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Congratulations Sabrina Thomas, The New 2017 SCBA President!

Happy 2017 to you and yours! We are thrilled to start the year with some good news: the team at Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai is proud to congratulate our own Sabrina Thomas, the 2017 President of the Sacramento County Bar Association!

Sabrina takes on this esteemed role after years of leadership in SCBA, including seven years on the Board of Directors, most recently as First Vice President in 2016. Sabrina joined Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai in 2010 as senior counsel in the Sacramento office, specializing in employment law and litigation, workplace investigations, discrimination claims, and retirement law. Prior to joining the firm, Sabrina worked for CalPERS’ legal office, and for private law firms in San Francisco and Boston.

Starting her presidency off strong, Sabrina has vowed to use this leadership role to strengthen the SCBA’s outreach to the community, and increase the diversity of its members.

Congratulations, Sabrina—Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai is proud to have you on our team.

Don’t miss us at CalPELRA 2016!

Exhibit Booth

Visit us at booth #30 located in the Marriott. Stop by and drop off your business card to win a Portable Battery charger for smart phones and Ipods.

RSHS Sessions

Wednesday Nov 2; 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM ; Marriott, Ferrantes Bay View (10th Floor)

Getting To Yes… Or No Internally: Tips For Creating A Process To Identify Your Decision-Makers In Negotiations
Allyson Hauck

Wednesday Nov 2, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM; San Carlos 2

Getting Ready For The Big One (And All The Little Ones): Disaster Preparedness For Human Resources 
Jonathan Holtzman

Wednesday Nov 2, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM; San Carlos 2

Managing Workplace Investigations To Avoid Legal Challenges
Jeff Sloan

Thursday, Nov 3, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM; Portola

Carving Out A Better Solution: The Alternative To Workers’ Compensation That’s Working
Jim Libien

Thursday, Nov 3, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM; San Carlos 4

Mediation As An Art Form: How Mediation Gets To Agreement
Jonathan Holtzman

Thursday, Nov 3, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM; De Anza 3

What City Managers Want From Their Human Resources Directors / What City Managers Need From Their Human Resources Directors
Bob Deis

Friday, Nov 4, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM; Ferrantes Bay View (10th floor) (Marriott)

On Strike! The Nuts And Bolts Of Responding To A Public Employee Strike
Erich Shiners and Timothy Yeung


MMANC 2016 Annual Conference

This year at MMANC Partner Allyson Hauck and Of Counsel Judith Propp will be co-presenting a session on Contract Negotiations and PMG Consultant Bob Deis and Allyson will be presenting a session on the impact City Managers can have on their City.

Negotiating Contracts for Employment and Services in the Public Sector.
Monday, October 10, 2016, 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Negotiating contracts – outside of labor negotiations – is an important aspect of government administration. From negotiating employment contracts with high-level unrepresented employees to negotiating contracts for services with consultants and Joint Powers Authorities, it is important to create a clear understanding of expectations of the contractual relationship and the development and negotiation of the contract provides that opportunity. The negotiation of the agreement is often the first opportunity your agency has to interact and work together with the contracting party.
This session will provide an opportunity to learn pitfalls to avoid to protect your agency and best practices to ensure you get the contractual relationship off to the right start.
Nina Morris Collins, Human Resources Director, City of Hayward
Allyson Hauck, Partner, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP

If City Managers Ruled the World
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

The premise for this presentation is taken from Benjamin Barber’s book, “If Mayors Ruled The World”. He says that our country’s cities are the key to good governance in our country largely due to the role of Mayor’s in cities. He believes that Mayors are largely unburdened by partisan politics, must demonstrate a non-partisan pragmatic style of solving problems and earn the trust of the citizenry.
Can CM’s fulfill the same role? Our premise is, yes! And the panel explains how the City Manager and office can do this by examining case studies e.g. Concord, Stockton and Oxnard, CA. They range from a case that exemplifies the “non-partisan pragmatic style of solving problems” (Concord) to a complete transformation back to good governance (Stockton).
The panel will discuss how City Managers and staff can effectuate change in an era of rising personnel costs, labor unrest and political challenges by evaluating and rethinking organizational cultures and norms, rebuilding basic systems, planning strategically, stepping outside your comfort zone and reflecting the leadership required to make change happen in a challenging environment.
Bob Deis, Senior Consultant, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai
Jovan Grogan, Deputy City Manager, City of Concord
Allyson Hauck, Partner, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai

2016 RSHS Presentations at the League of CA Cities Annual Conference

The 2016 League of CA Cities Annual Conference is this week! This year’s conference will be taking place in Long Beach and RSHS has two sessions, on Thursday October 6th. Make sure you stop by for these hot topic sessions.

 2016 Trends in Labor Relations
Thursday, Oct 6, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Receive an in-depth look at labor negotiations from the perspective of finance and human resources professionals. Learn about trends in labor relations for 2016 and offer insight into preparing for and presenting persuasive data during labor negotiations. Hear about tactics for protecting vital services in the face of rising personnel expenditures, and revisit strategies that control costs while investing in human resources.

Charles Sakai, Managing Partner, Renne Sloan, Holtzman, Sakai
Burke Dunphy, Senior Consultant, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP
Joseph Lopez, Deputy City Manager, City of Modesto

Crisis Management for Officer Involved Shootings
Thursday, Oct. 6, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.

City leaders and top law-enforcement officials will provide critical information necessary to respond and take appropriate action in the wake of officer-involved shootings and other high profile use of force incidents. Receive an overview of best practices, including handling media at the scene and in the aftermath; providing stress management to the officers on the scene and agency employees; pros and cons of outsourcing the investigation; what public comments may be made prior to, during and after the investigation; compliance with Public Safety Officers’ Procedural Bill of Rights (including scope of information that may be publicly disclosed); and building equity with community stakeholders.

Steven Shaw, Partner, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP
Howard Jordan, Retired Police Chief, Renne Sloan Holtzman and Sakai LLP |
Johnna Watson, Officer, Oakland Police
Scott Whitney, Assistant City Manager, Oxnard