Article 4. Meetings And Legislation of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 7. >> Chapter 3. >> Article 4.
The board shall establish rules for its proceedings and
shall provide for the time and place of holding meetings and the
manner in which special meetings may be called. All legislative
sessions of the board, whether regular or special, are open to the
public. A majority of the board constitutes a quorum for the
transaction of business.
The board shall act only by ordinance, resolution, or
motion. The ayes and noes shall be taken upon the passage of all
ordinances, resolutions, or motions and entered upon the journal of
the proceedings of the board. No ordinance, resolution, or motion
shall be passed or become effective without the affirmative votes of
at least a majority of the board.
The enacting clause of all ordinances shall be:
"Be it enacted by the board of directors of _______ public utility
All resolutions and ordinances shall be signed by the
president of the board and attested by the secretary.
No ordinance passed by the board takes effect less than 30
days after its passage. At least one week before the expiration of
the said 30 days copies of the ordinance shall be posted by the clerk
at three public places in the district, and if there is a newspaper
of general circulation printed and published in the district, the
ordinance shall be published in the newspaper pursuant to Section
6061 of the Government Code.
An order entered in the minutes of the board that an
ordinance has been duly posted and published is prima facie proof of
such posting and publication.
All tax levies for a purpose other than interest or sinking
fund payments shall be first authorized by the board by ordinance
when the amount proposed to be raised by a tax levy exceeds fifty
thousand dollars ($50,000).
During the 30 days following passage of an ordinance
pursuant to Section 16077 a petition, signed by qualified voters of
the district equal to 10 percent of the entire vote cast within the
district for all candidates for Governor at the last preceding
general election at which a Governor was voted for, protesting
against the passage of the ordinance may be presented to the board.
Immediately upon receipt of a petition submitted pursuant to
Section 16078 the board shall cause the clerk of the district to
examine and verify the signatures, and to certify the result to the
board within 10 days. If the petition is found insufficient, the
clerk shall certify to the number of additional signatures of
qualified electors required to make the petition sufficient, and the
petition may be amended by a supplemental petition filed within 10
days from the date of the certificate.
Within 10 days after the filing of a supplemental petition,
the clerk shall examine it and certify to the result of his
An ordinance is suspended from going into operation until
the examination, verification, and certification are completed.
If a petition, or petition as amended, is certified to be
sufficient the ordinance is suspended from going into operation and
the board shall reconsider it.
If the board does not entirely repeal the ordinance upon
reconsideration, it shall submit the ordinance to a vote of the
electors at a general district election or at a special district
election called for the purpose, and the ordinance shall not become
operative unless approved by a majority of the voters voting upon it.
Unless otherwise provided in this division, petitions made
pursuant to this article, in the matter of form, signatures, and
preparation, and the proceedings based upon them, in the matter of
calling and conducting an election, the manner of voting, cavassing
the return, and declaring the result shall conform as nearly as
practicable to the provisions of general law relating to direct
legislation or the referendum by cities.