Chapter 9. Dissolution of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 10. >> Part 16. >> Chapter 9.
If the district operates no rail transit facilities, the
board may call an election at any time for the purpose of submitting
to the voters of the district the question of whether the district
shall be dissolved. Upon the filing with the secretary of the
district of a petition signed by voters within the district equal in
number to at least 25 percent of the total vote cast at the last
general statewide election, asking that the question of dissolution
of the district be submitted to the voters of the district, the board
shall call the election.
The election for the purpose of submitting to the voters of
the district the question of whether or not the district shall be
dissolved shall be held within 60 days following the date on which
the petition is filed.
Notice of any election for dissolution, whether called
because of the filing of a petition or ordered by the board without
petition, shall be published. The date fixed for the election shall
not be less than 30 days from the date of the first publication of
The ballots for the election shall contain substantially
the instructions required to be printed on ballots for use at general
state and county elections and, in addition, the following:
| | YES | |
|Shall the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail | | |
|Transit District be dissolved? +------+-----+
| | NO | |
The board shall canvass the vote. If a majority of the
votes favor dissolution, the board shall by resolution dissolve the
The board shall file a certified copy of the resolution
with the Secretary of State and for record in the office of the
county recorder of the Counties of Marin and Sonoma and any other
county in which territory of the district is situated.
Upon dissolution, the right, title, and interest to any
property owned or controlled by the district which was acquired by
the district from the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation
District shall be returned to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and
Transportation District or disposed of as designated by the Golden
Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. It is the intent of
the Legislature that any remaining property continue to be held in
public ownership. A joint powers agency, members of which may include
the Counties of Marin and Sonoma, the North Coast Railroad
Authority, and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation
District, may be formed to hold title to the remaining district
property. If a joint powers agency cannot be formed, the district, in
consultation with the Counties of Marin, Sonoma, Humboldt, and
Mendocino, and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation
District, shall make a recommendation to the Legislature regarding an
appropriate disposition of the property.
The board shall wind up the affairs of the district.