On-Demand Webinars

On-Demand Webinars must be purchased by the individual viewing the course.  Please do not attempt to register someone else for an on-demand webinar. 
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CSDA webinars are offered at no charge to all members in part through the generous support of the Special District Risk Management Authority.

Disclaimer: The information presented in these webinars is considered accurate at the time of the recording but issues and laws are continually evolving and you should seek out the most current information available and consult your own district legal counsel as needed.
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“Opening Up”: How Public Employers Should PrepareOn-Demand Webinar
In the near future, California’s public agencies will begin reestablishing their operations. As you reopen your doors to the public and your employees, you need to be prepared to face challenges on a score of issues, both relating to general safety and the unique status of public employers. Some of the topics we will explore during this webinar include: œWhich safety procedures to adopt to ensure employees returning to work remain safe œHow to handle employee concerns in returning to work, œHow to handle employee concerns with general workplace safety This webinar will help you better understand your options and obligations.

2021 Annual Employment Law Update: Recent Cases and TrendsOn-Demand Webinar
Presenter: Mark Meyerhoff, LCW Legal

This webinar discusses the most critical court decisions and laws impacting special district employers in the past year. Join us as we analyze the newest statutes and court opinions and how these new developments impact your agency. We will also provide practical tips for steps your agency can take to ensure compliance with new legal requirements.

Eligible for SDRMA Credit Incentive Points
2021 Emergency Preparedness Summit: Part 1On-Demand Webinar
Led by USC Sol Price School of Public Policy • Executive Education Forum
In partnership with Southern California Edison Company and California Special Districts Association

Join renowned industry experts and USC Price faculty to bridge the gap between theoretical learning and real-life experience.

Part One topics include:
USC's Approach to Emergency Planning
Management of an Emergency
Senator's Address
Navigator's Assets Pre- and Post-Disaster
2021 Emergency Preparedness Summit: Part 2On-Demand Webinar
Led by USC Sol Price School of Public Policy • Executive Education Forum In partnership with Southern California Edison Company and California Special Districts Association

Join renowned industry experts and USC Price faculty to bridge the gap between theoretical learning and real-life experience.

Part Two topics include:
Developing an Emergency Communication Plan
How to Successfully Implement an Emergency Communication Plan
FEMA Emergency Management Plan and Hazard Mitigation Plan
Emergency Planning Preparedness / Response Plan
2021 Ethics Compliance Training AB1234On-Demand Webinar
Presenters: Trevor Taniguchi and Frank Splendorio, Meyers Nave

This two-hour webinar covers general ethics principles and state laws related to: personal gain by public servants, conflict of interest, bribery and nepotism; gift, travel, and mass mailing restrictions; honoraria, financial interest disclosure and competitive bidding; prohibitions on the use of public resources for personal or political purposes; The Brown Act Open meeting law and The Public Records Act.
2021 Sexual Harassment Prevention TrainingOn-Demand Webinar
This two hour presentation will comply with the requirement of AB 1825 and AB 1661 and cover: what constitutes sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, how to recognize and avoid harassment, what procedures to follow if you witness harassment or are harassed yourself, the potential consequences - including personal liability - of harassment, what constitutes abusive conduct in the workplace in compliance to AB 2053, and orientation, gender identity & gender expression in compliance with SB396.
2021: When Redistricting and the CA Voter Rights Act CollideOn-Demand Webinar
Prepare for the redistricting demands coming your way. What are the costs, benefits, and best practices? Hear the latest developments, opportunities, and trends for special districts related to this challenging and sometimes controversial issue.

