General Announcements

2017 CALAFCO Annual Conference materials are posted

The CALAFCO 2017 Annual Conference was held October 25 - 27 at the Bahia Hotel in Mission Bay, San Diego. You can find the Conference presentation materials in the Education tab under 2017 Conference Materials. 

CALAFCO thanks all of our Conference Sponsors. For a full listing, click on the link in the announcement.  

2018 CKH Guide

The 2018 CKH Guide Update is available to download or order. You can download a copy directly or place an order for printed versions. To place your order with CALAFCO, download and complete the Order Form. Return the form and payment to CALAFCO. 

CALAFCO 2017 Annual edition of The Sphere now available

The 2017 edition of The Sphere is here! This edition features a host of articles on topics of critical importance to our member LAFCos around the state including a special study on a healthcare district, dealing with new cannabis regulations, annexation of islands, the Legal Corner, Associate Members' corner, messages from the Chair of the Board and Executive Director, the 2017 Annual Report, and special remembrances of June Savala and John T. Knox. This edition is full of great information from all over the state, so take a look today. 

CALAFCO Authors Feature Article in CSDA Magazine

CALAFCO Executive Director Pamela Miller authored one of the feature articles in the CA Special Districts Association (CSDA) March-April Magazine. The article, titled, LAFCO and Special Districts: A Special Relationship Between Two Unique Entities, highlights the benefits and challenges of the relationship between these two entities. It is also filled with information about LAFCo and LAFCo processes. Also discussed are opportunities for the future. The article can be found on pages 18 - 21 of the Magazine

CALAFCO Congratulates the 2017 Achievement Award Recipients

During this year's Annual Conference, CALAFCO presented the 2017 Achievement Awards to recognize outstanding achievements by dedicated and committed individuals and/or organizations from throughout the state. We congratulate all who were nominated, and honor this year's Award recipients:

CALAFCO Congratulates the 2018 Achievement Award Recipients

Congratulations to all of the 2018 CALAFCO Achievement Award Recipients who were honored at this year's Annual Awards Banquet on October 4. 

Legislator of the Year - Assemblymember Anna Caballero
Lifetime Achievement - Pat McCormick (Santa Cruz) and George Spiliotis (Riverside)
Mike Gotch Courage & Innovation in Local Government - Mike Ott (San Diego)
Distinguished Service - John Withers (Orange) 
Government Leadership - The City of Porterville, ​County of Tulare, ​Department of Water Resources, State Water Resources Control Board, Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Self-Help Enterprises and​ Community Water Center
Project of the Year - Lake LAFCo
Associate Member of the Year - Best Best & Krieger 
Most Effective Commission - Santa Clara LAFCo 
Outstanding LAFCo Commissioner - Margie Mohler (Napa)
Outstanding LAFCo Clerk - Elizabeth Valdez (Riverside)
Outstanding LAFCo Professional - George Williamson (Del Norte, Shasta)

California's Future Report

The Public Policy Institute of California released the 2019 California's Future report on January 10. The report is a series of briefings on California's most pressing long-term policy challenges and includes topics such as climate change, land use, water, education, economy, healthcare, housing and the political landscape. Download the full report. 

Little Hoover Commission Releases Final Report on Special Districts and LAFCos

The Little Hoover Commission, after a year of study, released their Final Report on August 30, 2017, on Special Districts. The report, titled: "Special Districts: Improving Oversight & Transparency", is a culmination of a year-long study by the Commission that included two public hearings and two roundtable discussion forums. The report focuses on district oversight and transparency and has a special emphasis on healthcare districts as well as climate change.  CALAFCO issued a press release on the report. 

2019 CKH Guide now available

The 2019 Cortese Knox Hertzberg (CKH) Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000 Guide is now available to download and to order. You can download the full Guide or place your order for hard copies. Pre-orders are now being accepted. Simply download the form, complete and return it to CALAFCO with your payment and we will mail you the Guides as soon as they are delivered from the printer. 

CALAFCO Congratulates the 2019 Achievement Award Recipients

At the October 30, 2019 Annual Awards banquet, the recipients of the 2019 CALAFCO Achievement Awards were announced. We congratulate all of this years recipients:

Most Effective Commission: Contra Costa LAFCo
​Outstanding Commissioner: Jim DeMartini (Stanislaus LAFCo)
Outstanding LAFCo Professional: David Church (San Luis Obispo LAFCo)
Project of the Year: Orange LAFCo (San Juan Capistrano Utilities MSR)
Distinguished Service: Charley Wilson (formerly of Orange LAFCo)
Government Leadership: State Water Resources Control Board, Los Angeles County, Los Angels LAFCo
Mike Gotch Courage and Innovation: Butte LAFCo
Lifetime Achievement: John Benoit and Jurg Heuberger
Legislator of the Year: Assemblymember Mike Gipson