File No. 2020-04: Dissolution of the Palm Drive Health Care District
Published: July 1, 2020
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Sonoma Local
Agency Formation Commission will conduct a public hearing at or after 2:00 p.m.
on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, in the Sonoma County Administration Building, 575
Administration Drive, Room 102A, Santa Rosa, California, at which time all
interested persons may be heard on the following item:
File No. 2020-04: Dissolution
of the Palm Drive Health Care District
(Due to public health regulations, this meeting
may be conducted using a video conferencing system. Please refer to the Commission website for
details regarding meeting logistics.)
The Board of Directors of the Palm Drive Health
Care District (“District”) have applied to LAFCO by resolution seeking
dissolution of the District. The County
of Sonoma will be named as the successor agency, tasked with winding down the
affairs of the District, which primarily involves continued collection of taxes
to be used to pay existing District bankruptcy and debt obligations.
It should be noted that the District no longer
provides medical services, having sold its hospital facility and transferred
operating licenses to a private entity in 2019.
The Cortese Knox Hertzberg Act compels the
Commission to approve dissolution, though the Commission may impose conditions.
The Act also indicates that approval is not subject to protest proceedings or
electoral approval by registered voters within the District’s territory.
At the hearing, LAFCO
will consider any relevant oral or written testimony and evidence presented or filed
regarding the proposed dissolution of the District.
The proposed action has been determined to be
exempt from the State of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under
provisions of Section 15061(b)(3) and Section 15320.
Copies of all documents
relating to the actions may be reviewed at the Sonoma Local Agency Formation
Commission office, 111 Santa Rosa Avenue, Suite 240, Santa Rosa, California,
95404, (707) 565-2577. Please direct comments, questions, and requests to the
office. In order to be included with hearing materials, written comments must
be received by July 28, 2020. Written comments received after that date will be
provided to the Commission at the public hearing.
INTERESTED PERSONS ARE HEREBY INVITED TO BE PRESENT AND HEARD ON THE MATTERS
DESCRIBED IN THIS NOTICE.
If you challenge the actions of the Sonoma
Local Agency Formation Commission on the sphere of influence amendment in
court, you may be limited to raising only those issues raised at the public hearings
described in this notice or in written correspondence delivered to the Sonoma
Local Agency Formation Commission at, or prior to, the hearings.
By: Mark Bramfitt, Executive Officer
Date: July 1, 2020