Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)

When LAFCOs consider proposals for city and special district formations or boundary changes, they must balance service efficiencies, and housing and economic development needs with competing interests in preserving natural resources.
 
As a recognized leader in public agency law and representation, Best Best & Krieger LLP brings wide-ranging knowledge and experience addressing the issues impacting LAFCOs and LAFCO matters affecting other agencies.
 
Actively involved in developing and reviewing legislation and evaluating its impact on LAFCOs, we regularly advise our clients on the complex and frequently changing laws pertaining to local government. Our firm is general counsel to the San Bernardino, Orange, Merced, Santa Clara, and El Dorado LAFCOs and the California Association of LAFCOs . We also serve as special counsel to the Los Angeles and Marin LAFCOs. Through our extensive experience, we know how LAFCOs operate and are well-versed in LAFCO law, enabling us to effectively represent LAFCOs, as well as cities, counties, special districts and other public agency clients on LAFCO-related issues.
 
Unmatched Experience
BB&K offers an insider’s perspective on the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Reorganization Act of 2000. We have served on task forces for legislative cleanup, for adoption of municipal service review guidelines, and to modify and clarify the revenue neutrality statute and other CKH provisions related to incorporations.

Comprehensive Service
From CKH compliance through policy adoption/implementation, we provide dynamic solutions to the legal challenges our clients face. Our comprehensive, cost-effective legal services include:


Additionally, we assist with municipal service reviews and conducting authority proceedings, as well as advise regarding spheres of influence; new district formation or incorporation and disincorporations; organization change requests including city and special district annexations, consolidations, detachment, dissolution and other reorganizations; joint powers agreements; and property tax exchange agreements.

Clark Alsop

Clark Alsop

Partner

(909) 483-6641

Areas of Focus: Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Sigrid K. Asmundson

Sigrid K. Asmundson

Of Counsel

(916) 551-2853

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Carlos L. Campos

Carlos L. Campos

Partner

(760) 837-1602

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Sonia Rubio Carvalho

Sonia Rubio Carvalho

Partner

(949) 263-2603

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal | Public Contracts & Construction

Samantha Chen

Associate

(925) 977-3315

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Paula C. P. de Sousa Mills

Paula C. P. de Sousa Mills

Partner

(619) 525-1328

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Scott C. Smith

Scott C. Smith

Partner

(949) 263-6561

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Municipal Law
Malathy Subramanian

Malathy Subramanian

Partner

(925) 977-3303

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Transportation
Kara K. Ueda

Kara K. Ueda

Partner

(916) 551-2822

Areas of Focus: Elections | Environmental Litigation | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Alisha M. Winterswyk

Alisha M. Winterswyk

Partner

(949) 263-6565

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
BB&K Partner Paula de Sousa Mills a San Diego Best Attorney
Press Releases May 1, 2018

BB&K Partner Paula de Sousa Mills a San Diego Best Attorney

San Diego Metro Magazine Annual List

Event Apr 11-13, 2018

2018 CALAFCO Annual Staff Workshop

California Association Local Agency Formation Commissions

Event Jan 22, 2018

LAFCO's Evolving Mission

CALAFCO University

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part III
Legal Alerts Jan 11, 2018

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part III

Cannabis, LAFCO Law and a Round Up of Other New Laws Impacting Public Agencies

Two Service Districts Form LAFCO
BB&K In the News Nov 27, 2017

Two Service Districts Form LAFCO

Plumas County News Reports on BB&K Partner Joshua Nelson’s Consolidation Advisement

Event Jun 26, 2017

When LAFCO Opinions Collide

Exploring the Unique Perspectives of LAFCO Commissioners, Legal Counsel and Staff

New Filing Deadline for JPAs Approaches
Legal Alerts Jun 14, 2017

New Filing Deadline for JPAs Approaches

JPAs Providing Municipal Services Must File with LAFCOs by July 1

Event Oct 28, 2016

LAFCo and State Legislative Overrides -- What’s That All About Anyway?

CALAFCO 2016 Annual Conference

SB 1266’s New Filing Requirements Apply Only to JPAs Providing Municipal Services
Legal Alerts Oct 13, 2016

SB 1266’s New Filing Requirements Apply Only to JPAs Providing Municipal Services

Failure to File may Preclude JPAs from Issuing Bonds or Incurring Indebtedness

Event Mar 31, 2016

How New Laws Affect LAFCo Clerks

CALAFCO Staff Workshop

New California Laws Impacting Public Agencies
Legal Alerts Dec 18, 2015

New California Laws Impacting Public Agencies

This comprehensive round-up includes new legislation that will impact cities, counties, special districts and schools.

Event Feb 26, 2015

2015 OC Collaborative Services Summit

Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission

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