Public Agency Statement of Facts (CCD)

The Roster of Public Agencies is a public list of basic facts about a school district which includes the following:

1. The full, legal name of the public agency;
2. The official mailing address of the governing body;
3. The name and residence or business address of each member of the governing body; and
4. The name, title, and residence or business address of the chairman, president, or other presiding officer, and clerk or secretary of the governing body.

LEGAL UPDATE

January 15, 2016

To:  Superintendents/Presidents/Chancellors, Member Community College Districts

From: Steven P. Reiner, Assistant General Counsel

Subject:  Public Agency Statement of Facts           

Memo No. 01-2016(CC)


The Roster of Public Agencies is a public list of basic facts about a school district which includes the following:

            1.         The full, legal name of the public agency;

            2.         The official mailing address of the governing body;

            3.         The name and residence or business address of each member of the governing body; and

            4.         The name, title, and residence or business address of the chairman, president, or other presiding officer, and clerk

                        or secretary of the governing body.

Potential tort claimants against a district can use the list to find names and addresses for filing a governmental tort claim with a district.  The timely filing of a governmental tort claim with a district is a precondition to pursuing a tort lawsuit against that district.

The consequences of failing to maintain the currency of this factual information can be significant.  Tort claimants may be allowed to file lawsuits without first filing timely governmental claims with the district if the basic facts listed above are significantly inaccurate or incomplete. 

Government Code Section 53051 requires every school district to file a Statement of Facts about the district with the California Secretary of State and with the county clerk of each county in which the district maintains an office after it comes into existence and to periodically amend that Statement of Facts. 

Subsection (b) of Section 53051 requires districts to file an amended Statement of Facts within 10 days after a change in any of these basic facts.  Some school districts may be welcoming new members to their boards as a result of recent elections and will have new appointments of board members (See fact #3 above).  Organizational meetings may result in a change in the presiding officer (See fact #4 above).  If there are changes in the district facts listed above, it is important that you file an amended Statement of Facts with the Secretary of State and with the county clerk of each county where the district maintains an office.  Failure to do so could relieve a claimant of the duty to comply with the Government Tort Claims Act and increase district exposure to lawsuits. 

Attached is a copy of Government Code Section 53051, and a Statement of Facts form.

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Attachments:  Government Code section 53051

                        Statement of Facts form

 

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