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          Date of Hearing:  April 27, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          AB  
          2247 (Williams) - As Amended April 14, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill provides the City of Santa Barbara (City) or the Santa  
          Barbara Unified School District (School District) an option to  
          purchase the Santa Barbara Armory at fair market value by July  








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          1, 2017.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          1)In 2008, the Department of General Services (DGS) appraised  
            the property at $18 million, but there is no estimate on its  
            current value.


          2)One-time cost of $25,000 to DGS to sell the armory. This cost  
            will be borne by the Property Acquisition Law Account and  
            subsequently reimbursed from armory sale proceeds. Per current  
            law, the net proceeds from the sale will be deposited into the  
            Armory Fund and, upon appropriation by the Legislature, must  
            be used for the maintenance of existing armories and the  
            acquisition and construction of new armories.


          COMMENTS:


          Background/Purpose.  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, at fair  
          market value, based on zoning as it existed on March 1, 2016.   
          After the option expires, the property will 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 California Military Department (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  








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          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. 


          Analysis Prepared by:Pedro Reyes / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081