2019 Annual Legislative Conference

Sun, Jan 27, 2019 to Mon, Jan 28, 2019
Sacramento Sheraton Grand
General Info

General Info

The League's Annual Legislative Conference provides a unique experience to connect with higher education advocates and engage with members of the California State Legislature to discuss important policy issues. Attendees will discuss priority issues, hear best practices, and learn about strategies to successfully advocate for community colleges.

NOTE: The Annual Legislative Conference is scheduled in conjunction with the Effective Trusteeship and Board Chair Workshops, January 25-27, 2019. Separate registration is required. 


Registration Rates

Due to capacity, registration for the Annual Legislative Conference will close on Friday, January 11 at 5:00 p.m. To be added on the waitlist, please email Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org.

Full Conference - $585
The full conference registration fee includes all workshops, sessions, and meals.

Advocacy Team - $480
To encourage advocacy among our colleges, we offer a discounted rate of $455 per person for teams of five (5) or more. Examples of Advocacy Teams include a trustee, faculty member, administrator, classified member and a student from the same college OR any combination of participants from the same college. A separate registration form must be completed for each individual and should be purchased on the same day.

Student/Large Advocacy Team - $420
For students or teams of 15 or more, we offer a discounted rate of $395 per person. To qualify, each team must be from the same college. A separate registration form must be completed for each individual and should be purchased on the same day.

Sunday, Jan 27 (One-day registration) - $375
This full-day registration fee includes all conference workshops, sessions, and meals on Sunday, January 27.

Monday, Jan 28 (One-day registration) - $355
This full-day registration fee includes all conference workshops, sessions, and meals on Monday, January 28.

Guest Meals - Legislative Conference

  • Sunday Luncheon -  $85
  • Sunday Reception -  $75
  • Monday Breakfast -  $60


Full payment by credit card is due at the time of registration. If you have any questions, please contact Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org



This schedule is subject to change. Please check back for updates.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.             Advisory Committee on Legislation

1:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.                CEOCCC/CCCT Board Meeting

Sunday, January 27, 2019

7:30 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.               Registration

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.             League Board Meeting

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.           Concurrent Sessions

  • Supporting Low-Income Students: Addressing Total Cost of Attendance
  • California Community Colleges Dreamers Project: Promising Practices and Shared Challenges in Meeting the Needs of Undocumented Students
  • Capital Outlay Advocacy and The Future of College Facilities
  • How Collegiality in Action Can Support Shared Governance

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.              Opening Keynote/Lunch General Session: Dr. Manuel Pastor

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.               Concurrent Sessions

  • Dual Enrollment As A College Success Opportunity for All
  • Approaches for Effective Student-Centered Funding Formula Implementation
  • California’s Community College and Federal Higher Education Policy: Outlook for the 116th Congress
  • Importance of Faculty, Staff and Campus Leadership Diversification

2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.                General Session: Community College Budget and Fiscal Update

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.               Briefing Sessions

  • League Advocacy & Talking Points Training
  • Leveraging National Support for California Community College Initiatives

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.               Special Interest Group Meetings

  • San Diego/Imperial County Community College Association (SDICCCA)
  • African American California Community College Trustees (AACCCT)
  • California Community Colleges Veterans Caucus (CCCVC)
  • McCallum Group
  • California Association of Latino Community College Trustees and Administrators (CALCCTA)

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.               Networking Reception

Monday, January 28, 2019

7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.             Registration

7:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.                Breakfast Opens

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.                Concurrent Sessions

  • A Conversation With Key Capitol Staff 
  • Re-Engaging Adults: Supporting the Transition Back to College
  • Building Hunger-Free Campuses

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.              General Session Keynote: California State Senator Connie Leyva

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.           Legislator Town Halls: Assemblymembers Monique Limon and Evan Low

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.              Grab-n-Go Lunch

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.              Capitol Visits (Scheduled by districts/colleges)

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.                 Affordability, Food & Housing Access Capitol Briefing

Hotel & Travel


All conference sessions will be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. The reserved room block for conference attendees is NOW FULL. You can still book a room at the Sheraton Grand but at their regular hotel room rates. Click on the hotel link below to book a room.

Sheraton Grand Hotel
1230 J Street 
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 447-1700

Below is a list of additional nearby hotels. We encourage you to look up their rates to find the best price to fit your budget:

Residence Inn Downtown Sacramento Capitol Park
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
Citizen Hotel
Kimpton Sawyer Hotel
Holiday Inn Sacramento Downtown Arena
Sterling Hotel
Best Western Sutter House
Holiday Inn Express Sacramento Convention Center


Travel Information

Please visit the Sacramento Sheraton Grand Hotel’s website for driving directions, location, area recreation, and activities. 

Shuttle Service
The hotel is a 15-minute drive from Sacramento International Airport. Airport Super Shuttle Service to the Sheraton Grand is $13. Use this link to make your shuttle reservation. Shuttle service picks up outside the airport terminals.

Parking at the hotel is $25 per day for self-parking and $32 per day for valet parking for registered guests only.

Keynote Speakers

Opening General Session Keynote
Sunday, January 27, 2019
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. 
Dr. Manuel Pastor

California’s Emergence as a Bellwether State

Just a few decades ago, California confronted many of the challenges the country now faces. How did the Golden State emerge from its past of social strife to become a bellwether for the rest of the country? Join us at the 2019 Annual Legislative Conference with keynote speaker and award-winning sociologist Dr. Manuel Pastor. Dr. Pastor will guide us through an improved California, with lessons that the rest of the nation should note. He shared highlights and research that led to his new book, State of Resistance, which makes the case for honestly engaging racial anxiety in order to address our true economic and generational challenges, renewing our commitment to public investments, cultivating social movements and community organizing, and more.

Dr. Manuel Pastor is a professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California, where he also serves as director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and as co-director of USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. Dr. Pastor has received Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships as well as the 2012 Wally Marks Changemaker of the Year award from the Liberty Hill Foundation and is author of State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future (The New Press). He currently holds the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC.

General Session Keynote
Monday, January 28, 2019
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
California State Senator Connie Leyva

Senator Connie M. Leyva is serving her second term in the California State Senate. The district includes the cities and communities of Bloomington, Chino, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Montclair, Muscoy, Ontario, Pomona, Rialto and San Bernardino.

Senator Leyva is committed to improving California’s schools, environment and communities, as well as creating quality jobs throughout the 20th State Senate District and California.  She firmly believes that California families benefit most when we invest in and help strengthen small businesses and other job drivers that create good paying jobs in our local communities. During her first term in office, Senator Leyva authored several important pieces of legislation signed into law. 

Senator Leyva serves as Chair of the Senate Education Committee, California Legislative Women’s Caucus and the Senate Democratic Caucus, as well as on the Budget and Fiscal Review, Business, Professions and Economic Development, Elections and Constitutional Amendments and Health committees and the Budget Subcommittee #1 on Education. She also currently serves on the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the Senate Select Committees on California-Mexico Cooperation, Manufactured Home Communities, Ports & Goods Movement and Women and Inequality: Strategies to Promote Opportunity.

A lifelong activist standing up for working people and families, Senator Leyva started working at her local Alpha Beta market as a senior in high school. She served as both Union Representative and President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1428, helping grocery workers gain a stronger voice for fair wages and benefits. Following in that tradition of community service and action to improve the lives of others, she was elected in 2004 as the first woman President of the California Labor Federation, representing more than 2.1 million workers throughout the state.

Please note our keynote speakers have recently changed. Updated Tuesday, January 8.