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DIVISION 11. IRRIGATION DISTRICTS [20500 - 29978]

  ( Division 11 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

PART 1. INTRODUCTORY PROVISIONS [20500 - 20627]

  ( Part 1 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

CHAPTER 3. General Provisions [20560 - 20573]
  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

20560.
  

Districts, regardless of the date of formation, are subject to the provisions of this division.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

20560.2.
  

In the case of any district that owns and operates facilities for the generation, transmission, distribution, and retail sale of electric power, the district shall give notice to the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission, at least 30 days prior to the proposed sale date, of the proposed sale of any evidence of indebtedness issued to provide financing of any works of the district. The notice shall include the information required by subdivision (i) of Section 8855 of the Government Code. Failure to give this notice shall render the sale invalid. The California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission may waive the 30-day notice period upon application by the district.

In carrying out the purpose of this section, the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission may charge fees payable solely from the proceeds of the sale of the debt issue in an amount equal to one-fortieth of 1 percent of the principal amount of the issue, but not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000) for any one issue.

The bonds shall be legal investments for all trust funds, for the funds of all insurance companies, commercial banks, savings banks, trust companies, the state school funds, and for any funds which may be invested in bonds of cities, cities and counties, counties, school districts, or municipalities in the state.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 303, Sec. 556. (AB 731) Effective January 1, 2016.)

20561.
  

Nothing in this division impairs the validity of any district formed prior to the effective date of this division, its rights, or obligations.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

20562.
  

Whenever by this division a notice is required to be published for a designated number of weeks or once a week for a designated number of weeks, the notice need be published on only one day of each week and for only the same number of times as the number of weeks designated.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

20563.
  

Whenever any act is required to be done or proceeding taken on the first Tuesday in any month, the act may be done or proceeding had upon the day of the month otherwise specified for the regular meeting of the board.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

20564.
  

Whenever an instrument provided for in this division is acknowledged or proved, it shall have the same effect as evidence as a conveyance of real property which has been acknowledged and in case of any petition under this division is evidence of the fact of place of residence of a petitioner as stated by him on the petition.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

20565.
  

Whenever an instrument is by this division required to be acknowledged, each signer shall acknowledge the instrument, or his signature shall be proved, in the manner provided by law before his signature shall be effective.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

20566.
  

A guardian, conservator, executor, administrator, or other person holding property in a trust capacity under appointment of court may sign any petition provided for in this division, when authorized by an order of court, which order may be made without notice.

(Amended by Stats. 1979, Ch. 730.)

20566.1.
  

A district with respect to land owned by it may through its board sign any petition provided for in this division.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 749.)

20567.
  

If any land is assessed on any assessment book to unknown or fictitiously named owners, or to unnamed owners in addition to any owner or owners named thereon, the land has, for the purposes of any petition provided for in this division, but one owner in addition to any owner or owners whose true name or names may be purported to be given on the assessment book.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

20568.
  

The holder of title to an undivided interest in any land may sign any petition provided for in this division. Undivided interests shall be counted and valued as though they were separate interests. If the assessment book fails to indicate the extent of any undivided interest, the holders of title whose undivided interests in any land are not specifically defined have, for the purposes of this division, equal shares therein.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

20568.1.
  

No person may sign for the owner of property or the owner of an undivided interest therein without the authorization of the owner.

(Added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1083.)

20569.
  

The value of any land and the holders of title to the land are conclusively determined, for the purpose of any petition provided for in this division, by the district assessment book last equalized at the time of the presentation of the petition.

When no assessment book of the district has been equalized, the county assessment roll of the county in which the land is situated last equalized at the time of the presentation of the petition is conclusive evidence of the value and title.

However, for the purposes of a petition to form a district and so far as land outside a district is concerned for the purposes of a petition to form an improvement district under Chapter 2A of Part 7 the county assessment roll of the county in which the land is situated, last equalized at the time of the first publication of the petition is conclusive evidence of the value and title.

(Amended by Stats. 1947, Ch. 816.)

20570.
  

It is reaffirmed that districts are state agencies formed and existing for governmental purposes.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 1366.)

20571.
  

Assessments of a district, for whatsoever purpose, levied on all assessable land at a like rate on the basis of the assessed valuation of the land are hereby declared to be charges for the services furnished by the district and not a capital investment of the landowners.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 187.)

20573.
  

Districts governed by this division are subject to the provisions of the Uniform District Election Law.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 2019.)

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