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                                UNFINISHED BUSINESS 


          Bill No:  SB 355
          Author:   Lara (D), et al.
          Amended:  6/25/15  
          Vote:     21  

           SENATE NATURAL RES. & WATER COMMITTEE:  6-2, 4/14/15
           AYES:  Pavley, Allen, Hueso, Jackson, Monning, Wolk
           NOES:  Stone, Fuller
           NO VOTE RECORDED:  Hertzberg

          SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE: Senate Rule 28.8

           SENATE FLOOR:  24-12, 4/30/15
           AYES:  Allen, Beall, Block, De León, Hall, Hancock, Hernandez,  
            Hertzberg, Hill, Hueso, Jackson, Lara, Leno, Leyva, Liu,  
            McGuire, Mendoza, Mitchell, Monning, Pan, Pavley, Roth,  
            Wieckowski, Wolk
           NOES:  Anderson, Bates, Berryhill, Cannella, Fuller, Gaines,  
            Huff, Moorlach, Morrell, Nguyen, Nielsen, Stone
           NO VOTE RECORDED:  Galgiani, Runner, Vidak

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  78-0, 8/27/15 - See last page for vote

           SUBJECT:   San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and  
                     Mountains Conservancy


          SOURCE:    Author

          DIGEST:  This bill increases the San Gabriel and Lower Los  
          Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy's (Conservancys)  
          governing board to 15 voting members and nine ex officio members  
          and specifies the additional members' qualifications.  

          Assembly Amendments add one voting member from Orange County and  








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          one voting member from a city adjacent to the San Gabriel River,  
          as specified.

          ANALYSIS: 
          
          Existing law:

          1)Establishes the Conservancy, which is responsible for the  
            preservation and protection of specified lands.

          2)Requires the Conservancy to prepare a San Gabriel and Lower  
            Los Angeles Parkway and Open Space Plan, which includes  
            policies and priorities for the conservation of the San  
            Gabriel River and its watershed, the Lower Los Angeles River,  
            and the San Gabriel Mountains and identifies underused  
            existing public open spaces and recommendations for providing  
            better public use and enjoyment.

          3)Establishes the Conservancy's governing board and specifies  
            the board shall consist of 13 voting members and seven ex  
            officio members, as follows: 

             a)   Voting members:

                 i)       A member of the Los Angeles County Board of  
                   Supervisors
                 ii)      Two members of the board of directors of the San  
                   Gabriel Valley Council of Governments who must be a  
                   mayor or city council member
                 iii)     Two members of the board of directors of the  
                   Gateway Cities Council of Governments, one must be the  
                   mayor of Long Beach or a Long Beach city council member  
                   and one must be appointed by the Speaker of the  
                   Assembly
                 iv)      Two members of the Orange County Division of the  
                   League of California Cities who must be mayors or city  
                   council members
                 v)       A San Gabriel Water Association representative
                 vi)      A Central Basin Water Association representative
                 vii)     A member proposed by an environmental  
                   organization involved in restoration, open space, or  
                   river preservation activities








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                 viii)    The Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency
                 ix)      The Secretary of the California Environmental  
                   Protection Agency
                 x)       The Director of Finance

             b)   Ex officio, non-voting members (or their designees):

               i)     The District Engineer of the United States (U.S.)  
                 Army Corps of Engineers
               ii)    The Regional Forester of the Pacific Southwest  
                 Region, U.S. Forest Service
               iii)   Director of Los Angeles County Department of Public  
                 Works
               iv)    Director of Orange County Department of Public Works
               v)     A member of the San Gabriel River Watermaster
               vi)    Director of State Parks
               vii)   Executive Officer of the Wildlife Conservation Board

          This bill:

          1)Expands the Conservancy's voting board members from 13 to 15  
            and specifies the two additional members will be appointed by  
            the Governor.  Specifies that one of the new members be a  
            resident of a city bordering the San Gabriel River, and the  
            other a resident of a city bordering the Lower Los Angeles  
            River and that both meet certain additional eligibility  
            requirements.

