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          Date of Hearing:  April 12, 2016


                       ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS


                                 Jacqui Irwin, Chair


          AB 2247  
          (Williams) - As Amended March 17, 2016


          SUBJECT:  Armories


          SUMMARY:  (As proposed to be amended)  Requires the California  
          Military Department ("CMD) to grant the City of Santa Barbara or  
          the Santa Barbara Unified School District an option to purchase  
          the Santa Barbara Armory.  Specifically, this bill: 


          Requires the Director of General Services, notwithstanding  
 
          Section 2 of Chapter 355 of the Statutes of 2015, the, with  
 
          approval of the Adjutant General, to grant to the City of Santa  
 
          Barbara or the Santa Barbara Unified School District an option  
 
          to purchase the Santa Barbara Armory. 





          Specifies that the option shall expire on July 1, 2017.   










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           Mandates that any purchase agreement shall include terms and  
 
          conditions determined by the Director of General Services to be  
 
          in the best interest of the state based on the fair market value  
 
          of the armory, based on the zoning as it existed on March 1,  
 
          2016, as determined by an appraisal undertaken and approved by  
 
          the Department of General Services.  





           Clarifies that if the option granted expires, the Santa Barbara  
 
          Armory shall be offered for sale pursuant to Section 435 of the  
 
          Military and Veterans Code. 





          Defines the Santa Barbara Armory as the approximately  4.7 acres  
 
          of real property (APN.: 031-041-001) with an approximately  
 
          27,000 sq. ft. armory building and ancillary  improvements made  
 
          thereon, located at 700 E. Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara,  
 
          California.









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          States that the Legislature finds and declares that a special  
 
          law is necessary and that a general law cannot be made  
 
          applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the  
 
          California Constitution because of the location of the armory in  
 
          the city of Santa Barbara.  





           EXISTING LAW:  Military and Veterans Code section 435 states in  
          part:





            (a)The Director of General Services, with the approval of the  
            Adjutant General, may lease for not more than 99 years or sell  
            for fair market value upon terms and conditions and subject to  
            any reservations and exceptions as may be determined to be in  
            the best interests of the state any real property held for  
            armory purposes. Real property shall not be sold or leased  
            pursuant to this subdivision unless the Legislature, by  
            statute, approves the sale or lease of the property.





            (b) There is in the State Treasury the Armory Fund. All net  








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            proceeds from the sale or lease of an armory shall be  
            deposited in the fund. The money in the fund is available,  
            upon appropriation by the Legislature, for the maintenance of  
            existing armories, and for the acquisition or construction of  
            new or replacement armories ?





          FISCAL EFFECT:  Unknown.





          COMMENTS:  The Santa Barbara Armory is already authorized for  
          sale as a result of the passage of SB 536 from 2015.  The option  
          in the bill is at fair market value and of a reasonable length.   
          The City of Santa Barbara is in support of the bill.


          This armory is already authorized for sale.  However, the bill  
          brings up the need for a future general policy discussion about  
          the CMD's plans for the armory system in California.  Clearly  
          the Santa Barbara Armory is important to the City and School  
          District.  Other armories may be the subject of future plans for  
          sale, renovation, etc., and decisions about those armories are  
          likely to be important to their respective communities as well.


          REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION:




          Support










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          City of Santa Barbara 


          Santa Barbara High School


          Santa Barbara Middle School




          Opposition


          None at this time. 




          Analysis Prepared by:John Spangler / V.A. / (916) 319-3550