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AB-1069 California Exposition and State Fair.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The California Exposition and State Fair each year showcases the best of the state’s agricultural, manufacturing, and arts and science innovations, highlights the entrepreneurial character of our state’s economy, lifestyle, and culture, and provides a gathering place for all citizens of California to celebrate the rich history of our state and to explore the trends shaping its future.
(b) The California Exposition and State Fair is located on a 350-acre portion of the 700-acre site in the area of the City of Sacramento known as “Point West,” and it has been in this location for over 40 years. The Board of Directors of the California Exposition and State Fair desires to modernize and update the aging capital facilities of the fair to alleviate the higher operating costs resulting from deferred maintenance and to improve public accessibility to the property. New and improved facilities will help increase attendance and expand the number and type of exposition events, thereby increasing revenues.
(c) The annual budget of the California Exposition and State Fair has been substantially below the amount necessary to maintain the fair as a first-class entertainment facility, and the annual shortfalls have caused a growing backlog of deferred maintenance issues that are in excess of $45 million.
(d) Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature to provide the management and the Board of Directors of the California Exposition and State Fair the necessary tools to improve the product, develop new revenue streams, streamline business operations, and create and promote a strategy to help the California Exposition and State Fair preserve and enhance this valuable state asset by competing more favorably in the marketplace.
(e) When fully implemented, this legislation will create new jobs and generate significant economic activity and state and local tax revenues throughout the region, while additionally providing a source of revenue for the long-term capital needs of the California Exposition and State Fair.

SEC. 2.

 Section 3301 of the Food and Agricultural Code is amended to read:

3301.
 It is the intent of the Legislature to vitalize the California Exposition and State Fair by creating a new  as a separate, independent  entity in state government managed by a board of directors with sufficient autonomy for efficient operation balanced by appropriate state oversight. The board of directors shall develop a policy which that  provides managerial and fiscal responsibility and shall work towards a goal of  in order to ensure  fiscal independence from state  General Fund support. The board of directors shall develop  establish and maintain  a policy which that  provides for an innovative program including the concept of an  innovative,  agriculturally themed exposition which would communicate the issues surrounding the production and marketing of food, fiber, and plant material to the general public and such other concepts as are feasible. that celebrates California and the diversity of its people. The California Exposition and State Fair shall strive to showcase the state’s industries and agriculture with a program that recognizes California traditions and explores the trends shaping its future. 

SEC. 3.

 Section 3312 of the Food and Agricultural Code is amended to read:

3312.
 (a) The governing body of the California Exposition and State Fair shall be an 11-member board of directors. The directors shall be residents of California and shall be appointed as follows:
(1) Nine directors shall be appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate. The directors appointed by the Governor shall have general knowledge of, interest in, and expertise in one or more of the following areas: fair management, city or county government, horseracing, the arts, exhibiting, the media, education, youth, commerce and commercial products of the state, industry and industrial products of the state, agricultural production and forest industries, the entertainment industry, livestock and poultry, sports, recreation, fisheries, oceanography, organized labor, and finance and banking.
(A) Five of the directors appointed by the Governor shall be knowledgeable in the production, processing, or marketing of agricultural products and may be appointed from lists of nominees submitted for consideration to the Governor from California agricultural organizations, district agricultural associations, and county and citrus fruit fairs.
(B) One of the directors appointed by the Governor shall be a public member.
(C) Three of the directors appointed by the Governor shall be representative, to the extent possible, of areas of knowledge, interest, and expertise enumerated in this paragraph. paragraph (1). 
(2) One director shall be appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one director shall be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules. These persons shall be representative, to the extent possible, of areas of knowledge, interest, and expertise enumerated in paragraph (1).
(b) Except for directors appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, the directors  The directors  shall be appointed for four-year terms. The appointing authority shall appoint directors to fill vacancies which that  occur during a term, and except for directors appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, the  the  appointments shall be for the remainder of the unexpired term. Of the four vacancies that will occur on December 31, 1986, two of the vacancies shall be filled by persons appointed pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (a). 
(c) Notwithstanding Section 1774 of the Government Code or any other law, a director appointed pursuant to this section whose term has expired shall continue to discharge the duties of his or her office until his or her successor has been duly appointed and is qualified to serve.

SEC. 4.

 Section 3331 of the Food and Agricultural Code is amended to read:

3331.
 (a)  (1)  The board shall serve as the policymaking body for the California Exposition and State Fair and shall have full responsibility for the year-round management and operation of all facilities of the California Exposition and State Fair. Fair in accordance with Sections 3301 and 3311. 
(2)  The board shall provide for an annual fair in one or more seasonal divisions in Sacramento County of the  to be held in Sacramento County and shall strive to showcase the agriculture and agricultural products of the state, the  industries and industrial products of the state state,  and the  commercial products exported and imported through the ports of the state.  state in accordance with Sections 3301 and 3311.  The fair shall be designated  designated, and may be known, as  the California State Fair.
(b) Notwithstanding Article 2 (commencing with Section 11270) of Chapter 3 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to administrative costs, the California Exposition and State Fair shall only be assessed and pay a share of those costs directly related to personnel administration and no other administrative costs for services from other state agencies except costs for services rendered pursuant to specific contracts entered into with other state agencies.
(c) On or before May 31 of each year, the general manager of the California Exposition and State Fair shall report to the Governor on all the events, operations, and financial condition of the California Exposition and State Fair during the immediately preceding calendar year ending December 31. The books and accounts of the California Exposition and State Fair shall be examined and reviewed annually and audited once every five years by an independent registered certified public accountant or certified public accountancy firm.

