The MDAQMD Governing Board
The MDAQMD's Board is the decision-making-body for the District. The Board is responsible for adopting rules, setting policies and providing direction on important air quality issues that affect the Mojave Desert. This thirteen-member body is comprised of representatives for each municipality and County supervisorial districts located within the MDAQMD’s boundaries, and one Public Member appointed by the balance of the Board.
The Governing Board meets on the fourth Monday of each month at the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District at 14306 Park Ave., Victorville, California.
Board Meeting FAQ's
Q: How are Members selected to serve on the Board?
A: Health and Safety Code §41220 states:
(a) The Mojave Desert district shall be governed by a district board composed of the following members:
- (1) The members of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, who represent the first and third supervisorial districts of the county, or who, after reapportionment affecting the county supervisorial districts, represent any supervisorial district of the county that lies in whole or in part within the Mojave Desert district.
- (2) One member of the city council of each incorporated city within the Mojave Desert district, who shall be appointed by the city council.
- (3) One public member who shall be appointed by a majority of the Mojave Desert district governing board for a term of two years and who shall be a resident of an incorporated city or a supervisorial district that lies in whole or in part within the Mojave district.
- (4) Upon the incorporation of any new city within the boundaries of the Mojave Desert district, the city council of that city shall appoint one member of the city council to the Mojave Desert district board.
- (5) If a district submits a resolution of inclusion pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 41210, one or more members of the County Board of Supervisors or of a city council from the area to be included shall be appointed to the Mojave Desert district board, pursuant to agreement between the County Board of Supervisors or the city council, or both, and the Mojave Desert district board.
- (6) At the time of the appointment of a member of the city council of a newly incorporated city to the Mojave Desert district board, as specified in paragraph (4), or upon making an agreement to appoint a member from an area included in the Mojave Desert district pursuant to paragraph (5), the Mojave Desert district board may revise the remaining membership of the Mojave Desert district board, as previously constituted, by adding or removing one or more members of the board of supervisors of a county having territory in the district, adding or removing one or more members of the city councils of previously incorporated cities within the district, or both.
(b) The city council or a board of supervisors appointing a member may appoint an alternate who shall be an elected official and who shall be a resident of an incorporated city or a supervisorial district that lies in whole or in part within the Mojave Desert district.
(c) As used in this section, "city" means any city, town, or municipal corporation incorporated under the laws of this state.
Q: When are the Board Meetings?
A: The Board meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Chambers at the MDAQMD offices in Victorville, CA. Closed sessions are typically held at the end of the meeting. Occasionally meetings are canceled and a Cancelation Notice will be posted on the website.
Q: Where does the Public fit in?
A: At each meeting there is a section to receive public comment and the public is very much a part of the meeting process. Public workshops held weeks prior to the adoption of various rules and regulations give you the opportunity to learn about proposed rules and/or policies. Written reports on rules or policies are available prior to the Board Meetings and anyone can testify on any item pending before the Board.
Q: Where can I obtain information on upcoming meetings?
A: The agenda and other meeting materials are typically available one week prior to the meeting and are posted here and at the District offices. If you would like to obtain copies of agenda documents or additional information on a particular agenda item, contact Deanna Hernandez, Executive Office Manager at (760) 245-1661 ext. 6244.
Q: How do I testify at meetings or submit public comment?
A: You may testify on a particular item on the agenda at the time that item is being discussed before the Board. You may also testify on a non-agenda item under the general “Public Comment” period. You will need to fill out a “Public Comment Form” available in the Board Chambers and give it to the Executive Office Manager. The Chairman will call your name at the appropriate time and you will be required to step up to the microphone and testify. The Chairman has the discretion to give you additional time if the issue is complex or if the Board has questions. If you have prepared written comments along with your testimony, bring an adequate amount of copies with you to give to the Executive Office Manager along with your “Public Comment Form” and each member will receive a copy. After all testimony on a proposed rule has been heard, the Chairman will close the public hearing and the Board Members will vote on the item.
Q: What if I Can’t Attend?
A: Written comments regarding an item on the Board agenda should be sent to the Executive Office Manager at the District, and must be received at least one calendar day prior to the meeting date.
Q: What about ADA Accommodations?
A: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if special assistance is needed to participate in the Board Meeting, please contact Deanna Hernandez, Executive Office Manager, during regular business hours (we are closed every other Friday) at 760.245.1661 ext. 6244. Notification received 48 business hours prior to the meeting will enable the District to make reasonable accommodations.
The Hearing Board
The Hearing Board is a quasi-judicial body which makes determinations permit appeals and revocations, petitions for variances and abatement orders. The Hearing Board is comprised of one member each from the legal, medical and engineering professions, and two public members appointed by the Governing Board. The Hearing Board meets on an as-needed basis.
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
The TAC brings together stakeholders from a number of different groups affected by the District’s rules and regulations. The TAC provides recommendations and input to the Governing Board on air quality matters, including proposed rulemaking decisions and meets on an as-needed basis. Like the Hearing Board, members of the TAC are also appointed by the Governing Board.