AGENDA FOR MEETING OF THE LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION

                 COMMISSION FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES TO BE HELD IN

                   ROOM 381B OF THE KENNETH HAHN HALL OF ADMINISTRATION

                      500 WEST TEMPLE STREET, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90012

                                               WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2002

                                                                      9:00 A.M.

 

AGENDA POSTED:   February 8, 2002.

 

The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Chairman Henri Pellissier.

 

CONSENT ITEMS

 

1.         Annexation No. 1-2000 to Palm Ranch Irrigation District – approximately three acres generally located on 52nd Street West, north of Avenue K and west of 50th Street West, in the unincorporated area of Quartz Hill.  Landowner, Palm Ranch Irrigation District.

 

2.         Covina Annexation to Walnut Valley Water District – approximately 0.28± acres located at 3542 South Grand Avenue, in the City of Covina.  Landowner, Walnut Valley Water District.

 

SPECIAL ITEMS

 

3.   Antelope Valley Hospital District Non-payment of 2001-2002 Assessment.

 

4.   Approval of LAFCO January 2002 Operating Account Check Registrar, Money Market Account Register and Special Reorganization Check Register.

 

5.   Special Reorganization:

a.                   Legal Opinions

   i)       Special Reorganization Elections and Designation of Conducting Authority

                     ii)      Commission authority to set terms and conditions regarding public utilities

                     iii)      Documentary transfer tax


         b.         Revised Schedule of Public Hearings

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

6.         Approve minutes for the January 23, 2002 meeting of the Local Agency Formation Commission.

 

7.         Public comment period: Opportunity for members of the public to address the Commission on items of interest that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission.  Speakers are reminded of the three-minute time limitation.

 

8.         New Business: Commissioner’s discussion of Matter not on Posted Agenda (To be  Discussed and upon Commission approval placed on the Agenda for Action at a Future Meeting).

 

9.         Settings for the February 27, 2002 Agenda.


STAFF REPORT

 

FEBRUARY 13, 2002

 

ANNEXATION NO. 1-2000 TO

PALM RANCH IRRIGATION DISTRICT STAFF REPORT

 

AGENDA NO. 1

 

 

Agenda Item No. 1 is an uninhabited annexation initiated by the Palm Ranch Irrigation District.  The proposal involves annexation of District-owned property into its legal boundaries.

 

The property which encompasses approximately three acres of territory is located on 52nd Street West, north of Avenue K and west of 50th Street West.  The current land use consists of a water production facility.  The surrounding land use consists of unimproved lots.

 

At the present time the property will maintain its current land use.  However, in the future, the District anticipates it will develop the property with a 50’x100’ office building, designed for an occupancy load of thirty persons or less.

 

Conclusion

 

Annexation of the territory will allow the district greater municipal control of district-owned property.  Once annexed the subject property will become tax-exempt.  Therefore, all affected agencies have agreed that there will be no exchange of property tax increment as a result of the annexation.

 

The Palm Ranch Irrigation District, as sole owner of the property, has requested waiver of commission protest proceedings.

 

Recommended Action

 

1.      Acting in its role as a responsible agency, with respect to the proposed annexation and under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096, LAFCO certifies that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the project and the Notice of Exemption (NOE) certified by the Palm Ranch Irrigation District.  LAFCO finds that it has complied with the requirements of CEQA with respect to the process for a responsible agency, and hereby adopts by reference the NOE, previously adopted by the lead agency.

 

2.      Pursuant to Government Code Section 56663 (c), find that, as the sole owner of the subject territory, the Palm Ranch Irrigation District has given written consent to the waiver of commission protest proceedings.

 

3.      Adopt Resolution Making Determinations and Approving and Ordering Annexation No. 1‑2000 to the Palm Ranch Irrigation District.

 


STAFF REPORT

 

FEBRUARY 13, 2002

 

COVINA ANNEXATION TO THE

WALNUT VALLEY WATER DISTRICT

 

AGENDA ITEM NO. 2

 

 

Agenda Item No. 2 is an uninhabited annexation initiated by the Walnut Valley Water District.  The proposal involves annexation of District-owned property into its jurisdictional boundaries.

