Capitol Day 2018

CMUA | Friday, January 26th, 2018






Pre-registration is now closed.  You can register onsite and pay with debit/credit card or check.  Registration for all ticket types onsite is $225.


CMUA Capitol Day 2018
Monday, January 29, 2018 / 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Sheraton Grand Hotel
1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA

Registration – $175



CMUA’s Board of Governors and Legislative Committee invite you to join with other water and electric utility leaders and staff at CMUA’s Annual Capitol Day on January 29, 2018, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA.

Take part in advocating on the critical issues facing California’s publicly owned utilities, including water conservation and water use efficiency, Low-Income Rate Assistance, and funding for safe drinking water solutions, Renewable Portfolio Standards, CAISO Regionalization, Wildfire Mitigation and Mandates, and more.  This is a prime opportunity for you to inform and influence your state lawmakers.

As a publicly owned utility leader, you know the value of water and electricity.  Every day you’re involved in delivering safe drinking water and affordable electricity to the residents in your communities.  Take advantage of this event and share your community’s story with your legislative leaders through scheduled one-on-one meetings.  Rally around the critical issues facing the state’s publicly owned utilities and deliver our collective message that California’s residents deserve safe drinking water and affordable electricity.

Who should attend?

  • General Managers and Heads of Utilities
  • Senior Level Managers
  • Government Relations Staff
  • Legislative and Regulatory Staff
  • Public Relations and Communications Staff


If this is your first CMUA Capitol Day, be sure and attend Lobbying 101 which is included in the morning legislative briefing session.  Discover how the legislative process works and how you can help shape a bill.  

Learn about CMUA’s priorities and the talking points you will need to communicate these priorities to your legislators.

Hear from key legislators as they share their insights into the water and energy issues that will dominate the 2018 legislative year.

Keynote Lunch Speaker


Kim Craig, Deputy Cabinet Secretary
California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

Kim Craig, Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. represents the Administration on water-related 
issues including activities within the State Water Resources Control Board and Department of Water Resources. Prior to this appointment Ms. Craig served as special assistant in the Office of California State Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins. She was an advocate at KP Public Affairs from 2012 to 2014, chief of staff in the Office of California State Assemblymember Toni G. Atkins from 2010 to 2012 and deputy chief of staff in the Office of California State Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny from 2005 to 2010.



Assemblymember Frank Bigelow (confirmed)



Assemblymember Chris Holden (confirmed)



Assemblymember Blanca E. Rubio (confirmed)



Senator Robert Hertzberg (invited)



Steven Moore, Vice Chair, State Water Resources Control Board (confirmed)



President’s Reception*

CMUA’s President Arlen Orchard (General Manager and CEO, SMUD) invites you to attend CMUA’s Capitol Day President’s Reception on January 29, 2018, 5:00 – 6:30 pm in the Magnolia Room at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.  State legislators and elected officials will be invited along with utility member leaders and staff to spend the evening networking and building relationships.


*Fair Political Practices Commission regulations require that personal invitations cannot come from CMUA legislative staff.  Formal invitations will be delivered from the President of CMUA to the legislature.



EVENT SCHEDULE – Download schedule here

Time Event   Location
8:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Desk Open   Sheraton Grand – Atrium
8:00 – 9:30 am Continental Breakfast   Sheraton Grand – Magnolia Room
9:30 – 9:45 am Welcome and Opening Remarks   Sheraton Grand – Magnolia Room
9:45 – 10:00 am Lobbying 101   Sheraton Grand – Magnolia Room
10:00 – 10:30 am Issue Briefings   Sheraton Grand – Magnolia Room
10:30 – 10:45 am Break    
10:45 – 11:45 am Legislative Briefings   Sheraton Grand – Magnolia Room
12:00 – 1:00 pm Keynote Lunch   Sheraton Grand – Magnolia Room
1:00 – 4:00 pm Legislative Visits   State Capitol
5:00 – 6:30 pm President’s Reception   Sheraton Grand – Magnolia Room



This event is open to all CMUA member utilities including their staff, members of their governing body, elected officials, and legislative and regulatory representatives (lobbyists and consultants).  Registration paid in full is required for entry to any portion of the event.  ID required for check-in.



Early Bird Registration Fee: $175 until January 24 for all ticket types (includes all materials, sponsored events and meals) 
Onsite Registration Fee: $225 after January 24 for all ticket types (includes all materials, sponsored events and meals)

Payment Options: CMUA accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Checks.  Purchase Orders will be accepted from state agencies only and the PO number must be included in the online registration.

Cutoff Date: Online registration is open until Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at 5:00 pm.  After this date, registration will be available onsite and at an increased rate of $225.

Onsite Registration: Onsite registration will open on the day of the event at 8:00 am and payment will be accepted by credit or debit card, check, or purchase order (state agencies only).  Registration must be paid in full to gain entry to any portion of the event.  Onsite registration rate is $225 for all ticket types.

Refund & Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations with full refund will be accepted until Sunday, January 21, 2018.  After that date, no refunds will be issued.  However, you may send a substitute at any time without additional charge.




Sheraton Grand Hotel
1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA  95814
(916) 447-1700





Event Hotel Accommodations – The CMUA room block at the Sheraton Grand Hotel has sold out.  
If you would like to to inquire about room and rate availability, you can contact the hotel directly at 800-325-3535.

Alternative Accommodations

Downtown Sacramento Hotels

  • Inn Off Capitol Park (916) 447-8100
  • Delta King Hotel (916) 444-5464
  • The Inn & Spa at Parkside (916) 658-1818
  • Holiday Inn (916) 446-0100
  • Holiday Inn Express (888) 465-4329
  • Hyatt Regency Downtown (916) 443-1234
  • Residence Inn by Marriott (916) 443-0500
  • Sheraton Grand Hotel (916) 447-1700
  • Marriott Citizen Hotel (916) 447-2700

West Sacramento Hotels

  • Hampton Inn & Suites (916) 374-1909
  • Holiday Inn Express (916) 372-6900
  • Ramada West Hotel & Suites (916) 371-2100


Sheraton Grand Parking
The Sheraton Grand Hotel offers both valet and self parking.  Currently, valet parking is $32 per day and includes in/out privleges.  Self parking is available in a city owned lot on the corner of J Street and 13th.  The current city rate for parking in the garage is $25 per day and does NOT include in/out privleges.  These rates are subject to change without notice.

Airport – The closet airport is Sacramento International Airport located approximately 20 miles from the hotel.  Super Shuttle, Universal Limo, Taxi, Uber, and Lyft services are available at the airport and can be accessed from the ground transporation area outside of the baggage claim area.

AMTRAK – The Amtrak Station is located within a short walking distance (.5 miles) and is serviced by local taxi, Uber and Lyft using the appropriate mobile device app.

Rental Car – Service is available at the airport from all major rental car companies.

Americans with Disabilities Act
If you have a disability and require special assistance (including dietary restrictions), please include this information on the registration page in the space provided.


Have Questions?  Call our office at 916-326-5800 or email


*Fair Political Practices Commission regulations require that personal invitations cannot come from CMUA legislative staff.  Formal invitations will be delivered from the President of CMUA to the legislature.