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California Senior Legislature



July 19, 2011



Please review the information provided below carefully. This news edition is designed to keep you informed about the latest on planning for the upcoming Annual Legislative Session.  


Policy Committee choices are coming into the CSL office.  If you have not sent in your completed Policy Committee Selection Form , please send it in since it is a "first come, first served" process. The Policy Committee choices are:  Finance and Insurance, Health, Housing and Transportation, Social and Community Services, and State and Local Government. You can FAX your completed form to the CSL office using the FAX number: (916) 552-8013. 


Thank you to Sherry Jenkins who served as our Annual Session Planning Coordinator over the past three months. Sherry was helpful to Crystal Wallace, our new Office Technician in getting started on the various tasks associated with  planning and preparing for the annual session. Crystal will now take over the session planning work, and with support from the Joint Rules Session Planning sub-committee members, volunteers and our consultant, will serve as the main contact for you on any session-related questions. Crystal can be reached by calling the office at (916) 552-8056, or via e-mail at cwallace@seniorleg.ca.gov


Don't forget to take an advertisement in the October 2011 Program Session Book. The Ad Form is also available on the web site. Thanks to all of you for your ongoing support and participation in the October 2011 Annual Session!    




Joe Cox, Chair

Session Planning Sub-Committee


Joint Rules Committee Executive Committee Meeting

The JRC Executive Committee will meet on August 8, 2011 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in Sacramento. Joe Cox, Chair of the Session Planning Sub-Committee will also be in attendance. The August 8th Agenda is available here and also on the web site at www.4csl.org.  


The JRC meetings are held in barrier-free facilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Important Notes on Annual Session Planning     


We discovered a few errors in the letter that went out to members dated June 22, 2011. Check out the latest and most accurate information below. We are updating our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section in every Session Update and News Edition.  



Call the Hyatt Regency located at 1209 L Street in Sacramento.  You can make your reservations  by calling 1-800-233-1234 and be sure to mention code G-CASE to receive our discount.  


CSL has reserved 90 rooms. A very limited number of rooms are available for early arrival (Sunday evening, October 23rd). You will need special approval for early arrival from the Chair of the Joint Rules Committee. This is required in order for reimbursement. Call Crystal Wallace at (916) 552-8056, to help with that process.  


You have until October 1, 2011 to reserve your room. The rate is only $84 plus applicable tax for both single and double occupancy rooms this year at the Hyatt Regency. 


Members will be reimbursed for expenses, such as lodging.    


**If you are having trouble reserving a room at the Hotel - please call the office so that we can help resolve any problems.      



Airport transportation is available via Super Shuttle for approximately $14.00 one way and $28.00 round trip.  You can call 1-800-BLUEVAN for details and more information.



Self parking is $17.00 and Valet parking is $25.00.  As always, receipts will be needed for reimbursement.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q- Where and when is registration held?

A- Beginning at 9:30 am - 1:00 pm on Monday, October 24th on the fourth floor of the Capitol Building as usual. 


Q- If I don't attend one of the Dinner Banquets scheduled on October 24th, 25th and 26th, can I still be reimbursed for dinner expenses somewhere else on those evenings?

A- No. The Banquets are arranged as part of the Session and for CSL member's benefit. You are not required to attend, but you will not be reimbursed for the evening meal at another location.


Q- Can the CSL office book my airline reservations?

A- Yes, please contact Crystal Wallace at (916) 552-8056 to reserve your flight.  


Q- If I reserve my own air flight, can I use a company like Priceline or one like that?

A- No. State Rules dictate that you cannot use those kind of companies.


Q- Can my spouse come to the Session with me?

A- Yes, but their expenses CANNOT be reimbursed.  However, if your spouse would like to volunteer, they will get free lunch and free banquet dinners for every day they volunteer.  


Q- Can I share a room with another member and be reimbursed?  

A- You must have a RECEIPT IN YOUR NAME for your portion of the room in order to be reimbursed according to state rules. DO NOT walk away from the hotel reception desk until you double check the name on your room receipt.


Q- How do you volunteer to help at the session?

A- We love volunteers! Just fill out the Volunteer Response Form Be sure to fill it out completely and send in by August 26, 2011.


If you have any questions or suggestions for this year's Annual Legislative Session, please call CSL at (916) 552-8056 or email Crystal Wallace at cwallace@seniorleg.ca.gov or csl@seniorleg.ca.gov 

Honoring Volunteers at the Annual Session


The Moira Jackson Award and the Special Volunteer Recognition Award nomination forms were mailed out on June 22, 2011 as part of the October 2011 Session information packet. Please take a few minutes to consider nominating an outstanding CSL member for one or both of these awards. Nomination forms are due August 19, 2011.  You can mail in your nomination form, or FAX your form to (916) 552-8013. 

Hotel List!


Here is a LIST of the Hotels in the Sacramento area. You are invited to reserve a room at one of the local hotels. You are not required to stay at the Hyatt Regency.