Welcome to the California Columbia Association

Board Meeting: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

12:30 PM Board Meeting / 1:00 PM Lunch

U.S. Restaurant

414 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco


98th Annual Statuto Race

The California Columbia Association is a proud sponsor and supporter of the Annual Statuto Race, celebrating its 98th run this year on Sunday, June 3 in San Francisco’s North Beach. The Statuto Race is put on the the SF Italian Athletic Club and raises funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Bay Area and SFIAC Sports. We encourage all First Responders to participate in this event, which includes a 8K run or 2 mile walk. It’s fun, it’s exciting, it’ good for you and supports good causes. For more information go to http://www.statutorace.com.




CIAO (Coalition of Italian American Organizations) Bay Area is thrilled to report that the San Francisco Rules Committee unanimously recommended the Italian American Heritage Day ordinance to the Board of Supervisors for approval on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.  This important step in the process of returning a San Francisco holiday to the Italian American community was witnessed by nearly 75 members of CIAO Bay Area who spoke in support of the ordinance.  Take great pride in the work CIAO has been able to accomplish through unity, perseverance, and dedicated organizations that have joined together for common goals.  The protest, signature drive, media coverage, and vocal support at multiple hearings demonstrates that CIAO Bay Area is a force to be reckoned with.
On April 17, the Board of Supervisors will vote on this ordinance. We need 6 votes to pass and are confident we have the votes. Although we cannot speak on April 17th, your attendance would give a visual show of support to the supervisors. Please consider attending the meeting which begins at 2 p.m. in Room 250 of San Francisco City Hall.
CIAO Bay Area would like to thanks everyone for their support.


Membership in the California Law Enforcement Columbia Association (CLECA) is a way of showing your Italian-American pride. Membership also offers you a tremendous networking opportunity while enjoying a close fellowship bond with law enforcement and public safety professionals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Our social and other events offer members a chance to enjoy themselves while serving a variety of great causes. For the low dues amount of $50 annually ($20 for Student Membership) you can begin expanding your cultural horizons. The California Columbia Association is affiliated and sanctioned by the National Council of Columbia Associations in Civil Service, which dates back to 1975, and is the only Columbia Association on the West Coast.

The California Columbia Association consists of six entry level membership categories, which include: Italian Law Enforcement Sworn Members, Italian Law Enforcement Non-sworn Members, Public Safety Members, Associate Members, Affiliated Members and Student Members. Please visit our “MEMBERSHIP” Section for more details on these categories. You can also download a Membership Application and submit it by mail or email. If you have any questions, you can contact the Association at columbiaca@yahoo.com.

The California Law Enforcement Columbia Association is registered as a Non-profit Association with the California Secretary of State’s Office, the State Tax Board and the IRS. It is a 501c(10) exempt association.


California Columbia Association

Christmas Dinner 2017

This year’s Christmas Dinner featured a special presentation honoring retired SFPD Commander Mike Puccinelli (left). See Event Photos for more pictures from the 2017 event.








The Executive Board of Directors of the California Columbia Association would like to thank all those who volunteered and participated in the Italian Heritage / Columbus Day activities over the weekend.  Hope you enjoyed the Public Safety officers buffet and we look forward to seeing you next year for the 150th Anniversary of the oldest Italian Heritage Parade in the country. For more photos from the Italian Heritage Parade and the weekend’s activities, click on the EVENT PHOTOS tab.



2016 Columbia Christmas Dinner

Consul General of Italy Lorenzo Ortona (center) addresses the group at the 2016 Columbia Association Christmas Dinner. CLECA Executive VP Steve Landi and Chaplain Joseph Landi (L) and President Leo Pierini (R).







The California Law Enforcement Columbia Association is proud to announce the 2017 recipient of the Italian-American Public Safety Scholarship, Daniel Chavez-Luviano. Daniel is entering his senior year at San Francisco State University with a Criminal Justice Studies Major and a minor in Ethnic Studies. He also is very involved in the issue of human trafficking and the global impact of these issues. Daniel is active in on campus student organizations and is a strong contributor to the classroom environment in his Criminal Justice classes.

The CLECA Italian-American Public Safety Scholarship is awarded to an individual based on his GPA, involvement in the community and interest in law enforcement or public safety as a career. The scholarship was established in June 2016 when California Law Enforcement Columbia Association President Leo Pierini signed the final agreement papers to establish the Scholarship with the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) of San Francisco State University.


The NYPD Columbia Association Standard Honored in San Francisco 2001

Columbus Day Parade 2001 in San Francisco. SFPD Officers carrying the NYPD Standard in honor of New York Officers after Columbus Day events in New York were suspended following the tragic attacks of that year. For more details and photos on the story and history behind the above photograph, click on the HISTORY tab for the entire history of the California Columbia Association.