2012 Conference Materials

LAFCo cannot directly control land use, but it can use its conditioning authority to manage growth and preserve ag lands. Examine a collaborative model for attaining consensus on difficult boundary issues.
Jon Biggs, Community Development Director, City of Pismo Beach
Chuck Stevenson, AICP, Division Manager for Long Range Planning, County of San Luis Obispo

Two case studies explore recent interest by LAFCo in Health Care Districts and some of the LAFCo issues unique to these agencies.
Michael Colantuono, Attorney, Colantuono & Levin, PC

Explore the services and information available from the Department of Conservation to promote environmental health, economic vitality, informed land-use decisions and sound management of our state’s resources.
Mark Nechodom, Director, Department of Conservation

Strategies for LAFCos to consider in evaluating sustainable communities strategies in LAFCo applications.
Nancy Miller, Executive Officer, San Francisco LAFCo and Counsel, Sacramento and San Francisco LAFCos

This informative session covers LAFCo basics and is ideal for new commissioners and staff as well as experienced attendees seeking a refresher.

LAFCO 101 - David Church, AICP, Executive Officer, San Luis Obispo LAFCo, and P. Scott Browne, Counsel to LAFCos

An Introduction to LAFCo and Local Agencies

With the recent interest in Sacramento on local agency oversight, this conversation explores the original intent of Municipal Service Reviews and the Legislature’s expectation of LAFCo oversight in the next round of MSRs.
Honorable Roger Dickinson, Assembly Member

The past legislative session was a busy one for local governments. New laws and legislation affecting LAFCos highlight the discussion, including new protest provision sections.
Debbie Michel, Chief Consultant, Assembly Local Government Committee
Bill Chiat, Legislative Chair, CALAFCO
Harry Ehrlich, Vice Legislative Chair, CALAFCO

Secretary Karen Ross, CaliforniaDepartment of Food and Agriculture

Engage in a lively discussion on proposed legislation to provide LAFCo with more authority to authorize services outside agency boundaries.
George Spiliotis, Executive Officer, Riverside LAFCo
Stephen Lucas, Executive Officer, Butte LAFCo
Keene Simonds, Executive Officer, Napa LAFCo
Kai Luoma, Deputy Executive Officer, Ventura LAFCo

In these challenging times it is more important than ever to know where you are headed and how to get there. Join us for a discussion of strategic planning and adaptive leadership as tools in moving your LAFCo forward.
Brian Kelly, Chair, Napa LAFCo
Bill Chiat, Executive Director, CALAFCO
Mona Palacios, Executive Officer, Alameda LAFCo

The law requires commissioners to exercise their independent judgment, but reconciling this can be a difficult challenge. Discuss approaches to this dilemma.
Michael G. Walker, Chief Assistant County Counsel, Ventura County and Ventura LAFCo Counsel
Bill Connelly, Commissioner, Butte LAFCo
John Withers, Commissioner, Orange LAFCo