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                                    THIRD READING


          Bill No:  SJR 20
          Author:   Leno (D)
          Amended:  As introduced
          Vote:     21


           SUBJECT  :    Safeguard Our Coast Day

           SOURCE  :     Author


           DIGEST :    This resolution recognizes the 50th anniversary of  
          the states leadership and innovation in coastal planning and  
          management and proclaims February 16, 2015, and each third  
          Monday of February thereafter, as Safeguard Our Coast Day."

           ANALYSIS  :    This resolution makes the following legislative  
          findings:

           1. The increasing and competing demands upon coastal lands and  
             waters occasioned by population growth and economic  
             development have resulted in adverse changes to fragile  
             ecological systems and decreased open space for public  
             recreation.

           2. An innovative strategy for protecting and enhancing the  
             coast and managing conflicts between development and coastal  
             resource protection has been in effect on a regional scale  
             since 1965 in the San Francisco Bay area and for the entire  
             California coast since 1972.

           3. The National Coastal Zone Management Program was authorized  
             by the federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA) to  
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             balance economic development with the need to preserve,  
             protect, enhance, and restore the nation's coastal resources.

           4. The CZMA promotes coordination between the federal  
             government and the states by encouraging coastal states to  
             prepare coastal management programs that guide both state and  
             federal activities affecting the coast.

           5. California's coastal management program is implemented by  
             various entities within the Natural Resources Agency, the San  
             Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the  
             California Coastal Commission, the California Ocean Science  
             Trust, and the State Coastal Conservancy, working together  
             and in partnership with the Ocean Protection Council, the  
             State Lands Commission, the Department of Fish and Wildlife,  
             and other state agencies to carry out CZMA goals.

           6. The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development  
             Commission, established by the McAteer-Petris Act in 1965,  
             plans and regulates activities in and around the San  
             Francisco Bay and the Suisun Marsh.

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

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

           9. These three coastal management agencies, along with other  
             departments of the Natural Resources Agency, are  
             demonstrating leadership in the field of adaptation to  
             climate change and sea level rise, which are increasingly  
             threatening California's coast and economy.








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          This resolution recognizes the 50th anniversary of the state's  
          leadership and 
          innovation in coastal planning and management and proclaims  
          February 16, 2015, and each third Monday of February thereafter,  
          as "Safeguard Our Coast Day."

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Fiscal Com.:  No

          RM:nl  3/27/14   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  NONE RECEIVED

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