MINUTES OF THE LOCAL AGENCY

 

FORMATION COMMISSION FOR LOS ANGELES COUNTY

 

August 27, 2003

 

 

 

 

 

Present:

 

Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke

James DiGiuseppe

Jerry Gladbach

Carol Herrera

Zev Yaroslavsky

 

Kenneth I. Chappell

Robert W. Goldsworthy, Alternate

Cristina Cruz-Madrid, alternate

Donald Knabe, Alternate

 

 

Larry J. Calemine, Executive Officer

Thomas Faughnan, Legal Counsel

 

Absent:

 

Cindy Miscikowski

Henri F. Pellissier, Chairman

Baetrice Proo, Vice Chair

Richard Close, Alternate

 

 

 

 

 

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    The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. 

 

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     Pledge of Allegiance led by Edward Gladbach.

 

   Persons who made a contribution of more than $250 to any member of the Commission during the preceding 12 months were asked to come forward and state for the record the Commissioner to whom such contribution was made and the item of their involvement.  (None)

 

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    The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

            Continued hearing on Annexation No. 37-15 to County Waterworks District No. 37, 964± acres located north of the Antelope Valley Freeway, in the vicinity of Crown Valley Road, unincorporated area of Acton.  The landowner is B&C Land and Water, LLC (Nicholas J. Coussoulis, Member).  (Continued from the meetings of June 11, 2003 and July 23, 2003).

           

   On motion of Commissioner Wentworth, unanimously carried (Commissioners Miscikowski, Pellissier and Proo being absent), the Commission took the following actions:

 

 

·        Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 37-15 (Parcels A, B and E), pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096, LAFCO made a finding that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the proposed project and the environmental documentation adopted by the County of Los Angeles, as lead agency, and has determined that the documents adequately address the environmental impacts of the proposed project.  LAFCO also made a finding that it has compiled with the requirements of CEQA with respect to the process for a responsible agency, and hereby adopts by reference the environmental documentation previously adopted by the County of Los Angeles in connection with its approval of the proposed project.

     

·        Made a finding that B&C Land and Water, LLC, as the sole landowner, has given written consent to the change of organization, and all affected agencies have consented in writing to the waiver of protest proceedings, and pursuant to Government Code Section 56663, waive the requirement for protest proceedings in its entirety.

 

  • Adopted the attached Resolution No. 2003-15RD Making Determinations approving and Ordering Annexation No. 37-15 (Parcels A, B, and E), to Los Angeles County Waterworks district No. 37, subject to the following terms and conditions:

 

a.      The property so annexed shall be subject to the payment of such service charges, assessments or taxes as the district may legally impose.

b.      The regular county assessment roll is utilized by the District.

c.      The affected territory will not be taxed for existing bonded indebtedness of the District.

 

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    The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

City of Palmdale, Annexation No. 1998-01 – 308.04 acres located north of the California Aqueduct, south of the alignment of Avenue R, east of 20th Street West and west of the alignment of 10th Street West.

 

    On motion of commissioner Wentworth, unanimously carried (Commissioners Miscikowski, Pellissier, and Proo being absent and Commissioner Herrera disqualifying due to a possible Section 84308 conflict of interest), the Commission took the following actions:

 

  • Made a finding that this annexation is categorically exempt from the provision of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15319.

 

  • Made a finding that the county and all subject agencies agree to the proposed tax transfer.

 

  • Adopted the attached Resolution No. 2003-15RD Making Determinations Approving annexation of the subject territory from Los Angeles County Road District No. 5.

 

  • Pursuant to Government Code Section 57002, set October 8, 2003 at 9:00 a.m., for Commission protest proceedings.

 

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   The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

            City of Palmdale, annexation No. 2001-01A – 977 acres located between the alignments of Avenue R-8 to the north, Williston Street/Hacienda Drive to the south, 860+ feet west of the alignment of 20th Street West to the west and approximately 220+ feet of Calle Grillo to the east.

 

    On motion of Commissioner Wentworth, duly carried by the following vote:

 

Ayes:              DiGiuseppe, Herrera, Wentworth, Chappell, Yaroslavsky, Gladbach

Noes:              Burke, Madrid.

Absent:           Miscikowski, Pellissier, Proo

 

The Commission then took the following actions:

 

  • Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 2000-01A, pursuant to the State of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Section 15096, LAFCO made a finding that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the proposed project and the environmental documents adopted by the city of Palmdale as lead agency, namely City of Palmdale Resolution No., PC-1998-019, approving and adopting a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project.  LAFCO also made a finding that it has complied with the requirements of CEQA with respect to the process for a responsible agency, and hereby adopts by reference the environmental findings and mitigated negative declaration, previously adopted by the City of Palmdale, in connection with its approval of the proposed project.

 

  • Made a finding that the County and all subject agencies agree to the proposed tax transfer.