SEC. 5.

 Section 3332 of the Food and Agricultural Code is amended to read:

3332.
 The board may do any of the following:
(a) Contract.
(b) Accept funds or gifts of value from the United States or any person to aid in carrying out the purposes of this part.
(c) Conduct or contract for programs, either independently or in cooperation with any individual, public or private organization, or federal, state, or local governmental agency.
(d) Establish and maintain a bank checking account or a savings and loan association  other financial institution  account, approved by the Director of Finance in accordance with Sections 16506 and 16605 of the Government Code, for depositing funds received by the California Exposition and State Fair. Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, all funds maintained in an account authorized by this subdivision are continuously appropriated to the board, without regard to fiscal year, to carry out this part.
(e) Establish  Approve the annual budget of the California State Fair and establish  a program for paying vendors who contract with the California Exposition and State Fair.
(f) Make or adopt all necessary orders, rules, or regulations for governing the activities of the California Exposition and State Fair. Notwithstanding Section 14, any orders, rules, or regulations adopted by the board are exempt from Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code. For informational purposes only, however, any order, rule, or regulation adopted by the board may be transmitted to the Office of Administrative Law for filing with the Secretary of State pursuant to Section 11343 of the Government Code.
(g) Delegate to the officers and employees of the California Exposition and State Fair the authority to appoint civil service personnel according to state civil service procedures. The board may also delegate to officers and employees of the California Exposition and State Fair the independent authority to appoint marshals and  police as authorized by subdivision (j).
(h) Operate a payroll system for paying employees, and a system for accounting for vacation and sick leave credits of employees.
(i) Delegate to the officers and employees of the California Exposition and State Fair the exercise of powers vested in the board as the board may deem desirable for the orderly management and operation of the California Exposition and State Fair.
(j) Appoint all necessary marshals and  Delegate to the officers and employees of the California Exposition and State Fair the independent authority to appoint all necessary  police to keep order and preserve peace at the California Exposition and State Fair premises on a year-round basis who shall have the powers of peace officers specified in Section 830.2 of the Penal Code. A peace officer of the Department of the California Highway Patrol may be employed as a peace officer while off duty from his or her regular employment, subject to those conditions as may be set forth by the Commissioner of the Department of the California Highway Patrol. At least 75 percent of the persons appointed pursuant to this subdivision shall possess the basic certificate issued by the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training. The remaining 25 percent may be appointed if the person has completed a Peace Officer Standards and Training-certified academy, or possesses a Level One Reserve Certificate (as Certificate, as  defined in Section 832.6 of the Penal Code). Code.  Of this 25 percent, any portion may be comprised of probation officers certified under Section 832. Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to give probation officers appointed pursuant to this subdivision peace officer powers pursuant to Section 830.2 of the Penal Code.
(k) With the approval of the Department of General Services, purchase, acquire, or hold real or personal property, and beautify or improve that  hold, sell, exchange, or convey any interest in real  property. Any acquisition of land or other real property is subject to the approval of the Department of General Services, and in the case of the purchase of real property, is subject to the Property Acquisition Law (Part 11 (commencing with Section 15850) of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code). Notwithstanding any other law, the proceeds of any lease, sale, or other agreement pursuant to this part shall become the property of the California Exposition and State Fair and shall be available to the California State Fair for any of the purposes of this part. 
(l) With the approval of the Department of General Services, make permanent improvements upon publicly owned real property adjacent to, or near the vicinity of, the real property of the California Exposition and State Fair when the improvements materially benefit the property of the California Exposition and State Fair.
(m) Lease, with the approval of the Department of General Services, any of its property for any purpose for any period of time.
(n) Use or manage any of its property, with the approval of the Department of General Services, jointly or in connection with any lessee or sublessee, for any purpose approved by the board.
(o) With the approval of the Department of General Services, pledge any and all revenues, moneys, accounts, accounts receivable, contract rights, and other rights to payment of whatever kind, pursuant to such the  terms and conditions as are approved by the board. Any issuance of bonds, contracts entered into, debts incurred, settlements, judgments, or liens under this section or pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 6500) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code, shall not directly, indirectly, or contingently obligate the state or any political subdivision thereof  of the state  to levy or to pledge any form of taxation therefor or to make any appropriation for their payment. Any such  This  bond shall contain on the its  face thereof  a statement to the following effect: “Neither the full faith and credit nor the taxing power of the State of California is pledged to the payment of the principal of, or interest on this bond.”

SEC. 6.

 Section 3333 of the Food and Agricultural Code is repealed.

3333.
 The board shall submit a report to the Legislature and Governor on or before May 31st of each year with respect to the financial condition, present operations, and future planned activities of the California Exposition and State Fair.

SEC. 7.

 Section 3333 is added to the Food and Agricultural Code, to read:

3333.
 Notwithstanding Section 14660.5 of the Government Code, the title, control, and possession of all personal property acquired, held, managed, or operated by the California Exposition and State Fair, including property controlled or possessed by the fair before the enactment of this section, vests with the California Exposition and State Fair.
SEC. 8.
 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to restore the viability of the California Exposition and State Fair as soon as possible, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately.