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SB-1334 Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Oversight Committee.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/16/2018 12:42 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  April 16, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1334


Introduced by Senator Wilk

February 16, 2018


An act to amend Section 6500 of the Government Code, relating to joint powers agreements. add and repeal Article 20 (commencing with Section 53397.50) of Chapter 4 of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code, relating to local government.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1334, as amended, Wilk. Joint powers agreements. Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Oversight Committee.
The Joint Exercise of Powers Act authorizes 2 or more public agencies to enter into an agreement to jointly exercise any power common to the contracting parties.
Existing law establishes various programs to provide assistance to homeless persons.
This bill would require the County of Los Angeles to establish the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Oversight Committee, as specified, to release annual public reports, commencing January 1, 2021, through January 1, 2026, detailing the financial allocations for homeless services by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, a joint powers authority within the County of Los Angeles. By increasing the duties of local officials, this bill would establish a state-mandated local program.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the County of Los Angeles.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Existing law, the Joint Exercise of Powers Act, defines “public agency” for purposes of that act to include, among others, state and local agencies, the federal government, or any federal department or agency.

This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to these provisions.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NOYES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Article 20 (commencing with Section 53997.50) is added to Chapter 4 of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code, to read:
Article  20. Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Oversight Committee

53997.50.
 (a) For purposes of this article, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Committee” means the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Oversight Committee established pursuant to this article.
(2) “Service planning area” means the subdivided areas of the County of Los Angeles intended to facilitate and improve local service and healthcare planning, as defined in Section 3.29.010 of the Los Angeles County Code.
(b) The County of Los Angeles shall establish a Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Oversight Committee. The committee shall consist of the following members:
(1) Eight members appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors each representing one service planning area within the county.
(2) One member appointed by the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles.
(3) The director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services.
(4) Two members appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to represent the unincorporated areas of the County of Los Angeles.
(5) One member appointed by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.
(6) One member appointed by the County of Los Angeles Office of the Assessor.
(c) Commencing January 1, 2021, and annually thereafter through January 1, 2026, the committee shall release a public report detailing the financial allocations for homeless services by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. The report shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Cash flow and total expenditures by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority during the reporting period.
(2) An accounting of application of funds, approval rates, and allocation amounts for each service planning area during the reporting period.
(3) Recommendations to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on all of the following:
(A) How best to utilize funds available to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
(B) How to increase equity across all service planning areas within the County of Los Angeles.
(C) How to streamline the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority funding application and dispersal process.
(d) This article shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2027, and as of that date is repealed.

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 situation in the County of Los Angeles regarding homeless population growth and the recent implementation of Los Angeles County Measure H, a 0.25 percent sales tax for homeless services, which is administered, in large part and along with other moneys for homeless services, by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. It is necessary that special legislation be enacted to ensure the appropriate allocation and management of those moneys in a way that produces a meaningful, equitable, and sustainable impact on the Los Angeles region’s homeless population.

SEC. 3.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
SECTION 1.Section 6500 of the Government Code is amended to read:
6500.

As used in this article, “public agency” includes, but is not limited to, the federal government or any federal department or agency, this state, another state or any state department or agency, a city, county, county board of education, county superintendent of schools, public corporation, public district, regional transportation commission of this state or another state, a federally recognized Indian tribe, or any joint powers authority formed pursuant to this article by any of these agencies.