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.  

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)

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. 

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 2019 Achievement Awards - Nomination period open through September 20

CALAFCO is pleased to announce the opening of the nomination period for the 2019 Annual Achievement Awards. Recognizing individual and organizational achievements is a great way to provide 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. Nominations and supporting materials must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 20, 2019. Awards will be presented during the Annual Conference Achievement Awards Banquet on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento. For details, download the full nomination packet. 

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.