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DIVISION 12. CALIFORNIA CONSERVATION CORPS [14000 - 14424]

  ( Heading of Division 12 amended by Stats. 1976, Ch. 342. )

CHAPTER 3. Program [14300 - 14317]
  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 904. )

14300.
  

Young women and men participating in the corps program shall generally be engaged in projects which do the following:

(a) Preserve, maintain, and enhance environmentally important lands and waters.

(b) Accomplish useful and needed public works projects in both urban and rural areas.

(c) Conserve, maintain, improve, and develop natural resources in both urban and rural areas.

(d) Provide opportunities for public use of, or education in, the areas, projects, and resources described in subdivisions (a), (b), and (c).

(e) Assist in emergency operations, such as natural disaster relief and the rescue of lost and injured persons.

(f) Assist in fire prevention and suppression.

(g) Directly contribute to the conservation of energy.

(h) Contribute toward making public facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.

(i) Assist departments within the Resources Agency in developing, rehabilitating, and restoring parklands, recreational facilities, and historical resources; restoring salmon and steelhead spawning, nursery, and rearing habitat; restoring and preserving wildlife habitat; and enhancing reforestation in both urban and rural areas.

(Amended by Stats. 1993, Ch. 894, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 1994.)

14301.
  

The Governor shall appoint a director, who shall act as the administrative officer of the corps, and a deputy director. The appointment of the director is subject to confirmation by the Senate at the next regular or special session of the Legislature, and the refusal or failure of the Senate to confirm the appointment shall create a vacancy in the office. The director and deputy director shall be exempt from civil service, under subdivision (f) of Section 4 of Article XXIV of the California Constitution. The director shall employ, pursuant to the provisions of Article XXIV of the California Constitution and Part 2 (commencing with Section 18500) of Division 5 of Title 2 of the Government Code, such staff as is necessary to implement the provisions of this division.

(Added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 787.)

14302.
  

Young women and men shall be selected for participation in the corps program on the basis of motivation for hard work, personal development, and public service, and without regard to their prior employment or educational background. Participation shall be for a period of one year, which may be extended.

The corps, in conjunction with the Employment Development Department, shall place an emphasis on developing and executing plans to assist corpsmembers in obtaining employment following their participation in the corps program.

(Amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 50, Sec. 5.)

14302.5.
  

(a) The corps shall collaborate with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Employment Development Department to assist any corpsmember who is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces in obtaining employment after participating in the corps program.

(b) Collaboration efforts by the Department of Veterans Affairs shall include, but not be limited to, providing access to veterans supportive services. Collaboration efforts by the Employment Development Department shall include, but not be limited to, providing access to workforce services.

(Added by Stats. 2016, Ch. 485, Sec. 2. (SB 1227) Effective January 1, 2017.)

14303.
  

The director may employ special corpsmembers without regard to their age so that the corps may draw upon their special skills which may contribute to the attainment of the objectives of the program. Special corpsmembers may be assigned to headquarters, as well as field positions.

(Added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 50, Sec. 6.)

14304.
  

Projects shall be directed toward providing opportunities to the public for their education or the use of these natural resources and environmentally important public lands and waters, while at the same time providing young men and women with an opportunity for personal development in a variety of basic skills. Projects shall be undertaken in both urban and rural areas and shall be selected on the basis of the environmental and natural resource benefits each offers, the opportunities for public education or use each offers, and the on-the-job training value of each.

(Amended by Stats. 1989, Ch. 463, Sec. 3.)

14305.
  

In order to protect the rights of corpsmembers individually and the corps as a community, the director shall adopt a corpsmember bill of rights, corpsmember grievance procedures, and search and seizure guidelines.

These adopted rights, procedures, and guidelines shall serve to assist the director and corps staff in identifying problems and conflicts and resolving them with a minimum disruption of work and training, and shall be used by corps supervisors to interpret and consistently enforce policies and procedures of the corps.

(Added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 50, Sec. 7.)

14306.
  

To implement this division, the director may do all of the following:

(a) Recruit and enroll corpsmembers and special corpsmembers.

(b) Adopt criteria for selecting applicants for enrollment in the corps’ program, including criteria for individuals convicted of a crime described in the California Uniform Controlled Substances Act (Division 10 (commencing with Section 11000) of the Health and Safety Code). The director shall take into account, when adopting this criteria, the health, safety, and welfare of the public and the corps’ program participants and staff.

(c) Execute contracts containing the terms and conditions that are deemed necessary and desirable for the enrollment of corpsmembers.

(d) Authorize utilization of the corps for emergency projects occasioned by natural disasters, fire prevention and suppression, rescue of lost or injured persons, and any other activity or project necessary or desirable to carry out the purposes of this division.

