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                                 THIRD READING

          Bill No:  SB 993
          Author:   Huff (R)
          Amended:  As introduced
          Vote:     21

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

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  10-0, 5/27/10
          AYES:  Alquist, Corbett, Denham, Kehoe, Leno, Price,  
          Walters, Wolk,  
            Wyland, Yee
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Cox

           SUBJECT  :    State highway relinquishment

           SOURCE  :     Author

           DIGEST  :    This bill authorizes the relinquishment of a  
          segment of State Route 66, locally known as Foothill  
          Boulevard, to the City of Claremont.

           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  
             Claremont the segment of State Route (SR) 66 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 Claremont to provide signage  
             indicating the continuation of SR 66 through the city.

          3. Requires the City of Claremont to ensure that traffic  
             flows are maintained on the relinquished segment through  
             the use of traffic signal synchronization and other  

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

          5. 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  


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             adoption as a state highway.

          SR 66, known locally as Foothill Boulevard, traverses the  
          City of Claremont from its boundary on the east with  
          Fontana to its boundary on the west with Pomona. The road  
          is within the City of Claremont's redevelopment area and  
          relinquishment of SR 66 to the city will ensure that it is  
          redevelopment plans for SR 66 will incorporate the city's  
          desires for landscaping, street furniture, and other design  
          elements involving the road. 

          The City of Claremont has been in negotiations with the  
          Caltrans for nearly a decade, relating to the  
          relinquishment of SR 66. According to the author, Caltrans  
          and the City of Claremont now agree that relinquishment is  
          beneficial to both the state and the city. Caltrans concurs  
          with that conclusion.

          The relinquishment authorized by this bill is a  
          continuation of the earlier relinquishments. For example,  
          SB 1366 (Negrete Mcloud), Chapter 717, Statutes of 2008  
          authorized the relinquishment to the City of Rialto a  
          segment of SR 66 in that city. Similarly, SB 857 (Soto)  
          Chapter 251, Statutes of 2002 authorized the CTC t

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

          According to the Senate Appropriations Committee analysis:

                          Fiscal Impact (in thousands)

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

          Caltrans improvements                             unknown  
          one-time costs (minor to                          Special*
                              $2,000) prior to relinquishment

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


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          CTC administration                      minor costs to  
          administer                              Special*

          *State Highway Account

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  5/27/10)

          City of Claremont

          JJA:do  5/27/10   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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