A Legislative, Legal and Local Response to PFAS 2021On-Demand Webinar
Christine Carson, Aleshire & Wynder. LLP
Annalisa Kihara and Jeff O'Keefe, State Water Resources Control Board
Patrick Versluis, Orange County Water District
Matt Stone, Santa Carita Valley Water Agency

This session will provide an overview of the regulatory scheme created by AB 756, an overview of pending state and federal level responses to PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) as well as an update of cases pending in the courts related to PFAS.
A Practical Guide for Creating New Board Member OrientationOn-Demand Webinar
New Board members need a good start. An orientation that is comprehensive, factual, and strategic is crucial as they begin their service and provides them with vital information they need. This course is intended for the District administrators to prepare a proper Orientation process and provides many ideas and methods to bring new Board members up to speed as quickly as possible.

Achieving Transparency Isn't as Hard as It SeemsOn-Demand Webinar
If your district is interested in being transparent but you aren't sure where to start (or where transparency ends!), this webinar is for you. We'll demonstrate the various levels of transparency•from the bare minimum required for online compliance in California, to the full transparency certification guidelines from the Special District Leadership Foundation•and share tips and tools that will make achieving transparency easier than you may think.

Addressing Cybersecurity RisksOn-Demand Webinar
Addressing Cybersecurity Risks: Best Practices to Keep Your Special District Secure

No organization is safe from digital privacy and security risks. In this presentation, Best Best & Krieger LLP Privacy & Cybersecurity attorneys Leeann Habte and Glen Price discuss ways special districts can keep their information and personnel safe. They also address current cybersecurity risks, like phishing, device loss or theft and prevention strategies, and organizational risk and insurance and business continuity strategies. In addition, they advise on security incident response plans: what to include and why, and the importance of having the plan in place before an incident incurs.

Approximately 2 hours
Advanced Training in the California Public Records ActOn-Demand Webinar
If you are involved with a special district, you need to understand the scope and application of the California Public Records Act (CPRA) to your agency’s records, including best practices for records retention as well as responding to public records requests. This training is primarily intended for public agency personnel who have some knowledge of and experience with the CPRA, and who are seeking to expand their understanding of the law. However, all public employees at all levels will benefit from this valuable training. We will cover the key aspects of the CPRA, including when an applicable exemption may give an agency the right to not disclose a particular record or portion of a record. The presenters will use case studies to take you through the entire process from the initial records request to retrieval of documents (particularly electronic records) to response options. There will also be updates on recent developments in the interpretation and application of the CPRA. This webinar will keep you and your agency headed in the right direction in order to avoid costly mistakes and potential litigation. Register now to stay current and to stay in compliance.
Ask Me Anything: Brown Act EditionOn-Demand Webinar
Presenters: Alex Mog and Claire Lai, Meyers Nave

The intricacies of the Brown Act provide important, yet often confusing guidelines. Key components of the law include (1) Agenda • development, posting, distribution, content and restrictions, (2) Meeting • definition of meetings, meeting locations and public participation, (3) Closed sessions • permissible topics, confidentiality and notice; and (4) Penalties and remedies for violations. Due to the nature of this presentation, the information provided is meant to be informative of a general nature only and not intended as legal advice. Please consult with an attorney for assistance with a particular issue or problem.

Duration: Approximately 90 minutes.
Ask the Experts: Financing Options for Your DistrictOn-Demand Webinar
Cathrine Lemaire, CSDAFC
Rick Brandis, Brandis Tallman, a Division of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
William Morton, Municipal Finance Corporation
Albert Reyes, Esq., Kutak Rock, LLP

Finding the right financing for your district’s mission critical projects and purchases may seem daunting. It’s good to know the consultants of the CSDA Finance Corporation have answers to your questions! Join us for this free webinar to learn what financing options are available, what might best suit your needs, and what the current market looks like. Plenty of time is allowed for Q & A.

