Friday, August 22, 2014   The CSAC Bulletin
CalPERS Adopts Regulations Defining Pensionable Compensation
The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration (Board) this week approved regulations defining "pensionable compensation" for new public employees hired on or after January 1, 2013.

The Public Employees Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) defined pensionable compensation for new public retirement system members and provides that compensation which may be counted toward the calculation of pension benefits must meet the following four criteria:
  • must be part of the normal monthly rate of pay or base pay
  • must be paid in cash to similarly situated members of the same group or class of employment
  • must be for services rendered during normal business hours
  • must be paid pursuant to publicly available pay schedules.
Among other items, PEPRA prohibited bonuses, uniform allowances, overtime allowance or reimbursement for housing and vehicles as well as any ad-hoc or one-time payments from inclusion. 

For the purpose of clarifying its interpretation of what is considered pensionable compensation for new members after the passage of PEPRA, CalPERS drafted a regulation that was released for public comment in May 2014. Numerous comments were received, most of which expressed concern with the inclusion of "temporary upgrade pay," originally considered an "ad-hoc" type payment and therefore excluded from the pensionable compensation regulation. For "classic members" (those hired before January 1, 2013), temporary upgrade pay is defined as compensation to employees who are required by their employer or governing board or body to work in an upgraded position or classification of limited duration. After extensive review, CalPERS staff determined it more appropriately represented the normal monthly rate of pay for services rendered and should be included in the list of pensionable compensation items.

Governor Jerry Brown has expressed strong opposition to the inclusion of the temporary upgrade pay as a pensionable compensation item, and had urged the Board to remove it from the list. His aides are apparently meeting today to discuss possible responses to what the Governor considers the watering-down of PEPRA. The Administration has the option of suing CalPERS or calling a special session of the Legislature to approve a new pension bill. CSAC will keep counties apprised of any associated updates.





Former Sacramento County Supervisor Grantland Johnson Passes
Former Sacramento County Supervisors Grantland Johnson is being remembered as a trailblazing politician, a man of great intellect and political savvy, and also as a man who valued service over ego in his own life and among his colleagues and associates. He died this week of complications from diabetes at age 65.

Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna was with Johnson during his last days. "Grantland Johnson rightfully reminded all of us that the most important aspect of what we do as county supervisors is that we help the young, old, sick and the poor," said Serna. "He was my mentor and friend, and any time I find myself in a public policy debate, I will continue to ask myself: 'What would Grantland do?' "

Grantland Johnson served as a Sacramento City Councilman and County Supervisor. He was tapped by the Clinton Administration to serve as a Regional Director for the Department of Health and Human Services and later by then-Governor Gray Davis to be the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency. His career is detailed in The Sacramento Bee.

While his accomplishments are many, he will also be remembered for his humanity. CSAC’s Kelly Brooks-Lindsay worked with him closely for several years. She wrote a remembrance of Grantland Johnson for the CSAC Blog and we are pleased to repeat that item here.

Remembering Grantland Jonson
by Kelly Brooks Lindsey

I am deeply saddened by the news that Grantland Johnson has died.

My first introduction to state government and politics came from two former Sacramento County supervisors: Sandy Smoley and Grantland Johnson. At the time, I had no idea I would eventually end up at CSAC.

I met Grantland in January of 1999 as an Executive Fellow at the California Health and Human Services Agency. He had just been appointed by Governor Davis as the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency. I came to know him as Grantland – not as Mr. Secretary or Mr. Johnson. For all of the titles he held in his career, he was an unpretentious, gentle man at his core.

Governor Davis was notoriously slow to make appointments; Grantland’s staff at the Agency was lean for many months. Without his own staff in place, Grantland gave me my first taste of politics – often bringing me with him to high level meetings with members of the Legislature and with the Governor’s Office. The meetings left an impression on me – in how he anchored himself to a set of core issues and how he navigated difficult political issues at a time he was still learning how to be a spokesperson for a governor he barely knew. He let me see what life was like for an agency secretary.

Grantland was incredibly accessible to staff and loved mentoring young people. He would often stop in my cubicle to chat – about anything and everything – child welfare policy, movies, music. He enjoyed laughing just as much as he enjoyed talking about policy and pending legislation. I saw first hand how his experiences as a county supervisor and federal Region IX director shaped his views about many of the state programs.

