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DIVISION 21. WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS [74000 - 76501]

  ( Division 21 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 75. )

PART 4. ELECTIONS [74430 - 74470]

  ( Part 4 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 75. )

CHAPTER 4. Redivision of a District Within Ventura County [74450 - 74470]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1836. )

ARTICLE 2. Redivision Procedure [74460 - 74470]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1836. )

74460.
  

The number of members of the board and the basis for dividing a district into divisions for the election of directors may be changed in the manner prescribed in this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1836.)

74461.
  

The change may be initiated by the board by resolution or may be initiated by a petition signed by not less than 5 percent of the electors of the district. The resolution or petition shall state the new number of members of the board or the new basis for dividing the district into divisions based either on area or population or changes to the boundaries of the divisions of a district based on population.

(Amended by Stats. 1993, Ch. 1195, Sec. 30. Effective January 1, 1994.)

74462.
  

If the divisions are based on population, the population of each as determined by the last published decennial federal census shall be substantially equal in population. In no event shall the total population of any combination of divisions comprising a majority of the number of divisions of the district equal less than one-half of the population of the district. In no event shall the largest division exceed the population of the smallest division by a ratio exceeding 2 to 1.

In establishing the boundaries of the divisions consideration may be given to the following factors: topography, geography, cohesiveness, contiguity, compactness of territory, and community of interests of the divisions.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1836.)

74463.
  

When such change has been initiated the board within 60 days thereafter shall submit to the board of supervisors its report thereon containing a map or description of recommended division boundaries in accordance with this Division 21.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1836.)

74464.
  

Within 40 days after receipt of the report of the board, the board of supervisors may change the division boundaries recommended by the board provided such change is in accordance with such resolution or petition and this chapter and shall fix the time and place of a hearing by the board not less than 30 nor more than 60 days thereafter.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1836.)

74465.
  

The clerk of the board of supervisors shall cause a notice of the time and place of the hearing to be given by publication within the district in accordance with Section 6066 of the Government Code. Such notice shall state the number of existing divisions of the district, the proposed new number of divisions or the proposed new basis for dividing the district, or both, and shall contain a general description of, or map showing, the division boundaries proposed by the board of supervisors and the population of each division.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1836.)

74466.
  

(a) The board of supervisors shall hear all interested persons and may adjourn the hearing from time to time. Following the hearing, the board of supervisors may further change the proposed division boundaries provided that the change is in accordance with this chapter and the resolution and petition. The board of supervisors shall make an order describing the proposed divisions of the district, numbering such divisions consecutively, and directing that such proposed redivision be submitted to the electors of the district at a special election to be consolidated with the next district general election to be held not earlier than 120 days thereafter.

(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), a redivision involving only changes to the boundaries of the divisions of a district based upon population, independent of a change in the basis of dividing the district into divisions, shall not be submitted to the electors of the district.

(Amended by Stats. 1993, Ch. 1195, Sec. 30.5. Effective January 1, 1994.)

74467.
  

The election on the proposed redivision of the district shall be held in the same manner as elections for the formation of a district so far as applicable. No particular form of ballot shall be required except that the ballot shall contain the words “__________Water Conservation District representation to be based on (population) (area) rather than on (area) (population) (and __________Water Conservation District directors to be (increased (decreased) from _______to _______ Yes _______No,” or words equivalent thereto. Any proposed redivision or change in number of directors shall become effective if a majority of the electors voting in the election vote “yes” thereon.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1836.)

74468.
  

Directors to fill vacancies in new divisions in the event the redivision is approved by the voters shall be nominated and elected at the same election in the same manner as for election of directors of a district so far as applicable. If one incumbent director resides within a proposed new division his term of office shall not be affected by the approval of the redivision by the voters of the district. If two or more incumbent directors reside within a proposed new division, the term of office of each of them will terminate on the approval of such redivision unless only one is duly nominated, in which case his term of office shall not be affected by the approval of such redivision. A candidate who is a director of the district shall be permitted to have the word “Incumbent” or words equivalent thereto placed after his name on the ballot.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1836.)

74469.
  

Following approval by the voters of a redivision of the district, the directors shall, to the extent necessary, classify themselves in the manner provided by Section 74202.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1836.)

74470.
  

If the board of supervisors, at any time after making an order as provided by Section 74466 and prior to the election on the proposed redivision of the district, finds that it is in the public interest to do so, it may appoint not more than two electors of the district as temporary additional directors of the district. The number of temporary additional directors thus appointed shall be irrespective of the number of existing divisions of the district and of the number of proposed new divisions of the district. Such temporary additional directors shall have all of the powers, rights and privileges of elected directors and shall hold office until the election on the proposed redivision of the district.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1836.)

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