Last week, October 15-16, 2014, Amber Wiley and Sheila Johnston, members of ACHD’s Advocacy Team, participated in the second annual Special Districts Legislative Tour. This year’s collaborative event, “Pioneers of the Past, Present and Future” provided Legislative staff and local government officials a first-hand look at the governance, infrastructure, and core services provided by a variety of different Special Districts in central California.
ACHD was pleased to once again partner with the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) to host this educational tour. Other partners included the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Association of Public Cemeteries (CAPC).
During the tour, participants visited Cosumnes Community Services District in Elk Grove, Tracy Public Cemetery District in Tracy, Mark Twain Health Care District in San Andreas, and Calaveras County Water District in San Andreas. Here are some of the highlights of the event:
- A live gas firefighting demonstration at the Cosumnes Community Services District training facility
- A walking tour of the historic Tracy Public Cemetery District, including “Little Arlington”
- A mock telehealth appointment with a neurologist at the Mark Twain Health Care District
- A tour of the water treatment and wastewater facilities of the Calaveras County Water District and viewing of the historically low water levels of New Hogan Dam
Throughout the tours it was clear that each Special District had worked hard to create a strong foundation in the communities they serve. This platform allows them to implement innovative solutions for the challenges they each face in order to achieve sustainability to continue providing the public with critical services into the future. Special Districts truly are the Pioneers of the Past, Present and Future.
ACHD was honored to partner with the CSDA, ACWA and CAPC on this successful tour of California’s Special Districts. To view short video of the Special District tour, click here. Please contact the Advocacy Team with questions.