Duration: Approximately 67 minutes.
Avoiding Common Mishaps-The Reasonable Accommodation ProcessOn-Demand Webinar
Presenters: Eric Riss and Nate Kowalski, AALRR Law Firm

The interactive and reasonable accommodation process is rife with potential legal landmines, and employers can incur significant liability when they fail to recognize or avoid them. This session will address common mistakes made by employers when managing workplace accommodations and provide practical perspectives and strategies to reduce legal risk.
AWIA Risk Assessment and Emergency Response PlanOn-Demand Webinar
Presenter: Charlene Kormondy, EPA

During this presentation, USEPA’s Water Security Division will discuss the American Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) which requires each community water system serving a population of greater than 3,300 persons to assess the risks to, and resilience of, its system. The participants will be informed of the tools and resources to assist utilities with developing their Risk and Resilience Assessment and Emergency Response Plan, including the Vulnerability Self- Assessment Tool (VSAT), the Baseline Information on Malevolent Acts for Community Water Systems document, the Small Systems Risk and Resilience Assessment Checklist, and the Emergency Response Plan Template and Instructions. Information will also be provided on how to certify completion of Risk and Resilience Assessments and Emergency Response Plans by the applicable deadlines.
Beyond the Basics: Advanced Harassment Prevention TrainingOn-Demand Webinar
"Advanced harassment prevention training that examines the complicated questions of harassment that are unaddressed during basic harassment training California law requires basic workplace harassment prevention training for managers and supervisors. This is not that training. In this session, we will take a deep dive into the more complicated and advanced questions employers face when dealing with workplace harassment issues, including: œ Promoting a culture that focuses on the prevention of harassment œ Conducting or overseeing an investigation œ Proper interim measures and implementing effective remedial action œ Privacy and confidentiality concerns
Board Secretaries/Clerks Inspiration KnowledgeOn-Demand Webinar
The Board Secretaries / Clerks serving California's public agencies have long been accustomed to juggling multiple priorities and overcoming unfamiliar challenges. However, the new reality of social distancing and uncertain health threats, combined with trying to serve the public virtually, has created the need for a whole new way of working. Join Sandy Geroux, M.S. as she provides a rare opportunity for us to receive inspiration, knowledge-sharing from around the globe on how administrative professionals are helping their leaders and their organizations through this difficult time, as well as group sharing of best practices and examples of how we have been able to turn a bad situation into a WOW experience!

Brown Act PrinciplesOn-Demand Webinar
Presenter: Jenell Van Bindsbergen, Lozano Smith

Brown Act violations, most often unintentional, impede the effective governance of special districts. This workshop will use entertaining hypotheticals to engage participants in a wide-ranging, hands-on overview of the Brown Act to help board members stay in compliance when it comes to closed sessions, public comments, serial meetings and e-Communications. Newly elected and experienced board members alike will be equipped with the tools needed to avoid falling into Brown Act traps.
Budgeting for the COVID-19 RecessionOn-Demand Webinar
The pandemic-induced recession is quickly changing the revenue landscape for public agencies. Responding to the changes requires leaders to understand the extent of their fiscal challenges and formulate strategies to adapt. Strategies include forecasting what the near future might look like, developing solutions to improve the agency’s financial outlook, and communicating both the forecast and the potential solutions to elected officials, employees and the community. This webinar will look at how agencies can begin to formulate future scenarios, options that include cutting costs and increasing revenues, and best ways to engage stakeholders.

California's Climate Adaptation FrameworkOn-Demand Webinar
This webinar will provide CSDA members an overview of the State’s climate adaptation and resilience framework, highlighting key legislation, policy guidance, and resources that can help Special Districts incorporate climate resilience into planning and investment decisions. Participants will walk away with an understanding of key state climate adaptation and resilience resources, including the Adaptation Clearinghouse, the Fourth California Climate Change Assessment, and more. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss some of the key barriers that Special Districts face when to implementing adaptation and resilience efforts.

Cash Flow & Tools for Working Remotely During COVID-19On-Demand Webinar
Join Vanessa Ryan, Anastasia Efstathiu, and Gary W. Rice from Umpqua Bank share tips on working remotely, cash flow during the crisis, and audit tools while working remotely.

Collaborating RemotelyOn-Demand Webinar
Effective collaboration involves communication, relationship building, clear processes and the right tools. When working remotely, good collaboration skills become even more important. Join this webinar to learn strategies, explore tools and examine best practices for collaborating with your co-workers even when you are not co-located.

