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 2018 conference will be held at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel in South Lake Tahoe, California on October 1st and 2nd, 2018. Festivities will include a dinner on the evening of October 1.




Monday October 1, 2018

1:00 - 1:05 PM     Conference opens: Pledge of Allegiance and opening remarks
                                       Lloyd Bell, Annual Conference Chair

1:05 - 1:20 PM     Welcome Address
                                       Honorable Suzanne Kingsbury, Presiding Judge, El Dorado County Superior Court

1:20 - 1:40 PM     CGJA President's Report on CGJA Activities and State of the Association (and Q&A)
                                      Andi Winters, President, CGJA

1:40 - 1:45 PM     Election Results
                                      Lou Panetta, Chair, Nominations-Elections Committee

                                      Swearing In Officers and Directors
                                      Honorable Suzanne Kingsbury

1:45 - 2:30 PM     Keynote Address:  The State Auditor and the Grand Jury Connection
                                       Paul Navarro, Chief Deputy State Auditor, Operations

2:30 - 2:45 PM     Break

2:45 - 3:25 PM     Presentation of Excellence in Reporting Awards
                                       Barbara Sommer, Chair, Excellence in Reporting Subcommittee

3:25 - 3:35 PM     Break

3:35 - 5:30 PM     Member / Chapter Forum:  The Chapter - Court Partnership
                                      Jim McClary, El Dorado Association Member

5:30 PM                  CGJA Annual Conference adjourns

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      


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

9:00 - 9:10 AM     Annual Conference Resumes

9:10 - 10:00 AM   California's Post-Election Landscape:  A Partly Cloudy Forecast
                                        Dan Walters, CALmatters Columnist

10:00 - 10:50 AM  Panel:  Marijuana Revisited
                                         Vern Pierson, El Dorado County District Attorney
                                         John D'Agostini, El Dorado County Sheriff
                                         Robert St. Pierre, Sergeant, El Dorado County Sheriff's Office

10:50 - 11:05 AM  Break

11:05 - 11:55 AM  Repeat Offenders:  Recidivism and AB 109 (Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011)
                                          Magnus Lofstrom, Policy Director and Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

11:55 - Noon             Conference wrap up (Q&A) and closing remarks
                                          CGJA President 


You may register for the conference online here. To register by mail or email, click here.


HOTEL RESERVATIONS: The Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is still accepting reservations for your attendance at the CGJA Annual Conference.  Their street address is 4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.  The CGJA daily room rate is $129 for a king standard room, or $149 for a two queen bed standard room. To obtain a reservation at these rates, you must call Tiffany Zabaglo directly and explain that you are with the CGJA annual conference. She can be contacted at 530-543-2119.


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Shuttle Service from Reno Airport: For anyone who may be flying into the Reno, Nevada airport and wish to arrange a shuttle to South Lake Tahoe, schedules, prices, and ticketing are available at 

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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