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Harbors and Navigation Code - HNC

DIVISION 8. HARBOR AND PORT DISTRICTS [5800 - 7340]

  ( Division 8 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 368. )

PART 3. HARBOR DISTRICTS [6000 - 6110]

  ( Part 3 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 368. )

CHAPTER 1. Formation [6010 - 6045]

  ( Chapter 1 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 368. )

ARTICLE 3. Election for Formation and for Harbor Commissioners [6030 - 6045]
  ( Article 3 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 368. )

6030.
  

The board of supervisors shall have entered in its minutes an order finally determining and establishing the exterior boundaries of the proposed district, and it shall pass a resolution calling an election within the district for the purpose of submitting to the qualified voters the proposition of the formation of the district.

(Enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 368.)

6031.
  

The board of supervisors, by resolution, shall fix the date of the election, which shall not be less than 130 days from the date of its passage and it shall divide the proposed district into one or more voting precincts and generally describe or otherwise designate the boundaries of each precinct and designate a place within each precinct at which the polls will be opened for the purpose of the election on the day of the election.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 221, Sec. 58. Effective January 1, 2003.)

6032.
  

The board of supervisors for the first election in the proposed district and the board at any subsequent election in the district, shall appoint a board of election for each precinct, consisting of at least one inspector, one judge and one clerk. Each member of the board of election shall be a registered elector of and reside within the precinct for which he is appointed.

(Amended by Stats. 1949, Ch. 777.)

6033.
  

The resolution shall also prescribe the manner of voting for or against the formation of the district, and in all particulars not recited in the resolution or otherwise provided for in this part, the election shall be held in accordance with the general election laws, so far as they are applicable. It is not necessary to mail or send out sample ballots or precinct polling cards.

(Enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 368.)

6034.
  

The resolution shall invite the qualified voters residing in the district to vote upon the propositions of its formation and the election of a board.

(Enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 368.)

6035.
  

The ballot to be used at the election shall be substantially in the following form:

(Name) Harbor District Official Ballot



Instructions to voters: to vote in favor of the formation of the harbor district, mark in the voting area at the right of the words “For the harbor district.” To vote against the formation of the harbor district mark in the voting area at the right of the words “Against the harbor district.” To vote for a candidate for harbor commissioner mark after the name of the candidate; but no more persons shall be voted for than there are offices of harbor commissioner to be filled at this election.

All erasures and distinguishing marks are forbidden and make the ballot void. If you wrongfully stamp, tear, or deface this ballot, return it to the inspector of elections and obtain another.

“For the harbor district.”

“Against the harbor district.”

“For harbor commissioners.”

(Amended by Stats. 2010, Ch. 328, Sec. 110. (SB 1330) Effective January 1, 2011.)

6036.
  

The official ballot at the first election in the proposed district shall provide voting squares after the words “For the harbor district” and after the words “Against the harbor district” and shall also have printed thereon the names of all candidates for harbor commissioner, together with five blank spaces for the purpose of permitting an elector to write in the name of a candidate, with voting squares after the name of each candidate and the five blank spaces.

All official ballots used at any subsequent election in the district shall conform, as near as practicable, to the above ballot, excepting that all reference to voting for or against the formation of the district shall be eliminated; and any question or proposition authorized to be submitted to the voters of the district may be placed on the ballot in addition to the names of any candidate or candidates for harbor commissioner.

(Amended by Stats. 1941, Ch. 997.)

6037.
  

The resolution calling the first election and the resolution of the board calling any subsequent election shall be published pursuant to Section 6066 of the Government Code in a newspaper published, printed and circulated in the district.

The passage and publication of the resolution of the board of supervisors calling the first election and the passage and publication of the resolution of the board calling any subsequent election and publication, as provided for in this part, constitute the notice of election and other or additional notice need not be given.

(Amended by Stats. 1965, Ch. 540.)

6037.1.
  

Within five days after the district formation election has been called, the legislative body which has called the election shall transmit, by registered mail, a written notification of the election call to the executive officer of the local agency formation commission of the county or principal county in which the territory or major portion of the territory of the proposed district is located. Such written notice shall include the name and a description of the proposed district, and may be in the form of a certified copy of the resolution adopted by the legislative body calling the district formation election.

The executive officer, within five days after being notified that a district formation election has been called, shall submit to the commission, for its approval or modification, an impartial analysis of the proposed district formation.

