Welcome to the California Columbia Association


Columbia Association Christmas Dinner


Special Presentation Honoring

Mike Puccinelli

Retired S.F.P.D. Commander

Sunday, December 10, 2017

U.S. Restaurant

414 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

No-host Bar 6 PM, Dinner 7 PM

(Four course family-style dinner featuring chicken marsala & grilled Sicilian sausage)

$60 per Person

Contact Insp. Steve Smalley, Columbia Association Secretary/Treasurer, at


to RSVP. Send checks to Columbia Association Dinner, PO Box 330416, San Francisco, Ca 94133

Cut-off Date for RSVPs is Tuesday, December 5, 2017


 NEXT BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

U.S. Restaurant, Noon (Lunch to follow at 1300 hours)

414 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco (North Beach)



Mille Grazie

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.




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.


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.