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                                   THIRD READING 

          Bill No:  AB 446
          Author:   Ridley-Thomas (D)
          Introduced:9/1/15 in Senate 
          Vote:     21  

           SENATE NATURAL RES. & WATER COMMITTEE:  9-0, 7/14/15
           AYES:  Pavley, Stone, Allen, Hertzberg, Hueso, Jackson,  
            Monning, Vidak, Wolk

           AYES:  Lara, Bates, Beall, Hill, Leyva, Mendoza, Nielsen

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  77-0, 6/1/15 - See last page for vote

           SUBJECT:   Baldwin Hills Conservancy

          SOURCE:    Author

          DIGEST:   This bill extends the sunset date for the Baldwin  
          Hills Conservancy to January 1, 2026.

          Existing law:

          1)Establishes the Baldwin Hills Conservancy (conservancy) in the  
            Natural Resources Agency (agency).  The conservancy, among  
            other things, may acquire and manage public lands within the  
            Baldwin Hills area and provide recreational, open space,  
            wildlife habitation restoration and protection, and lands for  
            educational uses within the area.


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          2)Provides that the Baldwin Hills Conservancy Act which  
            established the conservancy will remain in effect until  
            January 1, 2018.  

          This bill extends the sunset date for the conservancy to January  
          1, 2026.

          The conservancy's territory is located in the heavily urbanized  
          Baldwin Hills area of the Los Angeles Basin.  The territory  
          includes parts of the Cities of Los Angeles and Culver City,  
          unincorporated portions of Los Angeles County, the Kenneth Hahn  
          State Recreation Area and some adjacent lands. Lands under its  
          jurisdiction are approximately two square miles, although the  
          conservancy does not own or control all of these lands.  There  
          is considerable on-going oil development and production within  
          the conservancy's territory.  The conservancy is the smallest of  
          the state's conservancies and was established in 2000.

          Conservancies and sunset dates. The Santa Monica Mountains  
          Conservancy was created with a sunset date that was extended  
          three times prior to its eventual removal.  The conservancy was  
          created with an initial sunset date of January 1, 2008, which  
          has already been extended once to its current date.  The  
          conservancy is one of two conservancies that have active sunset  
          dates (the other is the San Diego River Conservancy). (AB 392  
          (Atkins) is currently seeking to remove the sunset date for the  
          San Diego River Conservancy.) 

          Proposition 1 and the conservancy. There are $10 million in  
          Proposition 1 funds, approved by the voters in November 2014, to  
          be spent on "multibenefit water quality, water supply, watershed  
          protection and restoration projects."

          Related Legislation
          AB 392 (Atkins, 2015) removes the sunset date for the San Diego  
          River Conservancy. The bill is currently on the Senate Floor.

          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:YesLocal:   No 


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          According to the Senate Appropriations Committee, this bill's  
          annual costs are at least $350,000 beginning in 2018 through  
          2025 from the Environmental License Plate Fund (special) for  
          conservancy's administrative costs.

          SUPPORT:   (Verified8/27/15)

          Ballona Creek Renaissance
          Cherrywood/Leimert Block Club
          City of Beverly Hills
          City of Culver City
          City of Santa Monica
          Community Health Councils, Inc.
          Council for Watershed Health
          Empowerment Congress West Area Neighborhood Development Council
          Ladera Heights Civic Association
          Los Angeles Audobon Society
          Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
          Mujeres de la Tierra
          Natural Resources Defense Council
          Sara Amir, Chair, Baldwin Hills Conservancy Board
          Social Justice Learning Institute
          The Nature Conservancy

          OPPOSITION:   (Verified8/27/15)

          None received

          ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT:   According to the author, "without the  
          conservancy, the area will continue to face many of the  
          challenges that led to the conservancy's creation. [?] The  
          communities in and around the Baldwin Hills are quantifiably  
          park poor, with only one acre per thousand residents; the region  
          falls far below the National Recreation and Parks Association  
          standard of six acres per thousand residents."

          "Neighborhoods populated by minorities and recent immigrants are  
          especially short of park space. [?] Because of the  
          disproportionate burden of chronic disease that affects minority  


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          communities it is essential that urban open space is promoted  
          and protected. [?] With the lack of urban open space and public  
          parks accessible to minority communities, the protection of  
          Baldwin Hills is the centerpiece of a legacy for park equity in  
          urban Los Angeles."

          Additionally, the author notes that there are dedicated bond  
          funds for the conservancy and the obstacles to pursuing  
          multi-year projects supported by bond funds given the  
          conservancy's current sunset date.

          The Nature Conservancy "supports AB 446 in light of the  
          biodiversity value of Baldwin Hills and the importance of  
          continued acquisition and restoration efforts by the Baldwin  
          Hills Conservancy."

          ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  77-0, 6/1/15
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Baker, Bigelow, Bloom,  
            Bonilla, Bonta, Brough, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chang,  
            Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle,  
            Daly, Dodd, Frazier, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo  
            Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gray, Grove, Hadley,  
            Harper, Roger Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones, Jones-Sawyer,  
            Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low, Maienschein, Mathis,  
            Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte,  
            O'Donnell, Olsen, Patterson, Perea, Quirk, Rendon,  
            Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago, Steinorth, Mark  
            Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wilk, Williams,  
            Wood, Atkins
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Eggman, Beth Gaines, Gordon

          Prepared by:Katharine Moore / N.R. & W. / (916) 651-4116
          9/1/15 21:19:52

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