Friday, February 28, 2014   The CSAC Bulletin
Legislature Sends Drought Relief Bills to Governor

Barely a week since the Governor and democratic legislative leaders announced a $687 million drought-relief package, the Assembly and Senate approved the bills on Thursday with little fanfare. The bills sent to the Governor, SB 103 which amends the 2013-14 Budget Act and SB 104 which is a budget trailer bill, collectively provide $687 million from the general fund, existing bond funds and other programs to help residents, farm workers and local communities cope with the worst drought in the state's modern history.

The Assembly budget subcommittee analysis (available here) outlines eight main components of the package:

  • Infrastructure Investments to Improve Water Supply .
  • Emergency Drinking Water, Water Supply and Water Quality .
  • Water and Energy Efficiency for Urban and Agricultural Communities .
  • Sustainable Groundwater Management.
  • Housing Assistance .
  • Enhanced State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) Drought Response Authority .

A few highlights of SB 103 include:

· $30 million allocation from cap and trade auction revenues to the Department of Water Resources (DWR) for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and also for local water use efficiency programs. Of this amount, $20 million would be available for local assistance and $10 million for state water efficiency projects. It would also provide $10 million from cap and trade auction revenues to the Department of Food and Agriculture for agricultural water efficiency projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

· $25.3 million from the General Fund to be allocated by the Department of Social Services for food assistance for those impacted by drought.

· $1.2 million to the Water Board for the Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment Program for monitoring and measurement of groundwater statewide. Also, appropriates $1 million to DWR for groundwater monitoring and reporting efforts.

· $15 million to the Department of Public Health for emergency drinking water assistance for drought-impacted areas.

· $1.8 million to the Office of Emergency Services for local coordination of drought-related disaster assistance.

· Provides $77 million (Proposition 1E Bond Funds) to DWR for state and local programs that provide multi-benefit flood protection, water supply and water reliability.

As for its companion piece, SB 80 includes:

· Accelerated appropriation of $472.5 million (Proposition 84) for integrated regional water management grants for specified types of projects.

· Authorization to use $10 million from the existing Housing Rehabilitation Loan Fund appropriation for rental assistance related to the drought.

· Enhanced authority for the Water Board to enforce existing statutes governing rights to water and diversions

Senator Steinberg in his closing remarks on the floor stated that the drought package provides relief and momentum – the momentum to work throughout the Session towards a new water bond.

NACo Transportation Funding Report Features California

The National Association of Counties (NACo) released a report entitled “The Road Ahead: County Transportation Funding and Financing” earlier this week. The report’s key findings are all too familiar to California counties. NACo notes that existing federal and state funding are increasingly inadequate to pay for the rising costs for transportation projects.

While the buying power of the gas tax erodes, many counties are also faced with increasing traffic volumes and accelerating deterioration of infrastructure. Finally, while local governments in California—where over 80% of the state’s population lives in a county that has voted to raise taxes for transportation—and across the nation have adopted implemented local funding mechanisms, current revenues are still insufficient to meet transportation needs.

CSAC staff worked with NACo to develop a short case study on California’s transportation funding issues (see page 18 of the full report). The case study demonstrates California counties’ vital role in maintaining a statewide transportation network and notes California’s record of successful project delivery. The report also highlights some transportation policy issues unique to California. Specifically, it discusses the increased regulatory costs of complying with both the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, as well as constitutional limitations on new revenue and high voter thresholds required to implement special taxes.

The report was issued at an opportune time, as discussions regarding the reauthorization of MAP-21 begin to pick up. The President’s administration unveiled a proposal for new revenues for transportation this week as part of four-year, $302 billion transportation authorization that would supplement existing gas tax revenues with $150 billion from changes in corporate taxation. The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee also presented a tax plan that would provide $126.5 billion in new revenues, with the goal of maintaining current federal transportation funding levels for eight years. These conversations are sure to continue, as MAP-21 expires and the Highway Trust Fund becomes insolvent at the end of September, 2014.

The full report, an executive summary, and an interactive map with individual state profiles are available at the NACo website here.

