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Proposed Changes In LAFCO Law


Monday, April 23, 2012

California Association of LAFCOs

The Monterey County Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, meets at 4:00 o’clock this afternoon, and I found Item No. 7c particularly interesting. This is a report on the legislative activities of the California Association of LAFCOs.

CALAFCO, as it is called, is a statewide organization that represents the interests of LAFCOs in the State Capitol. Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold is currently on the CALAFCO Board of Directors; Santa Cruz LAFCO Public Member Roger Anderson actually served as the CALAFCO Board President. The CALAFCO website is a good source of information on all matters related to LAFCO.

The CALAFCO legislative report indicates that Assembly Bill 1498, now pending in the Assembly, seeks to amend Government Code §56133. This is the section of law that has played such an important part in the applications of the City of Santa Cruz, and the University of California at Santa Cruz, in their effort to have City water services extended, to facilitate the construction of over three million square feet of new buildings on the UCSC North Campus. Those interested in that issue should take a look at AB 1498. You can find a link in today’s Land Use Report Blog at

More Information:

Gary Patton’s Two Worlds Blog

Monterey County LAFCO

LAFCO Agenda, April 23, 2012 Meeting

Staff Report, Agenda Item No. 7c

Senate Bill 1498, As Introduced


Wittwer & Parkin LLP, the law firm with which I am associated, is representing the Community Water Coalition (CWC) on matters related to the proposed LAFCO applications.



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