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For inquiries on any of our legislative positions, please contact Legislative Analyst Ilissa Gold at ilissa@contractcities.org

Drug Addiction Recovery Facilities

BILLSPONSORPOSITIONSUMMARYANALYSIS
SB 786
MendozaSUPPORT

LETTER OF SUPPORT
CCCA-initiated bill to prevent overconcentration of alcohol and drug addiction recovery facilities in residential neighborhoods while also preserving the small group-home therapeutic model for recovering patients.This will help cities prevent residential neighborhoods from turning into "hospital zones" while allowing recovering patients to integrate into the community.
AB 285MelendezWATCHCreates a process for "drug and alcohol free" residences to become certified by organizations approved by the Department of Healthcare Services.This bill could be helpful to cities by putting in place standards for sober living homes, making it easier to determine if homes are noncompliant, while helping patients by providing a structured living arrangement for their recovery. However, CCCA has some concerns over the effect of DHCS delegating oversight of sober living residences to outside organizations.
AB 572Quirk-SilvaSUPPORTThis bill would create a voluntary pilot program for Orange County to fund and house a Department of Health Care Complaint Analyst to investigate noncompliant sober living homes.This pilot program could help local governments better enforce regulations around sober living homes and ensure compliance. CCCA believes that DHCS should house Complaint Analysts elsewhere in the state besides Sacramento and supports this pilot program. However, CCCA believes that any future expansion of this pilot should be funded by DHCS, not by counties.

Local Governance

BILLSPONSORPOSITIONSUMMARYANALYSIS
SB 361HernandezSUPPORTThis bill authorizes Authorizes the Landscaping and Lighting District of the City of La Puente to perform maintenance and make improvements pursuant to the Landscaping and Lighting Act of 1972, using $7 million that was granted to the district for that purpose in October 2016.CCCA supports this bill in order for member city La Puente to have maximum flexibility to make improvements and repairs in the community, allowing them to use their funding not just for lighting installation but for landscaping, parks, and other community facilities.
SB 649HuesoOPPOSE
UNLESS AMENDED


LETTER OF OPPOSITION
This bill would provide that small cell telecommunications facilities are permitted uses, not subject to city or county discretionary permits, as long as the small cell is in a public right-of-way in a commercial or industrial zone and complies with all applicable state and local health and safety regulations. Cities and counties may require administrative permits with the same requirements as similar construction permits.CCCA believes that this bill in its current form infringes upon the longstanding right of cities to determine appropriate locations for small cell facilities.
AB 252Ridley-ThomasOPPOSE

LETTER OF OPPOSITION
This bill would prohibit the imposition by a city, city and county, or county, including a chartered city, city and county, or county, of a tax on video streaming services, including, but not limited to, any tax on the sale or use of video streaming services or any utility user tax on video streaming services.CCCA believes that this bill is an infringement on local control over tax revenue. Voters in several cities and counties have already voted to modernize their utility user taxes, and this undermines the will of the voters in these communities.
AB 890MedinaOPPOSE

LETTER OF OPPOSITION
This bill would require a proponent of a proposed initiative ordinance, at the time he or she files a copy of the proposed initiative ordinance for preparation of a ballot title and summary with the appropriate elections official, to also request that an environmental review of the proposed initiative ordinance be conducted by the appropriate planning department.This bill takes away from cities' control over their own election processes and puts unnecessary burdens on the ballot initiative process.
AB 1250Jones-SawyerOPPOSE

LETTER OF OPPOSITION
This bill would ban cities from contracting out for municipal services "solely on the basis that savings will result from lower contractor pay rates or benefits" and impose numerous new reporting requirements and liabilities on cities that contract for services.CCCA believes that this bill amounts to a de facto ban on the entire contract city model and strongly opposes it.

Housing

BILLSPONSORPOSITIONSUMMARYANALYSIS
SB 2AtkinsWATCHThis bill would enact a $75 recording fee on certain real estate documents to create a $300 million permanent source of funding for affordable housing, as well as supportive and transitional housing.This allocates 50% of the fees to local governments, so it could provide an important source of state funding for local additional affordable housing developments.
SB 3BeallWATCHThis bill would authorize a $3 billion general obligation bond to fund affordable housing programs and infill infrastructure projects for the 2018 ballot.This could provide a significant source of state funding for local affordable housing initiatives.
SB 35WienerOPPOSE

LETTER OF OPPOSITION
This bill would mandate that cities report to the Department of Housing and Community Development on how many different types of housing they have built annually, and further mandates that cities that are not on track to meet their Regional Housing Needs Assessment goals will have housing developments subjected to a state-led streamlined approval process.CCCA believes that this bill poses a substantial threat to local control over the planning process and while doing nothing to assist cities in building more affordable housing.
AB 199ChuWATCHThis bill would require that certain private residential projects built pursuant to an agreement with a successor agency to a redevelopment agency meet the requirements for projects that are defined as "public works," including the payment of prevailing wages.CCCA originally opposed this bill when it applied to "political subdivisions,"which made this bill an infringement on a city's ability to set its own contracts on housing developments. The amendment to apply only to successor agencies remedied the main objection, so we will continue to monitor it.
AB 346Daly, BroughSUPPORTThis bill would allow housing successor agencies to the now-dissolved redevelopment agencies to use more than $250,000 per year from the remaining funds in their Low and Moderate Income Housing Funds (LHIMFs) on homelessness services or transitional or emergency housing for the homeless.This will give local housing authorities greater flexibility to spend funds that they are currently unable to spend from their LHIMFs on urgently needed services and housing for the homeless.
AB 1505Bloom, Chiu, GloriaSUPPORT

