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          2616 (Burke)

          As Amended  May 31, 2016

          Majority vote

          |Committee       |Votes|Ayes                  |Noes                |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |Natural         |6-2  |Williams, Cristina    |Jones, Harper       |
          |Resources       |     |Garcia, Gomez,        |                    |
          |                |     |McCarty, Mark Stone,  |                    |
          |                |     |Wood                  |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |Appropriations  |13-6 |Gonzalez, Bloom,      |Bigelow, Chang,     |
          |                |     |Bonilla, Bonta,       |Gallagher, Jones,   |
          |                |     |Calderon, Eggman,     |Obernolte, Wagner   |
          |                |     |Eduardo Garcia,       |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |                |     |Roger HernŠndez,      |                    |
          |                |     |Holden, Quirk,        |                    |
          |                |     |Santiago, Weber, Wood |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |


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          SUMMARY:  Increases the Coastal Commission (Commission)  
          membership by three members who are required to work directly  
          with communities in the state that are most burdened by, and  
          vulnerable to, high levels of pollution and issues of  
          environmental justice.  Allows the Commission to address  
          environmental justice concerns. 

          EXISTING LAW:

          1)Pursuant to the Coastal Act, 
             a)   Establishes the Commission in the Natural Resources  
               Agency and requires the Commission to consist of 15 members  
               (3 non-voting and 12 voting).
             b)   Requires the membership of the Commission to include six  
               members of the public at large and six local government  
               representatives from six coastal regions.

             c)   Provides that the Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly,  
               and Senate Rules Committee each appoint four of the  

             d)   Requires the Governor, the Senate Committee on Rules,  
               and the Speaker of the Assembly to make good faith efforts  
               to assure that their appointments, as a whole, reflect, to  
               the greatest extent feasible, the economic, social, and  
               geographic diversity of the state.

             e)   Requires a person planning to perform or undertake any  
               development in the coastal zone to obtain a coastal  
               development permit (CDP) from the Commission or local  
               government enforcing a Local Coastal Program (LCP).

          2)Defines "environmental justice" to mean the fair treatment of  


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            people of all races, cultures, and incomes with respect to the  
            development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of  
            environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
          FISCAL EFFECT:  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, ongoing, minor annual costs of $45,000 (General Fund  
          or special fund) resulting from the increase in membership.


          1)Coastal Commission.  The Commission was established by voter  
            initiative in 1972 (Proposition 20) and later made permanent  
            by the Legislature through adoption of the California Coastal  
            Act of 1976.  In partnership with coastal cities and counties,  
            the Commission plans and regulates the use of land and water  
            in the coastal zone.  Development activities, which are  
            broadly defined by the Coastal Act to include construction of  
            buildings, divisions of land, and activities that change the  
            intensity of use of land or public access to coastal waters  
            generally require a CDP from either the Commission or the  
            local government with a certified LCP.  The Commission is an  
            independent, quasi-judicial state agency.  Currently, the  
            Commission voting members are evenly divided between local  
            governments and public at large members. 

          2)Environmental justice.  According to the Office of  
            Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, approximately 8  
            million Californians (21%) live in zip codes that are  
            considered "highly impacted" by environmental, public health,  
            and socioeconomic stressors.  Nearly half of all Californians  
            live within six miles of a facility that is a significant  
            greenhouse gas emitter (46%), and they are disproportionately  
            people of color (62%).  Throughout California, people of color  
            face a 50% higher risk of cancer from ambient concentrations  
            of air pollutants listed under the Clean Air Act.  These  
            impacts are felt by all Californians.  The Air Resources Board  
            estimates that air pollution exposure accounts for 19,000  


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            premature deaths, 280,000 cases of asthma, and 1.9 million  
            lost work days every year.

          Analysis Prepared by:                                             
          Michael Jarred / NAT. RES. / (916) 319-2092  FN: 0003334