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          Date of Hearing:   June 15, 2016


                           Susan Talamantes Eggman, Chair

          1030 (McGuire) - As Introduced February 12, 2016

          SENATE VOTE:  27-8

          SUBJECT:  Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority.

          SUMMARY:  Removes the sunset date on the Sonoma County Regional  
          Climate Protection Authority (RCPA), thus making the RCPA  
          permanent.   Specifically, this bill:  

          1)Removes the existing sunset date of December 1, 2019,  
            contained in the statutes for the RCPA.

          2)Declares that no reimbursement is necessary because the only  
            costs incurred by a local agency are the result of a program  
            for which legislative authority was requested by that local  
            agency, as specified.

          EXISTING LAW:   

          1)Establishes the RCPA, and authorizes it to perform  
            coordination and implementation activities within Sonoma  


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            County to assist agencies that choose to participate in  
            meeting their greenhouse gas emission reduction goals as set  
            forth in resolutions and adopted plans.  The RCPA may also  
            develop, coordinate, and implement programs and policies to  
            comply with AB 32 and other state or federal mandates and  
            programs designed to respond to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions  
            and climate change. 

          2)Sunsets the RCPA on December 1, 2019. 

          FISCAL EFFECT:  According to the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee, pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8, negligible state costs.


          1)Bill Summary.  This bill removes the existing sunset date of  
            December 1, 2019, for the Sonoma County RCPA, and by doing so,  
            will allow RCPA to continue on permanently, with no need for  
            legislative approval.

            This bill is sponsored by the author. 

          2)Author's Statement.  According to the author, "California's  
            diversity of geography, infrastructure and natural resources  
            make it difficult to use a one size fits all approach to  
            greenhouse gas mitigation.  And, while overarching regulations  
            and guidelines are necessary, and serve the state in  
            developing targets and goals for emissions reductions,  
            greenhouse gas mitigation strategies must be implemented at  
            the local level.  Local government agencies like the RCPA have  
            the necessary knowledge to execute climate action plans  
            provided the uniqueness of varying localities.

            "The RCPA has a proven track record of achieving more  


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            ambitious goals than are required by AB 32's Scoping Plan.   
            According to the climate action strategies set forth by the  
            RCPA, Sonoma County climate action efforts will complement the  
            State's efforts to nearly a 1 to 1 match.  Their collaborative  
            approach ensures communities with limited resources are not  
            left out because of budget constraints."

          3)Background and Previous Legislation.  Existing law  
            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.  

             The RCPA, in cooperation with local agencies, elects to  
             participate, develop, coordinate, and implement activities  
             within Sonoma County to comply with local, state, and federal  
             mandates and programs designed to respond to GHG emissions  
             and climate change. In addition to the County of Sonoma, the  
             RCPA's current members include nine cities within Sonoma  
             County. Seven other local entities, including Sonoma County  
             Water Agency, Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control  
             District, Sonoma Clean Power, Sonoma County Agricultural  
             Preservation and Open Space District, Sonoma County Energy  
             Independence Program, Sonoma County Health Action, and Sonoma  
             County Solid Waste Management Authority, also serve as  
             partners to support the RCPA.


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          4)Arguments in Support.  Supporters argue that deleting the  
            sunset will enable the RCPA to work long-term on the climate  
            challenges ahead.

          5)Arguments in Opposition.  None on file.



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          Bay Area Regional Energy Network

          Center for Climate Protection


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          Cities of Cloverdale, Cotati, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol

          Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District

          Sierra Club California

          Sonoma Clean Power

          Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District

          Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

          Sonoma County Water Agency

          Town of Windsor

          The Nature Conservancy


          None on file

          Analysis Prepared by:Debbie Michel / L. GOV. / (916)  


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