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CFSA’s next regular teleconference board meeting is Wednesday, April 7, at 10 a.m. You can view the meeting agenda by clicking Here

In the meantime, if you would like to read the minutes from past board meetings, you can do so by visiting our Board Meeting Minutes archive.


CFSA’s next teleconference meeting for the Revenue Protection Program Claims Committee will be held on Wednesday, December 9th, at 1:00 p.m. The agenda for this meeting can be found by clicking here.

CFSA’s next regular teleconference board meeting is Wednesday, December 2 at 10 a.m. You can view the meeting agenda by clicking here.

In the meantime, if you would like to read the minutes from past board meetings, you can do so by visiting our Board Meeting Minutes archive.

CFSA Emergency Animal Shelter Release and Waiver of Liability Agreement To find a copy of this Emergency Animal Shelter Release and Waiver of Liability Agreement in English, please click here. For this document in Spanish, please click here.

COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan The CFSA team has been hard at work developing the CFSA COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan for all of our members. We know that the level of operations varies at each fairgrounds and our goal was to provide information to cover all situations. Please click here to read more about the Exposure Control Plan, as well as to find resources that could help you get your fairgrounds ready during this time of COVID-19.

The April fyi newsletter is now available. This issue is your one-stop resource for all of the announcements, insurance alerts and COVID-19 related recommendations and updates emailed to program member fairs in March and April. It’s binge-worthy!

Thursday, April 6, 2020
Revenue Protection Program News:
Because the health and safety of our members is of the utmost importance to us, CFSA is waiving the requirement to have your signature on the Sworn Statement in Proof of Loss notarized when submitting your Revenue Protection Program claim in 2020. If you have any questions please contact me at 916-263-6145 or

CFSA remains active and ready to assist our program members through these difficult times. Please do not hesitate to call upon us.

UPDATE: March 26, 2020 ~  Re: CFSA’s Master Insurance List and COVID-19

It has come to CFSA’s attention that during the COVID-19 pandemic, many participants on the CFSA Master Insurance List will be obtaining permission from their insurance carriers to delay their annual renewal for general liability and workers’ compensation insurance while the businesses are in “shut down” mode. CFSA will delay sending notice to fairgrounds regarding insurance policy expirations for those vendors on the CFSA Master Insurance List, however, we can only do this if the vendor sends us written confirmation from their insurance carrier that they have been granted a delayed renewal date.

Written confirmations can be sent to Mario Castagnola, Risk Analyst, at 1776 Tribute Road, Ste. 100, Sacramento, CA 95815, or If you have any questions, please contact Mario via email or phone at (916) 263-6145.

UPDATE: March 18, 2020 From Rebecca Desmond, Executive Director:

Dear valued CFSA risk pool members and service clients,

I want to let you all know that CFSA is fully operational in the midst of the COVID-19 situation and the unique challenges it presents to our community as an employer as well as your California fair risk pool manager and service provider.

We are taking serious precautionary measures with our staff by shifting to a full telework mode to adhere with the Sacramento County Public Health Department recommendation that all residents stay home if possible. We have been very busy the last 24 hours establishing remote working conditions for all staff members. There will also be one key staff member in the office every day Monday through Friday to take care of our critical onsite business needs.

I want you to rest assured that in addition to the welfare and safety of our team, your needs as you all are facing unique challenges never before seen in the California fair industry, are of utmost concern to us. I am in constant communication with industry leadership and CFSA is ready to assist as needed.

If you have any questions regarding your General Liability, Workers’ Compensation, Special Events, or Revenue Protection coverage, please call us. Our main business line is 916/921-2213. We will either pick up or if on another line will return your call as soon as possible. You can also go to our online staff directory that will link you to staff emails. If you have an emergency at your fairgrounds that needs immediate attention, please call our mainline for key contact information.

For our financial services clients, you should have received an email from Accounting Administrator Renee Yi earlier today. That team is also fully equipped to work from home and they will be assisting you with financial services including payroll without interruption. If you have any questions about your financials or about Activity, please contact Renee .

We will keep everyone updated as we move through these challenging times together. We are here for you!

Wishing you and your team good health and peace,


Rebecca Desmond
Executive Director
California Fair Services Authority


March 13, 2020

Dear CFSA Risk Pool Members and Service Clients,

We want to assure you all that while we all are facing challenges related to COVID-19 throughout the state, CFSA is working diligently to make sure we are available to you should we be faced with an office closure and/or reduction in staff.

For all risk pool members, we strongly encourage that you follow the California Department of Public Health’s guidelines including those related to Mass Gatherings, and Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-25-20 related to your operations. We are also working diligently with our excess carrier for the General Liability and Workers’ Compensation risk pools to determine possible coverages related to COVID-19.  As of today there are no clear answers. If you have specific questions, please contact Risk Department Manager Tom Amberson at 916/263-6180 or at

For participants in the Special Events Risk Pool program, we will process coverage cancellations and renter SE fee refunds for any events that have been canceled on your fairgrounds. Please contact Risk Analyst Mario Castagnola at 916/263-6145 or if you have any questions.

The CFSA office is currently open and operating at full staff. We have implemented protocols in adherence with the California Department of Public Health’s guidelines and Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-25-20, which include, but are not limited to, the following:

♦ All nonessential travel is cancelled. This includes pre-fair inspections, fair site trainings, CFSA staff trainings/conferences, etc. If there is an emergency at one of our member fairgrounds that requires our presence, we will evaluate those situations on a case-by-case basis as to who responds. If you have a training on the calendar currently in March or April, CFSA staff will be contacting you to reschedule.

♦ CFSA employees are directed to stay home if they are ill.

♦ Enhanced sanitation of the office and the Fairs Building is being done by CFSA, all tenants, and the contracted janitorial crew that cleans nightly Monday through Friday.

All members and clients will be notified immediately if the CFSA offices close and we have to resort to working offsite. We will send the notification to member and client entity CEOs and ask that the CEOs share all communications with the appropriate fair/client staff. CFSA desk phones forward to our cell phones so if there are any questions please refer to the staff directory on our website to contact a member of our team or call our main business line, 916/921-2213, for key contact information.

Due to known cases of COVID-19 in Sacramento County, the New CEO Orientation on April 1 and 2 has been postponed by a joint decision of CFSA, CCA, WFA and F&E. A separate communication is going out to all fairs regarding this.

CFSA is working closely, as always, with our partners at CCA, WFA and CDFA/F&E to do all we can to assist the Network of California Fairs during these challenging times. Please do not hesitate to call me with any questions or suggestions.

We truly are all better together.


Rebecca Desmond
CFSA Executive Director


The  most current 2020  Master Insurance List is now available!

Have you read the latest issue of the fyi newsletter? So that you can be in the know (not the last to know), you can read it here.