CSAC Premier Partner Spotlight: Vanir Construction Management
In this month's Premier Spotlight, we take time to highlight one of our Premier Partners, Vanir Construction Managment.

For more than 30 years, Vanir Construction Management, Inc. has been providing quality construction management services to California counties. Vanir's progressive growth and quality of service has developed the organization into the most respected and recognized provider for construction management solutions, consistently positioned as one of the top construction management firms in the nation by Engineering News-Record.

Working on projects across various market segments, including healthcare facilities, administration buildings, water/wastewater, and jails, Vanir provides quality construction management services designed to meet our client’s unique needs.Vanir continues to grow into new areas and markets; its focus is to remain the same: meet the needs of their clients and the communities in which they work.

Connect with them at www.vanir.com, and discover how our solutions can lead to your success. Or simply reach out to Bob Fletcher.
Save the Date: for California Black Brown Summit on AB 109
The Black-Brown Summit Committee is convening a cross section of local and state leaders to educate stakeholders regarding the impact of AB 109 and its challenges. The Summit will be an exciting opportunity to share empirical data, identify best practices and model programs within the state in order to enhance public safety as it pertains to communities of color.

Dates: May 21-23, 2014
Location: Jacobs Center 404 Euclid Ave, San Diego

For more information on the California Black-Brown Summit please visit www.bbsummit.org or call (209) 957-2720.
c/o Richard Jacques / Rev. Willie A. Douglas, Co-Chairs
P.O. Box 604
Stockton, California 95201-0604

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For more information contact Elizabeth Howard Espinosa 916.650.8131, or London Biggs 916-650-8116



Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment Website Goes Live

As of today, upcoming events, materials, and archived agendas will be available on a new website created by the Assembly for the 13-member Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment. The committee is co-chaired by current Assembly Public Safety Committee Chair Tom Ammiano and Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 5 on Public Safety Chair Reginald Jones-Sawyer.

Over the last couple of months, the committee has met a number of times to discuss a wide variety of criminal justice issues involving California’s longtime criminal justice and prison challenges.

A hearing held today in Los Angeles will continue that work by focusing on Southern California programming efforts for incarcerated offenders and newly released individuals.

To read today’s agenda and peruse the committee website, please click here.

Training Opportunity—Joint Training Partnership


Facillity Construction and Liability in a Post Realignment World

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 (8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Hyatt Regency, Sacramento

The training session is designed to provide those county stakeholders in the criminal justice system with specific strategies to minimize liability and guide the construction of criminal justice facilities. County stakeholders are encouraged to attend as teams, particularly those considering construction or renovating jails, day reporting centers, or community corrections centers.

This session offers diverse county perspectives and focuses on four main areas, including:

  • The impact of realignment on facility construction;
  • Determining county needs;
  • Getting shovels in the ground: A 360º perspective; and
  • Tips for managing the construction process from key authorities.

To Register, Please click here!

REGISTRATION FEES: $100/ individual, includes course materials and lunch.Please make CHECKS payable to
CPOCF.ATTN: Liz Moralez-Rodriguez
Chief Probation Officers of California Foundation
1415 L Street, Suite 1000
Sacramento, CA 95814

Special Capitol Screening/Panel Discussion About Re-Entry Impacts on Families
State Senator Mark Leno is hosting a special State Capitol screening of a film and convening a panel discussion that explores the impact on families when people with criminal backgrounds are released back home. “Children of Reentry: The impacts of post-incarceration release on children and families is
sponsored by the California Homeless Youth Project, California Research Bureau, California Council on Youth Relations and New America Media.

  • WHEN: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • WHERE: Capitol Building, Room 3191
  • WHAT: Documentary shorts, expert panel, and discussion

Please join Senator Mark Leno, public safety stakeholders, and youth filmmakers for a forum and discussion on a critical and often neglected population: the children of prisoners. Co-sponsored by the California Homeless Youth Project and the California Council of Youth Relations, the panel will feature San Francisco Probation Chief Wendy Still, author and White House Champion of Change honoree Nell Bernstein, and formerly incarcerated individuals alongside their children.
Click here to RSVP.

