Newsom Signs Law Making it Tougher for Water Districts to Secede — But it Won’t Affect Rainbow and Fallbrook Plans

The next time a member of a regional water agency wants to secede, a majority of voters across the entire wider district will have to approve the change under a bill signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Late last week the governor signed Assembly Bill 399, legislation authored by Encinitas Democrat Tasha Boerner and originally designed to thwart an effort by water officials in Fallbrook and Bonsall from divorcing from the San Diego County Water Authority.

Newsom signed the bill without issuing any public comment.