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Sun, Nov 03


Embassy Suites by Hilton Sacramento Rive

2019 CGJA Annual Conference

This year's theme: "Improving Grand Jury Awareness Throughout California"

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2019 CGJA Annual Conference
2019 CGJA Annual Conference

Time & Location

Nov 03, 2019, 9:00 AM – Nov 04, 2019, 12:00 PM

Embassy Suites by Hilton Sacramento Rive, 100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA

About the Event

Every year in the fall, CGJA holds an Annual Conference/Membership Meeting at a different location. The conference provides an opportunity for members and grand jurors to meet and discuss experiences, ask questions, and otherwise engage in activities to enhance everyone's understanding of the grand jury system in order to contribute to CGJA's role in protecting and enhancing California's county grand jury system.

The theme for this year's conference is Improving Grand Jury Awareness Throughout California. Festivities will include a dinner on the evening of November 3. The keynote speaker will be State Controller Betty Yee who will kick off the conference.

You may register for the conference through the CGJA website here. To register by mail or email, click here for the fillable PDF registration form.

Check-in opens at 9:00 AM on Sunday, November 3rd. The conference will begin at 1:00 PM on Sunday and end at noon on Monday, November 4th.


Sunday, November 3, 2019

1:00 – 1:05 PM Conference opens: Pledge of Allegiance and opening remarks

Lloyd Bell, Annual Conference Chair

1:05 – 1:15 PM: Welcome Address

1:15 – 2:15PM: Keynote Address: Betty Yee, California State Controller

2:15 – 2:30PM: CGJA Presidents Report on CGJA Activities and the State of the Association (and Q&A)

Larry Herbst, President, CGJA

2:30 – 2:40 PM: Election Results

Lloyd Bell, Chair, Nominations-Elections Committee

Swearing in Officers and Directors

2:45 – 3:15 PM: The Excellence in Reporting Award Evaluation Process

Barbara Sommer, Chair Excellence in Reporting Subcommittee

Presentation of Excellence in Reporting Awards

Barbara Sommer, Chair, Excellence in Reporting Subcommittee

Presentation of Certificates of Special Recognition

Joann Landi, Chair, Awards Committee

3:15 – 3:30 PM: Break

3:30 – 4:30 PM: Public Relations Committee Panel: Promoting Grand Jury Awareness Locally and Statewide

Jim Ragan, Chair, Public Relations Committee

4:30 – 5:30 PM: TBD

5:30 PM: CGJA Annual Conference adjourns

6:30 – 9:30 PM: CGJA Annual Conference Dinner in a separate room

Angelo Rolando Service Award presentation

Joann Landi, Chair, Angelo Rolando Service Award Subcommittee

Monday, November 4, 2019

9:00 – 9:10 AM: Annual Conference resumes

9:10-10:00 AM: CaLBOC (California League of Bond Oversight Committees): Following the Money

Michael Turnipseed, CaLBOC President

10:00-10:50 AM: Effectiveness of Grand Jury Reports: The County Perspective

Mr. Don Ashton, El Dorado County Chief Administrative Officer

10:50 – 11:05 AM: Break

11:05 – 11:55 AM: MRC Overview: The Road Ahead

Jim Ragan, Chair, Membership Relations Committee

11:55 AM – Noon: Conference wrap up (Q & A) and closing remarks

Larry Herbst, CGJA President

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: The Embassy Suites Sacramento-Riverfront Promenade is now accepting reservations for your attendance at the CGJA Annual Conference. You may make your hotel reservation in either of two ways:

  1. Call the hotel directly at 916-326-5000 and ask for the California Grand Jurors' Association Conference discount rate.
  2. Make your reservation online at and make a reservation using the group/convention code CGJ.

The CGJA daily room rate is $149 for a standard two-room suite with two double beds.

Note: There are a limited number of standard two-room king suites available for $149.

Note also: There are a limited number of river-view two-room king suites available for $179.

Reservations must be made by October 19, 2019. Reservations made after that date will be subject to the prevailing hotel rates and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Parking options: Valet service is available at the hotel at a discounted rate of $25/day. Self parking is also available at a city garage across the street for $20/day.

The hotel offers limited shuttle service to the Sacramento Airport. Direct inquiries to the hotel.

The AMTRAK Sacramento Valley Station (401 I Street) is located 5 blocks (0.7 mi) from the hotel.

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