Updated on September 22, 2023

On June 15, 2022 the Commission reviewed and approved the Municipal Service Review (MSR) for the City of East Palo Alto, East Palo Alto Sanitary District and West Bay Sanitary District.

On November 10, 2022, a proposal (LAFCo File No. 22-09) was submitted to San Mateo LAFCo to establish the East Palo Alto Sanitary District (EPASD), an independent special district, as a subsidiary district of the City of East Palo Alto (City).

If the proposal is approved by the LAFCo Commission, the City would become the governing board of EPASD. Approval of this proposal would not alter the boundaries of EPASD or the sewer services provided by EPASD. Revenue collected by EPASD would be separate from the City’s General fund and could only be used for sewer operations and maintenance.

The proposal submitted by the City includes a resolution of application, application materials, a plan for service, a capital improvement plan, and a proposed budget for EPASD operations and maintenance and capital improvements.

The subsidiary district application process is expected to take approximately 6-8 months. There will be several opportunities for the public to review and provide comment, including an in-person community workshop in East Palo Alto, a public hearing, and LAFCo Commission meetings.

July 19, 2023 LAFCo Meeting Location and Time Change Notification 

If you have questions about the subsidiary district application proposal or would like to submit comments, please email Rob Bartoli, Executive Officer, at rbartoli@smcgov.org.

On June 15, 2023 San Mateo LAFCo issued a Certificate of Filing for LAFCo File No. 22-09, a proposal to establish the East Palo Alto Sanitary District (EPASD) as a subsidiary district of the City of East Palo Alto. The application contains the required information and data as required by San Mateo LAFCo and State Law.

On July 12, 2023 the East Palo Alto Sanitary District Board adopted a resolution of intent to submit an alternative proposal to File No. 22-09 - A proposal to establish East Palo Alto Sanitary District (EPASD), and independent special district, as a subsidiary district of the City of East Palo Alto (City). The resolution was submitted to LAFCo on July 13, 2023. 

The public hearing for LAFCo File No. 22-09 has been removed from the July 19, 2023 agenda and will be heard, along with the alternative proposal, at a future LAFCo meeting. This page will be update with the alternative proposal when it is submitted. When the item is set for hearing, a new public notice of the hearing will be published.  Click here for more information regarding the July 19 agenda.  

July 19, 2023 LAFCo Meeting Location and Time Change Notification

On September 19, 2023, the East Palo Alto Sanitary District (EPASD) submitted an alterative application to LAFCo regarding the City's subsidiary district proposal. The application proposed to 1) retain EPASD current governance structure, 2) amend its Sphere of Influence to be coterminous with EPASD boundaries, and 3) remove EPASD's territory from the Sphere of Influence of the West Bay Sanitary District. The application and supporting documents can be viewed at the link below:

East Palo Alto Sanitary District Alternative Application