Q: How are Board Members selected to serve on the Board?
A: Health and Safety Code §41300 states:
41310. The Antelope Valley district shall be governed by a district board consisting of seven members, as follows:
(a) Two members of the City Council of the City of Lancaster appointed by the City Council.
(b) Two members of the City Council of the City of Palmdale appointed by the City Council.
(c) Two persons appointed by the member of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles who represents a majority of the population of the Antelope Valley district, one of whom may be that supervisor.
(d) A public member who shall be appointed by the members appointed pursuant to subdivisions (a) to (c), inclusive.
Q: When/Where are the Board Meetings?
A: The Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Chambers at the AVAQMD offices in Lancaster, CA. Closed sessions are typically held at the end of the meeting. Occasionally meetings are cancelled and a Cancellation Notice will be posted on the website.
Q: Where does the Public fit in?
A: At each meeting there is a section to receive public comment and the public is very much a part of the meeting process. Public workshops held weeks prior to the adoption of various rules and regulations give you the opportunity to learn about proposed rules and/or policies. Written reports on rules or policies are available prior to the Board Meetings and anyone can testify on any item pending before the Board.
Q: Where can I obtain information on upcoming meetings?
A: The agenda and other meeting materials are available 72 hours prior to the meeting and are posted on our website and at the District offices. If you would like to obtain copies of agenda documents or additional information on a particular agenda item, contact the District at (661) 723-8070.
Q: How do I testify at meetings or submit public comment?
A: You may testify on a particular item on the agenda at the time that item is being discussed before the Board. You may also testify on a non-agenda item under the general “Public Comment” period. You will need to fill out a “Public Comment Form” available in the Board Chambers and give it to the Board Clerk. The Chairman will call your name at the appropriate time and you will be required to step up to the podium and testify. The Chairman has the discretion to give you additional time if the issue is complex or if the Board has questions. If you have prepared written comments along with your testimony, bring an adequate amount of copies with you to give to the Board Clerk along with your “Public Comment Form” and each member will receive a copy. After all testimony on a proposed rule has been heard, the Chairman will close the public hearing and the Board Members will vote on the item.
Q: What if I Can’t Attend?
A: Written comments regarding an item on the Board agenda should be sent to the Senior Executive Analyst at the District, and must be received at least one calendar day prior to the meeting date.
Q: ADA Accommodated?
A: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if special assistance is needed to participate in the Board Meeting, please contact the Executive Officer/APCO during regular business hours (we are closed every other Friday) at (661) 723-8070 x2. Notification received 48 business hours prior to the meeting will enable the District to make reasonable accommodations.