Senate BillNo. 355


Introduced by Senator Lara

(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Rendon)

February 24, 2015


An act to amend Section 32605 of the Public Resources Code, relating to the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 355, as introduced, Lara. San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy.

Existing law establishes the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, which is responsible for the preservation and protection of specified lands within the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains area, as defined. Existing law prescribes the duties of the conservancy, and requires that it be comprised of 13 voting members and 7 nonvoting members, as specified. Existing law requires that the voting members include, among other members, 2 members of the Orange County Division of the League of California Cities, both of whom shall be a mayor or city council member of a city bordering the San Gabriel River or tributary thereof.

This bill would instead require that only one member of the Orange County Division of the League of California Cities be a voting member, and would require that a resident of a city bordering the Lower Los Angeles River, appointed by the Senator Committee on Rules, be a voting member. The bill would also increase the number of nonvoting members to 9, and would require that one Member of the Senate, appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, and one Member of the Assembly, appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, serve as those nonvoting members. The bill would require that those legislators serving as nonvoting members represent a district that is at least partially contained within the territory of the conservancy and participate in activities of the conservancy only to the extent that participation is compatible with his or her duties as a legislator.

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 32605 of the Public Resources Code is
2amended to read:

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32605.  

The board shall consist of 13 voting members andbegin delete sevenend delete
4begin insert nineend insert nonvoting members, as follows:

5(a) The 13 voting members of the board shall consist of all of
6the following:

7(1) One member of the Board of Supervisors of the County of
8Los Angeles, or his or her designee, who represents the area or a
9portion thereof contained within the territory of the conservancy,
10appointed by the Governor.

11(2) Two members of the board of directors of the San Gabriel
12Valley Council of Governments, one of whom shall be a mayor
13or city council member of a city bordering along the San Gabriel
14River, and one of whom shall be a mayor or city council member
15of a city bordering the San Gabriel Mountains area. One member
16shall be appointed by a majority of the membership of that board
17of directors, and one member shall be appointed by the Senate
18Committee on Rules from a list of two or more potential members
19submitted by the board of directors. If the San Gabriel Valley
20Council of Governments fails to provide to the Senate Committee
21on Rules a list of two or more potential members, at least 30 days
22prior to the date a current member’s term of office expires, the
23Senate Committee on Rules may appoint a mayor or city council
24member of a city bordering along the San Gabriel River or the San
25Gabriel Mountains, or a member of the public who resides within
26the territory of the conservancy.

27(3) Two members of the board of directors of the Gateway Cities
28Council of Governments, one of whom shall be the mayor of the
29City of Long Beach or a city council member of the City of Long
30Beach appointed by the mayor, and one of whom shall be appointed
31by the Speaker of the Assembly from a list of two or more potential
P3    1members submitted by the executive committee of the board of
2directors of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments. The
3executive committee shall submit lists of potential members to the
4Speaker of the Assembly until an acceptable member is appointed.

5(4) begin deleteTwo members end deletebegin insertOne member end insertof the Orange County Division
6of the League of California Cities,begin delete both of whomend deletebegin insert whoend insert shall be a
7mayor or city council member of a city bordering along the San
8Gabriel River or a tributary thereof.begin delete One member shall be appointed
9by a majority of the membership of the city selection committee
10of Orange County, and oneend delete
begin insert Theend insert member shall be appointed by the
11Governor from a list of two or more potential members submitted
12by the city selection committee.

13(5) One member shall be a representative of a member of the
14San Gabriel Valley Water Association appointed by a majority of
15the membership of the board of directors of the San Gabriel Valley
16Water Association.

17(6) One member shall be a representative of the Central Basin
18Water Association appointed by a majority of the membership of
19the board of directors of the Central Basin Water Association.

20(7) One member shall be a resident of Los Angeles County
21appointed by the Governor from a list of potential members
22submitted by local, state, and national environmental organizations
23that operate within the County of Los Angeles and within the
24territory of the conservancy and that have participated in planning
25for river restoration or open space, or both, or river preservation.

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26(8) One member, who is a resident of a city bordering the Lower
27Los Angeles River, appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules.

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28(8)

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29begin insert(9)end insert The Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, or his or
30her designee.

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31(9)

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32begin insert(10)end insert The Secretary for Environmental Protection, or his or her
33designee.

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34(10)

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35begin insert(11)end insert The Director of Finance, or his or her designee.

36(b)begin deleteend deletebegin deleteThe sevenend deletebegin insert(1)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertSeven of theend insert ex officio, nonvoting members
37shall consist of the following officers or an employee of each
38agency designated annually by that officer to represent the office
39or agency:

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40(1)

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P4    1begin insert(A)end insert The District Engineer of the United States Army Corps of
2Engineers.

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3(2)

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4begin insert(B)end insert The Regional Forester for the Pacific Southwest Region of
5the United States Forest Service.

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6(3)

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7begin insert(C)end insert The Director of the Los Angeles County Department of
8Public Works.

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9(4)

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10begin insert(D)end insert The Director of the Orange County Public Facility and
11Resource Department.

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12(5)

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13begin insert(E)end insert A member of the San Gabriel River Watermaster, appointed
14by a majority of the members of the San Gabriel River
15Watermaster.

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16(6)

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17begin insert(F)end insert The Director of Parks and Recreation.

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18(7)

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19begin insert(G)end insert The Executive Officer of the Wildlife Conservation Board.

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20(2) Two of the nonvoting member shall be the following:

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21(A) One Member of the Senate, appointed by the Senate
22Committee on Rules, whose Senate district is at least partially
23contained within the territory of the conservancy.

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24(B) One Member of the Assembly, appointed by the Speaker of
25the Assembly, whose Assembly district is at least partially
26contained within the territory of the conservancy.

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27(C) A member appointed pursuant to this paragraph shall meet
28with the conservancy and participate in its activities to the extent
29that participation is compatible with his or her duties as a Member
30of the Legislator.

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