LOCAL WATER ISSUES
LAFCO WATER POLICIES
LAFCO conducted a public hearing and the Commission voted 7-0 to amend and adopt the recommended set of policies.
—Water Policies (adopted February 2, 2011)
The Lompico merger with the San Lorenzo Valley Water District was completed on June 1, 2016. The Assessment District will generate $2.75 million to be spent on the water system’s infrastructure, repairs, and improvements in Lompico over the next ten years.
Background Lompico Information:
—Sentinel 6/1/16 merger article
—Assessment Ballot Results
—Average Customer 5-Year Costs Under Merger & Independent Models
—Staff Report for August 6 Hearing
Lompico Merger Options:
—May 22 Presentation
On December 4, 2013, the LAFCO Executive Officer participated in a public workshop concerning the possible merger of the Lompico County Water District and the San Lorenzo Valley Water District.
—December 4 Presentation
STATE WATER ISSUES
WATER MANAGEMENT IN CALIFORNIA
UC Davis and the Public Policy Institute of California have prepared an insightful article that foresees ten inevitable changes in water management in California.
STATE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT
For a state perspective on groundwater issues, see the 2010 Legislative Analyst’s Office report titled “Liquid Assets: Improving Management of the State’s Groundwater Resources”:
MUTUAL WATER COMPANIES
Assembly Bill 54 of the 2011 Legislative Session requires mutual water companies to file their service area boundary maps with LAFCOs by December 31, 2012.
—Santa Cruz County Mutual Water Companies
Assembly Bill 240 of the 2013 Legislative Session requires mutual water companies to conduct open meetings, comply with the Public Records Act, prepare an annual audit, adopt an annual budget at an open meeting, and receive board member training.