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Midpen Awarded for Financial Excellence and Transparency

Date: May 30, 2023
Ryan McCauley, 650-772-3644,

Los Altos, CA — For the second consecutive year, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has been recognized with the special Triple Crown medallion by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for preparing annual comprehensive financial reports that embody the spirit of transparency.  

The medallion is awarded to local governments that have received, in the same year, the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (ACFR), the Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award (PAFR) and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. Midpen has received the Budget Award for 7 years, the ACFR for 6 years and the PAFR for 5 years. 

"These awards are a reflection of Midpen’s ongoing commitment to open government and financial transparency,” Chief Financial Officer Stefan Jaskulak said. “They are recognition of the District’s strong financial operations and accountability through full disclosure of our budgeting and finances.”  

Transparency Certificate of Excellence  

Midpen has also received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence from the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) for outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance. To receive the certificate, Midpen demonstrated the completion of essential governance transparency requirements and application of best practices in outreach and communication with constituents.  

“Our board of directors and staff are dedicated to implementing transparent and sound fiscal practices and providing the public with ample opportunities to understand and engage in our decision-making process,” Midpen General Manager Ana María Ruiz said. “These awards are an indication of Midpen’s ongoing commitment to building greater public awareness and trust in our projects, programs and operational activities by clearly communicating our annual workplans, budgets and finances.”  

The Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) and Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) for fiscal year 2022 are available for review at

For more information on Midpen’s commitment to open government and transparency, visit  

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