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Henry Castillo, Best Best & Krieger

Improving Civility in Local Government

Wednesday, September 13

2:45 - 3:45 PM

Alpine Ballroom

Healthcare districts across the state are experiencing increased vitriol, polarization and disruptions at their public meetings. In addition, turnover in leadership, management, and trustees is leading to confusion about what it means to govern well.

ACHD members are hungry for tools to help them improve their interactions with one another and with the public.  In this session, Henry Castillo will leverage his vast professional experience in public service to provide information and tools for both trustees and CEOs so that they can turn down the vitriol and turn up productivity and good governance.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Improving understanding of the Brown Act,
  • How to respond to a disruptive public representative,
  • And what it means to lead public meetings and avoid the pitfalls of unproductive dialogue and behaviors.

Henry Castillo, Best Best & Krieger

Henry Castillo, Municipal Law Attorney

Henry G. Castillo gained first-hand knowledge of the legislative process on various public policy issues from serving elected officials at the state level. As a Municipal Law attorney at Best Best & Krieger LLP, he brings that valuable experience and insight to his local public agency clients.

Before joining BB&K, Henry was deputy district director for California Sen. Connie M. Leyva. The position gave him a unique opportunity to see how cities and special districts work and interact with the communities they serve. Henry worked on some of the most critical issues local government agencies in California face, including legislation related to development, employment, the environment, and water and veteran’s affairs. He was the lead staffer on labor, business, civil rights, immigration, and water policy areas, requiring frequent interaction with various water districts.

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