May 2021 Official Word


Official Word

May 2021

Volume 22, Issue 4



  1. President's Message
  2. CCAC Election
  3. Events Calendar
  4. Athenian Dialogue Coordinator
  5. Newly Designated Clerks
  6. IIMC Foundation Wall of Honor
  7. Policy Committee Report
  8. Sponsors







































































































































































































































CCAC President's Message
Anthony Mejia, MMC

The CCAC Annual Conference has wrapped up and everyone will soon receive their certificates of participation and will be one step closer to obtaining their CMC or MMC designation. It is for this reason that I loved coordinating this year’s conference. I knew that CCAC would have the opportunity to reimagine how the educational sessions would be delivered and found opportunities to increase accessibility and the option to earn more certification points. We had 345 registered attendees, far exceeding our projections, and will soon issue more certificates of participation than any CCAC conference ever before. I’m excited that so many people may have earned the last few points needed to apply for their designation, are now ready to face the challenges associated with redistricting, picked up a few tips to write with more clarity, and will interview a little better when applying for the next big promotion. Plus, I had the honor to recognize the following individuals for their contributions to their agencies, communities, and the profession:

2021 Municipal Clerks of Distinction:

  • Celeste Cabrera-Garcia, City Clerk, City of Mendota – Award for Humanitarianism/Good Samaritan
  • Caitlin Corley, City Clerk, City of Colma – Award for Public Relations
  • Meagan Hassel-Shearer, City Clerk, City of Burlingame – Award for Elections & Voter Outreach
  • Caitlin Saldana, Deputy City Clerk, City of Napa, Deputy Clerk of the Year
  • Walfred Solorzano, City Clerk, City of East Palo Alto – Award for Communications, Organization, and Administration

2021 Municipal Clerks of the Year (Click here to watch the surprise presentation - YouTube):

  • Marc Donohue, City Clerk/Director of Communications, City of Eastvale
  • Patrice Olds, City Clerk, City of San Mateo

CCAC Board of Directors Election:

Nominations are now open for the CCAC Board of Directors for the positions of Second Vice Present, Communications Director, Treasurer, and Regional Director positions. Nominations must be received by June 23, 2021, by the Nomination Committee Chair, Leilani I. Brown, at [email protected].

Serving on the Board is a rewarding experience and I encourage everyone with the time, commitment, and energy to consider running for a position. CCAC has taken big steps this year to ease the burden to serve in these volunteer positions. We are expanding services with our Association Management Team to take on more of the daily duties, so that Board Members can focus on improving and expanding our member services. Personally, I love serving on the Board because it gives me a sense of belonging, friendship, and purpose. If you have any questions about the time and commitment, please feel free to reach out to me or any of the Board Members.

CCAC is conducting its annual election.  Click here for the Notice of Nominations, Acceptance of Nomination, and Candidate Statement Form.

Additionally, please view the Notice of Measure and the Proposed Bylaws Amendment. Arguments are due June 23, 2021.

Pursuant to CCAC bylaws and policies, the Acceptance of Nomination and Candidate Statement Form must be received no later than June 23, 2021.

The electronic ballot will be emailed to all eligible voting members no later than July 13, 2021, and the deadline to complete and submit the ballot is August 13, 2021.

Please ensure that you are able to receive Survey Monkey emails. The ballot will come from “[email protected] via If you are unable to receive their emails, you will need to Opt-In.

Events Calendar

Central Nuts & Bolts
June 1-4 - Virtual
Click here for more information.

LAFCO - Everything Clerks Need to Know!
June 7-8 - Virtual
Click here for more information.

TTC Series 400
June 16+ - Virtual
Click here for more information.

NetFile Gives Back Webinar
June 21 - Virtual
Click here for more information.

Doing More With Less
July 22-23 - Virtual
Click here for more information.


Athenian Dialogues 

Your CCAC Athenian Leadership Dialogue Committee has been hard at work scheduling and coordinating upcoming virtual ALDs to ensure that this educational opportunity continues to be offered for those pursuing their CMC/MMC and/or fellowship through IIMC!

Upcoming virtual dialogues are as follows:

The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
Facilitated by Laura Nieto
May 28, 2021
Registration Now Open

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Facilitated by Ed Tywoniak
June 4, 2021
Save the date!

If you are interested in facilitating an upcoming virtual ALD, please contact Ashton Gout at [email protected].

Visit CCAC Events Calendar for all upcoming education opportunities.

