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AB-1553 Department of Transportation: cleanup and maintenance projects: California Conservation Corps.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 04/12/2021 02:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 12, 2021
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 25, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1553


Introduced by Assembly Member O’Donnell

February 19, 2021


An act to add Section 14108 to the Government Code, and to add and repeal Section 91.7 of the Streets and Highways Code, relating to transportation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1553, as amended, O’Donnell. Department of Transportation: homeless encampments. cleanup and maintenance projects: California Conservation Corps.
Existing law vests the Department of Transportation with full possession and control of the state highway system, including associated property. property, and authorizes the department to administer highway maintenance programs, as specified. Existing law authorizes the Department of Transportation to require the removal of any encroachment in, under, or over any state highway.
Existing law establishes the California Conservation Corps and requires that young people participating in the corps program generally be engaged in projects that, among other things, accomplish useful and needed public works projects in both urban and rural areas. Existing law defines “community conservation corps” as a nonprofit public benefit corporation, as specified, or an agency operated by a city, county, or city and county, that is certified by the California Conservation Corps.
This bill would require the department establish a pilot program for cleanup efforts at homeless encampments on department property. authorize the department to enter into an agreement directly with one or more certified community conservation corps to perform cleanup and maintenance projects authorized by the department. The bill would require the department to develop a plan to conduct cleanup efforts at all homeless encampments on department property within the City of Long Beach and authorize the department to develop plans to conduct cleanup efforts at homeless encampments on other department property. to establish pursuant to this authority a pilot program to enter into agreements by April 1, 2022, with certified community conservation corps to perform cleanup and maintenance projects, as specified, on department property. The bill would require the program to include a plan to conduct cleanup and maintenance projects in the City of Long Beach and the County of Santa Clara, and would authorize plans to conduct similar projects in other areas of the state. As part of the pilot program, the bill would require the department to develop an agreement agreements with the California Conservation Corps with provisions for corps members to conduct cleanup efforts at homeless encampments on department property. certified community conservation corps operating in the areas where the pilot program is conducted, with provisions for corps members to conduct cleanup and maintenance projects on department property. The bill would also require the agreement to include provisions governing compensation for the California Conservation Corps certified community conservation corps for all work associated with cleanup efforts. authorized projects. The bill would require the department to, on or before December 31, 2026, submit a report to the Legislature that includes information on the locations of, and time of completion for, cleanup activities. These all projects conducted as part of the pilot program. The pilot program provisions would be repealed on January 1, 2027.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 14108 is added to the Government Code, to read:

14108.
 (a) For purposes of this section, “certified community conservation corps” means a community conservation corps that has been certified as described in Section 14507.5 of the Public Resources Code.
(b) The department may enter into an agreement directly with one or more certified community conservation corps to perform projects authorized by the department, including, but not limited to, the following:
(1) Roadside maintenance along department rights-of-way.
(2) Litter pick up.
(3) Clearing of debris, brush, and trees.
(4) Replanting of vegetation.
(5) Repairing and clearing drainage ditches.
(6) Safety trainings.
(7) Trimming or removing brush and trees, including those that are dead, overgrown, or obstruct visibility.
(8) Removing brush, trees, and other debris in ditches, culverts, channels, or natural gullies leading to cross-highway drainage.
(9) Creating firebreaks at fence lines and where appropriate adjacent to road shoulders.
(10) Removing fire tinder.
(11) Planting natural vegetation on areas subject to erosion.
(12) Removing and restoring plants in landscaped areas.
(13) Manually controlling weeds.
(14) Restoring water systems.
(15) Cleaning the back side of landscape areas along streets and frontage roads.
(16) Purchasing or renting vehicles and other equipment.
(17) Removing trash, debris, and other materials from previous homeless encampments.

SECTION 1.SEC. 2.

 Section 91.7 is added to the Streets and Highways Code, to read:

91.7.
 (a) The Pursuant to the authority described in Section 14108 of the Government Code, the department shall establish a pilot program for cleanup efforts at homeless encampments on to enter into agreements by April 1, 2022, with certified community conservation corps to perform projects authorized pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 14108 of the Government Code on department property. The
(b) The program shall include a plan to conduct cleanup efforts at all homeless encampments the projects identified pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 14108 of the Government Code on department property within the City of Long Beach and the County of Santa Clara and may include plans to conduct cleanup efforts at homeless encampments similar projects on other department property. property in other areas of the state.

(b)

(c) As part of the program, the department shall enter into an agreement agreements with the California Conservation Corps certified community conservation corps operating in the areas where the pilot program is conducted that shall include, but not be limited to, both of the following:
(1) Provisions for corps members to conduct cleanup efforts at homeless encampments projects on department property. property, including, but not limited to, projects identified pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 14108 of the Government Code.
(2) Provisions governing compensation for the California Conservation Corps certified community conservation corps for all work associated with cleanup efforts. authorized projects.

(c)

(d) The department shall, on or before December 31, 2026, submit a report to the Legislature, pursuant to Section 9795 of the Government Code, that identifies the locations of, and time of completion for, cleanup activities. all projects conducted as part of the pilot program.
(e) For purposes of this section, “certified community conservation corps” means a community conservation corps that has been certified as described in Section 14507.5 of the Public Resources Code.

(d)

(f) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2027, and as of that date is repealed.