I am forever grateful for the opportunities Grantland afforded me as a young staffer. His commitment to social justice and improving health status for Californians left an indelible mark on my career. Grantland surrounded himself with smart, savvy and diverse policy wonks. He trusted me enough to keep me on as staff after the fellowship ended and allowed me to grow into legislative and policy analysis. Much of the work I did for Grantland – and the lessons I learned – shapes how I approach policy and politics today.

I know many throughout county, state and federal governments join me today in grieving the loss of a thoughtful leader and mentor. Go in peace, my friend.
Counties Make Progress on Waste to Energy Bill
This week, the Legislature approved a CSAC/ LA County co-sponsored measure, SB 498 by Senator Ricardo Lara that would pave the way for the use of Conversion Technology (CT) facilities in California. SB 498 is on its way to the Governor for his consideration.

Conversion technologies have been used for over 25 years as a valuable tool for diverting waste from landfills by converting it into domestic, non-fossil fuel, and renewable energy through biological, thermal or chemical processes.

Californians create nearly 2,900 pounds of household garbage and industrial waste each and every second; a total of 85.2 million tons of waste in 2005, according to the Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery. As we strive to meet strict air quality, climate change and renewable energy goals in the state, continuing to landfill certain materials that have higher and better uses is simply wasteful.

SB 498 is the continuation of an effort from last year to advance the use of conversion technology facilities for the use of organic materials, or biomass. This bill would take a modest step in advancing the use of CTs by adding them to the definition of biomass in statute. Current law defines "biomass conversion" as the controlled combustion of organic materials--such as wood, lawn and garden clippings, and agricultural waste --when separated from other solid waste and used for producing electricity or heat.

This bill would simply include CTs in the biomass definition, allowing for cleaner and more efficient technologies to be used in the biomass process and affording these technologies the same incentives provided to traditional biomass combustion facilities. SB 498 also includes oversight of these facilities ensuring that the appropriate feedstock is utilized.

SB 498 provides CTs facilities with a more clearly defined permitting pathway, and provides counties with additional tools to help manage the waste stream. 


Report Advocates for Improvements to Mail Ballot Laws
Allowing Election Day postmarks, notifying voters when their ballots can’t be counted, and increasing state funding for elections would all improve California’s vote-by-mail process, according to a new report from the California Voter Foundation.

The report, called Improving California’s Vote-by-Mail Process, was released following a four-election study of Orange, Sacramento, and Santa Cruz Counties. It found that 99 percent of mailed ballots that weren’t counted were due to one of three factors. The most common reason was ballots arriving after Election Day (61 percent), followed by ballot envelopes lacking a signature (20 percent) and signatures not matching the one on file (18 percent).

Allowing voters to permanently opt-in to voting by mail was mandated by the state in the early part of last decade. However, the Legislature more recently balked at the $20 million per year cost and suspended the mandate, making it optional for counties to provide the service.

In addition to the recommendations above, the report urges improved standards for signature verification, enhanced early-voting options, use of barcodes to improve tracking, and expanded voter education efforts.

For the full report, including a complete list of its recommendations, visit the California Voter Foundation’s website at www.calvoter.org.
Juvenile Offender Rehabilitative Facilities Construction Program

SB 81 Round Two Draft RFP Released; Final RFP Expected September 12

The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) has released a draft request for proposals associated with the juvenile rehabilitative facilities construction program first authorized in SB 81 (2007). Thirteen projects have already been awarded conditional financing under the first round of SB 81 funding, but nearly $80 million remains in state-funded lease revenue bond financing for the acquisition, design, renovation, or construction of juvenile facilities in California.

The draft RFP, available here, details key events, technical requirements, evaluation factors, and other considerations. A final RFP, expected to be issued on September 12, likely will contain some revisions to the draft released earlier based on public comment.

A bidders’ conference is scheduled for the afternoon of October 14 at BSCC’s headquarters in Sacramento. Preregistration is required.

The final deadline for proposals is expected to be 5 p.m. on December 19. CSAC will continue to provide updates on this process. Counties are urged to attend the bidders’ conference and all public meetings associated with the BSCC application process.

