CALAFCO University

          Registration now open for these CALAFCO University sessions

Forming a Community Services District: Not Your Ordinary Formation
July 14, 2021 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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. The list serves are full of a potpourri of questions about CSDs…now’s your chance to get all those burning questions answered! Join us in this how-to session and learn from your colleagues all you ever wanted to know about forming a CSD.

Our diverse and experienced panel will consider:

  • What services can CSDs provide?
  • Is forming a CSD the best option?
  • What should you know?
  • What options should be considered?
  • What should you avoid?

EXPERIENCED & KNOWLEDGEABLE PANELISTS INCLUDE: Sam Martinez, Executive Officer, San Bernardino LAFCo; Chris Palmer, Sr. Public Affairs Field Coordinator, CSDA; and Paula de Sousa, Partner, Best Best & Krieger
Moderator: Pamela Miller, Executive Director, CALAFCO

This session is approved for 1.5 AICP CM credits. Special thanks to Paula Graf, Analyst, Imperial LAFCo

Download the flier for more information and details on how to register. You can go straight to the online registration here.  Deadline to register is July 7, 2021. No late registrations will be accepted.
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. 

Join Us for a Very Special 4-Part Virtual Series in August:
Fire & EMS Service Basics, Challenges and LAFCos’ Role & Responsibility

California wildfires burned 4.2 million acres in 2020 and 1.3 million acres 2017. In 1964, it took four days for a wildfire to travel from Calistoga in Napa County to Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. In 2017, it took only four hours for a wildfire to travel that same route. Local and state firefighting resources have been stretched beyond imagination. Wildland firefighting is only one of the many functions of an all-risk agency.  With the majority of the of state in a declared drought emergency as of early May, it is sure to be another record-setting year for wildfires. So, what are LAFCos’ role and responsibilities in terms of overseeing these complex services? How can we create Municipal Service Reviews with information and determinations that have meaning and create value both short-and-long-term? What should we be looking at and considering that we aren’t?

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. To learn more details about the series and registration details, download the flier.  One registration will cover sessions I through III, and another for session IV. Deadline to register for all sessions is July 23, 2021. No late registrations will be accepted. To register for sessions I thru III, click here. To register for session IV, click here. Links are also on the flier. All sessions are offered only to members of CALAFCO and at no cost.

Understanding the basics of service models, preparing for the Municipal Service Review and evaluating community needs
DATE: Monday, August 9, 2021
TIME: 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Mark Bramfitt, Executive Officer, Sonoma LAFCo; Kurt Latipow, Retired Fire Chief and Consultant; Dawn Longoria, Staff Analyst II, Napa LAFCo

Evaluating current staffing, training, facilities, operations, equipment, anticipated growth and service needs projections, and finances 
DATE: Monday, August 16, 2021
TIME: 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Richard Berkson, Principal, Berkson & Associates; Mark Bramfitt, Executive Officer, Sonoma LAFCo; Kurt Latipow, Retired Fire Chief and Consultant; Dawn Longoria, Staff Analyst II, Napa LAFCo

Evaluating governance, DUCs, shared services opportunities, updating the Sphere of Influence and contracts
DATE: Monday, August 23, 2021
TIME: 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Mark Bramfitt, Executive Officer, Sonoma LAFCo; Kurt Latipow, Retired Fire Chief and Consultant; Dawn Longoria, Staff Analyst II, Napa LAFCo

So, you’ve done a great Municipal Service Review, now what? A look at rural, suburban and urban case studies
DATE: Thursday, August 26, 2021
TIME: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Tom Cooley, Commissioner, Plumas LAFCo; Mike McMurry, Retired Fire Chief and Past President, Fire Districts Association of California; Holly Whatley, Shareholder, Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC

Sessions 1-3 are each approved for 2.5 & Session 4 is approved for 2 AICP CM credits