Parks & Recreation Services Municipal Services Review (MSR)

Contra Costa LAFCO is pleased to release its 2nd round “Parks & Recreation Services Municipal Services Review (MSR)” covering all 19 cities, four community services districts, three park & recreation districts, one regional park district, and eight County Service Areas.

The Public Review Draft Parks & Recreation Services MSR will undergo a 30-day public comment period (ending April 30, 2021). Please submit your comments to Contra Costa LAFCO at

On April 14th, LAFCO will hold the first of two public hearings to receive comments and provide input and direction to the MSR team. Following the public comment period, the consultant team will update the MSR report. Subsequently, LAFCO will release the Final Draft Parks & Recreation Services MSR and hold a second public hearing to accept the MSR report and approve updates to the SOIs for various local agencies covered in this MSR.

Parks & Recreation Municipal Services Review PowerPoint Presentation 4-14-21

Contra Costa LAFCo Commissioners Receive State Award

Commissioners CALAFCO Award
On October 30th, Contra Costa LAFCo Commissioners were named “Most Effective Commission” in California at the annual California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions (CALAFCO) Conference.

Contra Costa LAFCo Commissioners were recognized for their diligence and leadership. Their endeavors to promote healthy and sustainable local agencies through analysis and assistance and intervene when needed to restructure or dissolve struggling agencies supports the goal of LAFCos to promote efficient service delivery which is essential to the fiscal, economic and social wellbeing of Contra Costa County and California. Since 2010, Contra Costa LAFCo Commissioners have assisted three special districts to improve their operations and transparency, encouraged one district to revise its governance structure, reorganized one special district, and dissolved four special districts due to lack of or poor performance.

This is the latest of many State awards received by Contra Costa LAFCo. Other Contra Costa awards include 2016 Outstanding Commissioner – Don Tatzin, 2013 Outstanding LAFCo Professional – Lou Ann Texeira, 2013 Outstanding LAFCo Clerk – Kate Sibley, 2011 – Government Leadership Award – Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, 2007 – Lifetime Achievement Award – John T. Knox, 2007 and several others from earlier years. Contra Costa LAFCo is a State regulatory commission responsible for encouraging the orderly formation of local government agencies, preserving agricultural and open space lands, and discouraging urban sprawl. LAFCO is governed by a seven-member commission comprised of two County Supervisors, two City Council Members, two Special District Board Members, and one Public Member, plus one alternate member in each category. CALAFCO is a statewide organization dedicated to assisting member LAFCOs and serves as a resource to the California Legislature and other government agencies and organizations.

For more information please contact:
Lou Ann Texeira, Executive Officer
Contra Costa LAFCO

News from the 2016 California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions (CALAFCO) Conference in Santa Barbara

  • Commissioner Don Tatzin, 2016 CALAFCO Outstanding Commissioner
    Commissioner Don Tatzin (City Member) received the CALAFCO Outstanding Commissioner award in recognition of his tireless dedication to public service at the local and regional levels.  Don’s work on complex LAFCO reorganizations (e.g., Mt . Diablo Healthcare District), special studies, and LAFCO policies and procedures (e.g., agricultural & open space preservation, out of agency service, etc.) serves Contra Costa County well.  We thank all those who supported the nomination.
  • Tamayo Vineyards of Brentwood won a Bronze medal in the red wine category for its Syrah (tied with Napa County).
  • Commissioner Mike McGill reelected to new two-year term on CALAFCO Board
    Commissioner Mike McGill (Special District Member) successfully defended his seat on the CALAFCO Board of Directors and will serve another two years in this position. Additionally, Commissioner McGill was elected by the CALAFCO Board to serve as Treasurer for 2017.
    We’re very proud of our Commissioners’ achievements.

Local Agencies – Drought Management Efforts (through 2016)

Despite a wetter winter in 2015-16, the state is now in a fifth year of drought. Mandatory water restrictions established by Governor Brown have been eased, but everyone is encouraged to continue conserving water, and local agencies continue to expand or refine water conservation and reuse programs. LAFCO has heard from a number of Contra Costa based water, wastewater, and other districts that manage this most valuable resource.

Local agency presentations are provided below: