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Supreme Court Exposes Special Districts to Prevailing Wages for All Contracted Work - Kaanaana v Barrett Business Services, Inc.

By Deborah Wilder, President, Contractor Compliance and Monitoring Inc. The California Supreme Court recently ruled (March 29, 2021) that prevailing wages are not limited to just construction related projects when it comes to public utility, reclamation and other special districts. The...


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Surplus Land Act Guidelines Now Available

Earlier this month, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) at long last released the final Surplus Land Act guidelines . HCD’s guidelines had been anticipated for release in January, however the department needed more time to work through issues raised in public...


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CA Supreme Court Broadens Scope of Prevailing Wage for Some Special Districts

Last week, the California Supreme Court issued a decision that may portend the expansion of prevailing wage law to include routine activities within "work done for irrigation, utility, reclamation, and improvement districts, and other districts of this type " in the operation of their...


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Biden Announces $2.25 Trillion Infrastructure Proposal: An Outline of Items of Special District Interest

President Joe Biden unveiled on March 31 the first of two infrastructure packages the Administration will put forward for Congress’ consideration. The "American Jobs Plan" includes a variety of programs that would address special districts’ infrastructure interests ranging from water...


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Costa Mesa Sanitary District – Residential Organics Recycling Program

I n 2015, the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) became the first agency in Southern California to implement a curbside Organics Recycling Program that accepted both food scraps and yard waste. Although CMSD had been promoting zero waste practices long before the state legislature passed...


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Could Your District Put Infrastructure Funding to Use in Your Community?

With the federal COVID-19 legislative packaged signed, Congress will turn its attention to an infrastructure funding package and you can help CSDA ensure special districts’ capital improvement projects are eligible. TAKE SURVEY In anticipation of impending policy discussions and...


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EID Board Approves Permanent Water Contract with U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Press Release from El Dorado Irrigation District Contact: Jesse Saich, jsaich@eid.org Placerville, Calif. — At a special meeting on January 11, the EID Board of Directors unanimously voted to adopt a resolution authorizing the conversion of the District’s existing long-term Central Valley...


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Diablo Water District Focuses on Strategic Planning

Published in The Press January 20, 2021 Over the past two years, the Diablo Water District Board of Directors has seen some new faces (due to resignations and recent elections). According to Board President Seger, “The fresh group of proactive and passionate Directors are offering...


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Call to Action: Draft Regulations Threaten Districts’ Authority to Lease Land

Friday, November 13 2020, The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released Surplus Land Act (SLA) draft guidelines that threaten special districts’ authority to lease land . Developed in response to AB 1486 (Ting, 2019) , which made several changes to the...


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Governor Newsom Announces California Will Phase Out Gasoline-Powered Cars & Drastically Reduce Demand for Fossil Fue

Stating that transportation currently accounts for more than 50 percent of California’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Zero-emission vehicles are a key part of California’s innovation economy, as California’s second largest global export market, this morning the Governor announced a new Executive...