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                                   THIRD READING 


          Bill No:  SB 1030
          Author:   McGuire (D), et al.
          Introduced:2/12/16  
          Vote:     21 

           SENATE TRANS. & HOUSING COMMITTEE:  8-2, 3/29/16
           AYES:  Beall, Cannella, Allen, Galgiani, Leyva, McGuire,  
            Mendoza, Roth
           NOES:  Bates, Gaines
           NO VOTE RECORDED:  Wieckowski

           SENATE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY COMMITTEE:  5-2, 4/20/16
           AYES:  Wieckowski, Hill, Jackson, Leno, Pavley
           NOES:  Gaines, Bates

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE:  Senate Rule 28.8

           SUBJECT:   Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority


          SOURCE:    Author


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


          ANALYSIS:  

          Existing law:

          1)Establishes, pursuant to AB 32 (Nez and Pavley, Chapter 488,  
            Statutes of 2006), a statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions  








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            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.

          2)Requires, pursuant to SB 375 (Steinberg, Chapter 728, Statutes  
            of 2008), ARB to set regional targets for GHG emissions  
            reductions from passenger vehicle use.  SB 375 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.  

          3)Establishes, pursuant to AB 881 (Huffman, Chapter 375,  
            Statutes of 2009), the RCPA.  The RCPA is a stand-alone  
            agency, but governed by the same board as the Sonoma County  
            Transportation Authority.  AB 881 authorized the RCPA 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 a financial audit.  The RCPA coordinates with  
            other agencies within the county to implement programs and  
            policies relating to GHG reduction goals pursuant to AB 32.   
            AB 881 established the RCPA 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 RCPA 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 web site notes that "Many  
            of the measures in the Scoping Plan to reduce GHG emissions  
            rely on local government actions."  RCPA has helped Sonoma  
            County match state GHG reductions on nearly a 1-to-1 basis.   







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            The 2019 sunset, however, is generating concerns among  
            grant-making entities; in addition, it is difficult for the  
            RCPA to retain highly qualified and capable staff without a  
            long-term guarantee.    

          2)What does the RCPA do?  The draft climate action plan prepared  
            by the RCPA 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 RCPA 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, a collaborative that implements energy saving  
            programs.  

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

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


          SUPPORT:   (Verified5/2/16)


          Bay Area Regional Energy Network 
          Center for Climate Protection
          Cloverdale, City of 
          Cotati, City of
          Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District
          Petaluma, City of
          Santa Rosa; City of
          Sebastopol; City of
          Sierra Club
          Sonoma Clean Power
          Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District
          Sonoma County Board of Supervisors







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          Sonoma County Water Agency
          The Nature Conservancy
          Windsor; Town of

          OPPOSITION:   (Verified5/2/16)

          None received


          Prepared by:  Erin Riches / T. & H. / (916) 651-4121
          5/4/16 14:58:00


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