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AB-437 San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority Act: grant program.(2013-2014)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 437


Introduced by Assembly Member Ting

February 15, 2013


An act to amend Section 66704.5 of the Government Code, relating to the San Francisco Bay.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 437, as introduced, Ting. San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority Act: grant program.
The San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority Act establishes the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority to raise and allocate resources for the restoration, enhancement, protection, and enjoyment of wetlands and wildlife habitat in the San Francisco Bay and along its shoreline. Existing law authorizes the authority to raise funds and award grants to public and private entities, including, but not limited to, owners or operators of shoreline parcels in the San Francisco Bay area, excluding the Delta primary zone, for eligible projects in the counties within the authority’s jurisdiction. Existing law repeals the act on January 1, 2029.
This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change in those provisions relating to the authority’s authorization to raise funds and issue grants to public and private entities.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 66704.5 of the Government Code is amended to read:

66704.5.
 (a) The authority may raise funds and award grants to public and private entities, including, but not limited to, owners or operators of shoreline parcels in the San Francisco Bay area, excluding the Delta primary zone, for eligible projects that are in the counties within the authority’s jurisdiction.
(b) An eligible project shall do at least one of the following:
(1) Restore, protect, or enhance tidal wetlands, managed ponds, or natural habitats on the shoreline in the San Francisco Bay area, excluding the Delta primary zone.
(2) Build or enhance shoreline levees or other flood management features that are part of a project to restore, enhance, or protect tidal wetlands, managed ponds, or natural habitats identified in paragraph (1).
(3) Provide or improve public access or recreational amenities that are part of a project to restore, enhance, or protect tidal wetlands, managed ponds, or natural habitats identified in paragraph (1).
(c) In awarding grants pursuant to subdivision (a), the authority shall give priority to projects that, to the greatest extent possible, meet the selection criteria of the State Coastal Conservancy’s San Francisco Bay Area Conservancy Program in accordance with subdivision (c) of Section 31163 of the Public Resources Code, and are consistent with the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission coastal management program for the San Francisco Bay segment of the California coastal zone and the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture implementation strategy updated list of Ongoing and Potential Wetland Habitat Projects.
(d) In reviewing and assessing projects, the authority shall solicit input from the advisory committee convened pursuant to Section 66703.7. The authority shall adopt a procedure for evaluating proposals in consultation with the advisory committee.
(e) Grants awarded pursuant to subdivision (a) may be used to support all phases of planning, construction, monitoring, operation, and maintenance for projects that are eligible pursuant to subdivision (b).