Local Agency Formation Commission
Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Board of Supervisors Hearing
Room, Room 381B
Kenneth Hahn Hall of
500 West Temple
Street, Los Angeles 90012
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to the extent feasible.
1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER.
2. Pledge of Allegiance will be led by VICE
Chairman BEATRICE PROO.
3. SPECIAL ITEM
Approve Agreement for Consulting Services
with Beverly Burr.
Minutes of the meeting held February 12, 2003.
4. PUBLIC COMMENT
This is the opportunity for members of the public
to address the Commission on items that are not on the posted agenda, provided
that the subject matter is within the jurisdiction of the Commission. Speakers are reminded of the three-minute
5. FUTURE MEETINGS
March 12, 2003
March 26, 2003
6. NEW BUSINESS
This is the opportunity for commissioners to
discuss matters not on the Posted Agenda (to be discussed and upon Commission
approval placed on the Agenda for action at a future meeting).
7. ADJOURMENT MOTION
FEBRUARY 26, 2003
AGENDA ITEM NO. 3A
AGREEMENT FOR CONSULTING SERVICES
Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000 now requires the LAFCO commission to complete a
municipal service review (MSR) of all 88 cities and 93 special districts located
in Los Angeles County. LAFCO staff is currently embarked
upon the development of a framework for application of Sections 56425 (Sphere
of Influence Updates) and Section 56430 (Municipal Service Reviews) contained
in the Cortese–Knox–Hertzberg Act.
The application of Section 56425 alone will not
significantly impact LAFCO staff and its resources. The
application of Section 56430 will however greatly impact LAFCO staff and its resources as
the LAFCO commission must now make
determinations based on 9 specific findings supported by substantial evidence
in light of the whole record rather than a just a decision to approve or deny a
proposal . While the commission has several staff members and legal counsel
available to work on this project, staff will require outside expertise in
economics, planning, finance, engineering and specialized municipal services to
supplement staff resources.
Section 56430. (a) In order to prepare and to
update spheres of influence in accordance with Section 56425, the commission shall
conduct a service review of the municipal services provided in the county or
other appropriate area designated by the commission. The commission shall
include in the area designated for service review the county, the region, the
sub-region, or any other geographical area as appropriate for analysis of the
service or services to be reviewed, and shall prepare a written statement of
its determinations with respect to each of the following:
needs or deficiencies.
and population projections for the affected area.
constraints and opportunities.
for rate restructuring.
for shared facilities.
structure options including advantages and disadvantages.
of management efficiencies.
accountability and governance.
Section 56430. (b) In conducting a service
review, the commission shall comprehensively review all of the agencies that
provide the identified service or services within the designated geographical
Staff has met with the commission Sub-Committee on
Spheres of Influence and Municipal Service Reviews to determine the steps
required to develop a framework and time line necessary to comply with Sections
56425 and 56430. Your LAFCO staff has now completed the first
step by preparing digital maps depicting the municipal boundaries and sphere of
influence boundaries of all 88 cities and all 93 special districts located in Los Angeles County. In addition, staff has met
with other LAFCO’s throughout the state for the
purpose of evaluating the various methods and procedures being employed by them
to meet this new code requirement. While no single methodology is being universally employed by
all LAFCO’s, most LAFCO’s are utilizing outside
consultants to develop policies and procedures regarding the implementation of Sphere
Of Influence reviews and updates, and to prepare the actual Municipal Service Reviews.
Section 56425 (f) requires the commission to review
and update, as necessary, the adopted spheres of influence not less than every
five years, commencing on January 1, 2001. LAFCO will need to fast track an
implementation plan in order to meet the December 31,
deadline for completion. This can only be accomplished by the utilization of
outside consultants. The attached Agreement For
Consulting Services is the first step in assembling the various consultants
that will be required to complete this task. Burr Consulting will essentially
plan the scoping phase of the project, draft the requests for information
directed at the local agencies, assist in the budgeting of annual costs of MSR’s, meet with LAFCO staff and commission, assist
in the collection of data from local agencies, and perform the other tasks
outlined in the Agreement.
Authorize the Executive Officer to execute, on
behalf of the commission, the attached
Agreement for Consulting