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January 2, 2018 > County commission seeking public board member

County commission seeking public board member

Submitted By Sandy Hou

Officials from the Alameda Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) are seeking a civic-minded community member to fill a public member seat on the commission.

LAFCo is responsible for coordinating logical and timely changes in local governmental boundaries in Alameda County, conducting special studies that review ways to reorganize, simplify and streamline governmental structure, and establishing planning spheres of influence (SOIs) for each city and special district within the county.

The public members represent all Alameda County citizens in an objective and impartial manner. Applicants must be residents of the county, and cannot be a current board or council member, officer or employee of Alameda County, a city or special district in Alameda County.

The commission has seven regular voting members (two county members from the Board of Supervisors, two city members selected by the MayorÕs Conference, two special district members selected by the Independent Special Districts; and one public member) and four alternate members (county, city, special district and public).

The deadline to file an application for the public member seat is Friday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. The commission will review each application and supplemental questionnaire and expects to conduct interviews the week of Feb. 19.

LAFCo is governed exclusively by California statutes and its own policies and procedures. It is neither subject to nor under the control or authority of the County Board of Supervisors, any city council or special district board of directors.

Meetings are typically held on the second Thursday of every odd month (January, March, May, July, September and November) at 2 p.m. in Dublin. The appointment term is 4 years. Commissioners receive $100 stipends per meeting.

Anyone with questions about the position, or who would like to have a copy of the application mailed to them should contact LAFCo at (510) 271-5142 or send an email to For more information about Alameda LAFCo or to download the application, visit their website at

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