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California Code, Public Utilities Code - PUC § 170014

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(a) Meetings of the board of directors are subject to the provisions of the Ralph M. Brown Act (Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 54950) of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code).

(b) A majority of the total voting membership of the board of directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

(c) The board of directors shall act only by ordinance, resolution, or motion.

(d)(1) Except as provided in subdivision (e), to adopt an ordinance, resolution, or motion requires both a numerical and a weighted majority vote of the total voting membership of the board of directors pursuant to paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) A numerical majority requires an affirmative vote of at least five of the voting membership of the board of directors.

(3)(A) A weighted majority requires an affirmative vote of at least 51 vote points that are allocated to the voting membership of the board of directors, unless the total number of vote points is expanded beyond 100 as a result of the operation of subparagraph (E). If the total number of vote points is greater than 100 as a result of the operation of subparagraph (E), a weighted majority requires an affirmative vote of at least 50 percent plus one of the total vote points. Vote points shall be allocated pursuant to subparagraph (B).

(B) There shall be a total of 100 allocated vote points for the weighted vote, except that additional vote points shall be allocated pursuant to subparagraph (E). For purposes of this paragraph, the City of San Diego, the County of San Diego, the east county cities, the north county coastal cities, the north county inland cities, and the south county cities are each a jurisdiction. The points allocated to the City of San Diego shall be divided among the three board members appointed pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 170010. The points shall be allocated among the three board members by the Mayor of the City of San Diego, keeping the votes for each seat as close to equal as possible but in a manner that avoids fractional vote points. The vote points allocated to the County of San Diego shall be divided between the two board members appointed pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section 170010. The vote points shall be allocated among the two board members by the chair of the board of supervisors, keeping the votes for each seat as close to equal as possible but in a manner that avoids fractional vote points. Each jurisdiction shall have that number of vote points determined by the following allocation formula, except that each jurisdiction shall have at least one vote point, no jurisdiction shall have more than 40 vote points, and there shall be no fractional vote points:

(i) If any jurisdiction has 40 percent or more of the total population of the San Diego County region, 40 vote points shall be allocated to that jurisdiction and the remaining vote points shall be allocated to the remaining jurisdictions pursuant to clause (ii). If no jurisdiction has 40 percent or more of the total population of the San Diego County region, vote points shall be allocated pursuant to clause (iii).

(ii) The total population of the remaining jurisdictions shall be computed and the remaining 60 vote points allocated based upon the percentage of the total that each jurisdiction has, in the following manner:

(I) The percentage each jurisdiction bears to the total remaining population shall be multiplied by 60 to determine fractional shares.

(II) Each fraction less than one shall be rounded up to one, so that no jurisdiction has less than one vote point.

(III) Disregarding any fractional vote points and adding just the whole vote points, if the total vote points is 60, fractional vote points are dropped and the whole numbers are the vote points for each jurisdiction.

(IV) If, after disregarding the fractional vote points and adding just the whole vote points, the total vote points for the remaining jurisdictions is less than 60, the difference in vote points shall be allocated to jurisdictions in order of the highest fractions until a total of 60 vote points are allocated, excepting those jurisdictions whose vote was increased to one pursuant to subclause (II).

(V) If, after disregarding the fractional vote points and adding just the whole vote points, the total vote points for the remaining jurisdictions is more than 60, the vote points in excess of 60 shall be eliminated by subtracting vote points from jurisdictions with the lowest percentage to the total remaining population except that no jurisdiction's vote points shall be reduced to less than one.

(iii) If no jurisdiction has 40 percent or more of the total population of the San Diego County region, the total population of the region shall be computed and all 100 vote points shall be allocated based upon the percentage each jurisdiction bears to the total population of the region, in the following manner:

(I) The percentage of any jurisdiction that is less than one shall be rounded up to one, so that no jurisdiction has less than one vote point.

(II) Disregarding any fractional vote points and adding just the whole vote points, if the total vote points is 100, fractional vote points shall be dropped and the whole numbers shall be the vote points for each jurisdiction.

(III) If, after disregarding the fractional vote points and adding just the whole vote points, the total vote points for all jurisdictions is less than 100, the difference in vote points shall be allocated to jurisdictions in order of the highest fractions until a total of 100 vote points are allocated, excepting those jurisdictions whose vote was increased to one pursuant to subclause (I).

(IV) If, after disregarding the fractional vote points and adding just the whole vote points, the total vote points for all jurisdictions is more than 100, the vote points in excess of 100 shall be eliminated by subtracting vote points from jurisdictions with the lowest percentage to the total population or the region except that no jurisdiction's vote points shall be reduced to less than one.

(C) When a weighted vote is taken on any item that requires more than a majority vote of the board, it shall also require the same supermajority percentage of the weighted vote.

(D) The allocation of vote points pursuant to this subdivision shall be made annually by the board of directors based upon the population calculations made by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

(E) Any other newly incorporated city shall be added to the jurisdiction designated by SANDAG. The board member representing that jurisdiction shall receive one additional vote under the weighted vote procedure specified above until the next allocation of vote points pursuant to subparagraph (D), at which time the new jurisdiction shall receive votes in accordance with the formula specified in this paragraph. Until this next vote points allocation, the total number of weighted vote points may exceed 100.

(e) Any act to submit a ballot measure to the voters at a regular or special election shall require a two-thirds majority vote, both numerically and by weighted vote, of the total voting membership of the board of directors.

(f) The board of directors shall keep a record of all of its actions, including financial transactions.

(g) The board of directors shall adopt rules or bylaws for its proceedings.

(h) The board of directors shall adopt policies for the operation of the authority, including, but not limited to, ethical standards and practices, administrative policies, fiscal policies, personnel policies, and purchasing policies.

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