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Inventory of the Records of the Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Agency History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization
  • Subjects

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century records
    Dates: 1998-2000
    Collection number: R393
    Creator: Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century
    Extent: 11.5 cubic feet of textual material, 33 audio cassettes, and 38 audio micro cassettes
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: The records of the Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century (CLG) document the efforts of the commission to perform a comprehensive study of and publish a report on local government organization in California for presentation to the Governor, the Legislature, and the public. This record group contains 11.5 cubic feet of textual records and 71 audiocassettes. The records are organized into four record series and cover the period from 1998 to 2000.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Language: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please consult California State Archives staff. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement that may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives' collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century Records, R393.[series number], [box and folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition Information

    The California State Archives acquired the records of the Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century per state law.

    Agency History

    Under the Cortese-Knox Local Government Reorganization Act of 1985, a Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) was established in each county (except for San Francisco) for the review and approval of changes in boundaries of local agencies. The Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century (CLG or CLG21) was created by AB1484 (Statutes 1997, Chapter 943) for the purpose of generating a report to the Governor on the subject of the organization of local agencies. The Commission was responsible for: reviewing current statutes; making proposals to both increase citizen participation and to ensure conformity with federal law; making recommendations for statutory changes; and conducting public meetings. The Commission consisted of 15 members; nine were appointed by the Governor, three by the Assembly Committee on Rules, and three by the Senate Committee on Rules. The Chair was Susan Golding; the Vice-Chair was Ruben Barrales, and the Executive Director was Ben Williams.
    Over a period of 16 months, the Commission held 25 public hearings throughout the state, heard testimony from over 160 individuals and groups, received over 100 recommendations, and had nearly 90,000 visits to their website (www.cla2l.ca.gov, accessed June 2010). The Commission submitted their report, Growth Within Bounds, (http://www.calafco.org/resources.htm, accessed June 2010) in January 2000. Because of the commission's work, Governor Gray Davis on September 26, 2000, signed the new Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000 (AB2838, Statutes 2000, Chapter 761). This bill included nearly all of the recommendations of the Commission's report.

    Scope and Content

    The records of the Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century (CLG) document the efforts of the commission to perform a comprehensive study of and publish a report on local government organization in California for presentation to the Governor, the Legislature, and the public. This record group contains 11.5 cubic feet of textual records and 71 audiocassettes. The records are organized into four record series and cover the period from 1998 to 2000. The Meeting Files document both Commission meetings and Legislative Drafting Subcommittee meetings. Notable topics include LAFCOs and the San Fernando Valley Secession Project. The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) Files document the extensive background research into these organizations performed by the CLG. Notable topics include annexation, elections, counties, city-county consolidation, incorporation, legislation, local government, Proposition 13, secession, special districts, and voting rights. The AB2838 (2000) Files document the advancement of this Assembly bill through the legislative process. The CLG worked closely with the legislature to promote the passage of the bill that would incorporate much of the Commission's recommendations. Notable topics include Assembly and Senate hearings, amendments, working group meetings, statistics, special districts, LAFCO procedures, housing, public participation, sprawl/growth management, and annexations. The subject files document the diverse range of topics of interest to the CLG as well as the internal records of the CLG and concern the budget, personnel, consultants, travel, taxes, land use, population, and report preparation.
    Audiocassettes have been separated to a cold-storage vault for preservation purposes and separation sheets are in the files to alert the researcher to the existence of these items.

    Organization

    The Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century records are arranged into four series.

    Subjects

    California. Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century
    Golding, Susan
    California. Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000.
    Local government