Inventory of the Records of the Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century

Finding aid written by Kim Mitchell
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Inventory of the Records of the Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century

Record Group number: R393



California State Archives

Office of the Secretary of State

Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California State Archives
  • 1020 "O" Street
  • Sacramento, California 95814
  • Phone: (916) 653-2246
  • Fax: (916) 653-7363
  • Email: ArchivesWeb@sos.ca.gov
  • URL: http://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/
Processed by: Kim Mitchell
Date Completed: June 2010
Encoded by: Michelle Wallen
© 2010 California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

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


Series Descriptions

R393.1, Box 1/1-Box 3/15

Series 1.  Meeting Files. 1998-2000

Physical Description: 59 file folders and 71 audio cassettes

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by meeting date.

Scope and Content Note

The Meeting Files document both Commission meetings and Legislative Drafting Subcommittee meetings. Files may include correspondence, invitations to elected officials, agendas, minutes, press releases, news clippings, reports, testimony and statements, notes, memoranda, background, schedules, audio recordings, recommendations, and fact sheets. Significant topics include Local Area Formation Commissions (LAFCOs) and the San Fernando Valley Secession Project.
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.
R393.2, Box 3/16-Box 8/9

Series 2.  LAFCO Files. 1886-1999

Physical Description: 136 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) Files document the extensive background research into these organizations performed by the CLG. Files may include reports, fact sheets, notes, correspondence, and LAFCO survey data (by county). Significant subjects include annexation, elections, counties, incorporation, legislation, Proposition 13, secession, special districts, and voting rights.
R393.3, Box 8/10-Box 9/25

Series 3.  AB2838 (2000) Files. 1998-2000

Physical Description: 38 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

The AB2838 (2000) Files pertain to the development 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. Files may include hearing analyses, correspondence, notes, and amended versions of the bill. Topics include Assembly and Senate hearings, working group meetings, statistics, special districts, LAFCO procedures, housing, sprawl/growth management, and annexations.
R393.4, Box 10/1-Box 12/11

Series 4.  Subject Files. 1964-2000

Physical Description: 75 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

The Subject Files relate to the diverse range of topics of interest to the CLG as well as the internal records of the CLG. Files may include draft chapters of the culminating report, correspondence, notes, memoranda, external reports, LAFCO county information, contracts, and press releases. Significant topics include budget, personnel, consultants, travel information, taxes, land use, population, and report ("Growth Within Bounds" or GWB) preparation.