JPA-Special Districts-MPO-LAFCo-COG-Cities-CSA: What do they all do?
150 Local Governance in California: All Those Agencies!
California local governments manage and deliver a vast and complex assortment of public services throughout the state. There are 58 counties, 482 cities, and thousands of special districts that all play a role in public policy and service delivery! Cities, counties, special districts, LAFCo, COG’s, JPA’s what do they all do? What is the difference between county and city authority and services? It can be difficult to understand or explain the broad responsibilities counties have in providing services to constituents. During this interactive course, you will learn the history, structure, and responsibility of local governments and how the various agencies relate to counties. The use of case studies will provide participants an opportunity to demonstrate understanding of the various local agencies and their relationship to counties.
- Understand the basic structure and authority of California counties
- Recognize the differences and similarities of authority and responsibilities of the various local governments, cities, counties, special districts, council of governments, local agency formation commissions, and joint powers agreements
- Understand the role of counties as the state’s service delivery provider for mandated federal and state programs and functions
- Describe the roles and responsibilities of county departments, including those who are independently elected such as sheriff, assessor, district attorney, and auditor
- Understand and describe mandated versus discretionary services
- Recognize the complexities of local government decision making
Instructor: Jason Britt is a County Administrative Officer for Tulare County.