LETTER OF SUPPPORT
This bill codifies the rights of cities and counties to adopt inclusionary zoning ordinances and require certain residential developments to include a percentage of rental units affordable to moderate or low income households.This bill would restore an important tool for cities to have at their disposal in order to meet affordable housing goals.
AB 1506Bloom, Chiu, BontaWATCHThis bill would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which prescribes statewide limits on the application of local rent control on certain properties.This bill could allow some cities greater control over the availability of affordable housing but may not be effective for all cities.
AB 1585BloomOPPOSEThis bill would establish in each city, county, and city and county in the state an affordable housing zoning board and procedures by which a public agency or nonprofit organization proposing to build affordable housing units, as defined, or a developer proposing to build a housing project that meets specified affordability criteria, could submit to that board a single application for a comprehensive conditional use or other discretionary permit. This bill is a clear attack on cities' abilities to set their own affordable housing policies and enforce their own zoning rules.

Stormwater Infrastructure

BILLSPONSORPOSITIONSUMMARYANALYSIS
SB 231HertzbergOPPOSE

LETTER OF OPPOSITION
This bill would redefine "sewer services" to encompass stormwater management costs, which would allow stormwater control costs to be added to property assessments without a vote.This bill could add high fees to the property tax bills of CCCA's member city residents, without cities having a say in how they're assessed.
SB 541AllenSUPPORT

LETTER OF SUPPORT
This bill encourages school districts to work with municipalities on stormwater treatment by determining the best practices for water capture design standards for new and reconstructed public schools.In many cities, schools and community colleges have the open space necessary to conduct stormwater capture, bu they are not included in MS4 permits. Putting in place a process for MS4s and schools to work together will help cities comply with stormwater capture requirements.
SB 589HernandezSUPPORTThis bill requires water quality boards to establish schedules for compliance with water quality objectives in water control quality plans when approving MS4 permits, and includes financial capability analyses in these schedules, thereby allowing alternative paths to compliance for municipalities.Many CCCA cities have significant costs per household for water services, and this will allow cities to find a sustainable way to comply with water quality objectives.
SB 633PortantinoWATCHThis bill would require a regional board preparing a water quality control plan for a region having a population in excess of 10 million residents to additionally consider opportunities to convey stormwater to a regional site within the watershed in which the stormwater originated for capture and infiltration and to consider and balance the opportunity for stormwater capture when determining past and probable future beneficial uses of water, as specified.This could be beneficial for cities in filling their stormwater capture requirements in looking to regional solutions.
AB 1180HoldenSUPPORTThis bill creates the Stormwater Permit Compliance Fund to provide grants to municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) for cleaning zinc pollutants in stormwater caused by tires, and raises the fee on new tire purchases.This bill will help cities in fulfilling their stormwater cleaning requirements by providing a source of funding for cleaning zinc pollutants from collected stormwater.

Public Safety

BILLSPONSORPOSITIONSUMMARYANALYSIS
SB 54De LeónWATCHThis bill prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies from detaining or arresting anyone for immigration enforcement purposes, and specifically repeals existing law requiring arresting agencies to notify ICE when there is reason to believe that a person arrested for violating specified controlled substance provisions may not be a U.S. citizen.CCCA has adopted a neutral stance on this bill in light of the extreme sensitivity of the issue, noting the importance of balancing law enforcement concerns with protecting innocent non-citizen residents.
SB 75BatesSUPPORTThis bill defines several crimes as "violent felonies" for sentencing purposes under California law.This bill closes a loophole in 2016's Prop 57, which reduced sentences for certain nonviolent felonies but failed to define obviously violent felonies. This bill will keep dangerous criminals from being released into our cities without completing their sentences.
AB 6LackeySUPPORT IF AMENDEDThis bill would establish a drugged driving task force chaired by the Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol, with representatives from other law enforcement and government agencies, to establish best practices and policies to address the issue of driving under the influence of drugs.CCCA strongly supports the establishment of this commission to keep our cities safe from drugged drivers. However, we are concerned that this bill states that it will only be implemented to the extent funding is made available. CCCA believes that funding must be made available to have any effect and wants the bill amended to provide funding.
AB 820GipsonWATCHa. This bill would authorize the Emergency Medical Services Authority to establish a task force to develop a report evaluating alternative destinations to a general acute care hospital for first responders to transport a patient who may be a danger to himself, herself, or others or gravely disabled as a result of a mental health disorder. The bill would require the report to be published on the authority’s Internet Web site.CCCA believes this could be helpful in directing mentally ill patients into treatment facilities rather than into overcrowded hospital emergency rooms, but have concerns as to whether this would ultimately be effective.

Transportation

BILLSPONSORPOSITIONSUMMARYANALYSIS
SB 1BeallSUPPORT

LETTER OF SUPPORT
Would generate an additional $5.2 billion annually in revenue for transportation, including road repairs and rail maintenance, through several fees including an increase in the gas tax and an increase in vehicle registration fees.CCCA supports this bill as it will provide critically-needed funding from the state for local road repair and transportation infrastructure by allocating half of the revenues generated for local projects, and by putting in place safeguards to determine the money is spent solely on transportation.
AB 1FrazierSUPPORTWould generate an additional $5.2 billion annually in revenue for transportation, including road repairs and rail maintenance, through several fees including an increase in the gas tax and an increase in vehicle registration fees.CCCA supports this bill as it will provide critically-needed funding from the state for local road repair and transportation infrastructure by allocating half of the revenues generated for local projects, and by putting in place safeguards to determine the money is spent solely on transportation.