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          Date of Hearing:  April 13, 2016


           ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON ACCOUNTABILITY AND ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


                               Cristina Garcia, Chair


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


          SUBJECT:  Armories


          SUMMARY:  Provides the City of Santa Barbara (City) or the Santa  
          Barbara Unified School District (School District) an option to  
          purchase the Santa Barbara Armory by July 1, 2017.


          EXISTING LAW:  


          1)Authorizes the Department of General Services (DGS) with the  
            approval of the Adjutant General of the California Military  
            Department (CMD) to sell for fair market value the Santa  
            Barbara Armory.


          2)Authorizes the Director of DGS, with the approval of the CMD,  
            to lease and sell armories, subject to approval by the  
            Legislature.


          3)Establishes the Armory Fund and requires that all proceeds  
            from the sale or lease of armories be deposited into the Fund,  
            for use, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for specified  
            purposes related to armories.








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          FISCAL EFFECT:  Unknown


          COMMENTS:


          This bill provides the City or School District with the option  
          of purchasing the Santa Barbara Armory, located at 700 E. Canon  
          Perdido Street, Santa Barbara.  After the option expires, the  
          property shall be offered for sale by general bid at fair market  
          value.   


          This property was authorized for sale last year by SB 536  
          (Roth), Chapter 355, Statutes of 2015. That bill allows DGS with  
          the approval of the CMD, which sponsored the bill, to sell seven  
          specified armory sites, including the Santa Barbara Armory.  


          Armories are the primary sites for unit training and are  
          integral to the readiness and responsiveness of National Guard  
          personnel.  The CMD has approximately 100 active armory sites  
          throughout the state and sought authorization to sell the  
          specified armories after determining that the costs of  
          maintaining them outweighed their utility. 


          DGS, which is responsible for selling the armories, has been  
          preparing for their sales.  The author introduced AB 2247 at the  
          urging of the City and School District to preserve a public use  
          for the site, which is located in downtown Santa Barbara near a  
          junior high school, high school, and civic facilities. 


          COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS: 










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          The author's office recently held a meeting with stakeholders,  
          including the CMD, City and School District. They agreed to  
          amendments, which could not be processed in time for this  
          hearing and will be taken in this Committee. They clarify that  
          the sale of the Santa Barbara Armory to the City or School  
          District shall include terms and conditions determined by DGS to  
          be in the best interest of the state based on 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.  The amendments also make  
          other clarifying changes and corrections.


          According to the CMD, it will work with DGS to hire an appraiser  
          to do a full assessment of the property.  The CMD believes that  
          the property's value will be between $15 and $25 million.  An  
          appraisal is not expected to be completed for several months.


          DOUBLE REFERRAL: This measure is scheduled to be heard by the  
          Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee on April 12th, the day prior  
          to the hearing of this Committee.    


          REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION:  




          Support


          City of Santa Barbara


          Santa Barbara Unified School District











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          Opposition


          None on file




          Analysis Prepared by:Scott Herbstman / A. & A.R. / (916)  
          319-3600