 

The property which encompasses approximately 0.28± acres is located at 3542 S. Grand Avenue, in the City of Covina.  The territory is currently undeveloped.  The surrounding land use consists of private homes and small businesses.  The district does not anticipate development at this time.

 

Conclusion

 

Annexation of the territory will allow the district greater municipal control of district-owned property.  Once annexed the subject property will become tax-exempt.  Therefore, all affected agencies have agreed that there will be no exchange of property tax increment as a result of the annexation.

 

As sole owner of the property, the Walnut Valley Water District has requested a waiver of commission protest proceedings.

 

Recommended Action

 

1.      Acting in its role as a responsible agency, with respect to the proposed annexation and under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096, LAFCO certifies that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the project and the Categorical Exemption certified by the Walnut Valley Water District. LAFCO finds that it has complied with the requirements of CEQA with respect to the process for a responsible agency, and hereby adopts by reference the categorical exemption, previously adopted by the lead agency.

 

2.      Pursuant to Government Code Section 56663 (c), find that, as sole owner of the property, the Walnut Valley Water District has given written consent to the waiver of protest proceedings; and

 

3.      Adopt Resolution Making Determinations and Approving and Ordering the Covina Annexation to the Walnut Valley Water District.

 


STAFF REPORT

 

FEBRUARY 13, 2002

 

ANTELOPE VALLEY HOSPITAL DISTRICT

NON-PAYMENT OF 2001/2002 ASSESSMENT

 

AGENDA ITEM NO. 3

 

 

 

Background:

On November 28, 2001 the Executive officer reported on the non-payment of $53,176.00 by the Antelope Valley Hospital District (AVHD) as mandated by Government Code Section 56381(c). The executive Officer recommended legal proceedings be initiated to enforce payment.

 

Commissioner Madrid expressed concerns about the financial impact the legislative mandate would have on the hospital district. Commissioner Burke requested an explanation on the method of collecting non-payment from cities and districts. County counsel briefly discussed the process as set fort in the Government Code.

 

On motion of Commissioner Proo, unanimously carried the, the Executive Officer was authorized to request the Auditor-Controller to withhold the amount due LAFCO from those cities and districts that are delinquent in payment as provided for in the Government Code. The Auditor-Controller has since reported that the AVHD does not receive any property tax allocation or direct assessment. Nor has the State Legislature adopted any legislation or policy to either clarify or deal with this issue.

 

At the January 23, 2002 commission meeting the Executive Officer reported that no progress had been made in collecting the funds due from the AVHD and once again recommended legal proceedings to enforce payment. The commission held the item over to the February 13, 2002 meeting in order to give staff and the AVHD additional time to reach an amicable agreement.

    

Current Status:

Discussions have been held between staff and the AVHD. The AVHD is pursuing state legislation that would provide the AVHD exemption from this assessment. Staff has suggested that the AVHD also bring the issue up with the independent special district committee requesting a majority vote in favor of the AVHD exclusion from the district apportionment formula.  


Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends the commission accept payment of $53,176.00 from the AVHD with the understanding that LAFCO will agree, in writing, to return said sum to the AVHD on the occurrence of either of the following:

1.                  The state legislature enacts legislation prior to May 31, 2002 which would exclude the AVHD from paying the 2001/2002 assessment and any other future assessment, or

2.                  The Independent Special District committee provides LAFCO minutes of a meeting, held prior to May 31 2002, wherein a majority of the districts have voted in favor of excluding the AVHD from the independent special districts apportionment formula and directing LAFCO to reapportion the total assessment.

 

Staff also recommends that in the event the AVHD fails to deposit the $53,176.00 with LAFCO by February 20, 2002, legal counsel be directed to immediately begin legal proceedings against the AVHD in Superior Court to enforce payment of the $53,176.00 assessment due LAFCO.