Article 1. Government of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 10. >> Part 10. >> Chapter 3. >> Article 1.
The district shall be governed by a board of directors of
seven members, which may be increased to 9 or 11 members if the board
finds that an increase in the membership of the board is necessary
to insure adequate representation to all of the areas in the County
of Santa Cruz served by the district. The membership shall be
composed of one member appointed by the City Council of Santa Cruz,
one member appointed by the City Council of Capitola, one member
appointed by the City Council of Scotts Valley, one member appointed
by the City Council of Watsonville, one member appointed by the
governing bodies of any other incorporated areas in the county within
the district to represent those incorporated areas, one member
appointed by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Santa Cruz,
and other members to be appointed by the above entities in accordance
with their proportionate population within the district. However,
the membership of the board shall not exceed the number determined by
The apportionment shall be based upon the population distribution
within the district, and the board shall reapportion its membership
whenever any part of the district is excluded or new territory is
added or unincorporated territory within the district incorporates,
and, as a result of the exclusion, annexation, or incorporation,
representation on the board no longer reflects the population
distribution within the district. The board shall also reapportion
whenever the county elections official advises the board that the
latest official census indicates a need for reapportionment.
The appointees to the board made by the several legislative
bodies shall have been residents of the area encompassed by the
district for at least 30 days prior to their appointment, and they
shall also be residents of the city whose city council appointed them
or, a resident of the county if appointed by the board of
These appointments shall be made within 30 days after the
formation of the district.
A person shall not be appointed to, or be a member of, the
board unless that person is a resident of the district and has
resided within the district at least 30 days immediately prior to his
or her appointment to the board.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the term
of office of each director shall be four years.
(b) For the board first appointed, at least one appointee of each
legislative body shall have a two-year term.
(c) If the appointee of any legislative body is one of its own
members, the appointee may serve only as long as the appointee is a
member of the legislative body.
(d) An appointment to fill a vacancy on the board, or an
appointment made after the expiration of the preceding term, shall be
for the unexpired portion of the term.
(e) The failure of a board member to attend three consecutive
meetings of the board without good cause shall create a vacancy in
the office of the board member.
The first meeting of the board shall be held within 10 days
of the appointment of the last director by a legislative body. The
board shall make its own rules of procedure and determine the place
and time of its meetings.
The board shall select one of its members chairman, and one
vice chairman, who shall preside in the absence of its chairman. The
board shall provide for and select a secretary and such other
officers as it deems necessary to conduct the affairs of the