Sonoma LAFCO Local Agency Formation Commission

Sonoma Local Agency Formation Commission

Date: December 18, 2017
To:

Chair and Clerk to the Board of
Cloverdale Fire Protection District           
Russian River Recreation & Park District
Cloverdale Health Care District    
Sonoma Resource Conservation District
Gold Ridge Resource Conservation Dist.          
Schell-Vista Fire Protection District
Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District       
Shiloh Public Cemetery District
Monte Rio Fire Protection District
Valley of the Moon Fire Protection District
Monte Rio Recreation & Park District
Valley of the Moon Water District
Roseland Fire Protection District 
Windsor Fire Protection District

Russian River Fire Protection District
Re: Countywide Redevelopment Agency Oversight Board (RDA): Selection of  Special District Representative

Dear District Chair:

A letter is being sent to you as an invitation to your district to nominate a member of your board of directors for the position of special district representative to the Sonoma County redevelopment agency oversight board. The letter describes the process of selecting the special district representative.

Reason for Nomination

In 2011, the State of California dissolved redevelopment agencies throughout the state and created redevelopment agency (RDA) oversight boards as successor agencies. As part of that same legislation, as of July 1, 2018, the more than 400 RDA oversight boards in California will be consolidated into one oversight board per county.

Up to seven members are allowed on each countywide RDA oversight board, one of whom may be a member appointed by the independent special district selection committee (ISDSC). The ISDSCs, where they exist, are comprised of the presiding officer, or his or her designee, of every independent special district under the “umbrella” of the local agency formation commission (LAFCO). Pursuant to state law guiding LAFCOs, the Committee meets to appoint special district representatives to serve on LAFCOs.

Selection of Special District Representative

When no Committee exists or when it is not feasible for the Committee to meet, state law authorizes the LAFCO Executive Officer to manage the business of the Committee by mail. In Sonoma County, typically the process is conducted by mail. That format will be continued for selection of the Countywide RDA oversight board representative.

Although more than 40 independent special districts operate in the County pursuant to the LAFCO law, the California Health and Safety Code limits eligibility on the Countywide RDA oversight board to those special districts that have territory in the jurisdiction of a former RDA and are eligible to receive property tax residual for the Redevelopment Property Tax Trust Fund (RPTTF).

The Sonoma County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector has provided a list of districts that receive the RPTTF funds; these include:

Cloverdale Fire Protection District           
Russian River Recreation & Park District
Cloverdale Health Care District    
Sonoma Resource Conservation District
Gold Ridge Resource Conservation Dist.          
Schell-Vista Fire Protection District
Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District       
Shiloh Public Cemetery District
Monte Rio Fire Protection District
Valley of the Moon Fire Protection District
Monte Rio Recreation & Park District
Valley of the Moon Water District
Roseland Fire Protection District 
Windsor Fire Protection District
Russian River Fire Protection District

Only these districts may nominate and vote for the special district representative to the Countywide RDA.

Process to Select Special District Representative to County RDA Oversight Board

The process will consist of nomination and election periods. The districts listed above must choose the RDA special district representative prior to July 1, 2018. If that does not occur, based on the 2011 law, the Governor will make the appointment on behalf of independent special districts.

Nominations

  • Boards of directors of the above-listed districts may nominate any board member as a candidate for the RDA oversight board special district representative position. An extended nomination period has been scheduled.
  • Candidates must complete the attached applicationand provide a current resume. Applications submitted without a resume will be considered incomplete and will not be accepted.

Elections

  • After the close of the nomination period, Sonoma LAFCO will mail a ballot to each district eligible to vote for the special district RDA oversight board representative, along with copies of completed application forms and candidate resumes and voting instructions, so that a mail-in ballot can be conducted.
  • For the election to be valid, at least a quorum (8) of the special districts listed above must submit valid ballots. The candidate receiving the most votes will be elected.

Note: If only one candidate is nominated, pursuant to state law, that candidate will be deemed elected, and no ballot will be mailed out.

Schedule

The following table shows the schedule for the mail ballot nomination and election process:

Tuesday

Dec 19, 2017

Start of Nomination Period (Letter Sent to Eligible Special Districts)

Thursday

Feb 15, 2018

End of Nomination Period (Sonoma LAFCO Must Receive Nomination Materials by 5:00 p.m.)

Monday

Feb 19, 2017

Start of Voting Period (Ballots Mailed to Eligible Districts)

Friday

Mar 30, 2018

End of Voting Period (Sonoma LAFCO must receive ballots by 5:00 p.m.)

Monday

Apr 2, 2018

Ballots Counted

Monday

Apr 2, 2018

Results Announced; Districts Notified

*If more than one candidate is nominated

Email Instead of U.S. Mail

State law allows provision of ballot materials from LAFCO and response from a district by electronic mail, with the prior concurrence of the presiding officer of the district or his or her alternate as designated by the governing body. If your district would allow receipt of a ballot and associated materials by email and would want to remit your ballot by email, please notify Carole Cooper, Assistant Executive Officer, at carole.cooper@sonoma-county.org by the end of the nomination period of February 15, 2018.

Sonoma LAFCO encourages your district to consider and submit a nomination for the special district representative to the Sonoma County RDA oversight board before February 15, 2018. If you have any questions about the position or the process, please contact Sonoma LAFCO staff at (707) 565-2577, Monday – Thursday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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