MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE LOCAL AGENCY

 

FORMATION COMMISSION FOR LOS ANGELES COUNTY

 

May 14, 2003

 

 

 

 Present: 

Henri F. Pellissier, Chairman

Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke

Jerry E. Gladbach

William Wentworth

Zev Yaroslavsky

 

Hal Bernson, Alternate

Kenneth I. Chappell, Alternate

Robert W. Goldsworthy, Alternate

Donald Knabe, Alternate

Cristina Cruz-Madrid, Alternate

 

 

Larry J. Calemine, Executive Officer

John Krattli, Legal Counsel

 

Absent:

James DiGiuseppe

Carol Herrera

Cindy Miscikowski

Beatrice Proo, Vice Chair

Richard Close, Alternate

 

 

 

 

                       

 


 

 

1

    The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. 

 

2  

     Pledge of Allegiance led by Chairman Pellissier.

 

   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)

 

3

    The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

County Sanitation District No. 14, Annexation No. 275 – 1.251 acres located on 10th  Street West, approximately 130 feet south of Avenue L-8, in the City of Lancaster.  The landowner is BLF Real Estate, LLC (Gary Little, Member)

 

     On motion of Commissioner Bernson, unanimously carried (Commissioners Burke, DiGiuseppe, Herrera, Miscikowski, Proo and Yaroslavsky being absent), the Commission took the following actions:

 

  • Acting in its role as a responsible agency, the Commission made a finding that the annexation is categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines, section 15332 (in‑fill development).  
  • Made a finding that all owners of land have given their 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, waived the requirement for protest proceedings in its entirety.
  • Adopted the attached Resolution No. 2003-10RD Making Determinations Approving and Ordering Annexation No. 275 to County Sanitation District No. 14, subject to the term and condition that the property so annexed shall be subject to the payment of such service charges, assessments or taxes as the County Sanitation District may legally impose.

 

[Commissioner Burke in at 1:07 p.m.]


  

4

    The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

Hearing on Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2003-04.

 

    On motion of Commissioner Madrid, unanimously carried (with Commissioners DisGiuseppe, Herrera, Miscikowski, Proo and Yaroslavsky being absent), the attached Proposed Budget for fiscal year 2003-2004 was approved.

 

5

    The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

County Sanitation District No. 20, Annexation No. 68 – 11.749 acres located on Pearblossom Highway, approximately one-fourth mile west of 40th Street East, in the City of Palmdale.  The landowner is the Palmdale School District (Nancy K. Smith, Superintendent).

 

    On motion of Commissioner Bernson, unanimously carried (Commssioners, DiGiuseppe, Herrera, Miscikowski,  Proo and Yaroslavsky being absent), the Commissioner took the following actions:

 

  • Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 68, pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096, the Commission made a finding that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the proposed project and the mitigated negative declaration adopted by the Palmdale School District, as lead agency, and has determined that the document adequately addresses the environmental impacts of the proposed project.  The Commission also made a finding that it has complied with the requirements of CEQA with respect to the process for a responsible agency, and adopted by reference the negative declaration, including mitigation measures and findings previously prepared by the Palmdale School District, in connection with its approval of the project.  
  • Made a finding that all owners of land have given their 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, waived the requirement for protest proceedings in its entirety.
  • Adopted the attached Resolution No. 2003-09RD Making Determinations Approving and Ordering Annexation No. 68 to County Sanitation District No. 20, subject to the term and condition that the property so annexed shall be subject to the payment of such service charges, assessments or taxes as the County Sanitation District may legally impose.

 

[Commissioner Yaroslavsky in a 1:16 p.m.]

 

6

    The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

County Sanitation District No. 26, Annexation No. 326 – 12.246 acres located on Plum Canyon Road, approximately one-half mile easterly from its intersection with Bouquet Canyon Road, in the unincorporated area of Saugus. The landowner is the County of Los Angeles (Jim Smith, Chief Project Management Division, Department of Parks and Recreation).

 

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

 

  • Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 326, pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096, the Commission made a finding that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the proposed project and the mitigated negative declaration adopted by the County of Los Angeles, as lead agency, and has determined that the document adequately addresses the environmental impacts of the proposed project.  The Commission also made a finding that it has complied with the requirements of CEQA with respect to the process for a responsible agency, and adopted by reference the negative declaration, including mitigation measures and findings previously prepared by the County of Los Angeles, in connection with its approval of the project.
  • Made a finding that all owners of land have given their 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, waived the requirement for protest proceedings in its entirety.
  • Adopted the attached Resolution No. 2003-11RD Making Determinations Approving and Ordering Annexation No. 326 to County Sanitation District No. 26, subject to the term and condition that the property so annexed shall be subject to the payment of such service charges, assessments or taxes as the County Sanitation District may legally impose.

