The County Board of Supervisors today approved 29 changes to the County Code with approvals of Item 7, claiming the changes are just typos and minor corrections. However, the changes made to Code 2.58 regarding the County Water Advisory Commission were significant in that the Commission now has NO authority to make recommendations regarding the County Water Supply Annual Report that would include implementation or oversight.
This is how the Code relating to the powers and duties of the Commission read before the changes:
2.96.060 Powers and duties.
The Commission shall advise the Board of Supervisors on all matters relating to water policy, and shall specifically advise the board on the formulation, review, updating and implementation of the County’s water master plan. The Commission shall also recommend policies to the Board of Supervisors to ensure that the production of water and the development of additional water supplies are consistent with the growth management program and the General Plan of Santa Cruz County. In addition, the Commission shall recommend to the Board of Supervisors any policies necessary to protect the watersheds, groundwater, fish and game, and recreational resources of Santa Cruz County. The Commission shall also undertake other duties relating to water quality, as requested by the Board of Supervisors. [Ord. 3372 § 1, 1983; Ord. 2111, 1975; prior code § 3.19.020].
This paragraph was really whittled. This is not good. Who will provide oversight of the Annual County Water Plan?
Here is the link to the agenda (look at Item 7R).
John Ricker was in the front row of the audience, but said nothing when I commented on the item, (made during open comment, and an attempt during the Item 7 comment, Zach Friend refused to allow me to speak and turned off my microphone).
The County Water Advisory Commission meets October 3. Wednesday, at 4 p.m. in the 5th Floor Large Conference Room. Here is a link to their document regarding the Code changes: