CALAFCO University

CALAFCO is pleased to announce a new series of virtual professional development offerings exclusively for our Member LAFCos and Associate Members. 

For now, during the time we cannot get together for in-person training, we will host virtual webinars on a variety of topics. We have designed a LAFCo 101 series for the month of August, and are finalizing our sessions for September. Additionally, we are working on a robust schedule for the 4th quarter of 2020.  ALL REGISTRATIONS WILL BE DONE ONLINE.  Once you register on Eventbrite you will receive the Zoom Registration link with your confirmation email.  You will then need to use that Zoom Registration link prior to the session to get the Webinar link to join that session.

Registration is now open for the three LAFCo 101 Series sessions. You can download that announcement and also find details and registration information below. Please note registration deadlines for each session. No late registrations will be accepted.  These special educational offerings are only available to CALAFCO Member LAFCos and Associate Members. 

These are not your ordinary “Just the basics” webinars!  Join us for informative and fun (yes, FUN!) webinars that explore all the basics of LAFCo. Whether you are looking to jump start your level of knowledge or take your skills to the next level, there is always something to learn at LAFCo 101.

Navigating the Basics and Beyond - LAFCo 101 for LAFCo Staff
DATE: Thursday, August 6, 2020
TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Registration for this session is closed.
SR, Martha and Joe will cover LAFCo 101 topics such as the authority and purpose of LAFCo; the LAFCo review process; the laws involved in LAFCo decisions and updating Spheres of Influence and Municipal Service Reviews.
Presenters: SR Jones, Executive Officer, Nevada LAFCo; Martha Poyatos, Executive Officer, San Mateo LAFCo; Joe Serrano, Executive Officer, Santa Cruz LAFCo
This session is approved for 1.5 AICP CM credits


The Magical World of LAFCo Clerking – A Look at Processes and Supporting Your Commissioners from a Clerk and Analyst Perspective
DATE: Thursday, August 13, 2020
TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Registration closes on August 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Martha, Amanda and Terry will delve into LAFCo clerk and analyst best practices, taking an application from receipt through to hearing and completion, Brown Act and Public Records Act and how to effectively respond to the needs of your Executive Officer, Commissioners and the public all while keeping your sanity. 
Presenters: Martha Poyatos, Executive Officer, San Mateo LAFCo; Amanda Olivas, Clerk, Fresno LAFCo; Terri Tuck, Clerk, Yolo LAFCo


Being a LAFCo Commissioner – What Does it Really Mean?
DATE: Friday, August 21, 2020
TIME: 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Registration closes August 14, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
This session is designed specifically for LAFCo Commissioners. Scott and David will cover the role of LAFCo Commissioners, the Brown Act and PRA for Commissioners and Conflicts of Interests. Navigating the Brown Act, Open Meetings Act and Public Records Act can be a challenge sometimes, so we’ll dive into how to keep yourself and your LAFCo out of trouble in these areas.
Presenters: Scott Browne, Legal Counsel, various LAFCos and David West, Commissioner, Imperial LAFCo