(a) Based upon the criteria established by the county selection committee, the county commission shall be established by industry referenda within the county conducted in accordance with subdivision (d) and Section 13995.104, and shall include certain ex officio voting members provided for in subdivision (d).

(b) The county commission shall be a private, nonprofit corporation under the direction of a board of county commissioners. The activities and purposes of the county commission shall be to promote tourism to and within the County of Los Angeles through marketing and other promotional efforts.

Terms Used In California Government Code 13995.103

  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • County: includes city and county. See California Education Code 19428
  • Ex officio: Literally, by virtue of one's office.
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Process: includes a writ or summons issued in the course of judicial proceedings of either a civil or criminal nature. See California Education Code 19431
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Subdivision: means a subdivision of the section in which the term occurs unless some other section is expressly mentioned. See California Education Code 19404

(c) The board of county commissioners shall function as the board of directors for purposes of the Nonprofit Corporation Law (Division 2 (commencing with Section 5000) of Title 1 of the Corporations Code).

(d) The board of county commissioners shall consist of 24 members to be elected by industry category by referendum, from among individuals who are professionally active in the tourism industry, representing diverse elements of the industry. In addition, the board of county commissioners shall include the salaried chief executive officer of each convention and visitors bureau within Los Angeles County that operates either as a part of municipal government or under contract with any municipality within the county. The elected county commissioners need not be limited to representatives of assessed businesses.

(e) In the referendum process, regardless of the number of ballots received for a referendum, the nominee for each county commissioner slot with the most weighted votes, based upon assessment levels, from businesses within that industry category shall be elected county commissioner. Assessed businesses shall vote only for county commissioners representing their industry category.

(f) All elected county commissioners shall serve three-year terms, except that one-third of the county commissioners originally elected shall serve a one-year term, one-third shall serve a two-year term, and the remainder shall serve a three-year term. Every year thereafter, one-third of the county commissioners shall be elected by industry referendum. No county commissioner may serve for more than two consecutive terms.

(g) In the event that a county commissioner resigns, dies, or is removed from office during his or her term, the county commission shall appoint a replacement from the same industry category that the previous county commissioner represented, and that county commissioner shall fill the remaining term of the previous county commissioner.

(h) The county selection committee shall determine the initial slate of candidates for elected county commissioners. Thereafter, the county commissioners, by adopted resolution, shall nominate a slate of candidates, and shall include any additional candidates who may be placed on the referendum by assessed businesses under a procedure to be adopted by the county commission.

(i) The county commissioners shall annually, within 60 days before commencement of the fiscal year of the county commission, elect from among the county commissioners a chair, vice-chair, secretary, and chief financial officer.

(j) No person shall receive compensation as a county commissioner, but each county commissioner shall receive reimbursement from county assessments for reasonable expenses incurred while on authorized county commission business.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 229, Sec. 1.5. Effective January 1, 2004.)