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          SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING
                              Senator Jim Beall, Chair
                                2015 - 2016  Regular 

          Bill No:          SB 1030           Hearing Date:    3/29/2016
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          |Author:   |McGuire                                               |
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          |Version:  |2/12/2016                                             |
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          |Urgency:  |No                     |Fiscal:      |Yes             |
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          |Consultant|Erin Riches                                           |
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          SUBJECT:  Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority


            DIGEST:  This bill removes the sunset on the Sonoma County  
          Regional Climate Protection Authority (RPCA).

          ANALYSIS:
          
          AB 32, Nez and Pavley, Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006,  
          established a statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions goal for  
          2020.  AB 32 requires the state Air Resources Board (ARB) to  
          determine the 1990 statewide GHG emissions level and approve a  
          statewide GHG emissions limit equivalent to that level, to be  
          achieved by 2020. AB 32 requires ARB to, among other things,  
          prepare and approve a scoping plan to achieve the maximum  
          technologically feasible and cost-effective reduction of GHG  
          emissions by 2020, to be updated every five years.

          SB 375, Steinberg, Chapter 728, Statutes of 2008, requires ARB  
          to set regional targets for GHG emissions reductions from  
          passenger vehicle use.  It requires each of California's  
          metropolitan planning organizations to prepare a sustainable  
          communities strategy as an integral part of its regional  
          transportation plan.  This strategy must include land use,  
          housing, and transportation strategies that, if implemented,  
          would allow the region to meet its GHG emission reduction  
          targets.  

          AB 881, Huffman, Chapter 375, Statutes of 2009, established the  
          RCPA.  The RPCA is stand-alone agency, but governed by the same  







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          board as the Sonoma County Transportation Authority.  AB 881  
          authorized the RPCA to apply for funds and receive grants to  
          carry out its functions, required it to conduct meetings under  
          the Ralph M. Brown Act, and required an financial audit.  

          The RPCA coordinates with other agencies within the county to  
          implement programs and policies relating to GHG reduction goals  
          pursuant to AB 32.  These activities include, but are not  
          limited to, reduction of energy consumption; coordination and  
          implementation of energy efficiency projects; increasing  
          efficiency of water use; utilizing carbon sequestration  
          opportunities; administration of grants to local entities;  
          alternative transportation options; and measuring and  
          quantifying ongoing GHG reductions.

          AB 881 established the RPCA until December 1, 2015.  AB 693,  
          Huffman, Chapter 599, Statutes of 2012, extended the sunset  
          until December 1, 2019.  

          This bill removes the sunset on the RCPA, making it permanent.

          COMMENTS:

          1)Purpose.  The author states that the Authority makes it  
            possible for the jurisdictions of Sonoma County - including  
            small communities without large staff resources - to work  
            together to deliver a coordinated, efficient, and  
            comprehensive local response to climate change.  The ARB  
            website notes that "Many of the measures in the Scoping Plan  
            to reduce GHG emissions rely on local government actions."   
            The author points out that RPCA has helped Sonoma County match  
            state GHG reductions on nearly a 1-to-1 basis.  The 2019  
            sunset, however, is generating concerns among grant-making  
            entities; in addition, it is difficult for the RPCA to retain  
            highly qualified and capable staff without a long-term  
            guarantee.  Eliminating the statutory sunset will enable the  
            RPCA to maintain and increase its efforts to meet AB 32 goals.  
             

          2)Why is a bill needed?  The RPCA was established through  
            legislation because it is governed by the same board as the  
            Sonoma County Transportation Authority; all local  
            transportation authorities are established in statute.   
            Because the RPCA was the first of its kind to be created, the  
            Legislature placed a sunset date on it to provide an  








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            opportunity to assess its effectiveness before making it  
            permanent.    

          3)What does the RPCA do?  Climate Action 2020 and Beyond, the  
            draft climate action plan prepared by the RPCA, includes,  
            among other things, an inventory of GHG emissions by sector; a  
            strategy for reducing GHG emissions in each section to meet  
            the goal of reducing emissions to 25% of 1990 levels by 2020;  
            and action and management plans for implementing specific GHG  
            reduction measures.  The RPCA is also working with the Sonoma  
            County Transportation Authority to develop "Shift Sonoma  
            County," a strategic plan to promote a shift in both the mode  
            and fuel used for personal transportation in the county, and  
            with the Bay Area Regional Network (BayREN), a collaborative  
            that implements energy saving programs.  

          4)How is the RPCA funded?  Statute provides that the RPCA may  
            only use designated transportation funds for  
            transportation-related activities, and prohibits the RPCA from  
            using local transportation tax revenues.  It also authorizes  
            the RPCA to apply for grants.  The RPCA does not receive any  
            state appropriations.  

          5)Double-referred.  This bill has also been referred to the  
            Environmental Quality Committee.  

          FISCAL EFFECT:  Appropriation:  No    Fiscal Com.:  Yes     
          Local:  Yes


            POSITIONS:  (Communicated to the committee before noon on  
          Wednesday,
                          March 23, 2016.)
          
            SUPPORT:  

          Bay Area Regional Energy Network 
          Center for Climate Protection
          Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District
          Santa Rosa; City of
          Sebastopol; City of
          Sonoma Clean Power
          Sonoma County Water Agency
          Windsor; Town of









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          OPPOSITION:

          None received.



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