Annual Conference

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 2019 Annual Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton - Sacramento Riverfront Promenade on November 3rd and 4th, 2019.  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.

The theme for this years' 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.

2019 CGJA Annual Conference

Improving Grand Jury Awareness Throughout California

Embassy Suites, Sacramento Riverfront Promenade

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:  Government Accountability as a Cornerstone of Democracy
        Betty Yee, California State Controller

2:15 2:30PM:    CGJA President's Report on CGJA Activities and the State of the Association (with Q&A)
        Larry Herbst, President, CGJA   

2:30 2:40 PM:    Election Results  
        Lloyd Bell, Chair, Nominations-Elections Committee  

        Swearing in Officers and Directors    

2:403:35 PM:    Presentation of Excellence in Reporting Awards
        Barbara Sommer, Chair, Excellence in Reporting Subcommittee

        Presentation of Certificates of Special Recognition 
        Joann Landi, Chair, Awards Committee        

3:35 3:50 PM:    Break

3:50 4:50 PM:    Public Relations Committee Panel: Promoting Grand Jury Awareness Locally and Statewide
        Jim Ragan, Chair, Public Relations Committee

4:50 PM:    CGJA Annual Conference Recesses

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   

7:30 8:45 AM      Chapter Officers and Members Meeting - Steamboat Room
        Jim Ragan, former 6-year President of SLO Former Grnd Jurors' Association and Chair, Membership Relations and Public Relations Committees, Moderator    

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

9:10 10:00 AM:    California League of Bond Oversight Committees (CaLBOC):  Improving Grand Jury Awareness
        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: Membership Relations Committee 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


You may register for the conference online here  -OR-  to register by mail or email click here.


HOTEL RESERVATIONS:  The Embassy  Suites Sacramento-Riverfront Promenade is now accepting reservations for your attendance at the CGJA Annual Conference. Their street address is 100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, California 95814.

You may make your hotel reservation in either of two ways:

Call the hotel directly at 916-326-5000 and ask for the California Grand Jurors' Association Conference discount rate.
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.

For a list of things to do in the Sacramento area, click here.

For attractions in Old Town Sacramento near the hotel, click here or insert in your web browser.

Please direct all queries or suggestions about the annual conference to Lloyd Bell, Annual Conference Chair.

Transcripts of Conferences since 2006 can be found in the December issue of the Grand Jurors' Journal  for that year which contains a summary of the conference of that year. Go to Journal Archives to find these editions.

Transcripts of Conferences held prior to 2007 are archived here.

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