Completing Your Form 700On-Demand Webinar
Presenter: Diana Varat, RWG Law

This session will help public officials understand their obligations to disclose financial interests under the Political Reform Act. We will walk through the details of the FPPC’s Form 700 (Statement of Economic Interests), providing tips and tricks along the way. In addition, we will provide a brief overview of California’s conflict of interest rules to help public officials understand when they need to seek additional legal advice and abstain from participating in governmental decisions.
CSDA's Value-Added BenefitsOn-Demand Webinar
CSDA membership includes value-added benefits to help you save money, time, and effort. Taking advantage of these discounts and special programs can really boost your bottom line!

Customer Service in the Public SectorOn-Demand Webinar
Unlike many businesses that provide customer service, public service providers are often the only game in town. This customer service training program is designed for public employees who routinely deliver services in the field. This class will explore the Three Dimensions of Service as they apply to your agency: the human dimension, the business dimension, and the hidden dimension.

Developing a Groundwater Sustainability PlanOn-Demand Webinar
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requires Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) to be submitted by Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) during 2020 or 2022, depending on a particular groundwater basin’s prioritization as determined by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). The race is on to develop GSPs by engaging public and private stakeholders; developing enough reliable data for the basin’s “water budget”; and ultimately submitting a sound GSP for evaluation by DWR. The interests of special districts around the state are implicated by serving as GSAs and/or as stakeholders with water supply interests to protect customers’ interests to have safe, reliable water supplies. Hear from our water resources experts about the latest news and how to better ensure SGMA compliance while reducing the risks of costly and extensive groundwater adjudications.

Diversity and Inclusion: Why It Matters for LeadersOn-Demand Webinar
Jenine Jenkins, CPS HR Consulting
Kelly Gonzalez and Traci Farris, Cosumnes Community Services District

This course presents the foundational understanding and importance of diversity and inclusion for leaders. Leaders will explore unconscious bias and how it impacts their environment and work relationships with colleagues and staff. They will discover how their own values, culture and experiences affect interactions with colleagues, attitudes about work, and understanding of workplace values. Leaders will gain a deeper understanding of their role in promoting a diverse and inclusive work environment.
Do You Have the Evidence? Employment DocumentationOn-Demand Webinar
Requirements and strategies for recording employee actions from hire, course of employment, to end of employment.
Do's and Don'ts of Initiative CampaignsOn-Demand Webinar
Presenters: Richard D. Pio Roda and Amanda Cusick, Meyers Nave

The Secretary of State of California publishes a Statewide Initiative Guide to provide an understanding of the procedures and requirements for preparing and circulating initiatives, filing sections of the petition and complying with procedures for verifying signatures. Join Richard D. Pio Roda, Principal in Meyers Nave’s Municipal and Special District Law Practice Group, as he reviews the Do’s and Don’ts of the entire initiative campaign process for Special District employees and elected officials including how to provide impartial and unbiased information to constituents regarding ballot measures.
Dude, My Boss is a MillennialOn-Demand Webinar
The term “Millennial” may bring a couple other phrases to mind: “Is this gluten-free?” and “What’s your WiFi password? I need to post this on Instagram.” Here’s another phrase that should come to mind: “Future leaders.” During this presentation, we will discuss the changing face of management under Millennials and challenges encountered by Millennials as managers. We will also address the unique challenges public employers face in attracting, retaining, and growing new talent, including: (1) The current wave of retirements; (2) Employers’ desire for experienced candidates; and (3) Compensation and the steadily increasing cost of living. Finally, we will explore strategies for effectively transitioning Millennials into management roles in the multi-generational workplace.

