Category Archives for "Cohort Contributions"
Shortly after our January 11 VCLA session, I took a trip to Pittsburgh for work. As I write this, I am on Southwest Airlines, flying to Denver on my way back home via Burbank.
In the morning portion of the Local Government focus session, the subjects we covered about city government, county government and special districts may not have a greater available organizational and cultural juxtaposition in America than Continue reading
After a morning focusing on local government in Thousand Oaks, I drove the back way through the agricultural fields of Camarillo, a part of the city unfamiliar to me, and met the rest of the cohort at the Port of Hueneme. Upon arrival, we were greeted by Continue reading
How much water comes from the San Joaquin Valley (ie Sacramento) to support the Metropolitan Water District (serving you, me and the 18.999998 million people in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties)?
They found a way to build the internal combustion engine with 300 horse power and better fuel economy than most cars on the road today whenContinue reading
It seems like only yesterday that I took my seat at Camp Arnaz for Cohort XXIII’s very first session. I remember looking around the room at a sea of unfamiliar faces, not sure what to expect but excited to find out. And now I’m preparing to sit among my fellow cohorts — no longer unfamiliar faces, but instead cherished new friends — at graduation as we conclude Continue reading
It seemed like just yesterday that VCLA Cohort XXIII had gotten together for their first highly anticipated meeting. As we all arrived for our second meeting, the anticipation and anxiety over what to expect had long disappeared. Instead, we were hugging, laughing and looking forward to Continue reading
After much anticipation, the first session finally arrived for all of us in VCLA Cohort XXIII — and it definitely did not disappoint.
In talking with others who have participated in VCLA, I’ve consistently heard two things. First, I’ve been told thatContinue reading
To Camp Arnaz with the September air still crisp and mild,
Went the band of 29 known as VCLA’s Deuces Wild.
Just like the 21 before them, Cohort 22 was eager
To learn the wisdom to help each become a leader.Continue reading