Take Advantage of Early-Bird Conference Registration Rates


With the CSAC Annual Meeting just three months away, now’s the time to register for the conference. If you register by September 26, you will receive an additional $50.00 off regular advance registration rates. Registering early will also provide you with the opportunity to ensure you are able to reserve a room at the host hotel at the CSAC rate.

CSAC’s 120th Annual Meeting is set for November 18-21 at the Disneyland Hotel in Orange County. The theme of this year’s conference is “Celebrating innovation,” with a particular emphasis on prevention and early intervention. A substantive agenda featuring keynote speakers, workshops and meetings is on tap, as well as CSAC’s 3rd Annual Innovation Summit, New Supervisors Institute and popular Exhibit Hall.

To review the conference’s electronic brochure, click here.
To learn more about the meeting, click here.
To register online, click here
Counties Encouraged to Join the “Manage Your Money Week” Campaign

State Controller John Chiang is inviting counties to partner with him to promote financial literacy by joining the “Manage Your Money Week” coalition, slated for the week of October 18. Counties, organizations, and individuals are welcome to join in the effort to connect consumers with money management resources in their communities.

In doing so, the Controller hopes to build and strengthen relationships between organizations that share the goal of increasing financial literacy and help all Californians make good financial decisions. The “Manage Your Money Week” project was created by the Controller’s Financial Literacy Advisory Committee, which is tasked with developing strategies to improve financial literacy. The Committee is composed of leaders in financial education and finance from both the non-profit and private sectors, and this first project to raise public awareness about the financial education organizations and resources available in communities is modeled after the Chicago Federal Reserve’s Money Smart Week, which is now held in 13 states.

By becoming a partner, counties can showcase their local services and resources through the MYMW website, network and strengthen relationships with the public and private sectors, and learn about the unique financial needs and challenges of their communities.

CSAC encourages counties to join the effort by becoming an official partner and publicizing “Manage Your Money Week” activities in their communities. For more information and to become a partner, visit http://www.sco.ca.gov/eo_what_is_mymw.html.

CSAC Premier Partner Spotlight: Hanson Bridgett
In this month's Premier Spotlight, we take time to highlight one of our Premier Partners, Hanson Bridgett.

Founded in 1958, Hanson Bridgett has more than 150 attorneys located in offices in San Francisco, the North Bay, Sacramento and the East Bay. Their diverse client list includes large national and global companies as well as many governmental entities, regional businesses and individuals.

Hanson Bridgett's practices encompass traditional areas of law, such as public sector law, general business and corporate law, litigation, estate planning and administration, as well as major practice groups that focus on government representation, sustainable business, health care, senior housing and care, real estate, construction, intellectual property, and labor and employment. These areas are supplemented by refined expertise in such specialized and diverse fields as eminent domain, product liability, transportation, environmental law, and insurance coverage. 

The firm is driven by a commitment to diversity, charitable giving, pro-bono legal work and hands-on service. More information on Hanson Bridgett can be found at www.hansonbridgett.com.

Contact:
Paul Mello, Partner
1676 No. California Blvd., Suite 620
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 746-8480
pmello@hansonbridgett.com






County Volunteers Needed for State Advisory Posts
The California State Controller, and the President pro Tempore of the State Senate are both looking for County representatives on two different financial-related committees.
 
State Controller’s Advisory Committee

The State Controller’s Office is seeking volunteers to serve on the Advisory Committee on County Accounting Procedures. Currently, there is a vacancy for a county supervisor.

The Controller prescribes uniform accounting procedures for California counties after consultation with and approval by the Advisory Committee on County Accounting Procedures (the Committee). Material relative to county accounting and budgeting procedures is submitted for the Committee’s review and approval by the State Association of County Auditors (SACA) Accounting Standards and Procedures Committee after it has been researched, vetted and recommended through the cooperative efforts of the Policy and Interpretation Committee together with the State Controller’s County Policy staff.

The Committee meets once or twice per year and includes representatives from the county administrative officers and county auditor-controllers.

