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Public Utilities Code - PUC


  ( Division 10 repealed and added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036. )


  ( Part 10 added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 978. )

CHAPTER 3. Internal Organization of District [98100 - 98149]

  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 978. )

ARTICLE 1. Government [98100 - 98106]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 978. )


The district shall be governed by a board of directors of seven members, which may be increased to 9 or 11 members if the board finds that an increase in the membership of the board is necessary to insure adequate representation to all of the areas in the County of Santa Cruz served by the district. The membership shall be composed of one member appointed by the City Council of Santa Cruz, one member appointed by the City Council of Capitola, one member appointed by the City Council of Scotts Valley, one member appointed by the City Council of Watsonville, one member appointed by the governing bodies of any other incorporated areas in the county within the district to represent those incorporated areas, one member appointed by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Santa Cruz, and other members to be appointed by the above entities in accordance with their proportionate population within the district. However, the membership of the board shall not exceed the number determined by the board.

The apportionment shall be based upon the population distribution within the district, and the board shall reapportion its membership whenever any part of the district is excluded or new territory is added or unincorporated territory within the district incorporates, and, as a result of the exclusion, annexation, or incorporation, representation on the board no longer reflects the population distribution within the district. The board shall also reapportion whenever the county elections official advises the board that the latest official census indicates a need for reapportionment.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 221, Sec. 115. Effective January 1, 2003.)


The appointees to the board made by the several legislative bodies shall have been residents of the area encompassed by the district for at least 30 days prior to their appointment, and they shall also be residents of the city whose city council appointed them or, a resident of the county if appointed by the board of supervisors.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 96, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 1996.)


These appointments shall be made within 30 days after the formation of the district.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 978.)


A person shall not be appointed to, or be a member of, the board unless that person is a resident of the district and has resided within the district at least 30 days immediately prior to his or her appointment to the board.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 96, Sec. 5. Effective January 1, 1996.)


(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the term of office of each director shall be four years.

(b) For the board first appointed, at least one appointee of each legislative body shall have a two-year term.

(c) If the appointee of any legislative body is one of its own members and the appointee leaves the legislative body, the appointee may continue to serve as appointee until a qualified successor is appointed, unless the legislative body takes express action to unseat the appointee.

(d) An appointment to fill a vacancy on the board, or an appointment made after the expiration of the preceding term, shall be for the unexpired portion of the term.

(e) The failure of a board member to attend three consecutive meetings of the board without good cause shall create a vacancy in the office of the board member.

(f) Each member of the board shall be reimbursed for the actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of the board member’s duties, including for attending each meeting of the board and each committee meeting, as determined by the board. A board member’s reimbursement for attending a meeting shall not exceed one hundred dollars ($100), and each member’s reimbursements shall not exceed four hundred dollars ($400) in any month.

(Amended by Stats. 2019, Ch. 107, Sec. 2. (AB 1089) Effective January 1, 2020.)


The first meeting of the board shall be held within 10 days of the appointment of the last director by a legislative body. The board shall make its own rules of procedure and determine the place and time of its meetings.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 978.)


The board shall select one of its members chairman, and one vice chairman, who shall preside in the absence of its chairman. The board shall provide for and select a secretary and such other officers as it deems necessary to conduct the affairs of the district.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 978.)

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