President's Message
My fellow members, 

Thank you for electing me as President of the California Contract Cities Association. It is an honor, and I intend to earn that trust over the course of the next year. 

Last month we wrapped up a terrific Annual Seminar in Indian Wells. We learned a lot, we heard from some of the most respected and influential leaders in California, spent quality time with colleagues and friends and hopefully had some fun in the process. 

As we move forward, I would like to again thank Sam Olivito for his 32 years of service to the organization. Being the first President in decades to serve without Sam by my side is a daunting task, but I know we have chosen wisely in Sam's successor, Marcel Rodarte. 

I would also be remiss if I did not thank my predecessors. Were it not for the confidence of Diane Martinez, the humor of Steve Tye, the heart of Victor Manalo and the courage of Gustavo Camacho, I would not be kicking off my Presidency at such an important time for the organization. They and so many other active past presidents are my inspiration. 

As I said in my remarks at AMS, we're not your father's Contract Cities anymore. Over the next year I plan to work to redefine our organization. Taking on a larger role in the legislative process is one of my primary objectives in the coming year. We are a more diverse organization than we have ever been, and we will continue to harness the power of our collective body to ensure the voice of cities is heard throughout the State. 

During my tenure, I plan to grow the organization both in membership and impact. I look forward to working beside all of you to make that happen. That's the Power of Cities.


Lou La Monte
California Contract Cities Association 
Upcoming Events
5:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion 

Fall Education Summit
Catalina Island 
A Message from Sam Olivito
More than three decades ago, Sharon and I embarked on what became a most enjoyable journey working for the California Contract Cities Association. We have met and worked for and with many principled politicians who dedicated their public careers to making of their communities a better place to live, work and play.

I have learned from each of them humility, poise, diplomacy and the ability to reach a resolution on controversial issues. I'm extremely proud of the accomplishments of this great organization made up of local governments working together on matters that affect the lives of residents.

During my career, I also learned what a critical role that those who dedicate their lives to the city management profession play. Without their efforts, we all would be lost.

The Founding Fathers of CCCA and George Voigt, the first Executive Director, had a vision to establish and maintain meaningful relationships with the County of Los Angeles, State and Federal officials and all our sister agencies. George was a consummate professional, my mentor and true friend. We have built upon that vision and the philosophy of contracting out for municipal services, protecting home rule and the maintaining authority for planning and land use decisions at the local level.

Any accomplishments we have achieved have been the result of the collective and united efforts of all of our member cities. When we acted together, it sure made my job a lot easier.

I could not have been more blessed than to have Sharon's contributions on behalf of CCCA. Her dedication, loyalty and focus on meeting planning and administration certainly kept our team on track and always ready for the next challenge.

On the next part of our journey, Sharon and I are excited about spending more time with our six children, thirteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. We are not fading off into the sunset. We plan to travel, play golf, and consult when asked.

I am open to all of you at any time at 310-486-7555 or email I hope we can stay in touch, as all of you have been a big part of our lives for a long time as colleagues and friends.

We are very proud to have represented the CCCA and each of its member cities, Associate Members, Political Action Committee. There are too many to mention here, but you all know who you are. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your Executive Director, and both Sharon and I will always cherish the time we spent living this dream.
Images from the Annual Municipal Seminar
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The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is a proud partner of the California Contract Cities Association (CCCA).
SCAG is the nation's largest metropolitan planning organization, encompassing six counties (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura) and 191 cities, representing more than 18 million residents.
For over 50 years, SCAG has worked with local member jurisdictions to improve the quality of life for Southern Californians. Under the guidance of an 86-member Regional Council and in collaboration with partners, SCAG develops long-range regional transportation plans/ sustainable communities strategies, growth forecast components, regional transportation improvement programs, regional housing needs allocations and air quality management plans.
SCAG is also spearheading Go Human, a community outreach and advertising campaign with the goals of reducing traffic collisions in Southern California. In addition, SCAG is working with cities to develop family-friendly Go Human events to help residents re-envision their neighborhoods with temporary street installations that enhance and encourage biking and walking. Find resources and information about upcoming events at

For more about SCAG's programs and plans, visit .