Friday, March 1, 2013 The CSAC Bulletin
CSAC Institute Announces March Courses
The CSAC Institute for Excellence is offering several courses in March. For more information and to register, click here.

LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN CALIFORNIA: ALL THOSE AGENCIES!

Friday, March 8, in Sacramento - 10 am to 3:30 pm (lunch included)
$75/person for county members.


JPA-Special Districts-MPO-LAFCo-COG-Cities-CSA-MAC: California has a complex system of local governments. It is often difficult to understand or explain the range of responsibilities counties provide and how those differ or relate to other local agencies. This course provides an overview of local government structure and responsibilities in California. You'll learn the basics of all the local agencies and how they interrelate with county responsibilities. A brief history of California governance is followed by a review of the roles and responsibilities of the state, cities, counties, special districts and an alphabet soup of other local agencies.

Instructor: Bill Chiat is Dean of the CSAC Institute and former Executive Director of the California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions.

LABOR RELATIONS AND NEGOTIATIONS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Thursday, March 14, in Sacramento - 10 am to 3:30 pm (lunch included)  $75/person for county members.

The class examines the basics of labor relations in the county environment. Laws and regulations affecting public-sector employment and labor relations in California are examined along with techniques to build and maintain effective and productive relationships with employee groups. The class explores the various roles in labor relations and labor negotiations along with pitfalls to avoid in working with labor representatives. Techniques are examined for maintaining productive relationships with employee organizations during difficult times.

Instructors: Richard Whitmore and Richard Bolanos are partners with Liebert Cassidy Whitmore ; Dr. Rhonda Albey is a principle analyst in the Los Angeles County Administrators Office. Course eligible for MCLE credits.

FINANCING CALIFORNIA COUNTIES: A HISTORY OF REVENUE SOURCES

Thursday, March 28, in Sacramento - 10 am to 3:30 pm (lunch included)  $75/person for county members.

Have you found yourself overwhelmed trying to understand the county revenue sources and funding stream? And how we ended up with this complex system? This course provides an in-depth examination of county revenue sources and how they have evolved. Exploring the context of county funding decisions by Legislative and the Administration over the last 40 years is critical in understanding the current state-county funding and revenue relationships. The class examines the history and consequences of major elements in county revenues including: Proposition 13, 172, 1A, Vehicle License Fees, Realignment, ERAF, property tax allocations and more. You'll leave with a clearer appreciation and understanding of county revenues.

Instructor: Diane Cummins is Special Advisor to the Governor on State and Local Realignment.