Tax Credit Allocation Committee

The Senate President Pro Tempore’s office seeks volunteers to serve on the Tax Credit Allocation Committee as a county representative. The Tax Credit Allocation Committee is responsible for administering the entitlement allocations process for qualified mortgage bonds under the federal Mortgage Subsidy Bond Tax Act of 1980, the mortgage credit certificates under the Tax Reform Act of 1984, and the federal low-income housing tax credits program under the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

The Committee meets 8-10 times annually, most in Sacramento, and includes representatives from the State Treasurer, Department of Finance, State Controller, Senate Rules Committee, Speaker of the Assembly, Department of Housing and Community Development, and the California Housing Finance Agency.

Current Job Openings
Job Seekers:
For a full list of job openings posted with CSAC, visit our Public Sector Jobs Page on our website.

Employers:
Find out how you can post recruitment notices with CSAC here.



Humboldt County
COUNTY COUNSEL

Lassen County
ASSISTANT AUDITOR

Marin County
SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER

Sacramento County
COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER MANAGEMENT ANALYST

Sacramento County
MANAGEMENT ANALYST -- CRIMINAL JUSTICE 

San Joaquin County
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

San Joaquin County
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PURCHASING AND SUPPORT SERVICES

Stanislaus County
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS

Yolo County
ASSISTANT CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Yuba County
DIRECTOR OF NURSES

Administration of Justice

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Howard Espinosa at (916) 650-8131.



Human Trafficking

SB 473 (Block) - Support
Enrolled on August 13, 2014


SB 473, by Senator Marty Block, would add human trafficking to the list of crimes used to establish criminal gang activity. The measure is sponsored by the counties of San Diego, Los Angeles and Alameda, which have experienced quite acutely the problems that flow from sexual exploitation of vulnerable populations. Three of the top ten highest trafficking areas in the nation are located in California: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the San Diego metropolitan areas. SB 473 would give law enforcement and prosecutors another tool to curb this growing problem by enhancing the penalties associated with human trafficking tied to criminal street gang activities.

CSAC supports SB 473, which is enrolled and awaiting the Governor's action.

Split Sentencing

Judicial Council Releases Draft Rule of Court on Presumption

The Judicial Council’s Criminal Law Advisory Committee has released proposed amendments to rules 4.411 and 4.411.5 of the California Rules of Court and adoption of a new rule to govern the imposition of mandatory supervision under Penal Code section 1170(h)(5). The new and revised rules of court were necessitated by from the enactment of a presumption of a split sentence included in this year’s public safety trailer bill (AB 1468). The advisory committee proposal includes criteria for court consideration and contents and requirements for related probation reports. The rules must be adopted by January 1, 2015; deadline for comments is 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 19, 2014. See this memo for additional details on the proposal; instructions on how to submit comments can be found here. CSAC strongly encourages counties and other interested parties to provide input on this important rule.

2014-15 Budget Trailer Bills

Counties should be aware that several budget trailer bills are before the Legislature to clarify and correct certain provisions of the 2014-15 budget. A few with provisions relevant to public safety / justice budget items are highlighted below:

AB 1476 (Assembly Budget Committee) makes a variety of changes to the 2014-15 Budget Act (SB 852), including the following adjustments or corrections to justice-related budget items of interest.
  • Deletes from the Office of Planning and Research (OPR) a $5 million appropriation associated with social innovation bonds. (This item is restored and redirected to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) in AB 1479.)
  • Clarifies that the $11.3 million appropriated to the BSCC is to be directed to probation departments for express purpose of addressing the limited-term increase in post-release community supervision population resulting from the increased credit earning required in the February 2014 three-judge panel order.
  • Appropriates $27 million from the Judicial Branch’s Immediate and Critical Needs Account for preliminary plans and working drawings for the New Sacramento Court House.

AB 1479 (Assembly Budget Committee) – Public Safety Trailer Bill Clean-up
  • Appropriates $5 million to the BSCC for the social innovation financing program (redirected from OPR, as noted above). As detailed in last week’s Bulletin, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins’ measure, AB 1837, is the accompanying legislative vehicle to establish the social innovation program.
  • Makes technical changes to parole hearing notification process (by authorizing regular rather than certified mail notification in certain instances)

AB 1481 (Assembly Budget Committee) – Jail Construction Bond Clean-Up
  • Eliminates duplicative language authorizing an additional $500 million in state lease-revenue bond capacity for local jail rehabilitative facilities. SB 863 remains the stand-alone measure that codifies these provisions. (AB 1481 strips unnecessary language from AB 1468, the previously enacted public safety trailer bill.)
Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources

For more information, contact Karen Keene at 916.650.8181, or Cara Martinson at 916.650.8113.