 

  • Approved the requested amendment to the Sphere of Influence of Los Angeles County Waterworks district No. 40, and made the following determinations, in accordance with Government Code Section 56425

 

a.                  Present and planned land uses in the area:

 

Present Land Use:  the present land use of the territory is low-density residential and vacant land.  The residential component consists of approximately 117 acres, containing 80 single-family residences and the remaining portion consists of 860 acres of vacant land.

 

Proposed Land Use and Zoning:  the City of Palmdale has pre-zoned the proposed annexation area as R-1, Single Family Residential.

 

Surrounding Land Use:  There is an existing landfill to the north, the City of Palmdale park and ride facility to the east, rural residential to the south and vacant land to the west, consisting of the approved 5,000-unit City Ranch Specific Plan.

 

a.                  Present and probable need for public facilities and services:

 

The City of Palmdale will provide general municipal services such as: animal regulation, parks and recreation, street maintenance, planning and building services to the subject territory.  The range and level of services will increase as future development occurs in the vacant portions of the proposed annexation area. The majority of land within the subject territory is vacant and there are no current plans for development of the area.  Services to the area will be provided at the current or greater level of service and are set forth in (c) below.

 

b.                  The present capacity of public services:

Adequate public service facilities are available to service the proposed annexation area.

 

Police Services:  The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department currently services the area.  The City of Palmdale contracts with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department for policing services; therefore, there is no proposed change in the range and level of service.  The City of Palmdale will assume the cost of providing services upon annexation.

 

Fire and Emergency Services:  The area is currently serviced by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.  The City of Palmdale contracts with the County Fire Department for fire and emergency services; therefore, there is no proposed change in the range and level of services.  The City of Palmdale will assume the cost of providing services upon annexation.

 

Water:  The Palmdale Water District currently serves a majority of the subject territory.  Los Angeles County Waterworks District No. 40 serves a small portion of the remaining area.  The westerly portion of the subject territory is currently not within a water service provider’s boundary or sphere of influence.  The westerly portion of the affected territory must be annexed into County Waterworks District No. 40, in order to provide water services to that area.

 

Utilities:  Southern California Edison currently provides service to the area.  There are no proposed changes in the current level of service. Future development will be required to provide infrastructure needed to serve the affected area.

 

c.                  Existence of any social or economic communities of interest:

The subject territory contains 80-single family residences that are within two existing low density residential neighborhoods.  Adjacent and north of the subject territory is a landfill.  The City of Palmdale has a pending proposal with LAFCO to annex the landfill site (Annexation No. 1998-01).

 

  • Adopted the attached Resolution No. 2003-16RD Making Determinations Approving the annexation of the subject territory to the City of Palmdale, and the westerly portion to County Waterworks District No. 40; and detachment of the same said territory from Los Angeles County Road District No. 5.

  • Pursuant to Government Code Section 57002, set October 8, 2003 at 9:00 a.m., as the date for Commission protest proceedings.

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   On motion of Commissioner Wentworth, unanimously carried (Commissioners Miscikowski, Pellissier and Proo being absent), the Commission approved the minutes of the meeting held on August 13, 2003.

 

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   On motion of Commissioner Wentworth, unanimously carried (Commissioners Miscikowski, Pellissier and Proo being absent), the attached July 2003 Operating Account Check Register was approved.

 

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   The Executive Officer gave an update on the Municipal Service Reviews and Spheres of Influence process.  The Executive Officer indicated that initially the Municipal Service Review areas had been grouped by watershed areas and, by Council of Governments (COGs).  The Executive Officer stated that there are a total of eight review areas.  Which are now grouped in a manner that generally follows watershed area but is more logical as to grouping of service providers.  Those areas have been prioritized.  However, the Executive Officer noted that many cities and districts have not responded to the Request for Information.  To alleviate the situation telephone calls are being placed to the non responsive agencies.   In addition several commissioners have offered their assistance by being the signatories for letters to the non responsive agencies.   


The Executive Officer pointed out that the provision of water service is the single most growth inducing factor in this region.  He further illustrated the general breakdown of the complexities in how water services are provided in Los Angeles County.  The Executive Officer made a general recommendation that the Commission consider hiring a water consultant.  He also indicated that he would be returning to the Commission with a Request for Qualifications for water consultants.  In addition, a scope of work, timeline and cost analysis would also be forthcoming.  The Executive Officer stated that until the water issue is dealt with progress on the Municipal Service Reviews is limited.

 

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    No one came forward during the period allowed for public comment.

 

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    The next meetings will be September 10, 2003 and October 24, 2003. 

 

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    There was no new business to be placed on any future agenda.

 

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    On motion of Commissioner Wentworth, unanimously carried (Commissioners Miscikowski, Pellissier and Proo being absent), the meeting adjourned at 9:52 a.m.

 

 

 

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                                        Larry J. Calemine

                                    Executive Officer