Regional Leadership Forum (v.2018)

With the theme "Takin' It to the Streets!" we are going to explore the ways that SB 1 is making California a better place to live, work, and thrive.  (We tried booking the Doobie Brothers to bring this theme back to its California origins, but were told that the heady presentations at the Forum created a vibe too wonky to play the music as it was intended). We will blend the focus on new transportation investment with our usual thought-provoking sessions about regional governance. Join us.

  • Conference Registration Fee: $475
  • Thursday only fee: $350
  • Friday only fee: $200





  • Optional Special Issue Workshop (TBD)
  • CALCOG Board Meeting
  • Informal Reception, Taste of Monterey


  • Main Conference Begins
  • Morning & Afternoon Sessions
  • Keynote "Storytelling" Speaker
  • Special Evening Dinner & Trivia Contest


  • Main Conference Program Continues
  • Keynote Planning Issue Speaker
  • Conference adjourns at noon
  • Afternoon free in beautiful Monterey.


Matthew Luhn:  Matthew Luhn is a writer, story and branding consultant, creative writing instructor and keynote speaker with over 25 years' experience creating stories and characters at Pixar Animation Studios, The Simpsons, and beyond.  

Therese McMillan: LA Metro.  Telling the Story of Implementation: Following Up with the Public After Measure M 

Vince Bertoni: Planning Director, City of Los Angeles.  Connection Between Land Sse and Transportation Planning in Los Angeles

Speaker TBD:  The Economic Benefits of SB 1 (Note: the study is currently being finalized and should release sometime in February -85,000 jobs!)

Dr. Frances Edwards: Deputy Director, National Transportation Safety and Security Center, Mineta Institute (the Mineta Institute Co-Sponsors this event).  Fires, Floods and Earthquakes; Leaks, Slides and Dam Breaks:  Safety and Evacuation Route Planning

Randy Iwasaki/Habib Shamskou:  Autonomous Vehicles: What it Means for Road Capacity 

TBD: Member successes - short presentations about what has worked for our members during the year




Our conference will be located in the recently-finished Monterey Convention Center.  CALCOG has negotiated a special room rate of $219 (single/double) and a state rate of $125 (single) and $145 (double) with the conjoining Portola Hotel & Spa.   These rooms fill fast.  The deadline to book a room at either rate is Monday, February 12, 2018. 

To book a room,  contact the Portola Hotel and Spa directly at 831-649-4511 ext 362 or Toll Free 1-888-222-5851 or book online here.


Register for the Leadership Forum


Questions?  Call us at (916) 557-1170



Mineta Institute 

California Department of Transportation 

Laborers-Employers Cooperation Education Trust 

Mark Thomas

Nossaman LLP

Regional Government Services

Self Help Counties Coalition


Want to join us as a sponsoring organization? 

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