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May 31 Public Hearing/Protest hearing extended to June 14 on proposed Expansion of Latent Powers (Community Benefit Program)

After several nonprofits approached our Board about five years ago to expand our powers, FPUD has been given conditional approval by LAFCO, the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission to pursue providing a community benefit program that would include items such as operating parks & recreation services. LAFCO is the government watchdog agency tasked with overseeing Special Districts like FPUD.

There will be a public hearing/protest hearing on May 31 at 10 a.m. It will begin that day and be extended to June 14. LAFCO is coordinating that hearing, which will be held here at FPUD. This process allows the public to weigh in on the proposed program.

Due to an old address being given out for the mailing of protest letters, causing some of the letters to be returned to their senders, the San Diego County Local Agency Formation Commission is extending the deadline for the submission of protest forms on the commission’s earlier conditional approval to expand Fallbrook Public Utility District’s activated functions to include (a) parks and recreation, (b) street lighting, and (c) roads and streets.

While LAFCO is holding the originally scheduled protest hearing on May 31, at 10 a.m., in FPUD’s boardroom, protest forms may be mailed as late as May 31 as long as they have that date’s postmark. Protest forms may also be turned in at the beginning of that meeting or at the beginning of the continued hearing June 14, 10 a.m., at FPUD, 990 E. Mission Road.

According to a legal notice to be published in this week's Village News, “Extending the protest hearing is explicit to ensuring any written protests postmarked before May 31st – including those mailed to LAFCO using the previous mailing address – are received in a timely manner.”

Protest forms can be submitted to: San Diego LAFCO, Attn: Tamaron Luckett, 2550 Fifth Avenue, Suite 725, San Diego, CA 92103-6624. Protest forms for landowners and registered voters are available at https://www.sdlafco.org/. A copy of the notice is also available in Spanish on the San Diego LAFCO website, as listed above.

At the top of the form, after “Proposal”, ratepayers are requested to write in the name of the proposal as written on the notice, “FALLBROOK PUBLIC UTILITY DISTRICT LATENT POWERS ACTIVATION” LAFCO FILE NO. LP(A)19-27

You can read more about it here: Current Notices | San Diego LAFCO (sdlafco.org)