Amended in Assembly June 17, 2014

Senate Joint ResolutionNo. 20

Introduced by Senator Leno

March 19, 2014

Senate Joint Resolution No. 20—Relative to Safeguard Our Coast Day.


SJR 20, as amended, Leno. Safeguard Our Coast Day.

This measure would recognize the 50th anniversary of the state’s leadership and innovation in coastal planning and management and would proclaim February 16, 2015, and each 3rd Monday of February thereafter, as “Safeguard Our Coast Day.”

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, California’s coastal waters, waterfronts, wetlands,
2harbors, estuaries, bays, ports, marinas, riparian areas, beaches,
3and agricultural resources are important environmental and
4economic resources of the state; and

5WHEREAS, The coastal economy contributes $96 billion
6annually to the state; and

7WHEREAS, Eighty percent of California’s 38 million residents
8live and work within 30 miles of the state’s coastline; and

9WHEREAS, California ports, fisheries, coastal tourism, and
10other economically productive uses of the ocean and coastline
11support jobs for Californians and promote foreign trade; and

12WHEREAS, Coastal agriculture contributes substantially to the
13food supply and is a vital part of the state’s economy; and

P2    1WHEREAS, The ecological value of healthy coastal wetlands
2and other endangered habitats for the fish and wildlife of California
3is immense; and

4WHEREAS, The California coast supports numerous
5educational, scientific, and research activities; and

6WHEREAS, The California coast offers cultural value and scenic
7resources for public enjoyment and recreation that contribute to
8the health and well-being of California residents and visitors from
9around the world; and

10WHEREAS, The increasing and competing demands upon
11coastal lands and waters occasioned by population growth and
12economic development have resulted in adverse changes to fragile
13ecological systems and decreased open space for public recreation;

15WHEREAS, An innovative strategy for protecting and enhancing
16the coast and managing conflicts between development and coastal
17resource protection has been in effect on a regional scale since
181965 in the San Francisco Bay area and for the entire California
19coast since 1972; and

20WHEREAS, The National Coastal Zone Management Program
21was authorized by the federal Coastal Zone Management Act of
221972 (CZMA) (16 U.S.C. Section 1451 and following) to balance
23economic development with the need to preserve, protect, enhance,
24and restore the nation’s coastal resources; and

25WHEREAS, The CZMA promotes coordination between the
26federal government and the states by encouraging coastal states
27to prepare coastal management programs that guide both state and
28federal activities affecting the coast; and

29WHEREAS, California’s coastal management program is
30implemented by various entities within the Natural Resources
31Agency,begin insert includingend insert the San Francisco Bay Conservation and
32Development Commission, the California Coastal Commission,
33begin delete the California Ocean Science Trust,end delete and the State Coastal
34Conservancy, working together and in partnership with the Ocean
35Protection Council,begin insert the Ocean Science Trust,end insert the State Lands
36Commission, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and otherbegin delete state
37agenciesend delete
begin insert public agencies and nonprofit organizationsend insert to carry out
38CZMA goals; and

39WHEREAS, The San Francisco Bay Conservation and
40Development Commission, established by the McAteer-Petris Act
P3    1(Title 7.2 (commencing with Section 66600) of the Government
2Code) in 1965, plans and regulates activities in and around the San
3Francisco Bay and the Suisun Marsh; and

4WHEREAS, The California Coastal Commission, established
5by voter initiative in 1972 and on a permanent basis by the
6Legislature in 1976, cooperates with local governments to manage
7the conservation and orderly development of coastal resources
8through a comprehensive planning and regulatory program; and

9WHEREAS, The State Coastal Conservancy, established by the
10Legislature in 1976, complements the work of the two permitting
11agencies by employing nonregulatory, entrepreneurial techniques
12and collaboration to implement projects to preserve, protect, and
13restore public access, natural resources, urban waterfronts, and
14agricultural lands along the Pacific coast and the San Francisco
15Bay shoreline and its adjacent counties; and

16WHEREAS, These three coastal management agencies, along
17with other departments of the Natural Resources Agency, are
18demonstrating leadership in the field of adaptation to climate
19change and sea level rise, which are increasingly threatening
20California’s coast and economy; and

21WHEREAS, The state’s coastal management agencies
22collaborate, innovate, and work on behalf of all Californians to
23safeguard our coast; and

24WHEREAS, Public participation is vital to the success of
25California’s coastal management programs; and

26WHEREAS, Protection of coastal resources from the effects of
27sea level rise can provide valuable public benefits including, but
28not limited to, flood protection; improved water quality; habitat
29for fish, shellfish, and wildlife; recreational opportunities; enhanced
30quality of life; and increased economic opportunities and property
31values; and

32WHEREAS, The state has a responsibility to manage and
33conserve the public trust in coastal and ocean ecosystems as well
34as the quality of life in coastal communities for the benefit of
35current and future generations; now, therefore, be it

36Resolved by the Senate and the Assembly of the State of
37California, jointly,
That the Legislature recognizes the 50th
38anniversary of the state’s leadership and innovation in enhancing
39our coast, our economy, and our lives through coastal planning
40and management, and supports the state’s role in the enhancement
P4    1and protection of coastal and ocean resources in cooperation with
2the federal government; and be it further

3Resolved, That the Legislature hereby proclaims February 16,
42015, and each third Monday of February thereafter as “Safeguard
5Our Coast Day”; and be it further

6Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of
7this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.