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          Date of Hearing:  June 28, 2010

                       ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES
                                Wesley Chesbro, Chair
                    SB 1006 (Pavley) - As Amended:  June 21, 2010

           SENATE VOTE  :  22-14
           
          SUBJECT  :  Climate change:  Strategic Growth Council (Council)

           SUMMARY  :  Requires the Council to address climate change impacts  
          in its coordinating role and to provide information to local and  
          regional government agencies on climate adaptation strategies.

           EXISTING LAW  :

          1)Pursuant to Proposition 84 (2006), among other things,  
            provides $90 million for urban greening projects that "reduce  
            energy consumption, conserve water, improve air and water  
            quality, and provide other community benefits" and $90 million  
            for planning grants and incentives to encourage development of  
            land use plans designed to accomplish some of the objectives  
            above.

          2)Creates the Council consisting of the Director of State  
            Planning and Research, the Secretary of the Resources Agency,  
            the Secretary for Environmental Protection, the Secretary of  
            Business, Transportation and Housing, the Secretary of  
            California Health and Human Services, and one public member.

          3)Requires the Council to:

             a)   Coordinate the activities of the member agencies in  
               order to more effectively and efficiently achieve  
               environmental, infrastructure, housing, and public health  
               goals, including assisting state and local entities in the  
               planning of sustainable communities and meeting the state's  
               climate change goals.

             b)   Identify and review activities and funding programs of  
               member state agencies to meet the council's goals;

             c)   Recommend policies and investment strategies and  
               priorities to encourage the development of sustainable  
               communities;








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             d)   Provide, fund, and distribute date and information to  
               local governments and regional agencies that will assist in  
               the development and planning of sustainable communities;  
               and

             e)   Manage and award grants and loans from Proposition 84 to  
               support the planning and development of sustainable  
               communities.












































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           THIS BILL  :

          1)Requires the Council to address climate change impacts in its  
            coordinating role of member agencies.

          2)Directs the Council to provide information to local  
            governments and regional agencies regarding climate change  
            adaptation strategies, projects, or activities that protect,  
            conserve, restore, or enhance natural ecosystem functions; use  
            effective approaches to protect communities from climate  
            change impacts, including practices that utilize, enhance, or  
            mimic natural processes and functions, and avoid or minimize  
            environmental degradation and emission of greenhouse gases.

          3)Expands the list of agencies under the urban greening program  
            that can receive financial assistance to include a special  
            district or joint powers authority if at least one of the  
            parties to the joint powers authority qualifies as an eligible  
            applicant.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee, about $200,000 to the Council to develop guidelines  
          and information; cost pressures on existing Prop 84 bond funds.

           COMMENTS  : 

           1)According to the author  :

            California is at the forefront of climate change solutions  
            that achieve significant, near-term reductions in the carbon  
            pollution that is causing global warming.  Notwithstanding  
            these essential mitigation measures, California is already  
            experiencing dramatic, unavoidable climate change impacts due  
            to carbon pollution already committed to the atmosphere and  
            oceans.  These climate change impacts include documented  
            sea-level rise, increased erosion, increased weather severity,  
            altered water cycles, reduced snowpack and earlier snow melt,  
            increased wildfire occurrence and severity, altered rainfall  
            patterns, disrupted food supply, and migration of plant and  
            animal species.  These impacts could expose the state and  
            local governments to trillions of dollars in costs.  Thus, in  
            addition to mitigation, state and local governments must  
            strategically plan to adapt to these and other unavoidable  
            climate change impacts.








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           2)If we can't mitigate, adapt  :  Last year, the Natural Resources  
            Agency published its Climate Adaptation Strategy (CAS) in  
            response to an Executive Order (S-13-08) on adapting to  
            climate change.  The CAS summarizes anticipated climate change  
            impacts and recommends near and long-term strategies to  
            increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of the state to  
            respond to these impacts.  The Climate Action Team, through  
            various working groups, is operationalizing many of these  
            recommendations into actionable strategies or measures.  For  
            example, members of the ocean and coastal resources working  
            group will be completing a statewide vulnerability assessment  
            every five years that will include the most recent knowledge  
            about climate impacts to coastal resources, inventory natural  
            and man-made assets, and assess what is at risk.   
            Additionally, a National Academies of Science is expected to  
            publish a Sea Level Rise Assessment Report estimating sea  
            level rise for 2030, 2050, and 2100.

           3)The concept of "sustainable communities" is beginning to  
            sprawl  :  The Council's existing charge is to coordinate the  
            activities and funding programs of state agencies to improve  
            air quality, protect natural resources, increase affordable  
            housing, and improve transportation while meeting the state's  
            climate change goals.  Requiring the Council to additionally  
            address climate change impacts is a natural and logical  
            addition to this list (and consistent with our collective, if  
            vague, notion of a "sustainable community").

          How best to re-package the adaptation strategies and findings  
            expected from the CAT in a meaningful way for local or  
            regional government consumption will likely be the Council's  
            greatest challenge.  Existing sea level rise estimates are not  
            only fraught with a high degree of uncertainty but they likely  
            do not include reliable estimates of local or regional  
            sea-level rise.  However, over time and with better scientific  
            data, the Council may be the most suitable entity to interface  
            with local governments, especially given its authority to  
            provide financial assistance to these entities.

           4)Status of the Urban Greening Project and Planning Grants:  The  
            Council recently adopted guidelines for the first year of  
            urban greening project and planning grants and is currently  
            accepting applications for funds.  This bill would presumably  
            only be intended to effect future grant cycles.  Two more  








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            grant cycles are forthcoming.

           5)Dual-referral  :  This bill was dual-referred to the Local  
            Government Committee first, then this committee.  It is  
            scheduled to be heard by both committees on June 28, 2010,  
            presuming it is approved by the Local Government Committee.  
           
           REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION  :

           Support 
           
          East Bay Municipal Utility District
           
            Opposition 
           
          American Council of Engineering Companies, California
          California Business Properties Association
          California Central Valley Flood Control Association
          California Chamber of Commerce
          California Manufacturers and Technology Association
          Western States Petroleum Association


           Analysis Prepared by  :  Dan Chia / NAT. RES. / (916) 319-2092