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The CSAC Bulletin for April 13, 2017
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April 13, 2017

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Headlines
California Counties Will Put Transportation Revenue to Good Use
In San Bernardino County, Mock Trial Program Helps Juvenile Offenders Grow
 

CSAC News
There’s Still Time to Register Online for the CSAC Legislative Conference
Celebrate Your County’s Successes through the CSAC Challenge Awards


Policy Reports
No Place Like Home Technical Assistance Funds Available
State Appellate Court Upholds Cap-and-Trade Program
The Drought is Officially Over – What’s Next?
Tree Morality Work Continues; Hope on the Horizon
NACo Hosts Stepping Up Initiative Webinar/Technical Assistance Call
Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting Updates
Bills of Interest: Ag, Environment, and Natural Resources

California Counties Will Put Transportation Revenue to Good Use
It won’t happen overnight, but California counties will soon see a significant influx of new revenue from SB1, the transportation funding bill that passed through the Legislature last week. Governor Brown is expected to sign the bill soon after lawmakers return from their spring recess. Due to a phasing-in of the new fees and taxes and indexing into the future, year one revenues will less than the revenues expected to be available in later years. ​
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In San Bernardino County, the Public Defender's Office, Juvenile Court, and Probation Department are connecting with youth in custody through a Mock Trial Program. 
Best Practices: In San Bernardino County, Mock Trial Program Helps Juvenile Offenders Grow
If you research competitive mock trials on the Internet, you learn that they take place in numerous countries around the world. In the United States, students participate in them at the college, high school and even middle school levels.  But finding anything about mock trials involving incarcerated youths is a search that begins and ends with San Bernardino County.
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There’s Still Time to Register Online for the CSAC Legislative Conference
There’s still time to register online for the CSAC Legislative Conference, scheduled for May 17-18 in Sacramento. To be held just days after the release of the Governor’s May Budget Revision, the conference will provide an opportunity to hear the latest news out of Sacramento.
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Celebrate Your County’s Successes through the CSAC Challenge Awards

It’s National County Government Month — and there’s no better time than this month to start brainstorming what innovative programs you want to enter in the 2017 CSAC Challenge Awards. Although the deadline to enter isn’t until June 23, it’s never too early to begin putting together the required two-page executive summary for each entry.

To learn more about the awards, click here to review our electronic brochure.

This year’s competition will feature new entry categories. Entrants will now be asked to market specific issue and population categories. 
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No Place Like Home Technical Assistance Funds Available
The Department of Housing and Community Development has approximately $6.2 million in funding available for technical assistance grants to help counties develop and implement the No Place Like Home program. The program provides loans and grants to counties investing in permanent supportive housing for people who need mental health services and are currently homelessness, are chronically homelessness, or are at risk of chronic homelessness.​
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State Appellate Court Upholds Cap-and-Trade Program
The Court of Appeal has upheld the cap-and-trade program that was part of the California Global Warming Solutions Act, also known as AB 32, adopted in 2006.  The lawsuit, brought by business groups, argued that the cap-and-trade program of selling greenhouse gas emission allowances at auction amounted to a tax. Under Proposition 13, taxes require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature. AB 32 was passed with less than a two-thirds vote and plaintiffs argued that the cap-and-trade program violated Proposition 13.  The Court of Appeal, in a 2-1 opinion, rejected that argument. ​
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The Drought is Officially Over – What’s Next?
With the issuance of Executive Order B-40-17, Governor Brown officially declared the multi-year drought at an end. The EO notes that while the snowpack is 164 percent of season average and reservoirs are in good shape, the “changing climate requires California to continue to adopt and adhere to permanent changes to use water more wisely and to prepare for more frequent and persistent periods of limited water supply.” In addition to the general theme of conservation, drought response will continue in Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Tuolumne Counties.​
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Tree Morality Work Continues; Hope on the Horizon
The Governor’s Task Force on Tree Mortality met earlier this week to hear updates from state agencies, local communities, and federal partners. As the multi-year drought comes to an end and there are some signs that the crisis may slow, tree mortality remains a priority issue for CSAC. Tree mortality working groups continue to work on key issues like public outreach, regulations, resource allocation, bioenergy, forest health and resilience, and mapping and monitoring.
NACo Hosts Stepping Up Initiative Webinar/Technical Assistance Call
The National Association of Counties (NACo) Stepping Up Initiative partners will host a webinar on establishing baseline data for mentally ill jail populations Thursday, May 11 at 11:00 am. This webinar will feature key strategies for establishing baseline data as well as highlight where some of the best opportunities exist to reduce mentally ill jail populations and provide measurable benchmarks of progress.​
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Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting Updates
The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) will hold two public hearings to discuss the proposed action on the Title 15 Minimum Standards for Local Detention Facilities. The first public hearing will be held Wednesday, April 19 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm at 2590 Venture Oaks Way, Sacramento, CA 95833. The second public hearing will be held Tuesday, May 2 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at a Southern California location yet to be determined. For additional information or if you have questions about these hearings please contact: Ginger Wolfe with the BSCC at ginger.wolfe@bscc.ca.gov.
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Bills of Interest: Ag, Environment and Natural Resources
The legislature will come back from spring recess with a packed schedule next week! Several bills of interest are on tap, including recycling, energy, the PACE program, CEQA and more. For a full list of bills and more details please click here.
 
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