          2)Expands the Conservancy's ex officio board members from seven  
            to nine. Requires the additional members to be: 

             a)   A member of the Senate, appointed by the Senate  
               Committee on Rules.
             b)   A member of the Assembly, appointed by the Speaker of  
               the Assembly.

          Background
          
          History of the Conservancy.  The Conservancy was created by the  
          California Legislature in 1999.  It is one of 10 conservancies  
          within the California Resources Agency.  The Conservancy's  
          mission is to preserve open space and habitat in order to  








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          provide for low-impact recreation and educational uses, wildlife  
          habitat restoration and protection, and watershed improvements  
          within its jurisdiction.  The territory of the Conservancy  
          includes the watersheds for the San Gabriel River and the lower  
          Los Angeles River, along with portions of the Santa Clara River  
          and the lower Santa Ana River.  According to the Conservancy's  
          Web-page it has received funding from Proposition 12 (2000),  
          Proposition 13 (2000), Proposition 40 (2002), Proposition 50  
          (2002) and Proposition 84 (2006) in addition to the recently  
          passed Proposition 1 (2014).  Several of these bonds contained  
          specified funding for the Conservancy [Proposition 84 ($36  
          million), Proposition 50 ($20 million), Proposition 40 ($40  
          million) and Proposition 12, which predated the establishment of  
          the Conservancy, provided $25 million for the Los Angeles and  
          San Gabriel River watersheds].  Additionally, Proposition 1 and  
          the earlier bonds also include programs which the Conservancy  
          would be eligible to receive funding from, such as urban river  
          restoration, among others.

          Legislative representation to Conservancies.  Six of the state's  
          conservancies have no requirements for members of the Senate or  
          Assembly to participate on their respective governing boards.   
          The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy's governing board  
          includes two nonvoting members who are a Senator and Assembly  
          Member whose districts include a portion of the Delta.  The  
          statutes governing the State Coastal Conservancy and the Santa  
          Monica Mountains Conservancy also provide for three Senators and  
          three Assembly Members to participate in their governance.

          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:YesLocal:   No


          According to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, this bill  
          has minor, absorbable state costs.


          SUPPORT:   (Verified8/28/15)


          Aja Brown, Mayor, City of Compton
          City of Bell








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          City of Cudahy
          Orange County Water District
          City of Paramount
          City of South Gate
          City of Vernon


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified8/28/15)


          Anaheim Chamber of Commerce
          City of Fountain Valley


          ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT:     According to the author, "The recently  
          approved state water bond provides millions of dollars in  
          funding opportunities for the revitalization of the Lower Los  
          Angeles River watershed, including parks and open space along  
          the river.  Many of those funds, including a $30 million direct  
          allocation for watershed improvements, and a share of $100  
          million for urban creek restoration, will be allocated through  
          the Conservancy. Opportunities for improvements to the Lower Los  
          Angeles River directly impact the communities that border the  
          river.  It is vital that the conservancy board include  
          representation from the cities that border the river, to provide  
          a local perspective on plans and developments.  Adding state  
          elected officials as non-voting board members in an advisory  
          capacity has proven successful at other state conservancies."


          ARGUMENTS IN OPPOSITION:     Opponents object to a reduction in  
          Orange County's voting representation on the RMC Board.  (All  
          opposition letters appear to reference an earlier version of the  
          bill as the bill now leaves intact Orange County representation  
          on the RMC Board.)

          ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  78-0, 8/27/15
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Baker, Bigelow, Bloom,  
            Bonilla, Bonta, Brough, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chang,  
            Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle,  
            Dodd, Eggman, Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo  
            Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Grove,  








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            Hadley, Harper, Roger Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones,  
            Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low,  
            Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin,  
            Nazarian, Obernolte, O'Donnell, Olsen, Patterson, Perea,  
            Quirk, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago,  
            Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber,  
            Wilk, Williams, Wood, Atkins
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Daly, Frazier


          Prepared by:Katharine Moore / N.R. & W. / (916) 651-4116
          8/28/15 16:58:01


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