The impartial analysis shall not exceed 500 words in length and shall include a specific description of the boundaries of the district proposed to be formed.

The local agency formation commission, within five days after the receipt of the executive officer’s analysis, shall approve or modify the analysis and submit it to the officials in charge of conducting the district formation election.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 736.)

6037.2.
  

The board of supervisors or any member or members of the board authorized by the board, or any individual voter or bona fide association of citizens entitled to vote on the district formation proposition, or any combination of such voters and associations of citizens, may file a written argument for or a written argument against the proposed district formation.

Arguments shall not exceed 300 words in length and shall be filed with the officials in charge of conducting the election not less than 54 days prior to the date of the district formation election.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 736.)

6037.3.
  

If more than one argument for or more than one argument against the proposed district formation is filed with the election officials within the time prescribed, such election officials shall select one of the arguments for printing and distribution to the voters.

In selecting the arguments, the election officials shall give preference and priority in the order named to the arguments of the following:

(a) The board of supervisors or any member or members of the board authorized by the board.

(b) Individual voters or bona fide associations of citizens or a combination of such voters and associations.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 736.)

6037.4.
  

(a) The elections officials in charge of conducting the election shall cause a ballot pamphlet concerning the district formation proposition to be voted on to be printed and mailed to each voter entitled to vote on the district formation question.

(b) The ballot pamphlet shall contain the following in the order prescribed:

(1) The complete text of the proposition.

(2) The impartial analysis of the proposition, prepared by the local agency formation commission.

(3) The argument for the proposed district formation.

(4) The argument against the proposed district formation.

(c) The elections officials shall mail a ballot pamphlet to each voter entitled to vote in the district formation election at least 10 days prior to the date of the election. The ballot pamphlet is “official matter” within the meaning of Section 13303 of the Elections Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 538, Sec. 348. Effective January 1, 2007.)

6038.
  

On the day of any election held pursuant to this part, the polls at each of the polling places designated, shall be opened and closed as provided in Section 14212 of the Elections Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 923, Sec. 110. Effective January 1, 1995.)

6039.
  

When the polls are closed, the board of election in every precinct at the election to be held for the formation of the district, shall close the polls in accordance with the general laws governing the election, and deposit the ballots with the county elections official in the county in which the election is held. At all subsequent elections, the returns shall be deposited with the board.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 221, Sec. 60. Effective January 1, 2003.)

6040.
  

The board of supervisors at its first regular meeting after the date of the election for the formation of the district shall canvass all of the returns of the election and shall have a finding entered in the minutes of the meeting showing the number of votes cast in each precinct for and against the district and the total number of votes cast and the names of the harbor commissioners for whom the votes were cast.

(Enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 368.)

6041.
  

If from the canvass it appears and the board of supervisors finds that a majority of the votes were cast in favor of the formation of the district, it shall enter that fact upon its minutes, together with a description of the boundaries of the district, its name, the official name or names by which the district is commonly known and enter its order declaring the district duly formed and existing in the county in which the proceedings were had. The board of supervisors shall also make an order declaring the five candidates for harbor commissioner receiving the highest number of votes to have been elected to such office and cause a certificate of election to be issued to the successful candidates.

(Amended by Stats. 1941, Ch. 997.)

6042.
  

The clerk of the board of supervisors shall thereupon make up and certify a copy of the minutes and order and transmit them to the Secretary of State.

(Enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 368.)

6043.
  

The Secretary of State shall file the certificate in his office and within five days thereafter execute under the great seal of the State and transmit to the clerk of the county in which the proceedings were had, his certificate that a harbor district under the name set forth in the petition has been formed and exists in that county.

(Enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 368.)

6044.
  

The clerk of the board of supervisors shall file the certificate in his or her office and from the filing of the certificate of the Secretary of State in the office of the clerk of the board of supervisors, the formation of the district is complete.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 221, Sec. 61. Effective January 1, 2003.)

6045.
  

An action or proceeding shall not be thereafter maintained or prosecuted in any court whatever to test or to invalidate the formation of the district unless it is commenced in a court of competent jurisdiction within 60 days after the date of the filing of the certificate of the Secretary of State in the office of the clerk of the board of supervisors.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 221, Sec. 62. Effective January 1, 2003.)

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