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AB-2081 Coastal resources: research: landslides and erosion: early warning system: County of San Diego.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/05/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2081


Introduced by Assembly Member Boerner Horvath
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Gloria)

February 05, 2020


An act relating to coastal resources, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2081, as introduced, Boerner Horvath. Coastal resources: research: landslides and erosion: early warning system: County of San Diego.
Existing law establishes the Climate Ready Program in the State Coastal Conservancy to address the impacts and potential impacts of climate change on resources within the conservancy’s jurisdiction. Existing law authorizes the conservancy to undertake projects within its jurisdiction, including projects related to beach and bluff erosion and other coastal hazards that threaten coastal communities, infrastructure, and natural resources.
Existing law requires the Office of Emergency Services, in collaboration with the California Institute of Technology, the California Geological Survey, the University of California, the United States Geological Survey, the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission, and other stakeholders, to develop a comprehensive statewide earthquake early warning system in California through a public-private partnership, which is required to include, among other things, the installation of field sensors.
This bill would appropriate from the General Fund the sum of $2,500,000 to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego to conduct research on coastal cliff landslides and erosion in the County of San Diego, as provided. The bill would require the research to be completed by January 1, 2023. The bill would require by no later than March 15, 2023, the institution to provide a report to the Legislature with recommendations for developing an early warning coastal cliff landslide and erosion warning system based on that research.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: YES   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 (a) The sum of two million five hundred thousand dollars ($2,500,000) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego to conduct research on coastal cliff landslides and erosion in the County of San Diego. The research conducted pursuant to this section shall involve both of the following:
(1) Develop a bluff failure database using historical records combined with analysis of recent and future coastal survey data. This database shall be used to establish landslide size frequency statistics, quantify failure rates, and identify erosion hot spots.
(2) Conduct real-time measurements of land deformation, to identify and analyze conditions that precede catastrophic bluff failure, on both of the following sites:
(A) Beacons Beach in the City of Encinitas.
(B) The City of Del Mar.
(b) (1) The research described in subdivision (a) shall be completed no later than January 1, 2023. No later than March 15, 2023, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography shall provide a report to the Legislature. The report shall provide the Legislature with recommendations for developing a coastal cliff landslide and erosion early warning system based on the research described in subdivision (a).
(2) A report submitted pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(c) The Scripps Institution of Oceanography shall not be civilly liable for any harm caused while conducting the research described in subdivision (a).