CALAFCO University

CALAFCO is pleased to announce two very special webinar offerings exclusively for our members - Envisioning and Planning the Future 

Session One:

Proactively Navigating Economic and Service Crisis Realities
DATE: Thursday, November 19, 2020
TIME: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Registration closes November 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Registration is free to all members of CALAFCO. To see more details, download the flier. Click here to register. 

Join us for this special session offering several unique perspectives on the current and projected economic conditions of local governments, impacts to LAFCo operations and capacities, and how LAFCos can begin to think about positive strategies to support local service providers helped lessen economic impacts or maintain service levels in spite of the myriad of economic crises we face. Specifically, we will hear from Jim Simon of RSG, Inc. on the current and projected economic conditions facing local governments, including a recession outlook focus on implications for Counties, Cities and Special Districts, and take a look at what governance shifts are we seeing or can expect to see given the host of economic disasters in 2020 (pandemic, historic wildfires, civil unrest).  Through the lens of LAFCo Commissioner/County Supervisor Jane Parker, we will explore the COVID-19 economic impact on tourism and agricultural sectors and added economic impacts from wildfires to Monterey, along with impacts on disadvantaged communities.  We’ll learn how that has impacted LAFCo operations and capacities and discuss how LAFCos can adapt to the financial crisis to survive. Rounding out the panel, we will hear from Executive Officer Carolyn Emery about the fiscal model Orange LAFCo is starting to use to help them better understand challenges facing cities and special districts. We will explore other cooperative efforts that mutually benefit citizens/customers through cooperation among agencies as well as more traditional LAFCo approaches. The panel will engage attendees to share successful strategies which have helped lessen economic impacts or maintain service levels despite the COVID-19 economic crisis.


  • Mr. Jim Simon, Principal & President, RSG, Inc.
  • Ms. Jane Parker, Commissioner, Monterey LAFCo
  • Ms. Carolyn Emery, Executive Officer, Orange LAFCo

Moderator: Ms. Pamela Miller, Executive Director, CALAFCO

This session is approved for 1.5 AICP CM Credits

Session Two:

LAFCos’ Critical Role in Moving Forward in the Crisis Realities of 2020 and Beyond
Mark your calendar - registration opening soon
DATE: Monday, December 7, 2020
TIME: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Join us for another CALAFCO special session as we explore LAFCos role in rebuilding and revitalizing our communities. In light of the economic fallout of the pandemic, historic wildfire season and other factors, LAFCo has an important role to play in guiding the local recovery process. The pandemic exposed and highlighted old paradigms and existing inequities such as access to services (including healthcare), broadband, healthy food, clean water and access to outdoor parks and open space. In this session, we will explore LAFCos role with respect to these access issues and what LAFCo powers intersect with these issues. We will have the provocative and necessary conversation of LAFCos value and the need for proactive LAFCo leadership now more than ever. Our panel, along with attendees, will look at what it means for LAFCo to step into the role of convener and facilitator to be a local government champion and rebuild communities, along with the tools LAFCo has to do so. This includes leading conversations without bias, developing more efficient services (including looking at how the content and process of conducting Municipal Service Reviews and what factors should be considered in the review of a Proposal and how they can be adapted to more effectively meet the changing external factors), partnering to rebuild local economies in a balance way, and making the difficult decisions of taking crisis actions together with stressed agencies. Join us as we hear from State Legislators and local LAFCo Commissioners and staff on the critical role of LAFCo in these unprecedented times.