Published November 30th, 2016
Tatzin Wins 2016 Outstanding Commissioner Award
By Pippa Fisher
Don Tatzin Photo Pippa Fisher
The Statewide Local Agency Formation Commission recently honored Lafayette City Council member Don Tatzin with the 2016 Outstanding Commissioner achievement award.
The Lafayette City Council recognized Tatzin for his achievement at the Nov. 14 council meeting.
Not only has he spent 30 years on the Lafayette City Council, Tatzin also served on Contra Costa LAFCO since 1998 - initially as an alternate city representative, and since 2011, as a regular city member. LAFCOs are regional planning agencies located in all 58 counties of California.
Lou Ann Texeira, executive officer of Contra Costa LAFCO, presented the award at the city council meeting.
Mayor Mark Mitchell read aloud the nominating letter, which said that Tatzin exemplified the meaning of LAFCO in his ability to balance the competing interests of orderly growth and development while working to preserve agricultural and open-space lands.
In addition to multiple accomplishments for LAFCO, the letter went on, "He is a skilled facilitator (and) negotiator, and (is) always willing to listen to both sides."
Tatzin commented, "There are many highly qualified and hard-working LAFCO commissioners throughout California. Being selected as Commissioner of the Year for the state was both a surprise and an honor."

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