Mini-documentaries produced by New America Media will showcase individual family stories, and the panel will be followed by an audience discussion on the impact of re-entry on children, and how children and family bonds can be strengthened post-incarceration in order to ensure long-term success and stronger, healthier communities. For more info, please contact: Nicole Hudley

Agriculture and Natural Resources
For more information, contact Karen Keene at 916.650.8181, or Cara Martinson at 916.650.8113.

Medical Marijuana

SB 1262 (Correa) – Request for Comments
As Introduced February 21, 2014


SB 1262, by Senator Lou Correa, would create a system to regulate the sale and cultivation of medical marijuana in California. This bill, sponsored by the League of CA Cities and the Police Chiefs Association, would do the following:

• Require the State Department of Public Health to license medical marijuana dispensing facilities and cultivation sites that provide, process, and grow marijuana for medical use, and would make these licenses subject to the restrictions of the local jurisdiction in which the facility operates or proposes to operate.
• Preclude an operator of a medical marijuana dispensary from obtaining a state license unless the operator has first secured all necessary local permits from a particular jurisdiction;
• Uphold local governments’ ability to ban dispensaries and all related facilities;
• Impose tighter regulations on doctors who issue medical marijuana recommendations, including new training and record keeping requirements as well as fines, and a strict regimen for recommendations to minors;
• Impose uniform quality assurance standards as well as health and safety standards to be administered by counties with oversight by the Department of Public Health;
• Require a series of detailed security measures to prevent diversion and recreational use at all medical cannabis facilities.

The League of Cities has reached out to CSAC to work with us to address initial concerns associated with counties’ role in this new regulatory framework and costs associated. We encourage counties to send us their comments.

Energy

AB 2188 (Muratsuchi) – Request for Comments
As Introduced February 20, 2014

AB 2188, by Assembly Member Muratsuchi, would require a city or county to process and approve any permit application for a residential rooftop solar energy system of up to 10kW on the same day it has been submitted. The sponsors have indicated that they will be amending additional details into the bill regarding a specific rooftop size and system parameters.

Climate Change

AB 1970 (Gordon) – Support
As Introduced February 19, 2014

AB 1970 by Assembly Member Richard Gordon would create a new grant program for local governments to fund greenhouse gas reduction projects. The bill is substantially similar to last year’s AB 416 which was held in the Assembly Appropriation Committee. CSAC has been working with a coalition of local governments to secure a portion of Cap and Trade dollars for local GHG reduction projects. This is a continuation of these efforts. For more information, or to join in our advocacy efforts, please contact Cara Martinson.


Health and Human Services
For more information, please contact Kelly Brooks-Lindsey at 916.650.8108 or Farrah McDaid Ting at 916.650.8110.

Legislature Begins Work on Health and Human Services Budget Issues

Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 held its first hearings of the year on the 2014-15 state budget issues related to health and human services. The Subcommittee is now chaired by Assembly Member Shirley Weber. The rest of the subcommittee membership remains unchanged, including Assembly Members Wes Cesbro, Roger Dickinson, Shannon Grove, and Alan Mansoor.
On Monday, the Subcommittee heard a number of Medi-Cal budget issues, including substance use disorder treatment and Drug Medi-Cal issues. The members present at the hearing expressed concern about the Department of Health Care Services’ pursuit of a Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver for Drug Medi-Cal. California Opioid Maintenance Providers (COMP) were present and raised significant concern with a federal waiver for Drug Medi-Cal. They are primarily concerned that the waiver would remove the entitlement protections for treatment and undermine Sobky v. Smoley. COMP members are methadone providers. CSAC, the County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators Association of California (CADPAAC), and the California Mental Health Directors Association (CMHDA) testified in the support of the waiver. All items were held open.
On Wednesday, the Subcommittee focused its discussion on issues related to poverty in California. They also discussed the CalWORKs budget proposals. All items were held open.
On the Senate side, Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3 also had some changes to its membership, including two new members. Senator Ellen Corbett is the new chair, and Senator Mimi Walters also newly joins the subcommittee. Senator Bill Monning remains on the subcommittee. The subcommittee will start its hearings on March 6, focusing on information systems, emergency medical services and public health.