(e) Apply for and accept grants or contributions of funds from any public or private source.

(f) Purchase, rent, or otherwise acquire or obtain necessary property, supplies, instruments, tools, equipment, and conveniences.

(g) Execute contracts for furnishing the services of the corps to any federal, state, or local public agency; any local or statewide private organization concerned with the objectives of the corps’ program, as specified in Sections 14000 and 14300; and any person, firm, partnership, or corporation concerned with these objectives.

(h) Procure insurance.

(i) Be reimbursed by the federal government, any state or local public agency, or any private organization for actual expenses incurred by the corps for any project undertaken for any such entity pursuant to subdivision (d) or (g) or pursuant to Section 14307.

(j) To the extent permitted by Article VII of the California Constitution, execute contracts with any person, natural or corporate, for the purpose of implementing the objectives of the corps, as specified in Sections 14000 and 14300.

(k) Utilize any services, material, or property of any agency of the state, and may make agreements with any agency of the state or take other actions that are reasonable and necessary.

(l) Contract with public or private nonprofit entities to provide services for the corps.

(m) Contract with the University of California, the California State University, the community college districts, and private institutions for the creation of special admission and tuition credit programs for corpsmembers.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 26, Sec. 38. (AB 1468) Effective June 20, 2014.)

14306.5.
  

In recruiting and enrolling corpsmembers and special corpsmembers, the director may select an applicant for enrollment in the corps’ program who is on probation, postrelease community supervision, or mandatory supervision.

(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 659, Sec. 1. (AB 864) Effective January 1, 2018.)

14307.
  

Fire prevention, fire suppression, and disaster relief including, but not limited to, flood, earthquake, pest infestation assistance measures, and search and rescue efforts shall be a major emphasis of the program. Certain corps centers designated by the director as fire centers in locations specifically needed to assure emergency capability and readiness for firefighting and natural disaster relief shall be administered and directed jointly by the director of the corps and the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection. The director of the corps shall be responsible for setting the policies under which these centers shall be operated and shall be responsible for the recruitment, orientation, job training, project planning, and educational and other services generally provided in the corps at its base centers. The Director of Forestry and Fire Protection, and his or her designee, shall be responsible for the supervision of corps members engaged in public service conservation work and for the training, supervision, and direction of corps members engaged in fire prevention, fire suppression, and other emergency activities.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 760, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2002.)

14308.
  

In carrying out this division, the director may utilize any services, materials, or property of any agency of the state and may make any agreements with any agency of the state, or take any other actions, that are reasonable and necessary.

(Amended by Stats. 1993, Ch. 894, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 1994.)

14309.
  

In order to provide the best and most cost-effective training possible for corps members and other state employees, state agencies shall seek to combine or share training programs that provide related skills.

(Added by Stats. 2001, Ch. 760, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2002.)

14310.
  

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, corpsmembers and special corpsmembers, other than staff officers and employees, shall not receive state retirement benefits.

(Amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 50, Sec. 11.)

14311.
  

In keeping with the corps’ entrepreneurial nature and to expand the corpsmember population, the corps shall actively seek reimbursable work projects from state and nonstate entities that are in keeping with its mission. The corps shall use the following criteria in reviewing such a project offer:

(a) The project will provide opportunities to expand corpsmember population.

(b) The project will provide corpsmembers with education and training in employable skills.

(c) The project will attract community support, participation, and funding.

(d) The project conserves or enhances the state’s natural resources, or has other public benefits.

(Added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 894, Sec. 7. Effective January 1, 1994.)

14312.
  

(a) The Collins-Dugan California Conservation Corps Reimbursement Account is hereby created in the General Fund in the State Treasury, for support of the corps.

(b) Funds received in payment for reimbursable work projects, excluding General Fund money, may be deposited in the Collins-Dugan California Conservation Corps Reimbursement Account.

(c) Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, the money in the Collins-Dugan California Conservation Corps Reimbursement Account is hereby continuously appropriated to the corps for the following program activities:

(1) Program expansion to hire more corpsmembers.

(2) Enhancement of corpsmember education and educational support services.

(3) Enhancement of equipment used by corpsmembers in projects meeting the corps’ mission.

(4) Program support when legislatively directed reimbursement targets are unmet in a given fiscal year.

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 976, Sec. 1. Effective September 27, 1996.)

14313.
  

To assist the corps’ operation as an entrepreneurial and incentive-based program, the director may seek and accept donations from private entities, foundations, or other sources outside of state government for purposes of accomplishing the corps’ mission.

(Added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 894, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 1994.)

14315.
  

(a) Subject to the availability of assistance from the corps, a state agency that is considering the use of contracted labor shall give priority to the corps when the mission of the corps and the nature of the state agency’s project are substantially consistent.

(b) State agencies shall notify the corps of potential contracts for services that fit within the parameters of the legislative intent set forth in Section 14000 and shall use the corps to the maximum extent feasible to carry out projects that promote the legislative intent as set forth in Section 14000. Because of the corps’ commitment to the state’s youth, in the exercise of a state agency’s discretion when considering contracts for services, strong consideration shall be given to the use of corpsmembers over the use of other contracted labor.

(c) The corps may contract with any state agency for the performance of activities consistent with this division.

(d) Upon appropriation by the Legislature and execution of a contract pursuant to subdivision (b), the Controller may transfer money to the Collins-Dugan California Conservation Corps Reimbursement Account from other funds under the control of the contracting state agency, including, but not limited to, the following funds and accounts:

(1) Hazardous Waste Control Account in the General Fund.

(2) State Highway Account in the State Transportation Fund.

(3) Transportation Planning and Development Account in the State Transportation Fund.

(4) California Environmental License Plate Fund.

(5) Fish and Game Preservation Fund.

(6) Public Resources Account in the Cigarette and Tobacco Products Surtax Fund.

(7) Unallocated Account in the Cigarette and Tobacco Products Surtax Fund.

(8) Habitat Conservation Fund.

(9) Motor Vehicle Fuel Account in the Transportation Tax Fund pursuant to Section 8352.6 of the Revenue and Taxation Code (OMV Fund).

(10) Oil Spill Prevention and Administration Fund.

(11) Integrated Waste Management Account in the Integrated Waste Management Fund.

(12) State Parks and Recreation Fund.

(13) Solid Waste Disposal Site Cleanup and Maintenance Account in the General Fund.

(14) Employment Training Fund.

(15) Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund.

(16) California Beverage Container Recycling Fund.

(e) Expenditures from the Collins-Dugan California Conservation Corps Reimbursement Account of amounts transferred pursuant to subdivision (d) shall be limited to purposes that are consistent with the requirements of each fund or account contributing each amount to the Collins-Dugan California Conservation Corps Reimbursement Account.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 953, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 2003.)

14316.
  

The Department of Finance may make a loan from the General Fund to the Collins-Dugan California Conservation Corps Reimbursement Account, in an amount not to exceed a cumulative total of one million five hundred thousand dollars ($1,500,000) to meet cashflow needs due to delays in collecting reimbursements. Any loan made by the Department of Finance pursuant to this section shall only be made if the corps has a valid contract or certification signed by a client agency that demonstrates that sufficient funds will be available to repay the loan. All money so transferred shall be repaid to the General Fund as soon as possible, but not later than one year from the date of the loan, with interest at the average rate earned by the Surplus Money Investment Fund.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 953, Sec. 10. Effective January 1, 2003.)

14317.
  

(a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

(1) By authorizing the Sacramento Local Conservation Corps to sell one of its existing buildings and purchase another building, the corps would be able to consolidate and improve its operations and ensure the safety of its members.

(2) The purpose of the purchase of another building is to provide a permanent residence for the Sacramento Local Conservation Corps.

(3) The purchase of another building is consistent with the intended purpose of the Proposition 40 (the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2002) grant to the Sacramento Local Conservation Corps that was used to purchase the existing building.

(4) However, that grant required the Sacramento Local Conservation Corps to “use the property only for the purpose for which the grant was made and to make no other use, sale or other disposition of the property, except as authorized by a specific act of the Legislature.”

(b) The Sacramento Local Conservation Corps, certified by the California Conservation Corps pursuant to this division, may sell APN 036-0181-011 located in the County of Sacramento, which was purchased with bond funds pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (e) of Section 5096.650.

(c) The sale of APN 036-0181-011 shall be subject to all of the following conditions:

(1) The sale of APN 036-0181-011 shall be at no less than fair market value and shall be approved by the California Conservation Corps.

(2) The net proceeds from the sale of APN 036-0181-011 shall be used only towards the purchase of APN 036-0031-026 located in the County of Sacramento.

(3) The purchase of APN 036-0031-026 shall be at no more than fair market value and shall be approved by the California Conservation Corps.

(4) Any net proceeds from the sale of APN 036-0181-011, in excess of the purchase price of APN 036-0031-026, shall revert to the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Fund created pursuant to Section 5096.610, and are hereby appropriated from that fund to the California Conservation Corps for local assistance.

(5) The Sacramento Local Conservation Corps shall only use APN 036-0031-026 for corps purposes and shall not lease or rent APN 036-0031-026 to other occupants.

(Added by Stats. 2007, Ch. 178, Sec. 17. Effective August 24, 2007.)

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