California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 2616


Introduced by Assembly Member Burke

(Coauthor: Assembly Member Mark Stone)

February 19, 2016


An act to amend Sections 30213 and 30301 of, and to add Section 30006.6 to, the Public Resources Code, relating to coastal resources.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 2616, as introduced, Burke. California Coastal Commission: membership: environmental justice.

Existing law, the California Coastal Act of 1976, establishes the California Coastal Commission and prescribes the membership and functions and duties of the commission. Existing law provides that the commission consists of 15 members.

This bill would increase the membership of the commission to 18 and would require 3 additional members to be appointed, one each by the Governor, the Senate Committee on Rules, and the Speaker of the Assembly, who represent and work directly with communities in the state that are most burdened by, and vulnerable to, high levels of pollution and issue of environmental justice, as defined.

Existing law requires maximum access and recreational opportunities to be provided to the public in the state’s coastal areas and, in that regard, requires lower cost visitor and recreational facilities to be protected, encouraged, and, where feasible, provided.

This bill would additionally require housing opportunities for persons of low and moderate income to be protected, encouraged, and, where feasible, provided in coastal areas. The bill would also specify that the act does not preclude or otherwise restrict the consideration of environmental justice or the equitable distribution of environmental benefits in communities throughout the state.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 30006.6 is added to the Public Resources
2Code
, to read:

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30006.6.  

This division shall not preclude or otherwise restrict
4the consideration of environmental justice, as defined in
5subdivision (e) of Section 65040.12 of the Government Code, or
6the equitable distribution of environmental benefits in communities
7throughout the state.

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SEC. 2.  

Section 30213 of the Public Resources Code is
9amended to read:

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30213.  

Lower cost visitor and recreational facilitiesbegin insert and
11housing opportunities for persons of low and moderate incomeend insert

12 shall be protected, encouraged, and, where feasible, provided.
13Developments providing public recreational opportunities are
14preferred.

15The commission shallbegin delete not: (1) requireend deletebegin insert not do either of the
16following:end insert

17begin insert (a)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertRequireend insert that overnight room rentals be fixed at an amount
18certain for any privately owned and operated hotel, motel, or other
19similar visitor-serving facility located on either public or private
20begin delete lands; or (2) establishend deletebegin insert lands.end insert

21begin insert(b)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertEstablish orend insert approve any method for the identification of
22low or moderate income persons for the purpose of determining
23eligibility for overnight room rentals in anybegin delete suchend deletebegin insert of thoseend insert facilities.

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SEC. 3.  

Section 30301 of the Public Resources Code is
25amended to read:

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30301.  

The commission shall consist of the followingbegin delete 15end deletebegin insert 18end insert
27 members:

28(a) The Secretary of thebegin insert Naturalend insert Resources Agency.

29(b) The Secretary of Transportation.

30(c) The Chairperson of the State Lands Commission.

31(d) Six representatives of the public from the state at large. The
32Governor, the Senate Committee on Rules, and the Speaker of the
33Assembly shall each appoint two of these members.

P3    1(e) Six representatives selected from six coastal regions. The
2Governor shall select one member from the north coast region and
3one member from the south central coast region. The Speaker of
4the Assembly shall select one member from the central coast region
5and one member from the San Diego coast region. The Senate
6Committee on Rules shall select one member from the north central
7coast region and one member from the south coast region. For
8purposes of this division, these regions are defined as follows:

9(1) The north coast region consists of the Counties of Del Norte,
10Humboldt, and Mendocino.

11(2) The north central coast region consists of the Counties of
12Sonoma and Marin and the City and County of San Francisco.

13(3) The central coast region consists of the Counties of San
14Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Monterey.

15(4) The south central coast region consists of the Counties of
16San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

17(5) The south coast region consists of the Counties of Los
18Angeles and Orange.

19(6) The San Diego coast region consists of the County of San
20Diego.

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21(f) Three representatives of, and who work directly with,
22communities in the state that are most burdened by, and vulnerable
23to, high levels of pollution and issues of environmental justice, as
24defined in subdivision (e) of Section 65040.12 of the Government
25Code, including, but not limited to, communities with diverse racial
26and ethnic populations and communities with low-income
27populations. The Governor, the Senate Committee on Rules, and
28the Speaker of the Assembly shall each appoint one of these
29members.

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