Groundwater

AB 1739 (Dickinson) – Pending
As Proposed to be Amended

SB 1168 (Pavley) – Pending
As Proposed to be Amended


The groundwater legislation, AB 1739, by Assembly Member Roger Dickinson, and SB 1168 were recently amended to address separate components of a comprehensive statutory groundwater management framework aimed at achieving sustainable groundwater management across the state. Although both bills include amendments that address several of our priority issues, CSAC along with RCRC continue work towards additional amendments and we are hopeful of seeing those amendments in the new language soon.

Our concerns generally focus on the broad authority provided to groundwater sustainability agencies, and the potential for conflict between groundwater sustainability plans and county land use authority. It is our understanding that these concerns will be addressed which will allow CSAC and RCRC to remove our opposition and take a neutral position on the bills.

To see the most recent copy of our letter, and our requested amendments, visit the CSAC website. AB 1739 is currently on the Senate Floor and is joined to AB 1168 which is currently on the Assembly Floor.

Energy

AB 2145 (Bradford) – Oppose
Proposed to be Amended

AB 2145, by Assembly Member Bradford, would establish new limitations on the ability of communities to adopt Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs. CSAC had learned of the author’s intention to amend the bill and include language that would have further limited a CCA’s ability to form, removing the section that allowed for three contiguous counties to form a CCA. It is our understanding that this amendment was not taken. However, we are waiting to review language once it is in print. The bill is currently on the Senate Floor.

Solid Waste

SB 498 (Lara) – Support
To Enrollment

SB 498, by Senator Ricardo Lara, is the CSAC/ LA County co-sponsored measure on conversion technology. The bill passed off the Senate and Assembly Floors this week and is awaiting consideration by the Governor. As you may recall, this bill would expand the biomass definition to include non-combustion thermal conversion technology facilities that utilize biomass feedstock and makes them eligible for the same incentives and regulatory certainty provided to traditional combustion facilities. In addition, SB 498 allows biomass facilities to produce fuels in addition to electricity and includes reporting requirements for all biomass facilities.

CSAC Agriculture, Environment & Natural Resources Policy Committee Meeting

Please save the date of Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. for the next meeting of the CSAC AENR Policy Committee. The meeting will take place via conference call and will be dedicated to a discussion of Proposition 1: The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. The Committee will be making a recommendation on a position to the CSAC Board of Directors who will consider the measure at their September 4th meeting in Sacramento. For an agenda, CSAC water bond principles, and additional information and analysis about the bond, please RSVP to cmartinson@counties.org.

Housing, Land Use and Transportation
For more information, please contact Kiana Buss at 916.650.8185, or Chris Lee at 916.650.8180.
Land Use

AB 1147 (Bonilla) – Support
As amended on August 20, 2014


AB 1147, by Assembly Members Susan Bonilla, Jimmy Gomez, and Chris Holden, would recast the California Massage Therapy Council and restore the ability of local governments to regulate massage therapy businesses in local communities. Specifically, the measure we change the composition of the Council’s board to include, in addition to existing representatives from CSAC and the League of Cities, a representative of the California Police Chiefs Association, a representative of an “anti-human trafficking” organization, and a local or state public health official, among others. Importantly to counties, the bill restores local land use authority to regulate massage businesses and provides that cities and counties can adopt and enforce local ordinances governing zoning, business licensing, or reasonable health and safety requirements for massage establishments.

CSAC supports AB 1147 because it ensures that the California Massage Therapy Council prioritizes public safety over its other functions and restores the ability of local government to impose reasonable regulations on the massage industry. These provisions should prove helpful in local efforts to eradicate illicit massage establishments.

AB 1147 is on the Senate Floor.

Transportation

AB 1720 (Bloom) – Request for Signature
Enrolled on August 13, 2014


AB 1720, by Assembly Member Richard Bloom, would extend by one year the exemption in current law that allows transit buses to operate over state weight limits, until January 1, 2016. Further, transit agencies would be able to continue to procure overweight transit buses under specified circumstances until January 1, 2016. This bill was a negotiated solution with the California Transit Association, CSAC and other transportation stakeholders. The extension is necessary to allow the completion of a national study of issues surrounding overweight transit buses, the findings of which will be critical in the development of a permanent and cost-effective solution to this issue.

