2021 Summer Session

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About MMASC's Summer Session 

Summer Session is one of the premier annual events provided by MMASC and its partners.  This one-day virtual conference includes professional development sessions on important topics facing the profession. Learn new tools and best practices that will help you continue to excel and lead, and make connections with colleagues throughout Southern California. 


MMASC MembersFree

Online registration


8:30 AM - 10 AMMorning Reception

Tanya_Spiegel_Headshot_200Opening Comments from Tanya Spiegel, MMASC President

downloadLeague of California Cities Legislative Update: Erin Sasse, Regional Public Affairs Manager, Riverside County

carmen-fitzgibbon-headshot-vr2Office Yoga: Instructor Carmen Fitzgibbon
10 AM - 11 AMDeveloping Organizational Values and Seeing Them in Action

The session will tell the stories of Cities and how the importance of organizational values benefited their City’s team, especially during crises such as COVID-19. Cities will also discuss how they developed and implemented their values. One of those examples is the City of Murrieta. Months before the COVID-19 crisis, Murrieta underwent an employee driven initiative. Engagement with all levels of employees and commitment from the City Executive Team was vital to the process. The initiative concluded with an academy awards style ceremony, revealing the values to all employees. Each of the Cities, Rancho Cucamonga, Hayward and Pismo Beach will highlight their values in action such as hiring based on values, utilizing values as part of performance evaluations, and much more.

LouieLModerator: Louie Lacasella, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Murrieta


KimSKim Summers, City Manager, City of Murrieta

KellyMKelly McAdoo, City Manager, City of Hayward

LoriSLori Sassoon, Deputy City Manager, City of Rancho Cucamonga

JorgeGJorge Garcia, Assistant City Manager, City of Pismo Beach
12 PM - 1 PMCrash Course in City Management: What it Takes to be a Successful City Manager Early in Your CareerHear from and engage with city managers who stepped up to their role and faced chief executive challenges while still in their 20s and 30s. Learn about why they were chosen so young and what lessons we can all learn about the interaction of ambition, opportunity, and readiness.

Don MaruskaModerator: Don Maruska, Master Certified Coach and author of "Take Charge of Your Talent"


unnamedAlma Martinez, City of El Monte

unnamed-2Scott Collins, City of Morro Bay

unnamed-3Christopher Lopez, City of Hemet

2 PM - 3 PMExecutive Board Nominations, Followed by Networking
3 PM - 4 PMMunicipal Law JeopardyCome have some jeopardy fun! In our session, we will play municipal law jeopardy and ask questions about various categories that municipal governments and staff should be familiar with, such as the Brown Act, conflicts of interest, the California Public Records Act, Due Process, and the First Amendment. Particular emphasis will be placed on social media related laws within those categories.

Alfa Lopez-2 (3)Moderator: Alfa Lopez, Senior Management Analyst, City of Diamond Bar

Castillo_Henry_HRHenry Castillo, BB&K Law

Maldonado_Albert_HRAlbert Maldonado, BB&K Law

Summer Session Co-Chairs:

Greg Kwolek, City of Morro Bay
Louie Lacasella, City of Murrieta

Contact Information

For questions or more information, please contact the Summer Session Co-Chairs at summersession@mmasc.org.