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AB-2534 Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy: working group: Los Angeles River Greenway.(2015-2016)



SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The Los Angeles River Greenway Trail system in the San Fernando Valley continues to expand and provides an unprecedented opportunity to establish a green, natural open space, with recreational, environmental, and economic amenities, that can serve all residents of the San Fernando Valley and other areas in Los Angeles County, as well as visitors from around the world.
(b) River restoration and revitalization efforts throughout the United States have successfully reunited urban rivers with both the natural environment, surrounding communities, and area businesses and have served to establish vibrant, regional, visitor-serving resources that contribute to the quality of life, public health, and regional economic sustainability.
(c) There are hundreds of visitor-serving businesses adjacent to and in the vicinity of the Los Angeles River in the San Fernando Valley, but these businesses primarily face away from the river with limited or no established connection to the river or visitors to the river.
(d) A planned regional bicycle network is being implemented that includes the Los Angeles River, wherein the river is intended to serve as the backbone of the network, and a plan is needed to ensure that businesses adjacent to and in the vicinity of the river are bicycle friendly and able to attract and serve visitors to the river.
SEC. 2.
 It is the intent of the Legislature to accomplish all of the following:
(a) Advance the revitalization of the Los Angeles River in the San Fernando Valley by addressing the need for regional public access to the river and connectivity between businesses adjacent to and in the vicinity of the Los Angeles River and the Los Angeles River Greenway, river trails, and bicycle networks.
(b) Enhance both the economic sustainability of businesses adjacent to and in the vicinity of the Los Angeles River Greenway in the San Fernando Valley and the experience of visitors to the Los Angeles River by linking those businesses with the Los Angeles River Greenway.
(c) Identify the needs, opportunities, and constraints related to regional public access and the establishment of permanent connections between area businesses and the Los Angeles River Greenway in the San Fernando Valley.

SEC. 3.

 Section 33213.5 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

33213.5.
 (a) (1) The conservancy shall establish the Los Angeles River San Fernando Valley Regional Access and Economic Sustainability Working Group.
(2) The conservancy shall consider requests from local government entities to have a representative serve as a member of the working group. The working group may include, but need not be limited to, representatives from the conservancy, the City of Los Angeles, nonprofit organizations, environmental organizations, the business community, and city council districts and legislative districts bordering the Los Angeles River.
(b) The working group may focus its efforts on the geographic area from the headwaters of the Los Angeles River at the confluence of Bell and Calabasas Creeks to Griffith Park and its southern boundary along Ventura Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley or any other part of the area adjacent to the Upper Los Angeles River.
(c) The working group shall do all of the following:
(1) Review and evaluate ways to increase connectivity between businesses adjacent to and in the vicinity of the river and the Los Angeles River Greenway, river trails, and bicycle networks.
(2) Develop practical recommendations for establishing permanent connectivity between area businesses, bicycle networks, and the river.
(3) Coordinate with the Lower Los Angeles River Working Group established pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 32622.
(4) Develop recommendations for appropriate outdoor education and environmental interpretation signage for areas and facilities along the Los Angeles River.
(5) Prepare a report of its findings and recommendations for implementation by the conservancy, including geographic scope, financing, and specific projects.
(d) To assist the working group in carrying out its duties, the conservancy may do both of the following:
(1) Retain experts to conduct necessary technical economic and other studies and analyses, as requested by the working group.
(2) Provide necessary staffing for the working group.