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Project description: The CUPA Forum has been posting profiles of selected CUPA agencies on our website for the past two years. These profiles provide an in depth look at CUPA agencies, their differences, unique challenges, demographics and accomplishments. There are six profiles currently posted ( and now the board has undertaken an aggressive project to have all of the CUPAs profiled and the articles posted before the Forum's 25th anniversary in January of 2023. That means we need to get 75 articles written in the next 24 months. The Board has contracted with Bill Lent (, a founding board member, to write these articles.

Who: With your help every CUPA in the state will be profiled in the next two years.

When: The Board will determine the schedule and will notify each CUPA. You will be notified by the CUPA Forum at least six weeks prior to your agencys scheduled date, if you need to reschedule just let Bill know. This project is starting immediately with the first interview in early October 2020 followed by at least three interviews each month until the project is completed.

What: Each CUPA Manager will need to select the person to be interviewed (usually the CUPA Manager or Director) and provide several times that they will be available along with their contact information. You will also need to provide your agency logo and two staff photos of staff or whatever you want presented with the article. Most CUPAs provide a group photo. Instructions on how to upload these documents are provided below.

Where: All interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

How: Once a time and date are confirmed, Bill Lent will conduct an interview with you via Zoom. The interviews typically take about an hour and cover your agency staffing and history, facility inventory, unique challenges and innovative programs. This is the opportunity to showcase your agency and let everyone know that in addition to protecting the community one inspection at a time, CUPAs also assist with wildfire hazard assessment and cleanup, contact tracing during a pandemic, emergency response and much more.

Why: Because the work that local CUPA staff do is critical to community safety and environmental health and we want folks to know.

Here's the process for a CUPA Manager to upload your logo and photos to the CUPA website:
1.Login to the CUPA website
2.Click on Members/Manager Dashboard -
3.To add your Logo and Photos, click on the Dropbox icon and click the to add your logo (select Logo folder) and 2 department photos (select the Photos folder). The file type will probably be jpg, but it might be png or gif. Name them with your County Name-logo or photo so they are easy to find in the next step. Its best if the image size is around 265x265 pixels so that it will size correctly on the page. For the Description of the image, put County Name and CUPA Profile. Leave Keywords blank. Save.
4.To add your CUPA profile, click on the CUPA Profiles icon and click on the sign to add your CUPA profile. Fill out the fields data. For Description enter the placeholder To be entered by Bill Lent. Bill will be interviewing you to gather this information. Enter your department website link in the Direct URL. For Logo URL, find the file that you uploaded to the Logo Folder and select it. The same for the 2 photos you uploaded. Use a google map link to enter your office location. Click Add Profile.
5.The website will send an email to Bill Lent, Sheryl Baldwin and Tim Snellings when the profile is saved.

For questions, please contact Bill Lent at

Posted: 2020-10-05 10:25:34

A Big Thank you of grateful Appreciation to Eric Scott of Glenn County for your time and efforts in leading the California CUPA Forum Board as Chair for July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Thanks to our 2019-2020 CUPA President Eric Scott

Posted: 2020-08-15 10:49:58

This is a list of key date that each CUPA Manager needs to be aware of and plan for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Posted: 2020-08-04 07:11:20

  CUPA 2020 Award Winners  06/13/2020

Check out our updated Award Winners that were recognized at the 2020 conference.

Posted: 2020-06-13 12:02:26

In preparation for the 2021 Conference, the CUP A Conference committee started its kickoff meeting in early April. As the month of April progressed, more and more uncertainty has impacted us all. Shelter in place orders, school/daycare closures, business closures, travel cancellations (airlines/hotels), and disruption in goods and services have become our new normal. I am positive that some of these impacts have affected each and every one of you.

These concerns were brought to the CUPA Forum Board for discussion. On April 29, 2020, the CUPA Forum Board voted to postpone the in-person 2021 Conference that is to be held in Anaheim, California on January 25-29, 2021. Note that this decision was not made lightly.

View 2021 Conference Attendee Letter for more information

Posted: 2020-05-07 10:42:31

Thank you Darwin Cheng for your time and efforts in leading the CUPA Forum Board as Chair for 2018/2019. Current Chair Eric Scott recognizes Darwin with a plaque of appreciation during the August CUPA Forum Board meeting.

Darwin Cheng receiving his president plaque 2019-08-07

Posted: 2019-08-09 07:49:28

These are the key dates that CUPA Managers and their staffs need to be aware of for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Download PDF of Important Dates for Managers for 2019-20

Posted: 2019-07-18 20:18:11

Training will introduce hazardous waste generators to Federal and State regulations applicable to hazardous waste generators. Determining generator status (LQG, SQG or CESQG), overview of RCRA waste vs. non-RCRA hazardous waste, accumulation time limits and container and tank management standards will be covered. Training will also cover the CUPAs role for inspections and enforcement of these regulations.

Posted: 2019-02-28 13:55:54

CUPA agencies come in all sizes from small rural agencies to large urban ones. Our CUPA profiles have visited Calaveras County, Sacramento County and San Francisco, each unique in its own way. This time we go down south to Orange County and check in with Darwin Cheng their CUPA Program Manager. Darwin has been with Orange County Environmental Health since 2007, he is the current chair of the California CUPA Forum (CFB) and sports a law Degree from Western State University of Law, which makes his appointment as the CFB enforcement issue coordinator a good fit.

