BILL ANALYSIS SENATE TRANSPORTATION & HOUSING COMMITTEE BILL NO: AB 1204 SENATOR ALAN LOWENTHAL, CHAIRMAN AUTHOR: huber VERSION: 1/14/10 Analysis by: Art Bauer FISCAL: yes Hearing date: June 15, 2010 SUBJECT: El Dorado County Transportation Commission DESCRIPTION: This bill increases and revises the membership of the El Dorado County Transportation Commission. ANALYSIS: The Department of Transportation (Caltrans) designated the El Dorado County Transportation Commission (EDCTC) as a regional transportation planning agency (RTPA) by in 1975. EDCTC's jurisdiction is all of El Dorado County, except the Lake Tahoe Basin, which is under the jurisdiction of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Between 1975 and 1995, EDCTC was a unit of the El Dorado County Department of Public Works. Existing law at the time required that the board of supervisors and the City of Placerville each appoint three members. In 1995, the County of El Dorado and the City of Placerville executed a joint powers agreement establishing EDCTC as an independent agency separate from county government. The structure of its governing board remained the same. SB 902 (Leslie), Chapter 436, Statutes of 1996, established EDCTC as a statutorily created regional transportation planning agency and codified the joint powers agreement between El Dorado County and the City of Placerville. SB 902 established a governing board consisting of three members appointed by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and three members appointed AB 1204 (HUBER) Page 2 by the City of Placerville. This bill : 1) Increases the membership of the EDCTC governing board from six to seven members. 2) Increases the members appointed by the county board of supervisors from three to four members. 3) Specifies that each incorporated city within El Dorado County (excluding cities in the Lake Tahoe Basin) shall appoint two members to the board, unless there is only one incorporated city, in which case that city shall have three appointed members. COMMENTS: 1) Purpose . Currently the City of Placerville, the only incorporated city in the jurisdiction of the EDCTC, has three representatives on EDCTC's governing board. This purpose of this bill is to revise the membership of EDCTC and the distribution of municipal representation within El Dorado County in the event one or more new cities are incorporated. At the time of the incorporation of a new city, Placerville's representation would be reduced from three members to two members and the new city would have two representatives. Should this occur the size of the governing board would increase from seven to eight members. With the incorporation of each additional city, no existing city would lose membership, but each new city would be entitled to two representatives on EDCTC's governing board. 2) Shift in El Dorado County's population drives representation reform . The 1996 legislation established the current structure of EDCTC's representation. According to the author, El Dorado Hills' population and the transportation needs within the county have changed dramatically since then. Currently, the population of El Dorado Hills is approximately 35,000 while the population of Placerville is approximately 10,000. There has been one unsuccessful incorporation vote in El Dorado Hills, and it is likely there will be another effort to incorporate the community. Recognizing the shifting population dynamics in the county and the aspiration of many to create a second AB 1204 (HUBER) Page 3 city, the EDCTC established a fourteen-member citizens' advisory committee to examine the composition of EDCTC's governing board and recommend changes to its structure. After holding six public hearings throughout the county, the committee recommended that board representation take into account population, geography, community diversity, ease of communication, balance, and flexibility to allow for future incorporated cities to gain representation. EDCTC unanimously voted to recommend the language that is now in this bill. 3) Responsibilities of EDCTC . As an RTPA, EDCTC is responsible for allocating Transportation Development Act revenues, adopting a countywide regional transportation plan, preparing the regional transportation improvement program, which is the county's capital outlay program for transportation investments, and conducting various transportation studies. EDCTC is in the area of jurisdiction of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), the federally designated metropolitan planning organization for the six county Sacramento region. A memorandum of understanding between the two agencies defining their mutual responsibilities was entered into in 1994. Among the responsibilities of SACOG is to ensure the federally required regional transportation plan, which includes projects nominated by EDCTC, meets the federal air quality standards. In addition, SACOG includes the EDCTC transportation projects in the federally required transportation improvement program. Meeting the air quality standards and including projects in the transportation improvement program are prerequisites for the region receiving federal highway and transit funding. In addition, both agencies agree to use common data bases and information sources in developing their plans and transportation investment programs. 4) Double Referral . This bill has been also referred to Rules Committee. Assembly Votes: Floor: 68-0 Appr: 17-0 Local Gov't: 10-0 POSITIONS: (Communicated to the Committee before noon on AB 1204 (HUBER) Page 4 Wednesday, June 9, 2010) SUPPORT: El Dorado County Transportation Commission (sponsor) Four Seasons Civic League OPPOSED: None received.