Assembly Committee of Local Government
The Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000 (Act) establishes procedures for local government changes of organization, including city incorporations, annexations to a city or special district, and city and special district consolidations.
Local agency formation commissions (LAFCos) have numerous powers under the Act, but those of primary concern are the power to act on local agency boundary changes and to adopt spheres of influence for local agencies. Among the purposes of LAFCos are the discouragement of urban sprawl and the encouragement of the orderly formation and development of local agencies.Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000-Nov2020
50 Years of LAFCos - A Guide to LAFCos-Dec2013
The Senate Governance and Finance Committee's publication:
This is the 3rd edition, December 2013, formerly known as "It's Time to Draw the Line".
Serving The Public Interest-SB 1458 and CSA Law Oct2008.pdfWhat's So Special About Special Districts-4thEd Oct2010
The State Senate Local Government Committee's Report:
CA Within Limits-Research Notes on Local Boundary Laws-Dec2013
Special District Laws Guide 2020Special District Board Member Handbook 2019Special District Formation Guide 2016
CA Special District Association:
Special Districts Uniform Accounting and Reporting Procedures-Dec2018
CA State Controller's Office:
In addition to accounting procedures, this manual also includes helpful information about special districts in general: what they are, governance, types, principal acts, etc.
Know Your Options-A Guide to Forming Groundwater Sustainability Agencies-Sep2015
CA Water Foundation:
Special Districts: Improving Oversight & Transparency-Aug2017
Little Hoover Commission:
California's Future Report-PPIC Jan2019.pdf
Public Policy Institute of CA:
Metamorphosis of Special Districts-Updated July 2021State of the Art on Ag Preservation Feb2018.pdfCreating Sustainable Communities & Landscapes-Oct2013.pdfThe Good, the Bad and the Confusing-Protest Requirements Oct2009.pdf
CALAFCO White Papers: