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Capistrano Valley News (Newspaper) - June 18, 2015, Capistrano Valley, California Capistrano Valley serving the Community since 1972 thursday june 18. 2015 Quot our new fire chief Jeff Bowman is doing a terrific Job. A tot of the issues we had in past were resolved with Bowman s Angelica Amezcua councilwoman represents Santa Ana on Oufa Board Quot my Bill streamlines the Oufa Board to a size that is both More efficient and More representative of the populations of its member Tom Daly assemblyman. D a n a h e i m author of a 1217 we Are not handcuffed to Oufa this is not some indentured servitude agreement. We can pick our marbles up and go Home. But when we do we will take our extra Money with Carol Gamble mayor of Rancho Santa Margarita Quot the Board now works Well together. I Don t think there s any need for outside influence to make it work. I think every City should have a Craig Oreen Placentia councilman measure fans fire tensions Orange county fire authority a South county member cities Are opposing a Bill that would Cut the number of Board directors by nearly half. By Tomoya Shimura Ano Christopher Yee staff writers Orange county a largest fire department May be facing a turning Point. South county City officials say they will consider leaving the Orange county fire authority and forming a new fire department if a controversial state Bill to restructure the Oufa Board of directors passes. Assembly Bill 1217, written by assemblyman Tom Daly a Anaheim. Proposes reducing the number of Board members to 13 from 25. Currently All 23 partner cities have equal representation on the Board one City one vote regardless of population. The Board of supervisors w hich represents unincorporated areas holds two seats. Supporters say the Bill would streamline the overinflated Board and facilitate consensus. But opponents including most cd a member cities say the Bill would let the state undermine local control of a local fire department. The Bill passed the As Sembly 47-25 on May 26 and will be discussed at the Senate governance and finance committee before it reaches the Senate floor. The City of Rancho Santa Margarita initiated a meeting of South Orange county City managers to discuss their opposition to a 1217 and possible actions if the Bill is passed and signed into Law including the option to leave the fire authority. A if it passes in the Senate As it is i think we would have see Oufa a Page 4about Oufa in 1980, the Orange county fire department was formed to provide services for the unincorporated areas of the county and nine cities. The department was overseen by the Board of supervisors. As the number of cities contracting with the fire department grew the member cities began seeking a path to form a join Powers authority to gain More voice in How services were provided. That idea was realized with the for Matron of the Orange county fire authority on March 1,1995, less than three months after the county declared bankruptcy. Each City has one voting member appointed by the City Council on the Oufa Board of directors. The county has two. Member agencies Chip in to the fire authority with property taxes or general funds. Fifteen cities Are called structural fire fund members whose portion of the property tax designated for the fire Protection is sent directly to the fire authority through the county. Buena Park Placentia san Clemente Santa Ana. Seal Beach. Stanton Tustin and Westminster Are called Cash contract cities. Those cities pay for services on an agreed upon schedule. Assembly Bill 1217 Isnit the first time that state legislators tried to restructure the Oufa Board. In 2001, state assemblyman Ken Maddox introduced Assembly Bill 1104 to reduce the size of the Board with support from the Orange county firefighters association local 3631 the Bill did no to pass an Assembly committee. A plan to reconfigure the Orange county fire authority Board has some South county cities sounding Aff is. A la is fill photo Leonard Ortiz staff photographer Pacifica san Juan project revived by Hannah Madan staff writer Taylor Morrison Oaktree and dumb Pacific ventures have bought Pacifica san Juan a luxury housing project that stalled after its previous owner went bankrupt the san Juan Capistrano development perched on a Bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean was delayed in 2008 after financial giant Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy. The Developer had built 98 Homes far Short of the 416 approved by the City. The joint venture Pacific Point development purchased the property May 21. Financial terms were not disclosed. A with roughly one Quarter of the Community already built we Are eager to restart construction so that the new residents As Well As the existing residents can enjoy the benefits of this Best in class Community said Phil Bodoni Taylor Morrison a Southern California division president in a statement. Taylor Morrison also bought sea Summit at Marblehead in san Clemente from the Lehman Brothers sea Summit will contain More than 2 h luxury Homes. The development will have three Public Parks and a homeowners association Park a basketball court and soccer Park. The Homes will Range in size from 1,785 to 5, xxx Square feet and Cost Between $1 million and $3 million. Contact the writer on twitter Hanna Madans pushing Back on water ruling by Meghann m. Cuniff staff writer tiered pricing might not be dead As a tool to encourage water conservation. Californians top lawyers and water officials Are trying to Stop an april ruling against san Juan Capistrano a tiered rate water pricing system from becoming a precedent that would end the strategy statewide. On june 5, the attorney general a office wrote to the California supreme court asking it to reverse publication of the 4th District court of appeals ruling that san Juan Capistrano a water District violated the state Constitution because it Wasny to charging rates based solely on the water districts costs. Water officials and lawyers have interpreted the ruling to mean that water districts can to set rates in a Way to discourage people from using too much water. By Law republishing the 4th districts ruling would make it applicable Only to san Juan Capistrano a water District and it could not be used As a Legal precedent in other jurisdictions. If the supreme court rules in the states favor water agencies that used tiered rates also might not be vulnerable to Legal challenges based on the san Juan Capistrano decision. Officials from several water agencies see ruling a Page 6

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