 

7

    The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

Continued hearing on City of Palmdale, Annexation No. 2000-01A-consisting of approximately 977 acres of inhabited unincorporated county territory.  The applicant is the City of Palmdale.  (Continued from meeting of April 23, 2003).  The following people addressed the commission regarding this matter: Linda Chestnutt, Veryl Alexander, Jim Dincau, Edgar Blizzard, Mary Dincau, Thomas Miller, and Nick Vartanian. 

 

The Executive Officer made the following recommendation:

 

Pursuant to Government Code Section 56744, the Commission is generally prohibited from approving an annexation that would create an island.  Approval of this proposal would create an island in the event that the pending City of Palmdale Annexation 1998-01 is not approved. Staff recommends delaying action on this proposal until City of Palmdale Annexation 1998-01 is considered by the Commission. 

 

    On motion of Commissioner Yaroslavsky, unanimously carried (Commissioners DiGiuseppe,  Herrera, Miscikowski, and Proo being absent), the Commission delayed action on Annexation 2001-01A until such time as Annexation 1998-01 is considered by the Commission.

 

8

   The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

Protest hearing for the Palm Ranch Irrigation District, Annexation

No. 1-2001 – consisting of Tract No. 51980 (17.88 acres) and Tract No. 53069 (10 acres), located in the Rancho Vista area in the City of Palmdale.  The landowner is Harris Homes.

 

    On motion of Commissioner Yaroslavsky, unanimously carried (Commissioners DiGiuseppe, Herrera, Miscikowski and Proo being absent), the Commission determined that there were no protests filed against the proceedings, and adopted the attached Resolution No. 2003-04P ordering Annexation No. 1-2001 to the Palm Ranch Irrigation District, subject to the following term and condition:

 

 

The annexation shall be subject to the Annexation and Subdivision Water Service Agreement entered into between Palm Ranch Irrigation District and Harris Homes.

 

9

    The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

Protest hearing for the City of Bell, Reorganization No. 2002-01 - approximately 76.6 acres of uninhabited territory between the cCities of Bell and Cudahy. The applicant is the City of Bell.

 

    On motion of Commissioner Yaroslavsky, unanimously carried (Commissioners DiGiuseppe, Herrera, Miscikowski and Proo being absent), the Commission determined that there were no protests filed against the proceedings, and adopted the attached Resolution No. 2003-05P ordering Reorganization 2002-01 between the cities of Bell and Cudahy, subject to the following terms and conditions:

 

All roads and highways in the subject territory which had been accepted into the City of Bell road system, shall be transferred to the City of Cudahy, and all right, title, interest and responsibility for said roads and highways and all adjacent slopes, medians, sidewalks, trails, bikeways, landscaped areas, street lights, signals, and bridges owned, operated and maintained by the City of Bell, that are located within the public rights of way within the subject territory, shall vest in the City of Cudahy.

 

            The City of Cudahy shall accept all facilities so transferred from the City of Bell in an “as is” condition.  The City of Bell shall not be obligated for further payment or repair.

 

Mr. Jose Sandoval inquired about development plans, if any, relating to the above reorganization.  Mr. Sandoval was advised that LAFCO had no knowledge of any developments and Mr. Sandoval was directed to contact the Planning Department for the City of Bell regarding any such information.

 

10

    The Executive Officer reported of the status of the cities of Montebello and Commerce application for exemption under Government Code Section 56133(e).  Staff indicated that the matter will be set for hearing at the June 11, 2003 commission hearing.

 

 

11

     The Executive Officer reported on the status of pending legislation AB 1425 (Pacheco), regarding Castaic Lake Water Agency and Newhall County Water District.  Staff indicated that the bill had been put on the two year calendar as a placeholder which the Assemblyman could activate at anytime.  The Executive Officer reported that such a circumstance would be highly unlikely since he received a phone call from the mobile home park owners indicating that an application would be filed with LAFCO.

 

12

    On motion of Commissioner Yaroslavsky, unanimously carried (Commssioners DiGiuseppe, Herrera, Miscikowski and Proo being absent), the minutes for the meeting held on April 23, 2003 were approved.

 

[Commissioners Burke and Yaroslavsky out at 2:03 p.m. at this point the Commission lacked a quorum]

 

The following items which did not require formal action by the Commission were heard by the members present: Commissioners Wentworth, Madrid, Pellissier, and Gladbach.

 

  • No one came forward to address the commission during the public comment period. 
  • The Executive Officer gave an update on the presentation to the League of Cities and the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments. 
  • The next meetings will be May 28, 2003 and June 11, 2003. 
  • There was no new business to be placed on any future agenda.

 

The meeting concluded at 2:05 p.m.  The regular meeting of May 14, 2003 was continued to the meeting of May 28, 2003 at 9:00 a.m.

 

 

 

                                                    Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                    Larry J. Calemine

                                  Executive Officer