Plan for Paso Robles water district raises concerns in Sacramento

dsneed@thetribunenews.comMarch 7, 2014 

Senator Bill Monning, D-Carmel during a joint session in the Assembly chambers in Sacramento, Calif. on Monday, March 11, 2013.

HECTOR AMEZCUA — hamezcua@sacbee.com

Plans to create a water management district for the Paso Robles groundwater basin have hit a serious and possibly fatal roadblock.

Top San Luis Obispo County officials met Wednesday in Sacramento with Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian and Sen. Bill Monning, the county’s two state legislators, and were told that the state Legislative Counsel’s Office has raised some serious concerns about the legality of the district’s proposed hybrid board of directors, said David Church, executive officer of the county’s Local Agency Formation Commission, the county agency that would oversee the formation of the district.

“The formation of the district is definitely on hold, and I don’t know for how long,” Church said. “It could be that the district will not be formed as proposed.”

The problem is the hybrid board of directors that has been proposed, which would have nine directors representing a combination of those directly elected and others representing landowners of various acreages.

“The trend in Sacramento is to go away from boards based on land ownership and toward voter-established boards,” Church said.

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