This year, the Independent Special District Selection Committee is authorized to address vacancies on two separate boards: LAFCO and the Santa Cruz County Consolidated
Redevelopment Successor Agency Oversight Board (“COB”). Both boards are in search of a regular and alternate member to effectively represent the special districts in Santa
Cruz County. LAFCO staff helps conduct the selection process to fill in these vacancies and follows the guidelines outlined in State law and in the Commission’s adopted policies.
Calls for applications were distributed in December 2020 for the LAFCO seats and in January for the COB seats. In total, LAFCO staff received two applications for the LAFCO
seats and two applications for the COB seats.
Pursuant to Government Code Section 56332(f)(2), if one candidate is nominated for a vacant seat, that candidate shall be deemed appointed. In both cases, the number of
applications equaled the number of vacancies on the LAFCO and COB Boards, respectively. Therefore, the applicants were appointed in-lieu of an election. The selection
process results are summarized below:
— LAFCO Seats (Regular and Alternate): Jim Anderson and Ed Banks were appointed as the new regular and alternate special district members in-lieu of election.
— COB Seats (Regular and Alternate): Jim Anderson and Ed Banks were appointed as the new regular and alternate special district members in-lieu of election.