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                                 THIRD READING

          Bill No:  AB 1204
          Author:   Huber (D)
          Amended:  01/14/10 in Assembly
          Vote:     21

          AYES:  Lowenthal, Huff, DeSaulnier, Kehoe, Pavley, Simitian
          NOES:  Harman
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Ashburn, Oropeza

           SENATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE  :  4-1, 6/30/10
          AYES:  Aanestad, Kehoe, DeSaulnier, Price
          NOES:  Cox

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  : Senate Rule 28.8

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  68-0, 1/27/10 - See last page for vote

           SUBJECT  :    El Dorado County Transportation Commission

           SOURCE  :     El Dorado County Transportation Commission

           DIGEST  :    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)  
          in 1975.  EDCTC's jurisdiction is all of El Dorado County,  
          except the Lake Tahoe Basin, which is under the  


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          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, establishes  
          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 by the City of  

          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.

          Currently the City of Placerville, the only incorporated  
          city in the jurisdiction of the EDCTC, has three  
          representatives on EDCTC's governing board.  This bill  
          revises 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 will be reduced from three members to two  


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          members and the new city would have two representatives.   
          Should this occur the size of the governing board will  
          increase from seven to eight members.  With the  
          incorporation of each additional city, no existing city  
          would lose membership, but each new city will be entitled  
          to two representatives on EDCTC's governing board. 

           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's office, 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  
          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.

           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  


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          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. 

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  Yes

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  8/4/10 )

          El Dorado County Transportation Commission (source)
          Four Seasons Civic League

           OPPOSITION  :    (Verified  8/4/10 )

          Department of Finance

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  : 
          AYES:  Adams, Ammiano, Anderson, Arambula, Beall, Bill  
            Berryhill, Tom Berryhill, Blakeslee, Block, Blumenfield,  
            Bradford, Brownley, Buchanan, Caballero, Charles  
            Calderon, Chesbro, Cook, Coto, De La Torre, Emmerson,  
            Eng, Evans, Feuer, Fletcher, Fong, Fuentes, Fuller,  
            Furutani, Gaines, Galgiani, Garrick, Gilmore, Hagman,  
            Harkey, Hayashi, Hernandez, Hill, Huber, Huffman,  
            Jeffries, Jones, Knight, Lieu, Logue, Bonnie Lowenthal,  
            Ma, Mendoza, Miller, Monning, Nava, Nestande, Niello,  
            Nielsen, John A. Perez, Portantino, Ruskin, Saldana,  
            Silva, Skinner, Smyth, Solorio, Audra Strickland,  
            Swanson, Torres, Torrico, Tran, Villines, Yamada
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Carter, Conway, Davis, De Leon, DeVore,  
            Hall, V. Manuel Perez, Salas, Torlakson, Bass

          JJA:do  8/2/10   Senate Floor Analyses 


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                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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