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          1500 (Atkins)

          As Amended  August 1, 2016

          Majority vote

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               (vote not relevant)

          Original Committee Reference:  HOUSING

          SUMMARY:  Authorizes portions of State Route (SR) 75 to be  
          relinquished in San Diego County, under certain terms and  

          The Senate amendments replace the entire contents of the bill  
          and replace them with provisions that facilitate the  
          relinquishment of portions of SR 75.  Specifically, the  

          1)Authorize the California Transportation Commission (CTC), upon  
            a determination that it is the best interest of the state to  
            do so and upon an agreement between the California Department  
            of Transportation (Caltrans) and the City of Imperial Beach  


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            and between Caltrans and the City of San Diego, to relinquish  
            that portion of SR 75 that lies within the applicable city  
          2)Provide 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)Specify 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)Require the 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.

          FISCAL EFFECT:  This bill is nearly identical to AB 2075  
          (Atkins) of the current legislative session, which was  
          previously held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  (AB  
          2075 included the City of Coronado to which portions of SR 75  
          could be relinquished and this bill does not include it.)  

          The Appropriations Committee's analysis of AB 2075, which is  
          still relevant, stated:

          1)Potentially significant one-time costs depending on the  
            outcome of negotiations between Caltrans and the cities, and a  
            determination by Caltrans that the relinquishment is in the  
            best interest of the state.  
          2)Moderate long-term maintenance and repair savings to Caltrans,  
            if the CTC exercises its authority to relinquish the highway  

          COMMENTS:  Each session, numerous bills authorizing CTC to  
          relinquish segments of the state highway to local jurisdictions  


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          are passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.   
          Relinquishment transactions are generally preceded by a  
          negotiation of terms and conditions between the local  
          jurisdiction and Caltrans.  Once an agreement has been  
          established, the Legislature authorizes CTC to relinquish the  
          segment and CTC then approves the relinquishment and verifies  
          its approval via resolution.  The final step is for the  
          Legislature to delete these segments from current law.

          This bill is consistent with Caltrans' policies that encourage  
          the relinquishment of state highways that do not serve regional  
          or statewide transportation needs.  Recipient agencies often  
          seek relinquishment of state highways so that they can have  
          greater control over the facility, which often serves as a local  

          According to the author, the United States Navy started 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.  

          SR 75 does not function as an inter-regional transportation  
          facility and relinquishment to the cities is appropriate if  
          agreeable terms can be negotiated. 

          Analysis Prepared by:                                             
                          Janet Dawson / TRANS. / (916) 319-2093  FN:  


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