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                                   THIRD READING 


          Bill No:  AB 1500
          Author:   Atkins (D), et al.
          Amended:  8/1/16 in Senate
          Vote:     21 

           SENATE TRANS. & HOUSING COMMITTEE:  10-0, 6/28/16
           AYES:  Beall, Cannella, Allen, Bates, Gaines, Leyva, McGuire,  
            Mendoza, Roth, Wieckowski
           NO VOTE RECORDED:  Galgiani

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE:  7-0, 8/11/16
           AYES:  Lara, Bates, Beall, Hill, McGuire, Mendoza, Nielsen

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  77-1, 1/27/16 - See last page for vote

           SUBJECT:   State highways:  relinquishment:  Route 75


          SOURCE:    Author

          DIGEST:  This bill allows the California Transportation  
          Commission (CTC) to relinquish segments of State Route (SR) 75  
          in San Diego County. 


          ANALYSIS:

          Existing law:
          
          1)Identifies the California state highway system through a  
            description of segments of the state's regional and  
            interregional roads that are owned and operated by the  
            Department of Transportation (Caltrans).








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          2)Defines a "state highway" as any roadway that is acquired,  
            laid out, constructed, improved, or maintained as a state  
            highway according to legislative authorization.

          3)Specifies that it is the intent of the Legislature for the  
            routes of the state highway system to connect the communities  
            and regions of the state and that they serve the state's  
            economy by connecting centers of commerce, industry,  
            agriculture, mineral wealth, and recreation.

          4)Provides that any expansion or deletion of the state highway  
            system occurs through a statutory process requiring the CTC to  
            make findings that it is in the best interest of the state to  
            include or delete a specified portion of roadway from the  
            system.

          This bill:

          1)Authorizes CTC, upon a determination that it is the best  
            interest of the state to do so and upon an agreement between  
            Caltrans and the cities of Imperial Beach and San Diego, to  
            relinquish that portion of SR 75 that lies within the  
            applicable city limits.

          2)Provides that the relinquishments will become effective on the  
            date following the county recordation of the relinquishment  
            resolutions containing CTC's approval of the specified terms  
            and conditions.  

          3)Specifies that, following the effective date of  
            relinquishment, the relinquished segments will no longer be  
            state highways and may not be considered for future adoption  
            as state highways.  

          4)Requires cities that adopt a segment of SR 75 to ensure  
            continuity of traffic flow, including traffic signal  
            progression, on the relinquished segment.  Also requires these  
            cities to install and maintain signs directing motorists to  
            the continuation of SR 75 to the extent that Caltrans  
            determines such signage is necessary.

          Comments








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          1)Purpose. The author introduced this bill in response to the  
            U.S. Navy starting a series of improvements on its property  
            located along SR 75 in the area between the City of Imperial  
            Beach and the City of Coronado.  The improvements are expected  
            to generate a significant amount of traffic when fully  
            constructed and occupied.  The Imperial Beach City Council  
            would like to have more direct control over SR 75 within its  
            boundaries so that it can work with the Navy in managing  
            traffic.

          2)Relinquishments.  Each session, the Legislature passes and the  
            Governor signs numerous bills authorizing CTC to relinquish  
            segments of the state highway system to local jurisdictions.   
            Relinquishment transactions are generally preceded by a  
            negotiation of terms and conditions between the local  
            jurisdiction and Caltrans.  Once an agreement has been  
            established, CTC typically approves the relinquishment and  
            verifies its approval via a resolution.

          3)Caltrans study. In July 2014, Caltrans released an analysis  
            titled "Transportation System Analyses and Evaluation for  
            State Route 75 for Segment Within the City of Imperial Beach."  
             The analysis indicated that the portion of SR 75 being  
            evaluated for relinquishment operated like a city street  
            rather than a state highway, with on-street parking, numerous  
            driveways, and access points generating significant side  
            friction. The Caltrans analysis identified that this portion  
            of SR 75 does not function as an interregional transportation  
            facility. Furthermore, SR 75 parallels the Interstate 5  
            freeway, which carries most of the interregional commercial  
            and passenger vehicular traffic. This bill authorizes CTC to  
            move forward with the recommendations identified in this  
            Caltrans analysis of SR 75.
          
          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation: NoFiscal Com.: Yes   Local:  No


          According to the Senate Appropriations Committee, unknown  
          one-time costs ranging from minor up to several million to  
          Caltrans prior to the relinquishment of the designated segments  
          of SR 75 to the cities of San Diego and Imperial Beach (State  
          Highway Account).  These costs would be offset in future years  
          due to avoided maintenance costs on the relinquished segments.








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          SUPPORT:   (Verified8/11/16)


          David Alvarez, Councilmember, City of San Diego 


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified  8/11/16)


          None received

          ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  77-1, 1/27/16
          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, Eggman, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Cristina  
            Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, 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, Quirk,  
            Rendon, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago, Steinorth, Mark Stone,  
            Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wilk, Williams, Wood,  
            Atkins
          NOES:  Gatto
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Ridley-Thomas

          Prepared by:Manny Leon / T. & H. / (916) 651-4121
          8/15/16 20:10:04


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