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  ( Heading of Division 11.5 amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 150, Sec. 1. )

CHAPTER 3. Administration [125100 - 125107]
  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 1188. )


The board at its first meeting, and thereafter annually at the first meeting in January, shall elect a chairman who shall preside at all meetings, and a vice chairman who shall preside in his absence. In the event of their absence or inability to act, the members present, by an order entered in the minutes, shall select one of their members to act as chairman pro tem, who, while so acting, shall have all of the authority of the chairman.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 1188.)


The board shall establish rules for its proceedings.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 1188.)


(a) A majority of the members of the board constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business. All official acts of the board require the affirmative vote of the majority of the members of the board present. However, after a vote of the members is taken, a weighted vote may be called by any two members.

(b) In the case of a weighted vote, the County of San Diego and each city shall, in total, exercise 100 votes to be apportioned annually based on population.

(c) Approval under the weighted vote procedure requires the vote of the representatives of not less than three jurisdictions representing not less than 51 percent of the total weighted vote to supersede the original action of the board.

(d) When a weighted vote is taken on any item that requires more than a majority vote of the board, it shall also require the supermajority percentage of the weighted vote.

(e) For purposes of subdivision (b), the population of the County of San Diego is the population in the unincorporated area of the county within the area of jurisdiction of the board pursuant to Section 125052.

(f) The board shall adopt a policy and procedure to implement this section.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 658, Sec. 8. (AB 805) Effective January 1, 2018.)


The acts of the board shall be expressed by motion, resolution, or ordinance.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 1188.)


All meetings of the board shall be conducted in the manner prescribed by the Ralph M. Brown Act (Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 54950), Part 1, Division 2, Title 5 of the Government Code).

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 1188.)


The board shall:

(a) Acquire, construct, maintain, and operate (or let a contract to operate) public transit systems and related facilities.

(b) Adopt an annual budget and fix the compensation of the district’s officers and employees.

(c) Adopt an administrative code, by ordinance, that prescribes the powers and duties of district officers, the method of appointment of district employees, and methods, procedures, and systems of operation and management of the district.

(d) Cause a postaudit of the financial transactions and records of the district to be made at least annually by a certified public accountant.

(e) Appoint advisory commissions as it deems necessary.

(f) Do any and all things necessary to carry out the purposes of this division, including, but not limited to, adopting all ordinances and making all rules and regulations proper or necessary to regulate the use, operation, and maintenance of the district’s property and facilities, including its public transit systems and related transportation facilities and services operating within its area of jurisdiction and those areas beyond its jurisdiction served by the district pursuant to contract or memorandum of agreement with another transit agency, and to carry into effect the powers granted to the district.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 150, Sec. 7. Effective January 1, 2006.)


Notice of time and place of the public hearing for the adoption of the annual budget shall be published pursuant to Section 6061 of the Government Code, and shall be published not later than the 15th day prior to the date of the hearing.

The proposed annual budget shall be available for public inspection at least 15 days prior to the hearing.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 1188.)


Each member of the board, including an alternate member appointed pursuant to Section 125051 when acting on behalf of the member, shall be paid one hundred fifty dollars ($150) for each meeting of the board or other meeting of a governmental entity the member or alternate attends, but not to exceed seven hundred fifty dollars ($750) in any month, and the necessary and reasonable expenses in performing the duties as a board member.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 325, Sec. 1. (AB 1757) Effective January 1, 2017.)

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