Employee Privacy- Is There Really Such a Thing? On-Demand Webinar
Technology has fundamentally changed the workplace.Ê One of the most significant changes concerns employee privacy issues.Ê This seminar will cover the law on employee privacy, employment policies and best practices.Ê We will also discuss the issues that exist for public employees who conduct public business on personal devices.
Exercising Legislative AuthorityOn-Demand Webinar
Join us for this informative webinar to learn about the legislative powers of a special district Board of Directors, including: the difference between an ordinance and resolution, the procedures for consideration and adoption of both, the role of special district legal counsel, common problems and suggested remedies associated with legislative actions, and recommendations to make your Board into effective legislators.

Fiscal Year End PlanningOn-Demand Webinar
The worst time of year for many finance officers comes from July to December of every fiscal year. Not only is it such a pro-longed time period for continuous pressure that causes burn-out for so many, it can be even more complicated given the likely lack of resources that many finance administrations face. This lecture will prepare finance officers on how to be prepared for unanticipated problems that come up during the year end closing process, including a suggested strategy for achieving your deliverables month-by-month. Participants will also be presented with action items that can be accomplished during the fiscal year to make the year-end process less complicated.

Fraud Environment - Tips for Detection and Controls SurveyOn-Demand Webinar
This webinar will discuss the fraud environment that special districts can face. We will also look at ways you can prevent or detect these frauds as well as ideas on how to strengthen internal controls. We will discuss techniques and profiles of a typical fraudster.
Gender Identity Issues in the WorkplaceOn-Demand Webinar
In 2017 Governor Brown officially made ´Non-Binary’ a choice. What is this and how does this term affect your agency? What are Gender Rights? It is critical in 2018 that all Public Agency’s update their Personnel Manuals to include these new Gender Terms.
General Manager EvaluationsOn-Demand Webinar
One of the key roles of an elected board is good performance management of the General Manager/Executive. There are some specific approaches to this task that boards need to know. This course covers them in a clear and concise way, getting to the bottom of many of the common mistakes while providing a complete step-by-step approach for accomplishing this critical responsibility of the board. This class is valuable for board members, board presidents and managers looking for a fair, professional, and balanced executive level evaluation.
Getting Oriented: Resources for New Board MembersOn-Demand Webinar
In your role in the governing body of a special district, you’ll want to know where to turn for information and resources. Attend this complimentary webinar to learn how CSDA can help you best serve your community.

Good GovernanceOn-Demand Webinar
Every board wants to govern well. It's about serving the public well. This course offers the perspective of a seasoned decision maker and consultant that will make you consider best practices of good governance for special districts; what your role is and what it's not, where the lines get drawn, and where to be careful. Every board member should watch this concise primer on good governance. This course is meant to provide best practices for all board members both new and experienced.
Governments Engaging YouthOn-Demand Webinar
Engaging today's youth in local government offers a variety of benefits for both the youth and local government staff involved. Youth-civic engagement programs offer youth real life civic learning opportunities, teach 21st century skills, and expose them to public sector careers. This workshop will highlight successful youth-civic engagement programs and offer insight on how local governments can partner with their local school districts to replicate similar programs that actively engage youth.

Holding Public Meetings During COVID-19On-Demand Webinar
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed the way special district boards conduct meetings. Videoconferencing has become the norm and certain provisions of the Brown Act that would otherwise prohibit or limit its use have been rendered inapplicable by executive order. Yet, board meetings remain subject to certain procedural rules guaranteeing public participation. Learn how to ensure that public participation is protected when using videoconferencing.
How and Why Special Districts Need to be Involved in LAFCOOn-Demand Webinar
A webinar providing a practical, informative discussion of the key provisions of the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Act, how LAFCOs work on the ground, and how and why special districts will benefit from being informed and active participants with LAFCO. Taught by two City Attorneys with significant LAFCO experience, including representing applicants before LAFCOs and advising LAFCOS as General Counsel, this workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the LAFCO process, why it is important, and will prepare Board Members and staff to be ready for their district to appear before a LAFCO — both as applicants and subjects of LAFCO proceedings, such as when a special district seeks to expand or activate a latent service power or when a rival district initiates a forced dissolution or consolidation, and as Special District Representatives on LAFCO Boards.

