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.
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
In partnership with the Strategic Growth Council and the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, CALAFCO released a White Paper on Creating Sustainable Communities and Landscapes. This paper is intended to provided practices and tools to all local agencies for successful collaboration on climate-smart growth. Download your copy now.
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.
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.
The 2019 Cortese Knox Hertzberg (CKH) Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000 Guide is available to download and to order. You can download the full Guide or place your order for hard copies. Simply download the form, complete and return it to CALAFCO with your payment and we will mail you the Guide.
In light of the pandemic and our inability to get together in person for CALAFCO University sessions, we are pleased to announce the redesign our CALAFCO U offerings to be virtual, at least through the end of the year. We will be offering a series of no-cost and low-cost sessions exclusively for our Member LAFCos and Associate Members. Registration is now open for three sessions in August, with more to be announced soon for September. Visit the CALAFCO U page here for all the details!