General Announcements

CALAFCO 2020 Staff Workshop Canceled

In the wake of COVID-19 and for the health and safety of our members, workshop attendees, guests, speakers, their families and communities, CALAFCO has canceled the 2020 staff workshop. The 2021 staff workshop will be held at the same location, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach John Wayne Airport, March 17-19, 2021. The program planned for this year will be carried forward to 2021. 

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

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. 

CALAFCO 2021 Annual Achievement Awards Nomination Period Now Open

The CALAFCO 2021 Achievement Awards Program nomination period is now open. Each year, CALAFCO recognizes outstanding achievements by dedicated and committed individuals and/or organizations from throughout the state at the Annual Conference Achievement Awards Ceremony. This year’s ceremony will be on October 7 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach John Wayne Airport, during the awards banquet.

Recognizing individual and organizational achievements is an important responsibility. It provides visible recognition and support to those who go above and beyond in their work to advance the principles and goals of the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Act. We invite you to use this opportunity to nominate the individuals and organizations you feel deserve this important recognition based on the criteria outlined. 

Nominations and supporting materials must be received no later than 3:00 p.m., Friday, August 13, 2021. For details, instructions and the nomination form, download the full CALAFCO 2021 Achievement Awards Packet.

CALAFCO 2021-22 Board of Directors Elections - Nomination Period Now Open

Nominations are now open for the fall elections of the CALAFCO Board of Directors.  Serving on the CALAFCO Board is a unique opportunity to work with other commissioners throughout the state on legislative, fiscal and operational issues that affect us all.  Any LAFCo commissioner or alternate commissioner is eligible to run for a Board seat. CALAFCO’s Election Committee is accepting nominations for the following seats on the CALAFCO Board of Directors:

Central Region                     Southern Region              Northern Region              Coastal Region

City Member                         County Member                County Member             City Member

Public Member                      District Member               District Member               Public Member

The election will be conducted during Regional Caucuses at the CALAFCO Annual Conference prior to the Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach at the John Wayne Airport, CA. For details, visit the Members Section of the website and download the full Election Committee Announcement and nomination packet.  Nomination packets are due by Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

CALAFCO University 4-Part Series on Fire & EMS in August

Join Us for a Very Special 4-Part Virtual Series: Fire & EMS Service Basics, Challenges and​ LAFCos’ Role & Responsibility
Registration is now closed for this series.

This very special 4-part series will take a deep dive into Fire and EMS services and LAFCos’ role and responsibility in understanding, studying, and making determinations regarding these complex services. Each session builds on the prior one, concluding the series with a session that explores several case studies highlighting urban, suburban and rural fire service providers.
Dates are August 9, 16, 23 and 26.  

Visit the CALAFCO University section to learn more.

CALAFCO University Session on Forming a CSD Rescheduled to September 1

Forming a Community Services District: Not Your Ordinary Formation has been rescheduled to September 1, 2021
This session is offered at no cost to all CALAFCO Members and designed solely for CALAFCO Members. 

A Community Services District (CSD) is a type of special district formed through Government Code 61000 et seq. to provide multiple services to a community. Given their broad scope, forming a CSD involves much more than procedures and paperwork. There are so many things to consider when forming a CSD it can get overwhelming and complicated. This session will navigate the formation process while helping you avoid some of the pesky and unnecessary pitfalls. Join us in this how-to session and learn from your colleagues all you ever wanted to know about forming a CSD.

Visit the CALAFCO University section to learn more and register.

Registration now open - 2021 CALAFCO Annual Conference

2021 CALAFCO Annual Conference

Join us for the 2021 CALAFCO Annual Conference - it will be great to see you again...yes, in person...after 2 long years! And, we are celebrating CALAFCO's 50th anniversary! October 6 - 8, 2021 in beautiful Newport Beach. For details including Conference registration, hotel reservations and sponsorship opportunities, please visit the Conference page. See you there!