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Legislation Proposes Changes to Mosquito Abatement and Vector Control District Appointment Process

League Seeks Input from City Officials in Affected Eight Counties

February 3, 2016
Assembly Member Gordon’s (D-Menlo Park) AB 1362 would allow changes to the appointment process for mosquito abatement and vector control districts that are located within a single county and contain incorporated and unincorporated territory.
It would authorize a city selection committee to make appointments to the board of trustees of mosquito and vector districts and decrease the number of cities represented if a majority of city councils located within the district adopt authorizing resolutions.

The League does not currently have a position on the bill but now that it has moved to the Senate, staff is seeking feedback from city officials in the eight affected counties on potential impacts. The bill would affect cities in the following counties according to the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC): San Mateo, Contra Costa, Merced, Lake, San Joaquin, Orange, Placer, and Napa.
Cities in these counties are urged to complete the online survey by Friday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m.
Under the existing law, Mosquito Abatement and Vector Control Districts with countywide boundaries have a board of trustees composed of one representative from each city within the district and one representative from the Board of Supervisors. For example, Orange County has 34 incorporated cities resulting in a 35 member board. A board must not have less than five members.
MVCAC opposes AB 1362. The organization’s members have not raised concerns over the size of their boards and feel that it unnecessarily makes changes to longstanding state law. There is some concern that a city selection committee appointment process will result in inequitable representation as some cities will lose their ability to make their own appointments.
Assembly Member Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park) believes that his bill would provide cities and counties with the flexibility to better manage districts that are believed to be oversized and difficult to manage as well as burdensome to cities who may find it difficult to appoint new members for two or four year terms.
Please contact League Policy Analyst Nicholas Romo with any questions.

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