2020 CMTA Annual Conference - Canceled
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Note: First-Time Attendees should contact the CMTA Office at (916) 231-2144 for a promo code to get $25 off their registration.

4/22/2020 to 4/24/2020
When: April 22-24, 2020
8:00 AM
Where: Marriott San Mateo San Francisco Airport
1770 S Amphlett Blvd
San Mateo, California  94402
United States
Contact: (916) 231-2144

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Earlier CMTA leadership shared that they were monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation and especially the challenges to holding the Annual Conference. The CMTA Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel the event.  The health and well-being of our attendees and other participants was key. 

We will be refunding conference registration fees. You will receive a full refund of any hotel deposits booked through CMTA if you call the hotel at







Pre-Conference Session Track One: CMTA Specialized Training (Two-day seminar)

CMTA Specialized Training
Cost $125 both days (Or $100 Wednesday Only)
Tuesday, April 21st
 Wednesday, April 22nd

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm     Investment Policy Workshop
Develop a better understanding of Investment Policy development while learning to identify common trouble spots.

This session will include an in-depth exercise to prepare your policy for successful CMTA certification.

Learning Objectives:   
    1) The importance of Investment Policy statements
    2) Review changes to code; where to look, when and why
    2) Best practices and meeting minimum code requirements
    3) Learn the CMTA Certification Process
    4) Importance of Treasury oversight and how to create one
    5) Review examples of IP use and structure
    6) Engage in the CMTA Certification Process to better understand “why” and how to pass

Deborah M. Higgins, President, Higgins Capital Management
John Johnson, Chief Deputy Treasurer, San Bernardino County

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm    Fraud – Lessons from the Dark Side
In this session, we will discuss the act of Fraud and the 3 key components; 1) Opportunity; 2) Pressure; 3) Rationalization.  The session will include real examples and experiences.

Learning Objectives:
    1) Learn the Fraud signs-- Pressure:
        a) Immediate financial needs
        b) Unrealistic budgetary goals
    2) Learn the Fraud signs--Opportunity
        a) Weak internal controls
        b) Lack of monitoring/review
        C) Employee turnover/Unfilled jobs
    3) Learn the Fraud signs—Rationalization
        a) Because I can
        b) I’ll put it back
        c) I deserve it        

Ernestine Jones, Co-Chair, CMTA Education Committee
Deborah M. Higgins, Co-founder & President, Higgins Capital Management
Raymond L. Higgins, Co-founder & Corporate Strategist, Higgins Capital Management

8:00 am – 10:00 am    Cyber Security

The duties performed by treasury professionals across the State are as diverse as the individuals responsible for doing them. Still, no matter your role, your duty as a steward of public funds is paramount. Join us for a behind the scene look at the economic challenges and financial concerns facing both elected and appointed treasurers and treasury professionals today.

Learning Objectives:
1)    Identify the most pressing economic challenges facing public fund managers.
2)    Compare and contrast the process of developing investment strategies based on your entity’s size, goals and available tools.
3)    Learn about tools and techniques to increase productivity and maximize internal resources

Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Lester Kwok, Financial Crime Squad, Federal Bureau of Investigation

10:00 am – 12:00 pm    California Code and Legislative Update

The federal and state legislative environment will be discussed from both a city and county perspective, as well as CMTA’s current federal and state legislative initiatives.

Learning Objectives:
1)    Understand recent changes and their impact on investment strategy.
2)    Identify current and anticipated initiatives at the federal and state level.
3)    Compare and contrast ways the legislative environment may impact various municipal entities.

Thomas Metz, J.D., MBA, Deputy City Treasurer, City of Palm Desert
John Johnson, Jr., Chief Deputy Treasurer, County of San Bernardino

Pre Conference Session Track Two: Basics of Debt Issuance

Wednesday, April 22nd
Cost $100
Basics of Debt Issuance

Municipal debt has been a tool for public agencies to build infrastructure and capital improvement for over a century. Participants in this program will gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of those involved in each stage of the issuance process. The goal of this program is for attendees to gain a basic understanding of fundamental concepts and who is involved in the process, while equipping them with resources where they can further explore the topics in detail.

8:35 am    Introduction: Basics of Municipal Debt

To provide a framework for subsequent sessions, this session will outline who issues California municipal debt, what is municipal debt, when and why is it issued, and, generally, how municipal debt goes through the issuance process.

9:05 am    Pre-Issuance

Panelists will discuss decisions an issuer makes during the pre-issuance phase, while discussing the roles and responsibilities of those involved. This discussion will include and the importance of aligning financing projects, measuring an issuer’s debt capacity, and the use of a plan of finance. Panelists will also address debt financing options, debt structures, repayment sources, use of bond proceeds, tax limits, and authorizations.

