Some attribute at least part of the Democratic gains to a surge in the region's Latino population--which increased by nearly 134 percent in the collar counties
over the last decade, according to census data.
Note that the state legislature approved the Cross-Indexing Act of 1899 that required all counties
to put all their wills in alphabetical order and to produce name indexes that would allow quick and easy access.
While once most of rural America based its economy on agriculture, today only 556 counties
derive 20 percent or more of their earned income from farming (see Map 1) .
sent firefighters to Los Angeles County's giant wildfires last year and to the East Bay Hills fire that destroyed more than 3,000 Oakland and Berkeley homes in 1991.
The report noted that because median single-family home prices in Ventura County are higher than those in four of the other six counties
studied - with the exception of Orange and Santa Clara counties
- higher compensation could be ``expected.
Major employers of the counties
within the district include Dow Chemical with 5,800 employees, Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort (4,000), and Central Michigan University (2,260).
I think it really highlights that most counties
do have limited resources, and service demands are high,'' she said.
The commission would determine whether services provided by Los Angeles, Kern and San Bernardino counties
are adequate and fair, and would investigate the financial feasibility of creating a High Desert County.
After all, the tax money residents in those areas generate for their respective counties
is too much to give up easily.
Also, male Indians living in the worst South Dakota counties
have a life expectancy of just 56.
Attorneys for the Board of Retirement said not so, and based their argument on a 1983 decision that 20 California counties
had followed for the last 14 years.
The state pays for operating expenditures and provides subsidies to counties
for maintenance and a portion of interest on approved bonds as an incentive to counties
to construct or renovate court facilities.
In particular, she said neighboring counties
don't offer an emergency plan for the evacuation of animals in the event of fire, flood or earthquake.
The county gas tax and constitutional fuel tax are distributed to counties
based on a formula comprising three factors: land area, population, and locally generated revenues.
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved the addition of a full-time planner to monitor the Newhall Ranch Community, a residential project planned for 12,000 acres straddling the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties