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                                   THIRD READING 


          Bill No:  AB 1757
          Author:   Waldron (R) 
          Amended:  5/5/16 in Assembly
          Vote:     21 

           SENATE TRANS. & HOUSING COMMITTEE:  8-0, 6/14/16
           AYES:  Beall, Cannella, Galgiani, Leyva, McGuire, Mendoza,  
            Roth, Wieckowski
           NO VOTE RECORDED:  Allen, Bates, Gaines

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE:  Senate Rule 28.8

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  57-5, 5/19/16 - See last page for vote

           SUBJECT:   North County Transit District


          SOURCE:    North County Transit District


          DIGEST:  This bill increases the North County Transit Districts  
          (District) compensation limits for the District's Board of  
          Directors (Board).  


          ANALYSIS: 

          Existing law:
          
          1)Requires each member of the Board, including alternate members  
            that are appointed, to be paid $75 for each day the member or  
            alternate attends meetings of the Board, not to exceed $300 in  
            any month, as well as necessary and reasonable expenses in  








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            performing duties as a Board member.


          2)Authorizes the Board, by resolution, to compensate members and  
            alternates, in addition to the abovementioned compensation,  
            for representing the Board at specified meetings of other  
            governmental entities and public agencies.  Allows  
            compensation to be in the same amounts as specified above. 


          This bill:

          1)Increases, from $75 to $150, the compensation to be paid to  
            Board members and their alternates for each day the member or  
            alternate attends meetings of the Board, and increases the  
            maximum compensation from $300 per month to $750 per month.


          2)Removes a requirement that the Board adopts a resolution  
            before allowing Board members and alternates to receive  
            compensation for representing the Board at meetings of other  
            governmental entities and public agencies, and increases the  
            compensation for these activities to the same amounts as  
            specified above.


          3)Provides technical clean-up changes relative to the District  
            contracting with a private patrol operator.   


          4)Provides that no reimbursement is required by this bill  
            because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency  
            are the result of a program for which legislative authority  
            was requested by that local agency, as specified.


          Comments

          1)Purpose.  According to the author, "Currently, District Board  
            Members are compensated at $75 per meeting, an amount that has  
            remained unchanged since 1988.  This amount is also only half  
            of what representatives of other local and regional boards  
            receive for the same commitment of time.  In addition, Board  
            Members routinely serve on other regional boards on behalf of  







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            the District, where their counterparts receive compensation  
            that is double their amount.  This proposal would ensure  
            compensation for Board Members is commensurate with that of  
            other regional entities they serve on for the District."


          2)A brief history of the District.  The District was created in  
            1975 through state legislation.  At that time, the District's  
            board was created to plan, construct, and operate, directly or  
            through a contractor, public transit systems in specific  
            portions of the San Diego region.  In January of 2003, SB 1703  
            (Peace, Chapter 743, Statutes of 2002) was enacted and  
            transferred future transit planning, programming, development,  
            and construction to the San Diego Association of Governments,  
            San Diego's regional planning agency.  However, the District  
            continued to operate transit services throughout its  
            jurisdiction.  In 2005, the Legislature passed and the  
            Governor signed AB 1238 (Plescia, Chapter 743, Statutes of  
            2005), which renamed the District the North County Transit  
            District, with the name change becoming effective January 1,  
            2006.  Presently, the District moves more than 12 million  
            passengers annually by providing public transportation for  
            North San Diego County.  Several transit services the District  
            provides include: COASTER commuter rail service, SPRINTER  
            light rail, BREEZE bus system, FLEX rural and on-demand  
            service, and LIFT paratransit. 

          3)Comparable board compensation?  As mentioned, the author  
            asserts that surrounding public transportation agencies  
            compensate their board members at a rate higher than the  
            District.  Below are the per-meeting compensation rates for  
            various transportation agencies in the Southern California  
            region: 

             a)   San Diego Metropolitan Transit System/$150.
             b)   San Diego Association of Governments/$150.
             c)   Orange County Transportation Authority/$100.
             d)   Metrolink/$100.
             e)   Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority/$150.


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








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          SUPPORT:   (Verified6/27/16)


          North County Transit District (source) 


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified6/27/16)


          None received

          ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  57-5, 5/19/16
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Arambula, Atkins, Baker, Bloom,  
            Bonilla, Bonta, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chau, Chávez,  
            Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Daly, Dodd, Eggman,  
            Frazier, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson,  
            Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Roger Hernández, Holden,  
            Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Lopez, Low, Mayes, Medina,  
            Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte, O'Donnell, Quirk, Ridley-Thomas,  
            Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting,  
            Waldron, Weber, Wood, Rendon
          NOES:  Travis Allen, Irwin, Maienschein, Melendez, Wilk
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Bigelow, Brough, Chang, Dahle, Beth Gaines,  
            Gallagher, Grove, Hadley, Harper, Jones, Linder, Mathis,  
            McCarty, Olsen, Patterson, Steinorth, Wagner, Williams

          Prepared by:Manny Leon / T. & H. / (916) 651-4121
          6/29/16 15:45:56
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