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          Bill No:  SB 1006
          Author:   Pavley (D)
          Amended:  8/20/10
          Vote:     21

           
           SENATE NATURAL RES. & WATER COMMITTEE  :  6-3, 4/13/10
          AYES:  Pavley, Kehoe, Lowenthal, Padilla, Simitian, Wolk
          NOES:  Cogdill, Hollingsworth, Huff

           SENATE ENV. QUALITY COMMITTEE  :  4-2, 4/19/10
          AYES:  Simitian, Corbett, Lowenthal, Pavley
          NOES:  Runner, Strickland
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Hancock

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  7-3, 5/27/10
          AYES:  Kehoe, Alquist, Corbett, Leno, Price, Wolk, Yee
          NOES:  Denham, Walters, Wyland
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Cox

           SENATE FLOOR  :  22-14, 6/2/10
          AYES:  Alquist, Calderon, Cedillo, Corbett, DeSaulnier,  
            Ducheny, Florez, Hancock, Kehoe, Leno, Liu, Lowenthal,  
            Negrete McLeod, Padilla, Pavley, Price, Romero, Simitian,  
            Steinberg, Wolk, Wright, Yee
          NOES:  Aanestad, Ashburn, Cogdill, Correa, Cox, Denham,  
            Dutton, Harman, Hollingsworth, Huff, Runner, Strickland,  
            Walters, Wyland
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Oropeza, Wiggins, Vacancy, Vacancy
           
          ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  50-27, 8/23/10 - See last page for vote


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           SUBJECT :    Natural resources:  climate change:  Strategic  
          Growth 
                      Council

           SOURCE  :     Audubon California
                      Defenders of Wildlife


           DIGEST  :    This bill expands the list of eligible  
          applicants for urban greening project and planning monies  
          available from the Strategic Growth Council.

           Assembly Amendments  revise the qualifications of the urban  
          greening program administered by the Strategic Growth  
          Council (SGC) to redefine "financial assistance" to include  
          a grant or a planning grant in accordance with specified  
          existing law, delete provisions of the bill that require  
          additional duties of the SGC with respect to providing  
          information regarding climate change adaptation strategies,  
          projects, or activities, delete provisions of the bill that  
          require the SGC to identify and review activities and  
          funding programs of member state agencies that may be  
          coordinated to address climate change, and provide that  
          grants shall be awarded for the purpose of planning grants  
          for urban greening programs.

           ANALYSIS  :   

          Existing law: 

          1. Establishes the SGC, requires the SGC to take certain  
             actions with regard to coordinating specified programs  
             of member state agencies, and requires the SGC to manage  
             and award grants and loans to support the planning and  
             development of sustainable communities. 

          2. Directs the SGC to do all of the following: 

             A.    Identify and review activities and funding  
                programs of member state agencies that may be  
                coordinated to improve air and water quality, improve  
                natural resource protection, increase the  
                availability of affordable housing, improve  
                transportation, meet the goals of AB 32 (Nunez),  

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                Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006, encourage sustainable  
                land use planning, and revitalize urban and community  
                centers in a sustainable manner.

             B.    Review and comment on the state's five-year  
                infrastructure plan and Environmental Goals and  
                Policy Report.

             C.    Recommend policies and investment strategies to  
                the Governor, Legislature, and appropriate state  
                agencies to encourage the development of sustainable  
                communities.

             D.    Provide, fund, and distribute data and information  
                to local governments and regional agencies that will  
                assist in developing and planning sustainable  
                communities.

             E.    Manage and award grants and loans to support the  
                planning and development of sustainable communities,  
                pursuant to the provisions of this bill, for which  
                specified implementation actions may be employed.

             F.    Provide, no later than July 1, 2010, and every  
                year thereafter, a report to the Legislature that  
                shall include, but not be limited to, a list of  
                applicants for financial assistance, identification  
                of which applications were approved, the amounts  
                awarded for each approved application, the remaining  
                balance of available funds, a report on the proposed  
                or ongoing management of each funded project, and any  
                additional minimum requirements and priorities for a  
                project or plan proposed in a grant or loan  
                application developed and adopted by the SGC. 

          3. Requires an applicant for financial assistance for a  
             plan or project pursuant to this bill to declare its  
             intention to follow a detailed budget and schedule. 

          4. Requires a project or plan funded pursuant to this bill  
             to be consistent with the state's planning policies and  
             reduce (as permanently as is feasible) greenhouse gas  
             emissions consistent with AB 32. 


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          5. Directs the SGC to manage and award financial assistance  
             to a city, county, or nonprofit organization for  
             preparing, planning, and implementing urban greening  
             projects that provide multiple benefits, as specified,  
             and are not mitigation actions required under existing  
             law. 

          6. Specifies that this financial assistance shall be funded  
             by the $90 million in Proposition 84 funds allocated for  
             urban greening projects. 

          7. Allows up to 25 percent of the moneys allocated for  
             urban greening by Proposition 84 to be used to award  
             revolving loans or grants to a COG, countywide  
             authority, metropolitan planning organization, local  
             government, or nonprofit organization for the purpose of  
             creating urban greening plans. 

          This bill: 

          1. Adds special districts and joint powers authorities to  
             the list of eligible applicants for urban greening  
             projects and plans. 

          2. Specifies that an eligible joint powers authority must  
             contain at least one member that individually would  
             qualify as an eligible applicant for the financial  
             assistance. 

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

          According to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, there  
          is cost pressure of an unknown amount but potentially in  
          the millions of dollars resulting from expansion of the  
          types of entities that may receive financial assistance  
          from the SGC.  (Proposition 84 bond funds) 

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  8/23/10)

          Audubon California (co-source)
          Defenders of Wildlife (co-source)
          California Coastkeeper Alliance
          California Outdoor Heritage Alliance

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          California ReLeaf
          Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority
          Tree People
          Watershed Conservation Authority 


           ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT  :    The author, regarding the proposed  
          expansion of the council's responsibilities, states,  
          "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."

          The Watershed Conservation Authority in support of the  
          bill, regarding the eligibility expansion, "Currently JPAs  
          and special districts, such as Water or Parks and  
          Recreation Districts, are not included under the list of  
          eligible applicants.  Based on the demonstrated performance  
          of JPA's and special districts in green projects, the  
          incorporation of these additional groups to the eligible  
          applicant list is critical."


           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  : 
          AYES:  Ammiano, Arambula, Bass, Beall, Block, Blumenfield,  
            Bradford, Brownley, Buchanan, Caballero, Charles  
            Calderon, Carter, Chesbro, Coto, Davis, De La Torre, De  
            Leon, Eng, Evans, Feuer, Fong, Fuentes, Galgiani, Gatto,  
            Hall, Hayashi, Hernandez, Hill, Huber, Huffman, Jones,  
            Lieu, Bonnie Lowenthal, Ma, Mendoza, Monning, Nava, V.  
            Manuel Perez, Portantino, Ruskin, Salas, Saldana,  

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            Skinner, Solorio, Swanson, Torlakson, Torres, Torrico,  
            Yamada, John A. Perez
          NOES:  Adams, Anderson, Bill Berryhill, Tom Berryhill,  
            Conway, Cook, DeVore, Fletcher, Fuller, Gaines, Garrick,  
            Gilmore, Hagman, Harkey, Jeffries, Knight, Logue, Miller,  
            Nestande, Niello, Nielsen, Norby, Silva, Smyth, Audra  
            Strickland, Tran, Villines
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Furutani, Vacancy, Vacancy


          CTW:mw  8/24/10   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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