Welcome to the California Columbia Association

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017

Sodini’s Bertolucci’s Restaurant, SSF, Meeting at Noon (Lunch at 1300 hours)

421 Cypress Avenue, South San Francisco




Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Inviting all Italian-American first responders and their families (or first responders wanting to be Italian for the day) to march in the Italian Heritage – Columbus Day Parade on Sunday, October 8, 2017!

This year the SFPD will be marching in solidarity with the SF Sheriff’s Department, CHP, US Park Police, the SF Fire Department and other Bay Area agencies. Come show your support and get a firsthand view of the love and respect that the Italian community, and all attendees, have for the SFPD and all Bay Area first responders.

Also this year, Officer Kevin Downs will be honored by the Italian-American Community as the Grand Marshall of the Parade. This is a well-deserved honor for a brave officer who was critically injured in the line of duty.

Meet at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2017 in front of the SF Italian Athletic Club at (1630 Stockton, between Filbert and Union Streets), San Francisco.  First responders marching in the parade should be in Class B uniform, long sleeve shirt and service hat. Retired SFPD officers are asked to wear a suit or commemorative Italian attire and display their star. All public safety officers from the Bay Area are invited to participate (approval to wear their uniforms must be obtained from their respective chief or command staff). 

Free buffet for all officers marching in the parade to follow at the Italian Athletic Club, 2nd Floor ( gymnasium adjacent to the SFPD Parade Command Center), sponsored by the California Law Enforcement Columbia Association.

Family & Kids Welcome

Grazie, e a presto!

To participate or for more information, contact: Sergeant Angelo Spagnoli, SF Police Academy at angelo.j.spagnoli@sfgov.org or Inspector Steve Smalley, Columbia Association Secretary/Treasurer at columbiaca@yahoo.com.

NOTE: On Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8th there will also be a Saints Peter and Paul School Bazaar for the entire community, family and kids (600 Filbert Street in North Beach). While all the festivities are taking place the Blue Angels will also be flying overhead… Mama Mia, so much fun.


Festa Coloniale Italiana, August 2017

Columbia Association Table at the 2017 Festa, (L to R) Gloria Curcio, 2nd VP Liane Corrales, 1st VP Al Casciato and EVP Steve Landi.

Festa Security Squad headed by Columbia Sergeant-At-Arms Frank Wood (center), Anthony Pierini (L) and Lacey Bolander.


2017 SFIAC Statuto Race


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.


In other breaking news from the Executive Board of Directors, a discussion was initiated to create a sub-association of CLECA which would encompass all Public Safety and First Responders of Italian-American heritage. At the conclusion of 2016, the Board voted to create a First Responder Membership Category beginning in 2017.



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 planned 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.




Carabinieri & Columbia Association officers

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Columbus Day Parade 2013 001


Parade 5 2012


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.