The Road to Annual Conference Session ...

May 01, 2008

… is going to be a congested one, in a literal sense! Work on the I-5 "Boat Section" repair project is due to coincide with Annual Conference Session June 17-21, and Caltrans is telling downtown office employees that the commute time may be up to two-and-a-half hours.


All southbound lanes of I-5 from Richards Boulevard to U.S. Highway 50 are scheduled to be closed (except for two lanes left open for traffic exiting at "J" Street) from Friday, June 13 at 8 p.m. to Sunday, June 22.


If you have planned to commute to the Sacramento Convention Center, please map your route and consider whether it would be wiser to book reservations at an area hotel instead – one located near enough that the traffic gridlock won't be a factor. (If you still want to commute but your travel will be affected by the I-5 construction delays, please plan accordingly.)


Meanwhile, the "road to ACS" is … figuratively … a short one, with only six-and-a-half weeks before start of session – and booking those aforementioned rooms is going to be more difficult to accomplish. Conference Treasurer Diane Knudsen reports that the Travelodge now is fully booked for the week of ACS. However, the Residence Inn – a new offering this year and the only hotel on the list that includes kitchen facilities in the rooms – still has space. The Econo Lodge is open, as well, but offers no price break for setting aside blocks of rooms, so reservations must be made directly with the hotel rather than through the Conference.


Please call or email (916) 374-1520,, if you have questions about hotels for ACS. And heading down the stretch, check the Conference website at for the budget, the resulting 2009 apportionments and grade figures by church, and the treasurer's report. Knudsen says the Council on Finance and Administration is not proposing any legislation this year other than the budget.


For updates on the I-5 project, along with route planning assistance, link to the Fix I-5 website.