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Title: LAFCO Meeting: Potential scheduling of the UCSC North Campus applications
START DATE: Wednesday January 09
TIME: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location Details:
Room 525 of the County Governmental Center
701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz
Event Type: Meeting
At the January 9, 2013 meeting LAFCO expects to discuss the status of the applications and the potential scheduling of a future public hearing on the UCSC North Campus applications.

The Local Agency Formation Commission of Santa Cruz County (LAFCO) canceled the LAFCO meeting scheduled for December 5, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. The only potential item on the agenda was a public hearing on the North Campus applications: Application No. 928 expanding the City of Santa Cruz Sphere of Influence, and Application No. 929 authorizing the City of Santa Cruz to provide water and sanitary sewer services to the North Campus.

The reason for the cancellation is that the Sixth District Court of Appeal issued a decision on November 27, 2012 that the Environmental Impact Report addressing the applications is inadequate. Therefore, LAFCO cannot act upon the applications at this time.



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by Bruce Holloway
Sunday Jan 6th, 2013 2:27 PM
From the Staff Memo for item 4a (North Campus):

"The City of Santa Cruz has begun the process to seek rehearing by the
Appellate Court and possible review by the State Supreme Court.

"The North Campus Applications are off the LAFCO calendar indefinitely. When
the EIR issue is resolved, the LAFCO staff will coordinate with the applicants and
the Commissioners to re-schedule the applications for public hearing."

On the other hand, from the Staff Memo for item 4c (Work Program):

"Staff is aware of three applications that are likely to come in soon:
...
‐‐Extraterritorial water service from City of Santa Cruz (41st Ave. and Soquel Drive)."

So the City plans to extend its colonization of county residents outside its city limits, who get no vote on city water policy, pay higher water rates than city residents, and cannot appeal to any higher regulating authority (like the state PUC). More than 10% of the county population is already disenfranchised in this way. County residents should resist this imperialism and work toward reorganization of the city water department into a Santa Cruz Water District with an independently-elected governing board. No rate levitation without representation!