Navigating Through the Fog: A Naval Officer’s Lessons on Leading Teams

  A viscous fog engulfed us as the ship slowly settled on its course into San Diego Harbor. As the Navigator, it was my duty to ensure the safe navigation of our ship by giving the Officer of the Deck (OOD) course and speed recommendations.  The visual landmarks on which we usually depended were completely […]

The Value of MMANC: An Interview with City Manager Mark Prestwich

Mark Prestwich has been working in progressively responsible local government positions for nearly two decades and was appointed to his first City Manager position with the City of Nevada City in June 2014.  Mark earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from CSU, Fullerton and Masters in Public Policy & Administration from CSU, Long Beach.  […]

Made in the Midwest: An Interview with Erin Steffen

Erin Steffen has been working in local government for several years and considers it a natural fit for her passion for helping others as well as her desire to implement positive change in her community. She currently serves as an Administrative Analyst for the City of Dublin. While completing her graduate degree in the Midwest, […]

Workshop on Team Leadership Set for Santa Rosa on July 16

Being a leader, especially in local government, is not easy. As many agency decisions are based on group-decision making, it is crucial that effective leaders develop the skills needed to manage a team. Join Municipal Management Association of Northern California (MMANC)’s Region 2 as they host this session on Team Leadership!  It will be held […]

Come to the Capital: MMANC Annual Conference Registration Opens

Early-bird registration for the 2015 MMANC Annual Conference has opened!  The annual event draws over 250 local government professionals each year.  This year’s conference theme is “Creating Connections” and returns to the Embassy Suites – Sacramento Riverfront Promenade from Wednesday, October 14 through Friday, October 16. This year’s conference is jam-packed with engaging sessions, riveting […]

Summer Symposium to Focus on Communicating Your Message in a Fast-paced, Ever-changing Era

Tracy Grand Theatre for the Arts

The Municipal Management Association for Northern California (MMANC) is hosting another signature event, the Summer Signature Symposium. The annual signature event will be held in the City of Tracy at the Grand Theatre Center for Arts on Thursday, July 9, 2015.  The City of Tracy is proud to host the event at the spectacular venue. The […]

Sometimes “The Happiest Place on Earth” Can Get “Grumpy”: A Reflection on Customer Service

The Happiest Place on Earth

ORIGINAL CONTENT   Last month my family and I spent a few days at “The Happiest Place on Earth.” By nearly every account, Disneyland was just that. Our time was filled with cheerful celebration, wild imagination, and endless entertainment. My parents traveled with my husband and me, along with our two daughters. My eldest daughter, […]

Hayward Mayor Proposes ‘Work-at-home, Skip-a-shower Day’

Mayor Barbara Halliday said she has been known to forsake a shower, but only if she plans to spend the entire day at home. The idea is just another of many for residents to conserve water during the state’s enduring drought. “Maybe we can start a stay-at-home, work-at-home, skip-a-shower day?” Halliday joked Tuesday night as […]

Yolo County Administrator to Headline Cal-ICMA Webinar on Strategic Planning

Second in the series of six complimentary webinars hosted by MMANC partner Cal-ICMA is a webinar on the topic of ‘Best Practices in Strategic Planning and Action’ to be held on April 1, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.  Yolo County Administrator Patrick Blacklock will be one of the featured presenters. The session is being co-hosted by Cal-ICMA and the […]