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                                 THIRD READING

          Bill No:  AB 1670
          Author:   Beall (D), et al
          Amended:  7/15/10 in Senate
          Vote:     21

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

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  : 11-0, 8/12/10
          AYES:  Kehoe, Ashburn, Alquist, Corbett, Emmerson, Leno,  
            Price, Walters, Wolk, Wyland, Yee

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  77-0, 6/1/10 - See last page for vote

           SUBJECT  :    State Highway:  relinquishment

           SOURCE :     City of San Jose

           DIGEST  :    This bill authorizes the California  
          Transportation Commission to relinquish segments of State  
          Route (SR) 82 and SR 130 in the City of San Jose.

           ANALYSIS  :    

           Existing law  

          1. Identifies the California state highway system through a  
             description of segments of the state's regional and  


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             interregional roads that are owned and operated by the  
             Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

          2. Defines a "state highway" as any roadway that is  
             acquired, laid out, constructed, improved, or maintained  
             as a state highway according to legislative  

          3. Specifies that it is the intent of the Legislature for  
             the routes of the state highway system to connect the  
             communities and regions of the state and that they serve  
             the state's economy by connecting centers of commerce,  
             industry, agriculture, mineral wealth, and recreation.

          4. Provides that any expansion or deletion of the state  
             highway system occurs through a statutory process  
             requiring the California Transportation Commission (CTC)  
             to make findings that it is in the best interest of the  
             state to include or delete a specified portion of  
             roadway from the system.

          This bill:  

          1. Authorizes the CTC to relinquish to the City of San Jose  
             a ten mile segment of SR 82, locally know as the  
             Monterey Highway, from Blossom Hill Road to I-880, and a  
             2.5 mile segment of SR 130, locally known as Alum Rock  
             Boulevard, from the city limits to SR 101, both of which  
             are located in the city, upon terms and conditions the  
             CTC finds to be in the best interest of the state.  

          2. Requires the City of San Jose to provide signage  
             directing motorist to the continuation of SR 82 and SR  

          3. Provides that the relinquishments will become effective  
             immediately following the county recordation of the  
             relinquishment resolutions containing the CTC's approval  
             of the specified terms and conditions. 

          4. Specifies that following the effective date of  
             relinquishment, the relinquished segment will no longer  
             be a state highway and may not be considered for future  
             adoption as a state highway.


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          5. Requires the City of San Jose ensure the continuity of  
             traffic flow on the relinquished portions, including any  
             traffic signal progression.

           High-speed rail an option for part of SR 82  .  Of the ten  
          miles of SR 82, being proposed for relinquishment to San  
          Jose, two miles may be used by the High-Speed Rail  
          Authority (HSRA) as a possible alignment into the Diridon  
          Station near downtown San Jose.  The city public works  
          department staff indicates that there is adequate  
          right-of-way to accommodate the proposed improvements to  
          the roadway and the high-speed trains.  The HSRA is in the  
          process of preparing an environmental document for the  
          corridor from Merced to San Jose. Several alternatives are  
          identified in documents on the HSRA's website for this  
          particular corridor.  It appears that the segment of SR 82  
          from near Bernal Road in south San Jose to the vicinity of  
          Capitol Expressway is being considered as an alignment for  
          the high-speed train service.  Since neither the state nor  
          federal environmental documents have been adopted by the  
          HSRA, it is unclear exactly how the alignment of SR 82 will  
          be harmonized with the high-speed rail alignment through  
          that segment of the SR 82 corridor. 

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

          According to the Senate Appropriations Committee:

                         Fiscal Impact (in thousands)

           Major Provisions      2010-11     2011-12     2012-13      Fund  

          Caltrans improvements         unknown one-time costs  
          (minor to millions)           Special*
                              Prior to relinquishment (see staff  

          Caltrans maintenance          unknown long-term savings  
          following           Special*
          and repair          relinquishment


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          CTC administration            minor costs to administer  
          agreements                    Special*

          * State Highway Account

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  8/16/10)

          City of San Jose (source)
          Alum Rock Village Business Association
          Bellarmine College Preparatory
          Builders Exchange of Santa Clara County
          County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
          Downtown College Prep
          Independent Construction Estimators
          Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network
          Piazza Family LP
          Pierluigi Oliverio, Councilmember, City of San Jose
          Rose Garden Neighborhood Preservation Association
          Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
          Shasta/Hanchett Park Neighborhood Association
          Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
          The Alameda Business Association

           ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT  :    According to the City of San Jose,  
          this bill allows San Jose to have greater control over the  
          design and use of the streets currently designated as state  
          highways. San Jose's goals include "improving the  
          pedestrian environment, implementing multi-modal  
          objectives, and modifying local circulations patterns by  
          reducing the amount of right-of-way previously developed to  
          auto-centric standards." Among the multimodal objectives  
          that the city intends to implement in the corridor are bus  
          rapid transit and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  : 
          AYES:  Adams, Ammiano, Anderson, Arambula, Bass, Beall,  
            Bill Berryhill, Blakeslee, Block, Blumenfield, Bradford,  
            Brownley, Buchanan, Caballero, Charles Calderon, Carter,  
            Chesbro, Conway, Cook, Coto, Davis, De La Torre, De Leon,  
            DeVore, Emmerson, Eng, Evans, Feuer, Fletcher, Fong,  
            Fuentes, Fuller, Furutani, Gaines, Galgiani, Garrick,  
            Gilmore, Hagman, Hall, Harkey, Hayashi, Hernandez, Hill,  


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            Huber, Huffman, Jeffries, Jones, Knight, Lieu, Logue,  
            Bonnie Lowenthal, Ma, Mendoza, Miller, Monning, Nava,  
            Nestande, Niello, Nielsen, Norby, V. Manuel Perez,  
            Portantino, Ruskin, Salas, Saldana, Silva, Skinner,  
            Smyth, Solorio, Swanson, Torlakson, Torres, Torrico,  
            Tran, Villines, Yamada, John A. Perez
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Tom Berryhill, Audra Strickland, Vacancy

          JJA:dok  8/17/10   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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