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AB-1274 California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/10/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 10, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1274


Introduced by Assembly Member Salas

February 21, 2019


An act to add Chapter 34 (commencing with Section 7599.100) to Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code, relating to California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1274, as amended, Salas. California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.
Existing law establishes public-private partnerships within the state for various purposes. By executive order in 2005, and continued in existence by executive orders in 2006, 2008, and 2010, the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley was established as a public-private partnership to, among other things, identify projects and programs that will improve the economic vitality of the San Joaquin Valley.
This bill would establish in statute the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley for the same purposes. The bill would incorporate language of the executive orders to, among other things, require the partnership to identify projects and programs that will improve the economic vitality of the San Joaquin Valley. The bill would require the partnership, on and after January 1, 2021, to report to the Legislature on its progress.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the San Joaquin Valley.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 34 (commencing with Section 7599.100) is added to Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code, to read:
CHAPTER  34. California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley

7599.100.
 (a) (1) The California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley established by Executive Order S-5-05, and continued by Executive Orders S-22-06, S-17-08, and S-10-10, a public-private partnership, is hereby continued in existence.
(2) The partnership shall include the following counties:
(A) The County of Fresno.
(B) The County of Kern.
(C) The County of Kings.
(D) The County of Madera.
(E) The County of Merced.
(F) The County of San Joaquin.
(G) The County of Stanislaus.
(H) The County of Tulare.
(b) For purposes of this chapter, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Board” means the board of directors set forth in subdivision (c).
(2) “Partnership” means the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.
(3) “San Joaquin Valley” means the area comprised of all of the counties set forth in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a).
(c) (1) The partnership shall be governed by a board of directors that shall consist of the following members:
(A) A board chair and two deputy chairs who shall be voting members of the board. These members shall be appointed by the Governor as follows:
(i) One member from a state agency.
(ii) One member from a local agency within the counties set forth in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a).
(iii) One member from the private sector.
(B) Six classes of voting directors, appointed by the Governor, as follows:
(i) Eight Class A state government directors representing various state agencies, appointed to the board as ex officio voting directors.
(ii) Eight Class B local government directors, one from each of the eight counties set forth in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a). These directors shall be appointed by the Governor from lists of candidates nominated by each of the eight corresponding councils of governments. The nominees from each council of governments shall be made from among the mayors and members of city councils representing cities located within the county and members of board of supervisors of the county. Each council of governments shall submit a list to the Governor containing three candidates.
(iii) Eight Class C private sector directors, one from each of the eight counties set forth in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a).
(iv) Five Class D liaisons to government agencies and commissions, which shall be a resident of one of the eight counties set forth in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a), and who serve on one of the following state agencies and commissions:
(I) The State Air Resources Board.
(II) The California Transportation Commission.
(III) The California Workforce Investment Development Board.

(IV)The California Economic Strategy Panel.

(V)The federal Interagency Task Force for the Economic Development of the Central San Joaquin Valley.

(v) Twelve Class E representatives of consortia, who shall be representatives of regional consortia of existing organizations within the counties set forth in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a). The regional consortia representatives shall be nominated by the board for consideration of appointment by the Governor.
(vi) Not more than five Class F directors with specialized expertise, who shall be individuals with specialized subject matter expertise and knowledge of San Joaquin Valley issues recommended by the board chair.
(C) Every member of the Legislature and the United States Congress that represents the counties set forth in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) shall be ex officio nonvoting members.
(2) (A) Class A directors shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
(B) Ex officio nonvoting directors shall not serve for a term and shall not be subject to term limits.
(C) (i) The terms of service for Class B, Class C, and Class D directors shall be three years and for no more than three terms, including partial terms.
(ii) The remaining term of office for any director, other than a Class A director, serving upon the effective date of the act adding this chapter shall be determined based upon the terms of office for that director that were effective on January 1, 2019.
(iii) In the event of a vacancy on the board, which may result from the death, resignation, or removal of a director, a successor shall be appointed by the board to serve until the expiration of the term of the replaced director and until a successor has been selected and qualified.
(D) (i) Notwithstanding subparagraphs (A) and (C), a director may be removed at the discretion of the Governor.
(ii) A director who fails to attend 50 percent or more of the meetings of the board in any 12-month period is subject to removal from the board.
(d) Meetings of the board shall be presided over by the chair. In the absence of the chair, one of the two deputy chairs shall preside. A majority of the appointed directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Ex officio nonvoting members shall not be counted for purposes of determining whether a quorum has been achieved. Every decision made by a two-thirds vote of directors participating in a meeting in which a quorum has been constituted shall be regarded as an act of the board.
(e) The California State University, Fresno Foundation (94-6003272), Cost Center 340675, may continue to receive and administer appropriations on behalf of the Partnership. partnership.
(f) The board may appoint an executive committee, comprised of the chair, the two deputy chairs, and up to four additional board members appointed by the chair, and delegate to the committee any of the authority of the board except for any final action on matters which, under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law (Part 2 (commencing with Section 5110)) of Division 2 of Title 1 of the Corporations Code, also requires approval of a majority of all directors. The board may also appoint other committees as appropriate.
(g) The partnership shall have the following duties:
(1) Identification of projects and programs that will best utilize public dollars and most quickly improve the economic vitality of the San Joaquin Valley, especially those that leverage federal, state, local, and private sector resources in a coordinated effort to address critical needs in the San Joaquin Valley.
(2) Work with members of the state’s congressional delegation and federal officials, including the federal Interagency Task Force for the Economic Development of the Central San Joaquin Valley, to gain federal support for projects identified by the partnership as critical to the region.
(3) Partner with the University of California, the California State University, community colleges, and the state’s other research and educational institutions, as well as private foundations to provide guidance, advice, and encouragement in support of studies of particular interest and importance to the San Joaquin Valley.
(4) Review state policies and regulations to ensure they are fair and appropriate for the state’s diverse geographic regions, including the San Joaquin Valley, and determine whether alternative approaches can accomplish goals in less costly ways.
(5) Recommend to the Governor changes that would improve the economic well-being of the San Joaquin Valley and the quality of life of its residents.
(h) Commencing on January 1, 2021, and on or before January 1 of each year thereafter, the partnership shall report on its progress to the Legislature. This report shall comply with Section 9795.

SEC. 2.

 The Legislature finds and declares that a special statute is necessary and that a general statute cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the unique challenges faced by the San Joaquin Valley. The Legislature finds and declares that continuing the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley will aid in addressing the needs of the San Joaquin Valley, including areas where the San Joaquin Valley is underserved.