The Assembly concurred in the Senate amendments to AB 1720, and it was enrolled on August 13. CSAC is requesting the Governor’s signature on the measure.

SB 1151 (Cannella) – Request for Signature
Enrolled August 20, 2014

SB 1151, by Senator Anthony Cannella, would impose an additional thirty-five dollar fine on specified violations within zones posted with school warning signs and signs indicating increased fines. The additional fine revenue from these violations would be allocated to the Active Transportation Program for the purpose of school zone safety projects. Counties, along with cities and public schools and districts, are eligible recipients of Active Transportation Program grant funds to improve safety around schools and promote alternative transportation options.

The Senate concurred in Assembly amendments to SB 1151 and it was enrolled on August 20. CSAC is requesting the Governor’s signature on the measure.

SB 1183 (DeSaulnier) – Request for Signature
Enrolled August 21, 2014

SB 1183, by Senator Mark DeSaulnier, would allow until 2025 a city, county, or regional parks district to propose to the voters the imposition of a surcharge of up to five dollars on each vehicle registration to fund the construction or maintenance of paved or natural surface bikeways or trails, as well as bicycle parking infrastructure. The bill would provide a new tool to fund off-road bike paths, which currently lack a stable funding source.

CSAC will request the Governor’s signature on the bill, as it provides a potential funding source for several types of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure that are vital to creating a complete multi-modal network, but which occasionally have proven difficult to fund and maintain under existing revenue sources.

The Senate concurred in Assembly amendments to SB 1183 and it was enrolled on August 21.

Government Finance and Operations
For more information, please contact Jean Kinney Hurst at 916.650.8133 or Geoff Neill at 916.650.8115.
Chaptered Bills

AB 2028 (Mullin/Hill) – Support
Chapter No. 209, Statutes of 2014


AB 2028, by Assembly Member Kevin Mullin, authorizes San Mateo County to conduct special elections entirely by mail. This approach provides an opportunity to improve voter participation and save money.

Special elections have embarrassingly low voter turnout. The 2013 special elections were particularly poor in turnout, with turnout rates in single digits in some of the later elections.

Special elections are also costly, especially when they cannot be consolidated with other elections. County election officials conduct these elections in the same way as other statewide elections, with the parallel process of polling places and poll workers run alongside the increasingly popular mail ballots.

CSAC is very interested in exploring new approaches to elections that will result in lower costs to counties and improved voter participation. AB 2028 promises progress on both.

The Governor signed AB 2028 and its provisions become law on January 1.

Taxes

SB 69 (Roth) – Support
As Amended on June 16, 2014


SB 69, by Senator Richard Roth, would provide a “Vehicle License Fee Adjustment Amount” for newly incorporated cities, providing immediate financial assistance to the four newly incorporated cities in Riverside County.

The Assembly passed SB 69 on Wednesday, and the Senate followed suit on Thursday. The bill now goes to the Governor.

Broadband

AB 2292 (Bonta) – Support
As Amended on June 11, 2014


AB 2292, by Assembly Member Rob Bonta, would allow infrastructure financing districts to finance public capital facilities or projects that include broadband.

The Assembly passed AB 2292 on Monday, 66-11. The bill now goes to the Governor.

Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFDs)

The Governor and legislative leaders have reached a compromise on a key component of the Governor’s budget proposal. We expect that language to create Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFDs) will be amended into a bill and heard next week. Counties will recall that the Governor had proposed the concept of EIFDs in his January budget proposal and May Revision, building on the existing infrastructure financing statutes. IFDs, like redevelopment agencies (RDAs), are financing tools that rely on tax increment financing. Unlike redevelopment, they cannot utilize schools’ property tax shares and require the consent of any other taxing entities before their property taxes can be diverted. An IFD can therefore use the tax increment of only some—or even one—of the local taxing entities.

The proposed EIFDs are available to finance transit priority projects, infill, affordable housing, military base reuse, and environmental mitigation. While the proposed bill does not include a voter requirement for formation of the EIFD, if the EIFD issues bonds, voters within the district must approve by at least 55%.

