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COVID Has Changed Public Engagement and Created New Opportunities for Equity and Access

Many local governments saw an increase in participation in public meetings and online engagement.

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Southgate Recreation & Park District Walk with Ease Program

SRPD utilized grassroots and partnerships to ensure success.

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Computer People Communication Crisis Communications: 5 Ideas, 2 Tips, 20 Questions Answered

In his presentation at CSDA Annual Conference, ‘Crisis Communications: 5 Ideas, 2 Tips, 20 Questions Answered’, Ryder Todd Smith from Tripepi Smith will dive deep into his insights and experiences helping local government agencies navigate their way through a crisis.

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Irvine Ranch Water District & Hyatt House:
The Value of Public-Private Partnerships in Water Reuse

When the seven-story Hyatt House Irvine opened in 2018, one of its most unique traits was invisible to travelers: a hidden web of purple pipes delivering recycled water to all 149 guest rooms.

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Novel Corona Virus/COVID-19 Resources

CSDA continues to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 and has compiled the following resources so special districts can easily access information made available through state and federal agencies.

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Special districts are local governments created by the people of a community to deliver specialized services essential to their health, safety, economy and well-being, that the local city or county do not provide.

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  • Posted in: Open Forum

    Hi Chris, can you send your draft resolution once you have it? The attachment of the County Health order is helpful, as we're in the same county. I'm having a hard time trying to figure out exactly what ...

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    We are looking into having a reserve program for the police and would like to know if anyone else has a reserve agreement in place. ------------------------------ Judith Quijada Administrative Secretary ...

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    RE: Tiered Water Rates

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    Tiered water rates are appropriate and legal when the higher water use is connected to higher cost.  If you have to build additional infrastructure to meet higher demand, or have to access water sources ...

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    FYI CSDA staff just posted the message below on this topic.  Remote meetings as we know them end October 1, 2021.  We now have 361 procedures to use during officially declared emergencies: ...

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    Hi Laura, This excerpt from yesterday's press release about Governor Newsom's newest related Executive Order, N-15-21 , is particularly relevant to your inquiry: The order signed [yesterday] specifies ...

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    We just started drafting our using the sample.  We are taking language from our most recent County Health order as well. Chris ------------------------------ Chris Hastert General Manager Santa Maria ...

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    I'm pretty new to this forum, but I'm wondering if any water districts out there can share their experiences in reestablishing tiered rates in the wake of Prop. 218 and subsequent court rulings.  I know ...

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    Thank you everyone for that information.  It was very helpful. Does anyone have a draft of your resolution that you are willing to share? Yes, I do have the CSDA sample resolution. ------------------------------ ...

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    Hello,  Our Districts next Board meeting is October 7, 2021. Can anyone advise if we are allowed to meet remote to bring the resolution to the Board for approval in October? Or if that meeting (since ...