On November 10-11, 2005, Mealey's will present "California Section 17200 Conference: A New Era" at the Four Seasons Resort in Santa Barbara. I was invited to be a speaker, but I have a case scheduled for trial on November 7, three days before the conference begins. That means I won't be able to attend the conference at all, much less speak. I'm disappointed, because it looks like it will be a great event. Many thanks to the organizers, especially co-chair Kirk Patrick, for the invitation.