While the vehicle has not yet been identified, we anticipate that the bill will be heard early next week in order to be approved before the Legislature adjourns for the year on August 31. CSAC has previously taken a “support” position on the
Health and Human Services
Covered California Plans to Offer Expanded Children’s Dental Services and New Coverage for Adults in 2015

In 2015, Covered California will include pediatric dental benefits for members younger than 19 with an individual health plan. In addition to the pediatric dental benefits, Covered California will also offer new family dental plans to consumers who enroll in health coverage in 2015.

The new family dental plans, which include dental HMO and PPO plans, are intended to offer affordable dental coverage to adults, which was not available in 2014. Families are not required to, but could choose to enroll children in the family dental plan.

The new family dental plans will not be available at the start of open enrollment, which begins this year on s November 15, but instead will roll out by early 2015. Covered California will be notifying enrollees and providing additional information regarding the available pediatric dental benefits within the health insurance plans and the new family dental plans.

Human Services

AB 2547 (Gaines) – Support
As Enrolled on August 8, 2014


AB 2547, by Assembly Member Beth Gaines, would allow Placer County to continue to operate their successful integrated, coordinated, and seamless approach to health and human services delivery in the County.
Sponsored by the Placer County Board of Supervisors, AB 2547 makes the County’s Integrated Health and Human Services Pilot Program permanent. Operated in conjunction with the State, Placer County’s Integrated Health and Human Services Pilot Program serves as a model of family centered and needs-based delivery of services to children and families by providing blended education, mental health, probation, and child welfare services in a seamless team approach. In making this program permanent, the bill has been amended to remove obsolete evaluation and reporting requirements used in the prior pilot.

AB 2547 is enrolled and awaits the Governor‘s action.

Medi-Cal

SB 1341 (Mitchell) – Support
Enrolled on August 20, 2014


SB 1341, by Senator Holly Mitchell, would codify the existing agreement between the Administration, Covered California, and the counties regarding the respective roles of the State Automated Welfare System (SAWS) and the California Health Eligibility Enrollment and Retention System (CalHEERS).
Specifically, SB 1341:
  • Specifies SAWS as the system of record for Medi-Cal and that SAWS shall contain all Medi-Cal eligibility rules and case management functionality. The bill permits the MAGI rules for Medi-Cal to continue to be housed in CalHEERS as they currently are; and,
  • Requires that Notices of Action (NOAs) for Medi-Cal be programmed into the Medi-Cal system of record: the SAWS systems.
SB 1341 is enrolled and awaits the Governor's action.

SB 1089 (Mitchell) – Support
Enrolled on August 14, 2014


SB 1089, as amended by Senator Holly Mitchell, is sponsored by Los Angeles County and intended as a technical clean-up measure for AB 396 (Chapter 394, Statutes of 2011). AB 396 created a voluntary program that allows counties to draw down federal matching funds for the medical treatment of minors who are held in a juvenile justice facility and require hospitalization. SB 1089 seeks to clarify the county’s share of the costs and encourage the development of a claiming process.
SB 1089 is enrolled and awaits the Governor’s action.

Mental Health

SB 1054 (Steinberg) – Support
Enrolled on August 21, 2014


SB 1054, by Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, as now drafted, would extend a working group deadline for improving the collection of juvenile justice data as well as make several adjustments to the structure the Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction Grants program – such as shortening the grant terms from four to three years -- which was renewed in the 2014-15 budget.
SB 1054 is enrolled and awaits the Governor’s action.
Crisis Nurseries

AB 2228 (Cooley) - Support
As Amended on August 21, 2014


AB 2228, by Assembly Member Ken Cooley, would require crisis nurseries to be licensed by the State Department of Social Services to operate overnight programs and would authorize crisis nurseries to provide crisis day services. AB 2228 would also establish the maximum licensed capacity for a crisis residential overnight program at 14 children and establish that the maximum licensed capacity for crisis day services is based on 35 square feet of activity space per child.

Crisis nurseries provide short-term care and supervision for children under six years of age who are voluntarily placed for temporary care by a parent or legal guardian due to a family crisis or stressful situation. This bill ensures the safety and well-being of these young children, who require proper supervision and adequate space in a high-quality supervised environment.
CSAC supports AB 2228, which is currently awaiting action on the Senate Floor.