This section of our website has been created to help quickly access important information about the Yucaipa Valley Water District.
The Yucaipa Valley Water District
The Yucaipa Valley Water District originated from the merger of several mutual water companies created over one hundred years ago. These mutual water companies and other improvement districts were consolidated over time to create the Yucaipa Valley Water District which operates under the County Water District Law, Division 12, Section 30000 et. seq. of the State of California Water Code.
As a special-purpose government, or special district, the Yucaipa Valley Water District is an independent governmental unit that exists separately from general purpose governments such a county or city. Specifically, the Yucaipa Valley Water District service area includes properties in Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Yucaipa and Calimesa.
For more information about special districts, please visit the California Special Districts Association, or view the following online resources:
- What’s So Special About Special Districts, A Citizen’s Guide to Special Districts in California, October 2010 Download
- Local Values are District Values, California Special Districts Association Download
- It’s About Quality, Not Quantity, California Special Districts Association Download
- Accountable, Open and Public, California Special Districts Association Download
- Local Investment of Local Property Taxes, California Special Districts Association Download
- Prudent Reserves for a Sustainable Budget, California Special Districts Association Download
Board of Directors
The Yucaipa Valley Water District is governed by five-members of the community elected from five separate divisions. Each member is elected to a four-year term. The role of the Board of Directors is to provide oversight and establish the governing policies of the Yucaipa Valley Water District.
As the governing body for the Yucaipa Valley Water District, the Board of Directors only act at regular meetings or special meetings as provided by Law. A minimum of three Directors are required for a quorum to conduct the business of the Yucaipa Valley Water District. Individual Directors have no power to act for the Yucaipa Valley Water District, the Board of Directors, or to direct District staff. Under the County Water District Law, the Board of Directors assigns the responsibility for the day-to-day management and operations of the District to the General Manager.
Pursuant to California Government Code Section 53234, et. seq., all members of the Board of Directors are required to receive two hours of public agency ethics training within one year of election or appointment to the Board of Directors, and at least once every two years thereafter. All ethics training is to be provided using training guidelines established by the California Attorney General and the Fair Political Practices Commission. The General Manager and other designated management staff members also receive the same ethics training.
The Board of Directors conduct regular Board meetings every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Administration Building located at 12770 Second Street, Yucaipa, California, 92399, unless otherwise specified by action of the Board of Directors.
By conducting regular Board meetings, the Yucaipa Valley Water District has been able to provide an open and informal opportunity to review, attend, and participate in the deliberation and consideration of each agenda item.
Special or emergency Board meetings and workshops, while unusual, may be held as deemed necessary.
All Board meetings and workshops are noticed in advance and in writing which is posted at the District's office and on our website.
View our meeting calendar or join our email notification list to receive meeting notices, agendas and supporting meeting material. The Yucaipa Valley Water District provides informative, complete and well-documented meeting material in a downloadable PDF format, or you can view the material directly in your web browser as an online book.
Compensation - Board of Directors
Pursuant to California Water Code Section 20202, the Board of Directors review their compensation rates annually. The current rate of compensation paid to a Board of Director is $140.72 per day for each day’s attendance at meetings up to a maximum of ten meeting days per month. Therefore, a member of the Board of Directors can receive up to $1,407.20 per month for attending meetings. In some cases, the Board of Directors do not request to be reimbursed for meetings attended or do not attend the maximum of ten meetings per month. On average, the Board of Directors receive compensation for attending about five meetings per month.
The Board of Directors receive the same monthly medical allowance as the District staff members which is currently $890 per month.
Appointments by Public Officials
The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has developed a report to identify additional compensation that officials receive when appointing themselves to positions on committees, boards or commissions. Each agency must post on its website a single Form 806 which lists all the paid appointed positions.
While no additional compensation is received by the Board of Directors for attending committee and commission meetings hosted by the organizations listed in the attached report, it is important for the public to be aware that the District is actively involved with these other regional entities.
Compensation - Staff Members
The Yucaipa Valley Water District provides detailed salary and benefit information each year to the California State Controller's Office to be compiled into a report with other special districts. This information provides our customers the ability to compare our salary information with other comparable public agencies. Please visit the State Controller's Government Compensation website to view compensation information for the Yucaipa Valley Water District and all special districts and cities in California.
The Yucaipa Valley Water District has one contract general manager and three contract bargaining groups that represent the management employees, supervisor employees and the general employees. A compilation of the contract and amendments for the General Manager and the most recent employee bargaining group contracts are provided below:
- General Manager Contract
- Management Bargaining Unit Contract
- Supervisor Bargaining Unit Contract
- General Employee Bargaining Unit Contract
The employees of the Yucaipa Valley Water District participate in the 2% at 60 defined benefit retirement plan offered by the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). In the CalPERS defined benefit retirement plan, a vested employee receives a lifetime pension benefit determined by a set formula. This contrasts with a defined contribution plan (such as a 401(k) plan), in which the benefits are determined not by a formula, but solely by the amount of contributions in an account, plus earnings.
As one of the most economical retirement plans offered by CalPERS, the 2% at 60 formula provides a retirement benefit at age 60 of 2.00 multiplied by the number of years of service multiplied by the highest annual salary received by an employee.
To learn more about CalPERS, visit their website.
On October 7, 2005, the Governor signed Assembly Bill No. 1234. Assembly Bill No. 1234 requires that if a local agency provides any type of compensation, salary, or stipend to, or reimburses the expenses of a member of its 'legislative body' (as that term is defined in California Government Code Section 54952), that local agency's officials must receive training in ethics.
To comply with this requirement, the Yucaipa Valley Water District provided a training session for our elected officials, managers and supervisors on January 29, 2015. This training was attended by the Board of Directors and fourteen District staff members.
To learn more about the ethics training program, please visit the California Fair Political Practices Commission website.
Computer Enterprise Systems Used by Yucaipa Valley Water District
Senate Bill 272 (SB 272) requires local agencies to create catalogs of all enterprise systems that store information about the public and to post this catalog on their websites. Compliance is required by July 1, 2016 and applies to all California special districts, cities and counties.
- A multi departmental system or a system that contains information collected about the public.
- A system of record, which means a system that serves as an original source of data within an agency.
- Information technology security systems, including firewalls and other cyber-security systems.
- Physical access control systems, employee identification management systems, video monitoring, and other physical control systems.
- Infrastructure and mechanical control systems, including those that control or manage street lights, electrical, natural gas, or water or sewer functions.
- Systems related to 911 dispatch and operation or emergency services.
- Systems that would be restricted from disclosure pursuant to Section 6254.19.
- The specific records that the information technology system collects, stores, exchanges, or analyzes.
- Current system vendor
- Current system product
- The purpose of the system
- What kind of data is stored
- The department that serves as the system's primary custodian
- How frequently system data is collected
- How frequently system data is updated
For a Listing of the Catalog of Enterprise Resources (Click Here)
The above is a summary of Senate Bill 272, and should only be used as reference. To view Senate Bill 272 (Click Here)