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Monday, January 31, 2011 – More On LAFCO Water Policies

Last Friday, I reported that I expect to be at the Santa Cruz County LAFCO meeting this coming Wednesday, on behalf of the Community Water Coalition, which my law firm represents. LAFCO stands for “Local Agency Formation Commission,” and LAFCO has very important policy responsibilities under state law. The LAFCO meeting this coming Wednesday, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., at the Santa Cruz County Government Center. Key water policy issues are on the agenda, and today, tomorrow, and Wednesday, I’ll give you a flavor for what’s going to be talked about.

LAFCO decides, among other things, whether or not, and where, and when, and how much cities and special districts should be allowed to expand. In other words, should Watsonville, or Scotts Valley, or the City of Santa Cruz be allowed to expand their borders? That’s a question for LAFCO. Should the Soquel Creek Water District, or the City of Santa Cruz Water Department, be permitted to extend water service into new areas? That, too, is a question for LAFCO.

How does LAFCO make the decision when questions like these are posed? State law provides some guidance, and the Santa Cruz County LAFCO has adopted some guidelines itself. On Wednesday, the main question is whether or not (and how) the existing LAFCO guidelines should be amended, to deal more explicitly with water supply and water quality concerns. As I said, more tomorrow!

For KUSP, this is Gary Patton.

More Information:
Gary Patton writes a daily blog, “Two Worlds / 365” –
Santa Cruz County LAFCO website – 
Santa Cruz County LAFCO water policy issues -

The LAFCO hearing will be held in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, located on the Fifth Floor of the Santa Cruz County Government Center, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz. You can communicate with LAFCO by sending an email to the LAFCO Executive Officer, Pat McCormick. He can be reached at -

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