How Debt Intercept Enhances CollectiblesOn-Demand Webinar
The California State Association of Counties has joined with the National Association of Counties to develop CalTRECS- the California Tax Refund Exchange and Compliance System to help counties and other municipalities collect outstanding debts in a timely, cost-effective manner through streamlining of the Franchise Tax Board Interagency Intercept Program. Any county, city, or special district can submit their delinquencies of $10 or more for offset against pending state personal income tax refunds, unclaimed property tax payments, and lottery winnings. Tax refund intercept programs have been extremely beneficial to local government agencies across the United States to recover revenue and increase collections. The CalTRECS clearinghouse provides SSN lookup and validation function, an automated voice response system for debtor queries, a helpline for technical assistance to the agencies, and modification of the FTB reconciliation files for ease of use.

How Social Should Special Districts Be?On-Demand Webinar
Using real life stories, statistics and experience, we’ll explore some of the potential, and the potential pitfalls, of using social media as a special district. If you’re bewildered by social media options and their potential impact on your district (or if you’re already challenged with trying to keep up your agency’s social media content), this talk is for you. And if you’re successfully using social media, bring your stories! We’ll go over the most prevalent options, strengths/weaknesses and considerations for each, and potential pitfalls to watch for. We’ll also look at agencies who have to co-exist with community generated social media “district” pages that aren’t in the control of the district, and give examples of social media being done well, and done poorly.

Implementing an Electronic Content Management SystemOn-Demand Webinar
Learn everything you need to know to create an electronic repository that your employees will love. Learn how to get buy-in, evaluate competing tools, create a useful file structure, and ensure adoption. This webinar will cover steps in implementing an electronic content management system including: gaining support, creating a project plan, selecting a platform, creating a file structure, security and access, internal scanning programs vs contracted scanning, and training.

Independent Contractors, Dynamex, and AB5On-Demand Webinar
Presenters: Eric Riss and Nate Kowalski, AALRR Law Firm

Beginning January 1, 2020 dramatic changes took effect that dictated how employers classify workers - as employees or independent contractors. The ruling in Dynamex and AB5 affected nearly every industry sector throughout the California landscape. Join us to discuss the parameters of the ABC test, industry exemptions, and when the Borello factors come back into play when classifying your workforce. Learn best practices on how to meet these new requirements and avoid the pitfalls of misclassification.
Is Your District "Recession Ready?"On-Demand Webinar
Presenter: Che Johnson, LCW Legal

This session will identify steps you can take to prepare, policies to review/update, and bargaining items that may require thoughtful strategy before another recession gets here. Lessons learned from the Great Recession will be shared to help avoid pitfalls and provoke a thoughtful discussion in your district in advance of difficult financial times.
Keys to CSDA's Sample Policy HandbookOn-Demand Webinar
Join us in exploring our current collection of sample policies and find out what’s in the pipeline.

Litigation Lessons Learned From 2020On-Demand Webinar
Presenter: Elizabeth Arcie, LCW Legal

2020 was unlike any year we have experienced. COVID-19, civil unrest and political polarization, among other things, impacted the workplace in ways we could not have imagined. Now, these events have started to shape the type of litigation special districts will be dealing with in the coming years. We will discuss emerging litigation trends such as disability claims, reasonable accommodation obligations, First Amendment and free speech challenges, social media freedoms and more. We will also discuss how districts can mitigate the risk of these types of claims.

Eligible for SDRMA Credit Incentive Points.
Managing Employees Through a PandemicOn-Demand Webinar
Public Agency employers throughout California have experienced a tremendous amount of change in the last 30 days. Keeping up with the evolving local, state and federal statutes can be a full-time job. Whether you are managing a workforce that is still reporting for work, working from home, or maybe some of both • you need to know how all of these changes are going to impact your agency and employees. Not only will we cover the changes required by law, but for agencies with union representation, we will also identify which changes need to be bargained before they can be implemented.