LAFCO Membership Guidelines
Selection of Members:
The authority and procedures for selecting LAFCO members are contained in the Cortese/Knox Act. All terms of office on LAFCO are for four years, expiring on the first Monday in May.
- City Members: The two regular City members and one alternate must be members of a city council during the time they serve. City members are chosen by, and serve at the pleasure of, the City Selection Committee (consisting of each mayor in the County.) City Selection Committee meetings are open to the public. The Clerk of the Board of Supervisors serves as the secretary and recording officer.
- County members: The two regular County members and one alternate must be County Supervisors when they serve. They are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of the Board.
- Special District Members: The two regular Special District members and one alternate must be members of the governing board of an independent special district during the time they serve. Special District members are chosen by, and serve at the pleasure of, the Independent Special District Selection Committee (consisting of the presiding officer of each independent special district in the County.) Independent Special District Selection Committee meetings are open to the public. The Executive Officer calls meetings of the Committee.
- Public Members: The one regular Public member and one alternate are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the regular City, County and Special District members of the Commission.
- Selection of Public Members: The method for selecting Public members is determined by the regular City, County and Special District members. They may reappoint the incumbent public member or alternate public member without recruitment. If they wish to recruit for a public member or alternate public member the following procedure is used: a. There is a public announcement of the vacancy to solicit letters of interest. b. Applications and letters of interest are screened by a committee appointed by the Chairman consisting of a City member, a County member and a Special District member. c. The finalists are interviewed by the Commission.
- Alternates assure qualified Commissioners are entitled to vote when regular members are disqualified or absent. a. The alternate City member may vote only in the place of a regular City member. b. The alternate County member may vote only in the place of a regular County member. c. The alternate Special District member may vote only in the place of a regular Special District member. d. The alternate Public member may vote only in the place of the regular Public member.
- Alternate members participate fully in LAFCO proceedings with the exception they vote only in the absence or disqualification of a regular member.
- Alternate members receive the same reimbursement as regular members for their attendance.
- Alternates are encouraged to attend and participate in LAFCO meetings and CALAFCO conferences and workshops.
Disqualification from Participating:
A disqualified Commissioner is prohibited from discussing a proposal at the public hearing as a member of LAFCO or from voting on the matter.
- Campaign Contributions: LAFCO Commissioners are affected by certain Political Reform Act rules which apply specifically to LAFCOs. LAFCO members are disqualified and are not able to participate in any proceeding involving an ""entitlement for use"" if, within the 12 months preceding the LAFCO decision, the Commissioner received $250 or more in campaign contributions from the applicant, an agent of the applicant or any financially interested person who actively supports or opposes the LAFCO decision on the matter.
- Disqualification of City Members: The City Selection Committee, when appointing City members to LAFCO, may provide that such members are disqualified from voting on annexations to their own individual cities.
- Disqualification of Special District Members: The Special District Selection Committee, when appointing Special District members to LAFCO, may provide that such members are disqualified from voting on proposals affecting their individual districts.
- Local Requirements: Each LAFCO may adopt local rules and regulations with respect to disqualification of members, provided such rules do not provide for automatic disqualification of City or Special District members from participating in matters affecting their own individual agencies.