March 2024

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Charles Cates

Upcoming Events

Battery Powered Equipment Dinner Meeting

APRIL 18 | Blue Pheasant | Cupertino

Join us for dinner and learn about EV equipment and charging options available now or coming soon from Representatives from SiteOne, Milwaukee and Towa.

Register Here!

SFBA Chapter Celebration - Save the Date!

June 15 | Michael's at shoreline | Mountain View

Come and celebrate the brilliant history of the SFBA Chapter. We will also celebrate CLCA's Landscape Educational Advancement Foundation (LEAF), that has many named funds honoring our Forefathers and Foremothers. More details coming!

How Can I Support LEAF?

MAKE AN DONATION: You may wish to commemorate a special anniversary, birthday, milestone or achievement with a donation to your fund of choice directly to LEAF or donations can be included in your CLCA membership renewal.

ESTABLISH YOUR OWN NAMED FUND: Sent a written request or commitment letter to the LEAF Board of Trustees, including some details and history of the namesake of the fund to be established. Namesakes of the funds do not necessarily need to be directly involved in CLCA if the scholarship is awarded according to the established guidelines. Specific criteria (i.e. student attending a specific school, student attending a school within a designated geographic area or student with a permanent residence within a designated geographic area) can be stipulated. ONLY THE EARNINGS from funds are awarded.

DONATE THROUGH CHARITABLE GIVING: Consult your financial advisor or attorney when making a future commitment to the LEAF Legacy Program. As an IRS-recognized 501©3 tax-exempt educational foundation, LEAF enables you to do great things for the Green Industry. Contributors personally benefit from tax savings while providing a perpetual fund of scholarship/grant dollars.

For more information regarding LEAF or for fundraising suggestions, please contact Mary Cohen, LEAF Chairperson, at (408) 981-2955 or via e-mail at

To establish a new fund, make a donation or for informational brochures, either contact Mary or send your request to:

Landscape Educational Advancement Foundation (LEAF), c/o CLCA Headquarters
1491 River Park Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95815-8899
or call (916) 830-2780


Partner Spotlight

The Month’s Partner Spotlight is Devil Mountain

Devil Mountain

With almost 30 years of experience in the California nursery industry Devil Mountain Wholesale Nursery has a lot to talk about—including expertise in water-efficient plant varieties and innovative growing practices. Sharing knowledge with the community is one of the ways Devil Mountain gives back. Please contact if you’d like to schedule a Lunch & Learn or nursery tour for your team.

Download one or all of Devil Moutain’s Plant Guides and contact your local representative today:
Mark Takeda
(925) 829-6006

Diamond Partners

Gold Partners

Emerald Partners

Sapphire Partners

Achievement Award A La Carte

Pacific Nurseries

CLCA Member Benefit

2024 Board of Directors

Chairperson of the Board – Juan Carlos Esparza
President – Barry & Mary Cohen
Vice President – Beth Valdez
Treasurer – Scooter Wren
Secretary – Jackie Marsey
Associate Liaison – Marin Villalpando

Auxiliary President – Lesley Peters
Auxiliary Vice President – Girvin Peters
Auxiliary Treasurer – Rick Camin
Auxiliary Secretary – Vicky Parrott