The study began in October 2015. The study team has audited the City's existing utility, evaluated the feasibility of several options, and conducted due diligence on those options. At its April 5, 2016 meeting, the City Council agreed to proceed with the study's final phase, implementation, by initiating a process that will provide the information necessary to determine which, if any, of the four options being evaluated should move forward. The Council asked the City's Utilities Commission to develop specific criteria to guide the City's consideration of a potential change in organization. The City Council received the Commission's recommendations on August 2, 2016, and approved a revised version. An application for a Municipal Services Review was submitted to the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) on August 22, 2016. Discussions among City staff, LAFCO staff, and potential stakeholders will take place over the ensuing six to eight months.
The City Council may decide to terminate utility reorganization efforts at any time, or may carry through to implementation. No timeline has been established for conclusion of the process, but as it moves forward, more information on the timeline will become available.