13 Appointment of City Council Member to a Four-Year Term on the Merced County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo).

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Meeting Date: April 05, 2016


AGENDA ITEM: Appointment of City Council Member to a Four-Year Term on the Merced County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo)

MEETING DATE: April 5, 2016

PREPARED BY: Betty Cota, Deputy City Clerk

REVIEWED BY: Odi Ortiz, Interim City Manager



At the request of Merced County administration, the City Council appoint a City Council Member to a regular four-year term on the Merced County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo).


The LAFCo is an independent commission created by the State to promote the wise use of land resources while providing for the present and future needs of a community. LAFCo Commissioners have a responsibility to exercise their independent judgment while making decisions concerning appropriate local governmental boundaries and service providers.

These goals were created to carry out the State’s legislative intent codified within the Cortese/Knox/Hertzberg Act: "The Legislature recognizes that the logical formation and determination of local agency boundaries is an important factor in promoting orderly development and in balancing such development with sometimes competing state interests of discouraging urban sprawl, preserving open space and prime agricultural lands, and efficiently extending government services. The Legislature also recognizes that providing housing for persons and families of all incomes is an important factor in promoting orderly development."

Commission membership consists of two members appointed by the Board of Supervisors from their own membership, two members selected by the City Selection Committee in the County, each of whom shall be a mayor or council member. The Board of Supervisors and the City Selection Committee shall appoint one alternate member from each panel who shall act as an alternate member in the event an appointment member is absent. In addition, one member representing the general public and an alternate shall be appointed by other members of the Commission. Mayor Espinoza is currently the City’s Alternate Member on the Commission.

In accordance with the LAFCo City Rotation Schedule (East Side/West Side), Livingston’s member will serve a four-year term on the Commission commencing on July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2020.

LAFCo meetings are held the third Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the County Administration Building.



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