MANDATORY WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES EXTENDED AND INCREASED EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
On March 17, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board extended and increased the state mandated water conservation measures previously adopted on July 15, 2014; and now on April 1, 2015, the Governor has signed Executive Order B-29-15 imposing restrictions to achieve a statewide 25% reduction in potable water usage through February 28, 2016. These restrictions will require water suppliers to California's cities and towns to reduce usage as compared to the amount used in 2013. These restrictions are scheduled to remain in place until such time that the State Water Resources Control Board declares that the drought measures have been lifted. California City is required to implement the following conservation measures in accordance with Water Code 1058.5 or be subject to daily fines of $10,000: (additional measures are printed in bold)
(a.) To promote water conservation, each of the following actions is prohibited except where necessary to address an immediate health and safety need or to comply with a term or condition in a permit issued by the city, state or federal agency:
(1) The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures;
(2) The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use;
(3) The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks;
(4) The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system;
(5) The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable (1/4" or greater) rainfall; (new)
(6) The serving of drinking water other than upon request in eating or drinking establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, bars or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased; (new)
(7) Irrigation with potable water outside newly constructed homes and buildings that is not delivered by drip or micro spray systems; (new) and
(8) No Watering between the hours of 9a.m. and 6 p.m.; except that the provision shall not apply to commercial nurseries, golf courses and other water-dependent industries and;
(9) Outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf with potable water by the City’s customers not in compliance with limits of time and days as set forth in the attached Exhibit A:
(b) The taking of any action prohibited in subdivision (a) of this section, in addition to any other applicable civil or criminal penalties, is an infraction, punishable by a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500) for each day in which the violation occurs. Violators will be issued a one-time warning with fines progressively increasing with continued violations as follows:
1st Offense — Warning
2nd Offense - $50 fine
3rd Offense - $100 fine
4th Offense - $500 fine
Citations will be mailed to both owners of record and occupants. The City will allow five mailing days for receipt of violation citation. Citations may be contested by submitting a request to the Public Works Director for review within five (5) days after the citation is issued.
Additional Water Conservation Measures Implemented:
(1) To promote water conservation, operators of hotels and motels shall provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily. The hotel or motel shall prominently display notice of the option in each guestroom using clear and easily understood language; (new)
(2) The Water Board shall impose restrictions to require that commercial, industrial, and institutional properties, such as campuses, golf courses, and cemeteries, immediately implement water efficiency measures to reduce potable water in an amount consistent with the 25% reduction; (new)
(3) The Water Board shall direct urban water suppliers to develop rate structures and other pricing mechanisms, including but not limited to surcharges, fees, and penalties, to maximize water conservation consistent with statewide water restrictions. (new)
Background: Water Code Section 1058.5 grants the State Water Board the authority to adopt emergency regulations in years when the Governor has issued a proclamation of emergency based upon drought conditions or when in response to drought conditions that exist, or are threatened, in a critically dry year immediately preceded by two or more consecutive below normal, dry or critically dry years. Emergency regulations adopted under Water Code section 1058.5 may remain in effect for up to 270 days. The U.S. Drought Monitor currently classifies the entire state of California as experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions. Storage in California's reservoirs remains below normal and the state snow pack is currently well below average levels.
Drought conditions have already forced the State Water Resources Control Board to curtail surface water diversions, and many groundwater basins around the state are already in overdraft conditions that will likely worsen due to groundwater pumping this summer. Many water supply systems face a present or threatened risk of inadequate supply.
California City’s Position: Drought conditions have resulted in mandatory water usage conservation measures to all water districts throughout California. Although implementation of the above State measures will have a negative impact to water revenues and staff work load, nevertheless, are necessary and constitute best business practices to insure our future water supplies. We thank you in advance for your continued support.
November 8, 2022 Election Information
CITY OF CALIFORNIA CITY ELECTION INFORMATION
Our City Municipal Elections will be held in November 2022, even-numbered years and are consolidated with the Kern County Elections Department. The elective officers of the City consist of a City Council made up of four Councilmembers and a directly elected Mayor. Elected officers serve "at large," representing the entire community, rather than a particular district. The Mayor is elected to a two-year term and the City Council are elected to four-year overlapping terms, and an individual to the Office of City Treasure, for a full term of four year. There are no limits to the number of terms they may serve.
Anyone who is 18 years of age, a resident and registered voter in the City of California City may run for a seat on the City Council.
The nomination period begins July 18, 2022 and ends August 12, 2022. Nomination Papers to file and run for office may be obtained from the City Clerk Office.
Political Reform Act Campaign Disclosure Requirements & Filings
Since 1974, California has had in place a campaign finance disclosure law requiring candidates and committees to make public their contributions and expenditures. All local elected officeholders, candidates for local elected offices, and committees in support or opposed to local candidates are required to file their campaign disclosure reports with the City Clerk Office at specified intervals.
In general terms, the Forms include:
- Form 470, Officeholder & Candidate Campaign Statement Short Form
A candidate who does not anticipate raising or spending more than $2,000 may file a 470 "Short" Form to indicate his or her candidacy. If a candidate does not intend to raise or spend more than $2,000, this may be the only campaign finance reporting form they are required to file.
- Form 501, Candidate Intention Statement (Required form)
Form 501 indicates a candidate's intent to seek elected office and that he or she intends to raise or spend more than $2,000 in doing so. It must be filed prior to the solicitation or receipt of any contribution, or the expenditure of any personal funds used for an election.
- Form 410, Statement of Organization Recipient Committee
A campaign committee must file a Form 410 within 10 days of raising or spending $2,000. Form 410 indicates the candidate for which the committee was formed, the name and address of the campaign committee, the treasurer, and the location (bank name and address) of the committee's bank account.
- Form 460, Recipient Committee Campaign Statement
At semi-annual intervals during the year and more regularly prior to Election Day, candidates must file a Form 460 outlining the manner in which they raise and spend money in pursuit of elected office. Form 460 indicates the name, address, occupation, and employer of contributors as well as the name, address, and purpose for which payments have been made. It also outlines how much was raised and spent during that specific reporting period and in total for the calendar year. Detailed itemization is required for contributions received from a single source totaling $100 or more; expenditures of $100 or more; accrued expenses of $100 or more; and miscellaneous increases to cash of $100 or more. The law does not allow addresses to be posted online, however, that information may be available from the City Clerk's Office located at: City Hall/City Clerk Office, 21000 Hacienda Blvd, California City, CA 93505
- Form 700, Statement of Economic Interests (Required Form)
The Political Reform Act requires most state and local government officials and employees to publicly disclose their personal assets and income. They also must disqualify themselves from participating in decisions which may affect their personal economic interests. The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) is the state agency responsible for interpreting the law's provisions. Copies of the forms for all City filers are available in the City Clerk's Office. They are also available at the FPPC's website and at their office at the following location: 1102 Q Street Suite 3000, Sacramento, CA 95811
The City Clerk’s for more information. (760) 373-8661.
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