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Pesticide-Related Expenditures Across State Agencies

April 4, 2005 - Presented to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 2 on April 4, 2005.

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Overview of OEHHA’s Report of Long-Term Baseline Funding Requirement (Revised)

April 4, 2005 - Presented to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 2 on April 4, 2005.

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Recent Funding History for: Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of Fish and Game, and Department of Parks and Recreation

March 16, 2005 - Presented to the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources on March 16, 2005.

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2005-06 Budget Overview: Resources and Environmental Protection

March 14, 2005 - Presented to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 2 on March 14, 2005.

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Water Policy Issues: CALFED Bay-Delta Program and Flood Management

March 9, 2005 - Presented to the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on March 9, 2005.

Report

Pesticide Mill Assessment: Substantial Revenue Undercollection

February 24, 2005 - We find that there has been a substantial undercollection of pesticide mill assessment revenues, and we offer a couple of options for addressing this issue. We recommend that the Department of Pesticide Regulation and the Department of Finance report at budget hearings on the options.

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Fire Protection Budget Issues

February 24, 2005 - We recommend the deletion of $10.8 million from the General Fund requested by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDFFP) for fire apparatus and helicopters because the proposal lacks details and the plan to purchase helicopters is premature. We also recommend the deletion of $9 million from the General Fund proposed for year-round firefighting staffing in Southern California because the proposal has not been justified. Finally, we recommend a number of actions to improve legislative oversight over CDFFP’s receipt and use of unanticipated federal funds.

Report

Elimination of Energy-Related Agencies

February 24, 2005 - The Governor’s Reorganization Plan Number One (GRP 1), related to reforming boards and commissions, proposes eliminating two energy-related agencies—the California Consumer Power and Conservation Financing Authority and the Electricity Oversight Board—and moving their duties to the Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission. We find that this proposal raises various issues, including potential conflicts of interest in the resulting organization and whether the reorganization is premature pending potential future changes in the energy market and a potential proposal to establish an energy agency.

Report

Resources Bonds: Getting Funds Out-the-Door

February 24, 2005 - We find that there are significant amounts of resources bond funds that were appropriated in the current and prior years that have not been expended. We also find that delays persist in getting funds out-the door and that there has been a lack of demand for the specified use of some bond funds. We recommend that the administration report at budget hearings on various bond program implementation issues.

Report

Reorganizing the State’s Recycling Programs

February 24, 2005 - In order to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the state’s recycling programs, we recommend that such programs be consolidated into a new department within the California Environmental Protection Agency. We also recommend that the nonrecyling-related functions in the current agencies be transferred to other departments. This reorganization would generate special fund savings of at least $2 million.

Report

Financing Flood Lawsuit Settlement

February 24, 2005 - The budget proposes to finance a pending $464 million settlement of a flood-related lawsuit against the state (the Paterno case) with a judgment bond. We think that there may be other ways to pay this settlement. We also find that the judgment bond proposal raises legal, policy, and fiscal issues for the Legislature to consider. We recommend that the Director of Finance report on various issues at budget hearings.

Report

Analysis of the 2005-06 Budget Bill, Resources Chapter

February 24, 2005 - Analysis of the 2005-06 Budget Bill, Resources Chapter

Handout

Resources Bond Overview

February 23, 2005 - Presented to the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources on February 23, 2005.

Report

Water Policy Issues Facing the State

February 22, 2005 - Two of the most important water policy issues facing the state today are how to address what has been characterized by the administration as a “crisis” in flood management and how to finance the $8.1 billion CALFED Bay-Delta Program (CALFED). We analyze a Department of Water Resources White Paper recently submitted to the Legislature on addressing the state’s flood management challenges and make recommendations for legislative action. We also analyze a ten-year finance plan for CALFED that the budget indicates will be incorporated in the Governor’s May Revision. We find that the finance plan’s revenue assumptions may be unrealistic. As a result, the Legislature will need to establish its expenditure priorities so that the program can be “right sized” consistent with those priorities.

Report

Improving Coastal Access And Development Mitigation

January 19, 2005 - The Legislature has made protection of and access to California's 1,100 miles of coastline a statewide priority. While the California Coastal Commission has made progress toward protecting California's coastline, certain of the commission's permitting practices have temporarily reduced, and may permanently reduce, the public's access to the coast. The Coastal Commission's mitigation strategies include owners offering to dedicate (OTD) portions of their property to public use as a condition of receiving a coastal development permit. We make a number of recommendations focused on encouraging more upfront mitigation of coastal development, finding a more appropriate funding source for mitigation, and shortening the timeframes for acceptance and opening of OTDs.

Environment and Natural Resources Staff

Helen Kerstein
(916) 319-8364
Forestry, Parks, and High Speed Rail
 
Sonja Petek
(916) 319-8340
Water, Coastal Development, and Fish and Wildlife
 
Frank Jimenez
(916) 319-8324
Highways and Roads, Recycling, Agriculture, and Toxics
 
Sarah Cornett
(916) 319-8329
Air Quality, Energy, and Climate Change
 
Rachel Ehlers
(916) 319-8330
Deputy Legislative Analyst: Environment and Transportation