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Santiago GHAD 2022 Assessment Vote

The 2022 Assessment Vote did not pass.

The weighted vote resulted in 90.78% of tabulated ballots voted No and 9.22% of tabulated ballots voted Yes.

A total of 187 ballots were tallied with 149 No votes and 38 Yes votes, which resulted in 79.68% of tabulated ballots voted No and 20.32% of tabulated ballots voted Yes.

Documents for 2022 Assessment


What is the Santiago Geologic Hazard Abatement District?

On January 5, 1999, the Anaheim City Council formed the Santiago Geologic Hazard Abatement District (GHAD) with the approval of Resolution No. 99R-50. The Santiago GHAD was formed to stabilize past, present, and future land movement of the Santiago landslide. Since 1996, stabilization of the Santiago landslide has been accomplished by continual removal of groundwater through actively pumping wells and horizontals drains. These responsibilities are detailed in the Plan of Control and Addendum for the Santiago GHAD. The Plan of Control is the guidance documents for management of the GHAD’s responsibilities. The Board of Directors for the Santiago GHAD are elected from five property owners within the GHAD.

Settlement monies are currently used to fund operations of the Santiago GHAD. As summarized below and detailed in the Santiago GHAD Plan of Control, site improvements for which the GHAD provides monitoring and maintenance are:

  • Vertical groundwater pumping and observation wells.
  • Horizontal drains.
  • Inclinometers.

The GHAD does not own property and is not responsible for general maintenance of open-space areas (vegetation management for fire suppression, litter, or graffiti removal, etc.).

Why is a GHAD assessment necessary?

The activities of the Santiago Geologic Hazard Abatement District (GHAD) are currently funded through a settlement with the City of Anaheim (“GHAD Distribution”). It was anticipated that income from investment of the GHAD Distribution monies would be adequate to fund dewatering of the Santiago landslide in perpetuity. If lower groundwater levels are not maintained, through pumping and disposal, movement of the landslide will likely resume potentially damaging homes and other improvements.

Low interest rate returns over the past 10 plus years has reduced income to the GHAD. In 1999, the initial GHAD Distribution was approximately $3,500.000, and as of November 30, 2018, the fund balance was approximately $1,443,000. The GHAD Distribution cannot be used to fund activities or facilities which do not materially and substantially promote the objective of stabilizing past, present, and future land movement of the Santiago landslide.

The next step for the GHAD Board is to secure additional funding for the GHAD to allow dewatering operations to continue while there are homes and other residential improvements to protect. In addition, the GHAD assessment would expand GHAD services to include those responsibilities typically undertaken by most hillside GHADs and would also allow for reserve accumulation to fund unanticipated mitigation, monitoring, or repair activities. Most recently formed GHADs set assessment limits at a level that allows the GHAD to accumulate a reserve.

What are the requirements for the GHAD to impose an assessment?

The GHAD’s ability to impose assessments is subject to both the provisions of the California Public Resources Code and Proposition 218, a statewide Constitutional initiative, which was approved by the voters at the November 5, 1996 general election. Proposition 218 added Article XIII D to the California Constitution, and that Article requires that all new or increased assessments in any district must be approved by a weighted majority vote of the property owners within the district. The votes are weighted in proportion to the size of the assessment. Ballot and election procedures were sent with the ballots mailed to all property owners within the Santiago GHAD.

Will there be public meetings?

The GHAD Board took action initiating the proposed assessment election on September 8, 2022. The GHAD will hold a public hearing at a GHAD Board meeting on November 3, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in the East Anaheim Community Center, 8201 East Santa Ana Canyon Road, Anaheim, CA 92808. The Board of Directors will hear assessment protests and accept assessment ballots at that hearing. All interested persons are encouraged to attend the hearing and to speak or submit written comments about the proposed assessments.

What is the effective date and duration of the assessment?

If approved, the assessment to cover the GHAD’s Expenses shown in the Engineer’s Report dated September 9, 2022 would be initiated by submitting an assessment roll to Orange County in August 2023 and the assessment would be included on your property tax bill, due in December of 2023 and April of 2024. The tax revenues would be available to the GHAD starting in December of 2023. Thereafter, the assessments will continue on an annual basis in perpetuity.

What is the amount of the assessment on each property?

The annual assessment limit, as set in the Engineer’s Report, varies by parcel and is included in the Assessment Map and Schedule linked above. The assessment limit will be adjusted annually to reflect the percentage change in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim Consumer Price Index (CPI) for All Urban Consumers. The assessment limit will be adjusted annually using an initial date of June 2023 for the CPI. Each subsequent annual adjustment will be calculated using the 12-month period from June to June. The assessments are to be levied beginning in the first assessment cycle of the fiscal year 2023-2024.

Where can I cast/send my ballot?

You have two options:


In Person:

Drop your ballot off at the public meeting on November 3, 20022 at 6 p.m. at

East Anaheim Community Center

8201 East Santa Ana Canyon Road

Anaheim, CA 92808

Oak and Canyon Room


By Mail:

Santiago Geologic Hazard Abatement District

c/o ENGEO Incorporated, GHAD Manager

Attention: Matt Swanson

320 Goddard Way, Suite 100

Irvine, CA 92618

What if I have questions and cannot make it to the public meetings?

You can contact the GHAD Manager for any questions.

Santiago GHAD Manager

Matt Swanson

320 Goddard Way, Suite 100

Irvine, CA 92618

(925) 570-7999

What if I have an issue with my ballot?

You can contact the GHAD with any questions.

Santiago GHAD

Haley Ralston

320 Goddard Way, Suite 100

Irvine, CA 92618

(909) 373-5457

Santiago GHAD 2019 Assessment Vote

March 28, 2019 Assessment Vote Results

Vote did not pass.

Total Votes: 177

Yes Votes: 41

No Votes: 136

Documents for 2019 Assessment

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