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Circle the wagons

Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Developing Story: The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors have the following “Consent Agenda” item placed on tomorrow’s meeting. Full agenda>LINK

June 3, 2014 Consent Calendar for County Board of Supervisors.>LINK

June 3, 2014
JAMES C. RAMOS, Third District Supervisor Board of Supervisors

Declare and post vacancy per Maddy Act for David P. Peach of Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council (Seat 6), Third District.
Date Posted or Expired: Replaces:
Term: Term Expiration Date: Length of Underlying Term:
Unexpired 6/3/2017 4 years


Here is the Maddy Act language courtesy of the “Legal Eagles” following Cactus Thorns:

SECTION 54970-54974


54970.  (a) The Legislature finds and declares that a vast and

largely untapped reservoir of talent exists among the citizenry of

the State of California, and that rich and varied segments of this

great human resource are, all too frequently, not aware of the many

opportunities which exist to participate in and serve on local

regulatory and advisory boards, commissions, and committees.

   (b) The Legislature further finds and declares that the general

public of this state has traditionally been denied access to

information regarding vacancies which occur on such boards,

commissions, and committees, thereby denying most citizens and

interest groups the opportunity to nominate for consideration by the

respective appointive powers persons whose particular strengths,

backgrounds, experience, perspective, and talents might contribute

significantly to efficient and representative policy development and

administration in local government.

   (c) The Legislature further finds and declares that the respective

local appointive powers have been denied access to a talent resource

hitherto untapped.

   (d) The Legislature further finds and declares that all citizens

of the state, regardless of their place of residence should have

equal access to specific and current information about the many local

regulating and advisory boards, commissions, and committees and

equal opportunity to be informed of vacancies which shall occur

thereon, so that they may pursue the opportunity to participate in

and contribute to the operations of local government by serving on

such boards, commissions, and committees.

   (e) It is therefore the intent of the Legislature that this

chapter shall apply to all cities and all counties throughout

California, including charter cities and charter counties.


54971.  As used in this chapter:

   (a) “Legislative body” means the board of supervisors or its

chairman in the case of the county, or the city council or the mayor

in the case of a city.

   (b) “Local agency” means a county or city, whether chartered or

general law.


54972.  On or before December 31 of each year, each legislative body

shall prepare an appointments list of all regular and ongoing

boards, commissions, and committees which are appointed by the

legislative body of the local agency. This list shall be known as the

Local Appointments List. The list shall contain the following


(a) A list of all appointive terms which will expire during the

next calendar year, with the name of the incumbent appointee, the

date of appointment, the date the term expires, and the necessary

qualifications for the position.

   (b) A list of all boards, commissions, and committees whose

members serve at the pleasure of the legislative body, and the

necessary qualifications for each position.


54973.  The Local Appointments List shall be made available to

members of the public for a reasonable fee which shall not exceed

actual cost. The legislative body shall designate the public library

with the largest service population within its jurisdiction to

receive a copy of the list.


54974.  (a) Whenever an unscheduled vacancy occurs in any board,

commission, or committee for which the legislative body has the

appointing power, whether due to resignation, death, termination, or

other causes, a special vacancy notice shall be posted in the office

of the clerk of the local agency, the library designated pursuant to

Section 54973, and in other places as directed by the legislative

body, not earlier than 20 days before or not later than 20 days after

the vacancy occurs. Final appointment to the board, commission, or

committee shall not be made by the legislative body for at least 10

working days after the posting of the notice in the clerk’s office.

   (b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the legislative body may, if

it finds that an emergency exists, fill the unscheduled vacancy

immediately. A person appointed to fill the vacancy shall serve only

on an acting basis until the final appointment is made pursuant to

this section.


To be continued: Email inquiries sent to parties involved including Supervisor Ramos’ Chief of Staff.


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Margo Sturges

Yucca Valley Editor

Note: Margo Sturges has written many articles for Cactus Thorns and is the founder of Citizens4Change.info. Email contact: MargoSturgesYV(at)aol.com "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."- George Orwell

1 Comment

  1. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    I can tell you that the way the Big Mac has worked out it is a pit full of fascist vipers. Who would have “thunk” that pack full of left leaning loons would have done so much to prove that central planning and a complete lack of small r republicanism is the hallmark of The Joshua Tree Hippie Community.

    A little less community organizing Dave, and a lot more service to the community.

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