Posted: 2019-02-03 11:18:40

The CUPA Forum Board celebrated Bill Jones 39 years of service by presenting him with a life-time achievement award. This award not only symbolizes his unwavering commitment to the Unified Programs, but it also represents his extraordinary leadership as a founding member of the CUPA Forum. The CUPA Forum Board congratulates Bill on his well deserved retirement.

Bill Jones receiving lifetime achievement award from CUPA Board

Posted: 2018-10-24 08:36:41

Calaveras County is located in Northern California just east of Stockton in the foothills of the beautiful Sierras. Although it has a total population of just over 50,000, this rural countys natural beauty and resources are bigger than life. Calaveras boasts a spectacular scenic byway and Big Trees State Park with Giant Sequoias, truly incredible giants chronicle more than 2000 years of majesty. Steeped in history and folklore, authors such as Mark Twain and Black Bart told of the rough and tumble gold rush era. Today you can relive these yesteryears in the town of Columbia, where you can pan for gold or ride a stage coach. Enjoying its rich history, slower pace and natural beauty are what Calaveras County is all about.

View Full Calaveras County CUPA Profile

Posted: 2018-10-06 22:58:07

  Fire Events Summaries  09/01/2018

California has been facing severe firestorms the past few years. As a result of leaders in Environmental Health (CCDEH) and Hazardous Materials Programs (CalCUPA), a collection of information about each of these fires has been assembled. To view the Fire Events Summaries, visit our regularly updated webpage HERE.

Posted: 2018-09-01 08:32:12

Thank you Larry Lancaster for your time and efforts in leading the CUPA Forum Board as Chair for 2017/2018. Current Chair Darwin Cheng recognizes Larry with a plaque of appreciation during the August CUPA Forum Board meeting.

Larry Lancaster Award

Posted: 2018-08-15 22:09:34

Updated on 08/10/2018 - Legislation summary document linked to from the Legislation Bills page

Posted: 2018-08-13 22:12:49

Dates: August 7-8, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Location: Shell Clubhouse, 1635 Pacheco Blvd., Martinez
Instructor: Steve Koester

Hazardous Waste Training for Unified Program Staff will provide the attendee with an overview of hazardous waste requirements from California Code of Regulations Title 22, California Health & Safety Code Chapter 6.5, and Code of Federal Regulations Title 40. The 16-hour class will utilize PowerPoint presentations, along with classroom exercises. REHS CEUs will be provided. Lunches will be provided by CHMIA.

Register Today - Follow link and select this HW-01 Seminar from the list

For additional information, please contact Kristen Riegel Ward at

Posted: 2018-07-12 20:18:15

This is a key snapshot of the Important Dates for CUPA Managers for Fiscal Year 2018-2019.

Posted: 2018-06-26 21:38:12

Each year our annual Unified Program Training Conference is held to train and educate regulators and
industry on a variety of topics. In an effort to provide training opportunities for those not in attendance,
the CUPA Forum Board has videotaped specific classes for subsequent posting on the CUPA Forum
website. During the videotaping, both the instructors and their visual aids (PowerPoint for example) are

This project is to edit the recorded footage, synchronizing the presenter and visual aids. The desired
approach is to start with a narrative insert (for example the name of the presentation and speaker), and
to have the video transition between the presenter and visual aids throughout the course, rather than a
static video of the presenter. In addition, specific videos may be identified by the Project Manager or his
designee to be used for certification or continuing education credit. Each of these videos should have a
mechanism to ensure students watch the entire video and track viewer progress. This may be in the
form of video stops or other tools to ensure students don't just turn on the video and walk away.

Posted: 2018-06-04 09:46:57

Legislator of the Year 2018
April 10, 2018 - In the bustling halls of the State capital building during this time of year, Assemblymembers and Senators are busy going to numerous different committee hearings and meetings to discuss the latest offerings of bills. Consultants and lobbyists are frantically trying to coordinate and discuss their latest amendments or positions while making their way to the same committee hearings to voice their support, opposition or concerns with any number of pending bills. In the middle of the fray, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi who represents Californias 66th Assembly District in the South Bay of Los Angeles, took a few minutes in his office to receive a group of local representatives of unified program agencies.

Members of the CUPA Forum Board were honored to present Assemblymember Muratsuchi with the Legislator of the Year award for his 2017 work on a suite of bills to enhance public safety and protection in communities near refineries. Executive Board member Marie Woodin (Sacramento County) led the presentation with Bill Jones (Los Angeles County), Legislative Issue Coordinator, Randy Sawyer (Contra Costa County), Cal ARP Issue Coordinator and Justin Malan (California Association of Environmental Health Administrators) echoing their thanks and appreciation for his bills and willingness to discuss their local perspectives during the legislative process last year. Following the presentation, attendees discussed the upcoming Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee hearing for AB 3138 designed to enhance penalties for Cal ARP facilities. Congratulations to Assemblymember Muratsuchi and heres to his continued support for public and environmental protection.

Posted: 2018-05-28 22:46:40