CA-3

Author of the Special Districts Provide Essential Services Act, Congressman Garamendi will receive CSDA’s Legislator of the Year Award and share from his experiences and perspective on Capitol Hill.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Keynote (TBD)

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Federal Legislative Briefing (Live)

Receive a briefing from CSDA’s Federal Advocacy Coordinator and our National Special Districts Coalition lobbyists from Washington’s leading advocacy firms.


1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Higher Office: Understanding the process that makes a lawmaker and the political issues underlying today’s elections at all levels

JOSHUA HELLER, CONSULTANT, J SQUARED GROUPElected leaders of water districts, sanitation districts, fire protection districts, recreation and park districts, and other special districts face key political decisions in fulfilling their duties and working with State and Federal lawmakers.

This moderated conversation with two leading political consultants will offer attendees a better understanding of what is driving voters in California and the public officials that serve them. Lessons gleaned from the discussion will help special district officials better serve their communities by gaining a sense of the process involved in running for State or Federal office as well as the key political issues driving public opinion.

Josh Heller, Consultant, Kaufman Campaign Consultants
Joshua Walters, Esq., President and CEO, Walters Strategies


2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Changing Districts in Changing Times: How redistricting, the CVRA, and emerging demographic trends will continue to influence the governance of special districts

PAUL MITCHELL, PRESIDENT, REDISTRICTING PARTNERSAn expert redistricting consultant with decades of political experience will discuss one of the most timely and provocative topics facing governments in the year ahead. The presentation will cover redistricting for the State Legislature, U.S. Congress, and special districts, as well as the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) and the recent U.S. Census. Included will be insights on emerging demographic trends and what they mean.

Paul Mitchell, President, Redistricting Partners

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Day Two: State Advocacy Day

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Legislator of the Year Presentation (Live)

The Honorable Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Assemblymember, AD-4

California State Assembly Local Government Chair, Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry will receive CSDA’s Legislator of the Year Award and share from her experiences and perspectives related to local government.

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Keynote Presentation(s) and State Advocacy Update (LIVE)

Gain insights from CSDA’s lobbyists on the biggest challenges and newest laws to come out of Sacramento.


1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Climate Adaptation: How special districts and the State of California may partner in confronting wildfires, water sustainability, sea-level rise, and other infrastructure challenges

Jessica Morse, Deputy Secretary for Forest Resource ManagementWater districts, sanitation districts, fire protection districts, resource conservation districts, open space districts, and others are at the forefront of efforts to adapt to our changing climate. As leaders in this field, the speakers will discuss the needs and opportunities for State and local climate adaptation partnership. The presentation will emphasize the $1 billion investment in wildfire mitigation identified as part of the Governor’s 2021-22 State Budget proposal that was released in tandem with the action plan created by the Governor’s Forest Management Task force.

Jessica Morse, Deputy Secretary for Forest Resource Management

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Beers with Peers, virtual networking event sponsored by SDRMA

Each PAID registration is eligible to register one additional person for 2021 Special Districts Legislative Days at no charge. The additional registrant should - be a staff or board member from YOUR district who has NOT previously attended Special Districts Legislative Days. You'll receive an email with the complimentary registration information within 1 day of completing your paid registration.