Athenian Dialogue Update
Ashton Gout, Athenian Dialogue Coordinator

On May 8, 2021, the IIMC Board of Directors met for their Annual Board Meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan, voting unanimously to allow virtual Athenian Dialogues to be offered permanently. With this recent approval, they also adopted a policy for implementation of virtual dialogues. Within this new set of guidelines, the Facilitator is now empowered to gauge participant engagement and overall participation. If the facilitator deems that a participant was not actively engaged or participating throughout the dialogue, the facilitator is now empowered to deny credit, as needed. 

With virtual dialogues continuing to be an option, we will continue to move forward with offering such dialogues for the year 2021. Once we are able to move into a in-person setting, we will be sure to alert the membership of how we plan to do so, while prioritizing the health and safety of both the facilitators and participants. We appreciate all your support this past year with the ongoing participation in virtual dialogues and look forward to continuing these educational opportunities.

If you are an approved IIMC facilitator and would like to facilitate a virtual dialogue or would like to learn on how to become a facilitator, please reach out to Ashton R. Gout, Athenian Leadership Coordinator. 

Upcoming Dialogues (Via Zoom):

May 28 - The Culture Code - Facilitated by Laura Nieto, MMC (Registration now open)

June 4 -Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Facilitated by Ed Tywoniak (Registration pending)

To sign up for these, or any other virtual and educational opportunities, please visit our CCAC educational calendar here:

Newly Designated Clerks

Dina Manis, CMC - Deputy City Clerk, City of Santa Rosa

Lisa Natusch, MMC - City Clerk, Town of Hillsborough

IIMC Foundation Wall of Honor

2021 Wall of Honor

Facing unprecedented challenges this past year, Municipal Clerks have kept our communities safe, maintained services, and provided tremendous leadership. The IIMC Foundation is proud to introduce the 2021 Wall of Honor. It’s an opportunity for colleagues to honor the exceptional service that specific Municipal Clerks have provided during this past year.

The Wall of Honor will be displayed at the 2021 IIMC Annual Conference. Afterwards, the Wall of Honor designees will be listed on the Foundation website. Nominations can be submitted throughout the month of May.

For more information or to nominate someone, please go to

Thank you,

Mary Lynne Stratta

IIMC Foundation President

Environmental Quality Policy Committee Report

Teresa Vargas, City Clerk, City of Latrhop

The Environmental Quality Policy Committee (EQPC) held a two-part virtual quarterly meeting on April 8th and April 15th, 2021. The EQPC received presentations from Chair Chris Rogers, Council Member, City of Santa Rosa, and Derek Dolfie, Legislative Representative, Environmental Quality; and Community Services, League of California Cities which included the highlights referenced below. 

Part 1 - April 8, 2021 Meeting

  • Legislative Update on various Environmental Quality Bills of Interest: A list of the Cal Cities EQ interest bills can be found here and a complete list of all the Cal Cities EQ bills can be found here.
    • There are over 50 solid waste and recycling bills introduced this year ranging from addressing the implementation of CalRecycle's SB 1383 organic waste regulations to banning certain types of single use plastic packaging. Cal Cities is open to hearing from member cities on which of these numerous solid waste and recycling bills are important to each jurisdiction.
    • Discussion on Funding Climate Measures In Your Community: The EQPC discussed various ideas and strategies on how cities can fund local climate and environmental measures.
    • Action Items:
      • The EQPC voted to support AB 897 (Mullin) Office of Planning and Research. Regional Climate Networks /Climate Adaptation Action Plans.
        • This measure would encourage regional climate adaptation planning to reduce climate risk; foster collaboration among local, regional, and state entities; and develop guidance for potential state, federal, or private investment in regional adaptation projects.
  • The EQPC voted to support SB 1 (Atkins) Coastal Resources. Sea Level Rise.
    • This measure, the California Sea Level Rise Mitigation and Adaptation Act of 2021, would establish new planning, assessment, funding, and mitigation tools for California to address and respond to sea level rise.

Part 2 - April 15, 2021 Meeting

  • Action Items:
    • The EQPC voted to support SB 412 (Ochoa Bogh) California Environmental Quality Act. Emergency Definition.
      • This measure would expand the definition of an emergency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to include efforts to prevent, mitigate, and minimize disasters.
      • Discussion on the Role of CCAs in Power Shutoff Events: The EQPC received a presentation about the role Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) play in utility-initiated power shutoffs, presented by Sonoma Clean Power.

Sponsors (click image)