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          Date of Hearing:  May 6, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          530 (Rendon) - As Introduced February 23, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   
          Yes


          SUMMARY:


          This bill requires the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency  
          (NRA) to appoint the Lower Los Angeles River Working Group  
          (Working Group) to develop a revitalization plan (Plan) for the  








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          lower Los Angeles River by March 1, 2017.  Specifically, this  
          bill:


          1)Requires the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and  
            Mountains Conservancy (Conservancy) to staff the Working  
            Group. 


          2)Requires the NRA Secretary, in coordination with the Los  
            Angeles County Board of Supervisors, to appoint members to the  
            Working Group including, but not limited to, representatives  
            from the following:


             a)   The Conservancy
             b)   Los Angeles County


             c)   The Gateway Cities Council of Governments


             d)   The Los Angeles Gateway Region Integrated Regional Water  
               Management Joint Powers Authority


             e)   Elected officials from cities that border the Lower Los  
               Angeles River


             f)   Nonprofit organizations serving the Los Angeles region.





          1)Authorizes the development and implementation of the Plan to  
            be funded from any public or private source including the $100  
            million in funding from the Water Quality, Supply, and  








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            Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1).


          2)Provides entities eligible to implement the Plan and receive  
            state funding include but are not limited to state agencies,  
            local agencies, and nonprofit organizations.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          1)Potential reimbursable local state mandated costs in the  
            $250,000 range (GF).


          2)Additional costs, in the $50,000 to $100,000 range for the  
            Conservancy to staff the Working Group and develop the Plan.


          3)Minor, absorbable costs for NRA.









          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose.  According to the author, although the 1996 County  
            Master Plan included a few projects for cities along the Lower  
            LA River, there is not a specific revitalization plan for this  
            area. This bill provides a comprehensive plan to focus more  
            attention and resources on the Southeast LA County cities  
            which include Vernon, Commerce, Maywood, Bell, Bell Gardens,  
            Cudahy, South Gate, Lynwood, Compton, Paramount, Carson and  








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            Long Beach.   


          2)Background.  The LA River is 51 miles long, contained entirely  
            within the County of Los Angeles, and passes through 13  
            cities, including 32 miles that stretch across the City of Los  
            Angeles.  The LA River begins in Canoga Park, at the  
            confluence of Bell Creek and the Arroyo Calabasas, and then  
            flows mostly east through the San Fernando Valley where it is  
            joined by several tributaries.  In Burbank, it enters and  
            begins skirting Griffith Park, bending sharply southward as it  
            does so.  This stretch of the LA River, down to Elysian Park,  
            is called the Glendale Narrows, and contains one of only three  
            stretches of the river with an earthen bottom.  After leaving  
            the Glendale Narrows, the river continues southward through  
            downtown Los Angeles until it eventually reaches Long Beach  
            Harbor.  


            Although planners had envisioned greenbelts interconnecting  
            parklands along the river as early as the 1930s, the more  
            recent interest in the revitalization and promotion of the  
            re-integration of the river and its tributaries into the  
            adjacent neighborhoods began in the mid-to-late 1980s.   


             In September 2013, the Army Corps, in conjunction with the  
            City of Los Angeles, announced the availability of a Draft  
            Integrated Feasibility Report (Draft IFR) for the Los Angeles  
            River Ecosystem Restoration Study.  In May 2014, the Army  
            Corps backed the $1 billion alternative in the study to  
            restore an 11-mile stretch of the LA River from Griffith Park  
            to downtown Los Angeles.


          3)Bond Funding. Proposition 1 provides $30 million for the  
            Conservancy and $100 million for urban rivers and streams  
            including, but not limited to  the LA River and its  
            tributaries as defined in both the  Conservancy Act and the  








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            Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC) Act.


            The Governor's proposed 2015-16 budget includes Proposition 1  
            appropriations of $18 million for the SMMC and $15.3 million  
            for the Conservancy.



          Analysis Prepared by:Jennifer Galehouse / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081