Annual Meeting: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Day Two of CSAC’s 118th Annual Meeting is going strong. The day started on the right foot with a very insightful and candid look at Congress by Washington Post political columnist Ezra Klein. And while the tone was somewhat pessimistic, Klein did provide county officials with a kernel of hope that, at least in California counties… Continue reading

CSAC Annual Meeting Starts with Why

Simon Sinek believes in why. In fact, he emphatically believes it’s what separates great leaders from the rest of us. This afternoon, Sinek brought his beliefs to CSAC, kicking off the Association’s 118th Annual Meeting in Long Beach, Los Angeles County. Continue reading

Journey Begins for County Supervisors-Elect

They came from throughout California — 54 strong as they prepare for their new role as county supervisor. They came together this morning in Los Angeles County for the first of two days of instruction in the CSAC New Supervisors Institute. Before listening to panels consisting of current supervisors, county administrators and county counsels , the supervisors-elect took time to tell their individual stories.

Their backgrounds are as diverse… Continue reading

For CSAC and California Counties, Challenges Equal Opportunities

Since becoming CSAC’s new Executive Director, I have already been congratulated many times for deciding to lead this great organization.  For most of my friends and colleagues, it was obvious that leading CSAC’s incredible team during this period in history when counties are facing such historic challenges and opportunities was a perfect fit for me.   But for those who don’t yet know me very well, let me explain more fully… Continue reading

A Day in the Life of a Poll Worker

5:45 a.m. – I pick up a box of coffee for myself and my fellow poll workers. I already have some fruit and other snacks to share. It’s going to be a 15- or 16-hour workday, so we’ll need all the help we can get. Despite the 5 a.m. wake-up call and the long hours, I avoid comparing myself to Ivan Denisovich. I volunteered for this, after all, and I… Continue reading