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The CSAC Bulletin for February 23, 2017
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February 23, 2017

In this Issue


Headlines
Transportation Bill Passes Environmental Quality Committee
NACo Legislative Conference: D.C. Here We Come
California: From Drought to Flood in a Matter of Months


Policy Reports
Federal Issues Update: More Executive Orders
Mixed Picture on State Revenues
Property Taxes Still Below Pre-Recession Peak

New Jail Visitation Regulations Approved
Kennedy, Benndorf, Aguirre On No Place Like Home Committee
Committee Examines Local Perspective on Cannabis
Cannabis State Payment Collection Law Introduced
Scientists Map Subsidence Levels in California
CARB Holds Latest Auction of Greenhouse Gas Allowances
1991 Realignment Webinar Recap
Health and Human Services News Briefs
Bills of Interest
Meetings, Webinars, Training etc.


Other News
Join ILG for a Public Engagement Strategy Workshop 
 
Transportation Bill Passes Environmental Quality Committee
A bill that will provide about $6 billion a year to fix and maintain state and local highways, roads and bridges passed the Senate Environmental Quality (EQ) Committee this week on a 4-2 vote. While the bill has had strong support so far in two committee hearings, it will eventually need a two-thirds vote from both houses of the Legislature.​
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NACo Legislative Conference: D.C. Here We Come

A team of CSAC staff and county supervisors from all over the state are packing their bags for Washington DC and the annual National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference. The conference gives California Counties a chance to weigh in with our local congressional delegation on a variety of matters. It also gives California a chance to influence the issues and positions on NACo’s front burner for the year.

NACo Steering Committees and the NACo Board of Directors will consider a number of policy resolutions that guide NACo’s federal lobbying efforts. At the top of the list for California is the Affordable Care Act.
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California: From Drought to Flood in a Matter of Months

By Vito Chiesa
Almost two years ago in April of 2015, I wrote about the drought in this blog.

“As a second-generation Stanislaus County walnut grower, I can tell you that there are a few things I can count on and a whole lot of things I can’t. For example, I can count on the sun shining about 260 days a year here in the Central Valley. And I can still count on my 83-year-old father to put in a harder day’s work than I do most of the time. Both of those things help our trees grow and our business flourish. I just wish the rain was as reliable.”

Well, my father is 85 now and still working hard. And I still wish the rain would fall in nice predictable patterns, not too little and not too much. But, that’s not usually the way it works.
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Federal issues Update: More Executive Orders
Members of the House and Senate were on recess the week of February 20 in observance of the President’s Day holiday, but the Trump administration continued advancing the president’s domestic policy agenda via Executive Order this week. For starters, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released guidance memoranda implementing the president’s January 25, 2017 executive orders (EOs) on immigration.
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Mixed Picture on State Revenues
The latest Department of Finance report shows revenues exceeding the Governor’s January 2017-18 budget projections for the month of January by $747 million (5.1 percent) – roughly the same amount by which December revenue receipts fell short. A one-month reversal does not signify a long-term trend and CSAC will remain heavily engaged to help defend county interests in budget negotiations given anticipated economic slowing.​
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Property Taxes Still Below Pre-Recession Peak
As the California economy continues to grow at a faster pace than the rest of the nation, a new analysis shows that the recovery has been uneven across the state. Not only have some regions fared better than others, but the nature of the recession and the shape of the recovery have affected government revenues differently.​
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New Jail Visitation Regulations Approved
The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) approved revisions to Title 15 and Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations that govern visiting in local detention facilities. The revised regulations require that local detention facilities provide access to in-person visiting, except for facilities that are in design, construction or already are offering electronic visiting only approaches.​
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Kennedy, Bendorf, Aguirre on No Place Like Home Commitee
Governor Jerry Brown has appointed several new people to serve on the No Place Like Home Technical Committee, including Sacramento County Supervisor Patrick Kennedy, Yuba County Administrator Robert Bendorf, and San Diego County Director of Behavioral Health Alfredo Aguirre. ​
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Committee Examines Local Perspective on Cannabis
Another week, another informational hearing about cannabis! This time, the Assembly Committee on Local Government brought in local experts, including people from Humboldt and Monterey Counties, to delve into the issue of how local governments are implementing recreational cannabis usage in the wake of Prop 64. 
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Cannabis State Payment Collection Law Introduced
SB 148 (Wiener), also known as the Cannabis State Payment Collection Law, would authorize a county or the State Board of Equalization to collect cash payments from cannabis-related businesses for a state agency that administers any fee, fine, penalty, or other charge. The bill requires a county to collect only if both the board of supervisors and the county tax collector (or treasurer-tax collector) approve of entering into an agreement with a state agency to make the collections
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Scientists Map Subsidence Levels in California
Using satellites, aircraft, and a complex tool known as interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR), scientists have created a map of subsidence in California and released the results in a new report available via the Department of Water Resources. Subsidence is defined by the U.S. Geological Survey as a gradual settling or sudden sinking of the Earth’s surface owing to subsurface movement of earth materials. In California;s Central Valley, subsidence has been blamed on over-pumping from ground water aquifers.​
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CARB Holds Latest Auction of Greenhouse Gas Allowances
The California Air Resources Board offered the first 2017 auction of greenhouse gas emissions on Wednesday. The auction was held in conjunction with Quebec’s cap and trade system. As of press time Thursday, results were not yet available. They will be posted online here. ​
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1991 Realignment Webinar Recap
Several county affiliate organizations presented a webinar yesterday to present a detailed overview of how 1991 Realignment works, the impact of eliminating the Coordinated Care Initiative on 1991 Realignment, and the potential impacts on counties.​
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Health and Human Services News Briefs
Coordinated Care Initiative and In-Home Supportive Services MOE

Assembly Discusses ACA Risks
Bills of Interest
Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources

PACE Bills

Bill Would Extend Emergency Declaration Authority to Ports

PILT Bill Set for Hearing

Meetings, Webinars, Training etc.
Administration of Justice
BSCC To Meet Re: Training Standards, Juvenile Regulations

Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources 
DWR, Water Education Foundation Present Water Summit in April

Tree Mortality, Emergency at Oroville Dam

Rail Safety and Hazmat Response Training Offered

Join ILG for a Public Engagement Strategy Workshop 
Looking for assistance with organizing and sustaining productive public engagement? Struggling to decide how to use online engagement tools? This workshop will provide you with the tools and resources you need to authentically engage stakeholders in thoughtful, democratic processes. ILG’s Public Engagement Program is partnering with Public Agenda to bring this workshop to Sacramento on March 8th. Topics covered include: the strengths and limitations of public engagement; practical skills for planning stronger engagement infrastructure; how to assess the strengths and weaknesses of public engagement in your community; and more. Register here!

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