On February 26, 1986, the California Assessors' Association (CAA) Executive Committee gave approval for a two-day seminar for Cadastral Mapping Supervisors. This workshop was scheduled for October 27-28, 1986 at the Fresno County Library. No registration fee was charged, no group meals were planned, and four hotel/motel suggestions were offered. Participants were encouraged to bring a copy of AH 215 to the meeting.
The CAA agreed to sponsor more seminars of this type on an annual basis, intended for furthering the education, knowledge and communication of cadastral mappers. The seminars consisted of topical presentations and discussions, and provided a forum for mappers to share ideas, experiences, problems, and solutions.
Kern County hosted the seminar in October 1989. The final presentation focused on the status of the CCMA's formation, followed by an open discussion. It was generally decided that this group wished to be sponsored by the Assessors' Association, and wanted guidelines to be issued, and wanted the annual meetings to continue.
The following year, Shasta County hosted the annual meeting, where a committee was formed to develop guidelines and bylaws. The Guidelines Committee presented draft bylaws to the group at the 1991 meeting in San Luis Obispo, where they were reviewed and approved by those in attendance. The committe remained in place to work with the CAA to make minor changes and adopt the bylaws. The bylaws were amended and ratified by the members at the 1997 meeting, and were finally approved by the CAA in 1998.
Maps were historically drawn by hand with manual drafting instruments, and many are still done this way. But the new world order is emerging with computer technologies: Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) software has proliferated and brought many improvements to the tools and procedures for several decades, and more recently, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software is the wave of the future in electronic mapping. The use of these and other automation technologies is rapidly changing the way we do our jobs, even forcing many to redefine job specifications and qualifications and adjust compensation levels.
Our association assures us that we don't have to blaze new (or old) trails alone; that the experiences of one county can be a resource for another, and that as a group, perhaps we can have a greater influence on the future of our own profession.