July Water Works News: New Curriculum at Marquette Law; Loma Linda Adopts Neutrality in LAFCO 3076 Consolidation

July 2009 Vol. 64 No. 7

At its regular city council meeting in May, the city of Loma Linda voted unanimously to adopt a "Neutral" position on the proposed consolidation between the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District (SBVWCD) and the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District (MUNI). By formalizing their position as “neutral” on the consolidation process, known as LAFCO 3076, Loma Linda joins the city of Redlands, the city of Highland, East Valley Water District, and the city of San Bernardino Municipal Water Departments in taking a position on LAFCO’s proposal.
“We are pleased that Loma Linda realizes how important the existence of SBVWCD is to their residents," says SBVWCD Board President Melody McDonald. “Part of our job at the district is to recharge the Bunker Hill Basin, which allows the city of Loma Linda to pump water to supply their constituents.” In addition, the District manages environmental habitat for sensitive, threatened and endangered species on a majority of its 2,600 acres of property.

Other cities and agencies that will be affected by the consolidation proposal have recently taken action on the consolidation or are currently reviewing their stance on the issue. “We are anticipating widespread support for the Conservation District. We know there are many cities and public agencies who would suffer if we cease to exist,” stated General Manager Robert Neufeld.

The Local Agency Formation Commission of San Bernardino County regulates the boundaries of cities and most local districts, including annexations of territory, consolidations and other changes and formations. In addition, LAFCO reviews ways to reorganize, simplify and streamline governmental structures and services. Since 2006, LAFCO of San Bernardino County has been reviewing a proposal to consolidate SBVWCD and MUNI. LAFCO has placed the item for consolidation on its July 15 agenda.

UN Global Compact Cities Programme welcomes Milwaukee, taps region’s freshwater expertise

The city of Milwaukee joined an elite list of only 13 cities worldwide, gaining admission into the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme (UNGCCP). With this admission, Milwaukee achieves UN recognition of the area’s expertise and global leadership in freshwater science and technology. Milwaukee and San Francisco are the only two North American cities in the Programme.