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AB-466 Los Angeles River Tributaries and Watershed Working Group.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/14/2017 09:00 PM
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Revised  March 21, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 14, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 466


Introduced by Assembly Member Bocanegra
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Friedman)

February 13, 2017


An act to add Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 33220) to Division 23 of the Public Resources Code, relating to the Los Angeles River tributaries and watershed.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 466, as amended, Bocanegra. Los Angeles River Tributaries and Watershed Working Group.
Existing law provides for the protection, enhancement, and restoration of rivers in this state. Existing law establishes the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and prescribes the membership and functions and duties of the conservancy with regard to the acquisition, preservation, and improvement of real property within the Santa Monica Mountains zone, as defined.
This bill would require the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency to appoint, in consultation with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to the extent the board wishes to consult, a local working group to develop a revitalization plan for the Los Angeles River tributaries and watershed, called the Los Angeles River Tributaries and Watershed Working Group. The bill would require the secretary to consider requests from local agency representatives to participate in the working group and would authorize the working group to include specified representatives. The bill would require, by March 1, 2019, the working group to develop, through watershed-based planning methods, a revitalization plan that addresses the unique and diverse needs of the Pacoima Wash and Tujunga Wash, that is consistent with, enhances, and is authorized to be incorporated into the County of Los Angeles’ Master Plan, and that includes watershed education programs. The bill would require the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to provide any necessary staffing to assist the working group.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Los Angeles River tributaries and watershed.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 33220) is added to Division 23 of the Public Resources Code, to read:
CHAPTER  4. Los Angeles River Tributaries and Watershed Working Group

33220.
 (a) The Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency shall appoint, in consultation with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to the extent that the board wishes to consult, a local working group to develop a revitalization plan for the tributaries and watershed of the Los Angeles River, called the Los Angeles River Tributaries and Watershed Working Group. The secretary shall consider requests from local agency representatives to participate in the working group. The working group may include, but need not be limited to, representatives from the conservancy, the County of Los Angeles, the Cities of Burbank, Glendale, Los Angeles, and San Fernando, elected officials of the cities riparian to the Pacoima Wash and Tujunga Wash, and nonprofit organizations serving the San Fernando Valley, Pacoima Wash, and Tujunga Wash.
(b) On or before March 1, 2019, the working group shall develop, through watershed-based planning methods, a revitalization plan that addresses the unique and diverse needs of the Pacoima Wash and Tujunga Wash and the communities through which they pass. The plan shall be consistent with and enhance, and may be incorporated into, the County of Los Angeles’ Master Plan for the entire Los Angeles River. The plan shall include watershed education programs that help the Pacoima Wash and Tujunga Wash communities recognize the value of the waterways and the importance of protecting the river’s watershed resources and its vitality to their communities.
(c) The conservancy shall provide any necessary staffing to the working group to assist in the development of the plan.
(d) The development and implementation of the revitalization plan may be eligible for funding from any public or private source. Entities that are eligible to implement the revitalization plan include, but are not limited to, state agencies, local agencies, and nonprofit organizations, and may be eligible for state funding.

SEC. 2.

 The Legislature finds and declares that a special law is necessary and that a general law cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the complex ecological and political history of the Los Angeles River and its tributaries and watershed and the unique obstacles that local governments encounter when managing the river and its surrounding areas.
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