The Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) has recognized YLWD as a “District of Distinction.” The District of Distinction recognition is awarded to districts that display achievements in the areas of governance, transparency, finances, and board conduct.
District of Distinction recognition is among California’s most prestigious government honors. SDLF carefully evaluates District of Distinction status every two years to ensure continued dedication to maintaining standards of excellence in financial audits, policies and procedures, and training received by directors and executive staff.
SDLF also presented YLWD with the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence. The certificate program, achievement of which is a District of Distinction prerequisite, promotes transparency in the operations and governance of special districts. Eligibility is established by completing certain requirements such as conducting ethics training for all board members, filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner, and maintaining website requirements intended to readily provide information to the public like board agendas, board meeting minutes, the current budget, and the most recent financial audit.
“Public agencies throughout the state are challenged with practicing responsible fiscal management and governance in an increasingly complex and heavily regulated environment, which is no small task,” said GM Marc Marcantonio. “Being named a District of Distinction demonstrates to our ratepayers that YLWD practices sound fiscal management and embraces transparent policies throughout all areas of district operations.”
Due to the expeditious certification of the referendum petition by The Orange County Registrar of Voters, the District is holding a Special Board Meeting on Thursday November 5, 2015, at the District’s offices at 1717 E. Miraloma Ave., Placentia, to address the referendum in a more timely manner. The meeting will be held at 6:00 PM to better accommodate the public who wish to attend.
The Orange County Registrar of Voters has certified that the petition delivered to the Yorba Linda Water District on October 14, 2015, has a number of valid signatures sufficient to constitute a referendum. As such, the petition will be presented to the District Board of Directors at the next regularly scheduled Board Meeting on November 12, 2015, at 8:30 a.m., for the District’s response. As always, public input is invited.
We have posted a video of our recent Drought Landscape Workshop for those who were unable to attend.
In response to Governor Brown’s April 1st Executive Order issuing mandatory water allocations across the State, and the subsequent Regulations approved by the State Water Resources Control Board mandating a 36% reduction for Yorba Linda Water District, YLWD is entering Stage Three of the District’s Conservation Ordinance.
"This drought is unprecedented," said Board President, Ric Collett. "Unfortunately, the way this is being carried out, they are going after the smallest piece of the pie. The water used by residences and businesses is less than five percent of the all the water that falls on the State. The rest is for the environment and agriculture. But the State is putting this on the shoulders of businesses and homeowners. We're going to have to bare the brunt of this."
Failure to comply with the new State Regulations will result in fines of up to $10,000 per day, for each day out of compliance.
Stage 3 of the District's Ordinance limits outdoor irrigation to two days a week during the warmer months until November, when outdoor watering is then limited to one day a week.
"We're all in this together," said Collett. “Some people have already gone to great lengths to conserve. Others can do much more."
The Stage Three watering restrictions officially go into place June 1st. Information on the District's Conservation Ordinance can be found here.