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L.B. Officials to Talk About City Management at Speaker Series

Published: December 1, 2010

Two officials from the City of Long Beach will lead an interactive discussion on “Inside City Management: A Discussion of the Structure and Practice of Long Beach City Management” at the next CSULB Notable Speaker Series event on Thursday, Dec. 2, beginning at 7 p.m. in Room 139A of the College of Business Administration Building.

David Gonzalez, Long Beach’s leadership and organizational development manager, and Tom Modica, the city’s manager of government affairs, will explore how the City of Long Beach is managed – from the structure of city government to city management practices. The discussion will go over how municipal government functions, the nature of the city’s relationships with other regional, state and federal agencies and the intricacies of municipal finances.

The two officials will also engage in a discussion of what it takes to be a part of the city’s management team and how the city prepares and trains municipal managers.

In his role within the city’s Department of Human Resources, Gonzalez facilitates employee relations, communications and employee development for city employees. His role also includes serving as the department’s administrative manager, handling the department’s annual $7.9 million budget and finances.

Gonzalez, who has been with the city for 22 years, has facilitated the creation of several citywide employee training programs, including the city’s Leadership Academy for supervisors and managers that is now in its sixth year. The goal of the program is to help those who manage employees develop strong managerial skills and gain an understanding of key City management initiatives, systems and processes.

Modica coordinates the local, state and federal government relations for nearly all city departments. He provides elected officials and management staff with timely information, analyses and recommendations regarding various legislative issues and related intergovernmental activities. He is also responsible for working with the mayor, city council and city manager in setting state and federal legislative priorities. He works closely with local elected officials and the city’s state and federal advocates to carry out Long Beach’s legislative agenda and communicate the city’s legislative positions to the media.

Working for the city since 2002, Modica has played a key role in creating and implementing the city’s Three-Year Financial Strategic Plan to reduce its $102 million structural deficit. He has also participated in numerous citywide task forces and efforts, including the Boeing C-17 Red Team retention effort, managing the Breakwater Reconnaissance study, and directing the city’s efforts to secure over $120 million in stimulus dollars.

David Gonzalez
David Gonzalez
Tom Modica
Tom Modica

The Notable Speaker Series was established by the CSULB College of Business Administration to add relevance to current students’ learning experiences and offer opportunities for professional development and intellectual engagement to alumni, staff, faculty and the community.

There is no cost to attend the event, but reservations are required. Campus visitors must purchase a $5 parking permit at one of the yellow kiosk in Lot 15. Those attending the event should park in the parking structure on Merriam Way adjacent to the CBA Building and may park in the spaces marked “Employee Permit” in Lot 15 after 6 p.m. See the www.csulb.edu/maps for details.

To register or learn more about the fall 2010 Notable Speaker Series, visit its website. For more information, contact Sweta Mohandos, Notable Speaker Series coordinator.

–Rick Gloady