In 1963, the California Legislature responded to the urban boundary wars, and the problem of public finance and service they created, by enacting the Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCOs). This law established a commission in each county responsible for overseeing most forms of local government boundary change, including incorporation, annexations, and special district formations. In the interest of more orderly development, LAFCOs were to act as judges of boundary disputes among governments and communities. Since 1963, numerous changes have been made to the law, culminating in the current Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Act of 2000, operative January 1, 2001.
On November 9, 2022, the Commission approved the Final 2nd Municipal Services Review (MSR) covering Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District and Contra Costa Resource Conservation District”
The Final Draft MSR report is posted online on the Municipal Service Reviews page.
Contra Costa LAFCO Recognizes Contra Costa Water District and Diablo Water District
Contra Costa LAFCO recognizes CALAFCO award nominees Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) and Diablo Water District (DWD) for their exemplary leadership and collaboration in delivering clean, reliable municipal water service to Disadvantaged Communities (DACs) in Contra Costa County, and for their local and State partnerships and commitment and success serving DACS and over 500,000 people in central and eastern Contra Costa County.
CCWD is one of the largest urban water districts in California with a service boundary of 220+ square miles and delivers safe, clean water to approximately 500,000 people in central and eastern Contra Costa County. CCWD is a leader in drinking-water treatment technology and source water protection.
DWD encompasses 21+ square miles including Oakley, downtown Knightsen, parts of Bethel Island including Delta Coves, and other unincorporated areas in East County. DWD collects, treats and supplies municipal water to over 42,000 residents. The District’s primary sources of water include Central Valley Project (purchased from CCWD) and groundwater extracted from the East Contra Costa Subbasin. Much of the groundwater in far East Contra Costa County exceeds secondary drinking water standards, and in some cases, exceeds primary drinking water standards. Also, groundwater has limited benefits for fire protection.
Since the 1990s, these districts have annexed over 1,100 acres and extended clean, reliable municipal water to 2,700 service connections within DACs. The earlier annexations in Oakley and Bethel Island provided foundation infrastructure and opportunities for additional water system consolidations in East County. The districts have also been successful in obtaining State grant funding to assist with annexations.
CONGRATULATIONS to CCWD and DWD for their ongoing efforts to provide clean, reliable water to Contra Costa County residents!
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Senate Bill 272
Approved on October 11, 2015, Senate Bill 272 adds a section to the California Public Records Act requiring local agencies by July 1, 2016 to create and annually update a catalog of Enterprise Systems and to post the catalog on the local agency’s website
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