Event Oct 01, 2014

Rate Setting Compliance, Social Media in Politics and CEQA

California Special Districts Association

BB&K Partners Kelly Salt, John Brown, Michelle Ouellette and Of Counsel Fernando Avila and Sarah Owsowitz were among the presenters at the CSDA Annual Conference, which was held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2014, in Palm Springs, Calif.

BB&K was a sponsor of this event.

BB&K Speakers:

Kelly Salt
“Rate Setting and the Role of Attorneys and Public Officials in Reviewing Cost-of-Service and Rate Studies for Compliance with Propositions 218 and 26”
The burden of proof for compliance with the two propositions is on public agencies. Courts will exercise their independent judgment when reviewing whether a public agency has complied with the substantive and procedural requirements of Proposition 218 and whether a fee is a tax under Proposition 26. This presentation discussed the process for preparing a cost-of-service and rate study, and issues that attorneys and public officials should address in reviewing these studies.
Wednesday, Oct. 1
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

John Brown
“Citizen Engagement: New Uses of Social Media and the Body Politic”
This multi-media workshop combined the perspectives of a general counsel, social media expert and two water district public affairs experts to discuss innovative uses of social media to facilitate constituent communications and promote important issues of public policy on a regional basis.
Wednesday, Oct. 1
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Panelists: Director of Legislative & Community Affairs Greg Morrison, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District; Public Information Associate Jennifer Poland, Hi-Desert Water District and President Teresa Warren, TW2 Marketing

Michelle Ouellette, Fernando Avila and Sarah Owsowitz 
“Special Districts and CEQA – CEQA from Your Perspective”
The panel provided a brief overview of CEQA as it applies to districts and then engage the audience in a wide-ranging conversation based on questions submitted prior to or during the panel about how CEQA works for districts.
Wednesday, ​Oct. 1
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

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