Founding Partner Jon Holtzman secured three speaking engagements in December and January, starting with a presentation at the League of California Cities’ Municipal Finance Institute (MFI) on Dec. 12.

Jonathan Holtzman

Founding Partner Jon Holtzman

Mr. Holtzman delivered a session entitled “The 20 Most Important Numbers to Generate for Labor Negotiations” on the second day of the conference. Alongside Adam Benson, the city of Oakland’s budget administrator, he discussed the best practices for generating and displaying key metrics for these negotiations, touching on complex multi-year forecasting and the increased importance of comparability data under state law.

“Through my practice, I’m committed to helping public agencies address structural problems related to pensions, benefits, and other fiscal topics,” said Mr. Holtzman. “I enjoyed sharing some of my takeaways from my decades operating in the municipal finance world at MFI as well as learning more from other presenters and attendees about the biggest fiscal issues cities are facing today.”

Jon Holtzman and Ryan McGinley-Stempel at IPMA

Jon Holtzman (left) and Ryan McGinley-Stempel (center) at IPMA.

MFI is an annual conference organized by the League of California Cities that seeks to further the professional education of finance officers, city treasurers, city managers and all city staff that conduct work relevant to finance. This year’s conference, which took place on December 11 and 12 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, offered attendees ten different sessions covering a variety of topics in municipal finance.

Ryan McGinley-Stempel

Senior Associate Ryan McGinley-Stempel

Mr. Holtzman continued his speaking appearances at a legal update training for the International Public Management Association (IPMA)’s Central California chapter on the morning of January 15, 2020. Mr. Holtzman joined RPLG Senior Associate Ryan McGinley-Stempel to discuss the legislative changes affecting human resource professionals in 2020. IPMA expected over 50 attendees representing 20 agencies at this event.

On January 31, he spoke at the Rains Lucia Stern Labor Symposium at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. This full-day event, which offered attendees five hours of general MCLE credit if they attend all sessions, provided insight about labor management.

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