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DIVISION 11. IRRIGATION DISTRICTS [20500 - 29978]

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

PART 4. ELECTIONS [21550 - 21935]

  ( Part 4 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

CHAPTER 1. General Provisions [21550 - 21608]

  ( Heading of Chapter 1 amended by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1398. )

ARTICLE 2. Abolition and Reestablishment of Divisions [21575 - 21605]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

21575.
  

Any district having less than 2,500 acres within its boundaries, having less than 100 electors residing within it, and having only three divisions may abolish the divisions in it pursuant to this article.

Any district having not more than 15 freeholders who are voters shall have no divisions.

(Amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 454, Sec. 2.)

21576.
  

The board of the district may petition the board of supervisors of the principal county for an order by the board of supervisors abolishing the divisions in the district.

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

21577.
  

The board of supervisors shall thereupon find whether or not there are less than 2,500 acres in the district, less than 100 electors residing in it, and only three divisions in it.

(Amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 454, Sec. 3.)

21578.
  

If the board of supervisors finds as to all of such matters in the affirmative, it may order that there shall be no divisions in the district.

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

21579.
  

Upon the making of the order, there shall be no divisions in the district, the directors of the district need only be voters and freeholders in the district, and the directors of the district shall be elected, and appointed to fill vacancies, at large from the whole district.

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

21580.
  

From the adoption of the order the district shall have three directors, and the offices of the directors shall have the numbers formerly identifying the division represented by each director, or if none, last incumbent director, and candidates for election for director shall be nominated and elected for a particular office.

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

21581.
  

The making of the order does not change any term of office.

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

21582.
  

At least 120 days before any general district election a majority of the electors in the district having no divisions may file in the district office a petition signed by them requesting the board to establish divisions.

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

21583.
  

The petition shall contain a showing that it is expedient to divide the district into three divisions as nearly equal in area and population as may be practicable and to elect the directors of the district therefrom.

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

21584.
  

The board may independently investigate whether or not the facts are consistent with the showing made in the petition and shall hear any evidence produced to sustain or disprove the showing.

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

21585.
  

Within 30 days after the filing of the petition the board shall find whether or not it is expedient to divide the district into three divisions as nearly equal in area and population as may be practicable and to elect the directors of the district therefrom.

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

21586.
  

If the board finds in the affirmative, it shall forthwith order the establishment of divisions in the district and divide the district into three divisions as nearly equal in area and population as may be practicable.

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

21587.
  

At the general district election next following the making of the order directors shall be elected at large in the district, one director to represent each division.

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

21605.
  

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, subdivision (b) applies to districts in which directors are elected by divisions.

(b) The board of directors shall, by resolution, adjust the boundaries of any divisions pursuant to Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 22000) of Division 21 of the Elections Code.

(Added by renumbering Section 21065 by Stats. 2015, Ch. 303, Sec. 557. (AB 731) Effective January 1, 2016.)

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