The eight members of the Local Agency Formation Commission board who were present at Wednesday's meeting voted in favor of upholding the board's March 27, 2013, decision to recognize four powers of the Golden Hills Community Services District, including solid waste management.
Opposition to the initial determination sprang from employees and owners of Benz Sanitation — the company under contract with the County of Kern to provide trash hauling services to the Golden Hills community — and Golden Hills residents disgruntled by the process by which the GHCSD began taking over curbside refuse services.
With the reinstated support of LAFCo behind them, the GHCSD board of directors will continue moving forward with the district's contract with J. Torres Company to provide trash hauling services to community members beginning in April 2014. (Read the story HERE)
Commissioner David Couch said he anticipated the case to move into litigation, regardless of the vote.
"I think we're going to end up back here anyway," he said prior to the commission's decision.
LAFCo Chairman and 2nd District Supervisor Zack Scrivner was the first of the commissioners to voice support of the case made by GHCSD. He acknowledged his ties to both sides of the aisle, but said he was obligated to uphold the law.
One by one, each of the commissioners expressed agreement with Scrivner, though some more reluctantly than others, and followed through with a vote to close out the nearly four-hour meeting.
For more details on the issues presented at the meeting and further developments, pick up a copy of the next Tehachapi News edition on Wednesday, Dec. 11.