Los Angeles, CA—Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, voted in her capacity as a member of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) in favor of a resolution to dissolve the mismanaged Sativa Water District. The customers of the water district, which controls water in Compton and Willowbrook, have long complained of dirty, brown tap water. The resolution to dissolve the district, which the Supervisor called for in a previous meeting, was unanimously approved.

“Today’s vote was a vote for the people,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “Sativa Board members have ignored their responsibilities, abused their positions, and even had the nerve to give themselves bonuses, all while their customers dealt with brown, dirty tap water. Time’s up. We are dissolving this district and focusing our energy on finding a capable, trustworthy agency to take it over.”

In addition to complaints of brown water flowing from taps in the area, the district has been subject of complaints of mismanagement and corruption.

Because the process of dissolving the district and finding a new agency to take over the district may take months, Supervisor Hahn remains concerned about the current administration of Sativa. Yesterday, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Supervisor Hahn sent a letter to the State Water Board proposing that LA County be appointed as interim administrator of the water district until a long-term agency can be identified.

“The County is prepared to step in to take control of this long-mismanaged water district,” said Supervisor Hahn. “The leadership of Sativa has proven itself to be incapable and untrustworthy and as LAFCO moves forward to dissolve this district, I am hopeful that the county can provide some needed supervision and stability.”

At today’s meeting, Supervisor Hahn asked her colleagues on LAFCO to write a similar letter to the State Water Board backing the proposal to appoint LA County as interim administrator. Her motion was coauthored by Supervisor Kathryn Barger.

“The situation at the Sativa County Water District is completely unacceptable and I am pleased to join Supervisor Hahn and my fellow LAFCO Commissioners in requesting the state to allow the County to act as an interim administrator,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger.  “High quality water is a basic human need. When a current system of governance fails to support that need, it is incumbent upon us to step-in and ensure that need is met.”

The motion to recommend the County as interim administrator passed unanimously.