10:30 am     Issuing Municipal Debt

In addition to discussing the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the issuance phase, panelists will provide information on the preliminary official statement, the initial disclosure document used to communicate to market participants and investors when bringing a public offering of municipal securities. Speakers will also address marketing a bond and the two methods of selling municipal bonds, competitive and negotiated.

11:15 am     Post-Issuance

Through the lens of those involved in this stage of the process, this session will outline primary components of the post-issuance phase: continuing disclosure, debt service, and investment of bond proceeds. Speakers will focus on continuing disclosure obligations the issuer undertook while issuing debt, and including requirements established under SEC Rule 15c2-12 and CDIAC reports established in Government Code sections 8855(i) through 8855(k).

Full Conference Registration
*Early Bird Rate Cut-Off: February 12, 2020 / Regular Rate Cut-Off: April 8, 2020

Government Member Early Rate: $325 / Regular Rate: $400
Government Non Member
Save money by becoming a CMTA member and registering at a member rate!
Government membership is $95 per person - Join Online

Early Rate: $475 / Regular Rate: $625
Commercial Member Early Rate: $575 / Regular Rate: $650
Commercial Non Member
Save money by becoming a CMTA member and registering at a member rate!
Commercial membership is $250 per person - Join Online

Regular Rate: $900

Daily Registration*
Daily registration includes all meals and social functions for the day.

*Only available if another person from the same agency has paid full conference registration

Government  Attendee
Wednesday: $225 / Thursday: $225 
Commercial Attendee
Wednesday: $350 / Thursday: $450


As we enter into our 60th year as an association, the California Municipal Treasurers Association (CMTA) Board of Directors has been evaluating its programs and service level commitments to its members to ensure that we continue to deliver on its mission “to lead in promoting and enhancing the fiduciary responsibility and integrity of individuals responsible for public funds.” We value our partnership with our commercial members and understand you participate in CMTA for the opportunity to engage, educate and inform municipal members, and be a solution provider for the agency’s needs.

To ensure we provide value to our commercial members, the CMTA Board has evaluated how to create opportunities to promote commercial partners throughout the year and is excited to offer new options for you to engage and support CMTA and its members.

Click on the Prospectus link below to learn more about new sponsorship options!

Sponsor Form   Prospectus



To help defray some of the cost to attend the Annual Conference, the CMTA Board of Directors is offering to waive the registration fee for any active public agency member whose agency is not able to cover the cost for a member to attend the conference due to budgetary constraints. Please complete the scholarship application at the link below and submit via email to Yelena at yelena@cmta.org.

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, February 13, 2020.

 Vincent Amado Scholarship Application



The 2020 CMTA Annual Conference will be hosted at the newly renovated Marriott San Mateo San Francisco Airport.  Located near downtown San Mateo with its 800+ shops and restaurants, the downtown area is a major entertainment option. The hotel is 15 to 20 miles from many of the great San Francisco attractions and downtown San Francisco. 

Just 8 miles from the San Francisco International Airport, the Marriott offers a complimentary shuttle. The courtesy airport shuttle is available once an hour from 5am- 9pm, seven days a week.

Parking for guests staying overnight at the Hotel is $25.00 per day via self-park or $30.00 for valet parking, and includes in and out privileges. Guests who are attending meetings or visiting overnight guests have (2) parking options: They may self-park at $1.50 per hour; not to exceed $25.00 per day; or they may valet park at $12.50 (0-6 hours) or $30.00 (6-24 hours). Rates are subject to change.

The special CMTA room rate is $239 single/double, plus taxes (currently 12% plus $1.75 tourism fee per night, subject to change). The cut-off date for these special rates is April 1, 2020. Make sure to mention CMTA to receive these rates.  

Reservations may be made by calling the hotel’s reservation line at 866-263-1461 or through online reservations.

Book your group rate for CMTA Annual Conference Room Block

Please note:  A non-refundable first night’s room and tax deposit is due with reservations.  All cancellations will forfeit this deposit regardless of cancellation timeframe.  Name changes are allowed as long as the deposit stays with the reservation.


Conference Registration Cancellation Policy

$25 fee for cancellations received on or before April 8, 2019.  No Refunds after April 8th, you can send a colleague if you cannot attend. All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. 



Multi-Bank Securities, Inc.

Bank of the West

Wells Fargo Bank

Clearwater Analytics

Raymond James

Piper Sandler

Meeder Investment Management

Promontory Interfinancial Network

U.S. Bank

Cantor Fitzgerald

Vining Sparks

Public Trust Advisors, LLC 

Insight Investment




Rogers, Anderson, Malody & Scott LLP


California Municipal Treasurers Association
700 R Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA. 95811
P: 916-231-2144
F: 916-231-2141