Gather with fellow progressives in San Luis Obispo, March 30-31



Saturday, March 30

8:00 a.m.  – Registration and breakfast

10:30 – noon – Opening speakers

Heidi Harmon, SLO Mayor

Gayle McLaughlin, CPA Founder

Matt Gonzalez, former SF Board of Supervisors President

Noon – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch

1:30 – 3:30  Moderated group discussion: Hear and discuss by-laws proposal, hear from candidates for 2019 Steering Committee, hear and discuss proposals for Action Teams and issue proposals

3:30 – 4:00 – Updates from local progressive alliances

4:00 – 5:00 – Panel discussions

(We plan online voting, so CPA members can vote on the proposals and the 2019 Steering Committee at any time throughout the Convention)

TBA – Offsite pre-dinner event with special guests

Sunday, March 31

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Breakfast and reconvening

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. – Proposals and SC candidates review

10:30 – 11:30 – Voting and signups for Action Teams            

11:30 a.m. – Election results announcement

Noon – Lunch

1 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Moderated evaluation of the convention and open forum discussion;  announcements

2:4:5 – 3 p.m.  Closing remarks and next steps

3 p.m. –  Adjourn

Heidi Harmon is San Luis Obispo’s progressive mayor. She will open our convention!

Morning keynote speaker Matt Gonzalez is former President of the SF Board of Supervisors and was Ralph Nader’s 2008 VP running mate.

Gayle McLaughlin, CPA founder, will convene our gathering. She is the former mayor of Richmond and co-founder of the Richmond Progressive Alliance.


Questions? We've Got Answers!


Why attend the CPA Founding Convention?

Because we’ll miss you if you don’t! Join us to build an independent grassroots movement organizing for a progressive future in California. At the convention, we’ll set priorities for 2019 – including the work of our Outreach, Electoral, and Legislative Action Teams. We’ll also elect our first slate of officers. 

Will there be carpooling?

Yes! When you register, you’ll get a link to coordinate with other activists and organizers making the trip to SLO.


How about childcare?

Yes! We’ll have expert childcare on site.

What are some lodging options?

We’re organizing room shares and have also scouted out some local hotels. Book early!


Sunbeam Motel

Lexington Inn

Rose Garden Inn

Motel 6 San Luis Obispo: South – North


Best Western Royal Oak hotel

Hampton Inn and Suites

Room to share

Embassy Suites Hotel – 2-room suites with pull-out sofas available

Courtyard by Marriott

The Madonna Inn

Apple Farm Inn – two 2-bedroom suites available