Court of Appeals

LAFCo's approval of annexation of territory to an open space district is upheld notwithstanding an incomplete notice of protest hearing and the protest counting methods. First District: 2008 SOS 744. 31 January 2008

LAFCo’s approval of annexation of an island to an incorporated area is upheld, finding that Proposition 218 does not apply to annexations and therefore such annexation is not conditioned on the approval of the voters.

The deliberative process privilege prohibits taking depositions of LAFCo commissioners. Third District: 2008 SOS 2328. 22 April 2008

A LAFCo can contract "executive officer services" to an individual as an independent contractor and conducting a closed-door evaluation of the contractor does not violate the Brown Act. The courts determined that the individual was the LAFCo Executive Officer. Third District. 25 March 2009.

A special district cannot provide a "new or different service" without LAFCo's approval. Third District: 2008 SOS 2324. 22 April 2008

"LAFCos were created by the Legislature for a special purpose: to discourage urban sprawl and to encourage the orderly formation and development of local governmental agencies; such a commission is the "watchdog" the Legislature established to guard against the wasteful duplication of services that results from indiscriminate formation of new local agencies or haphazard annexation of territory to existing local agencies." Fifth District: 274 Cal.App.2d 545. 1 July 1969

The principal county had jurisdiction to establish the sphere of influence and conduct service reviews for a multicounty district within the boundaries of the affected LAFCos county. Third District: 13 January 2006

LAFCo intervention in a in a school impact fee lawsuit was beyond its powers. First District: 86 Cal.App.3d 873. 1 December 1978