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Hearing Handout

State and Regional Water Boards: Issues for Legislative Consideration

February 29, 2000 - Handout accompanying presentation to various legislative committees.


Land Acquisition Funding

February 17, 2000 - The budget proposes language for the Wildlife Conservation Board and State Coastal Conservancy that would allow those departments to use a portion of land acquisition and improvement funding for administrative costs. We believe the language would permit fund redirections that may not match actual workload.


Cal-EPA Cross-Agency Initiatives

February 17, 2000 - We discuss three initiatives proposed in the budget--enforcement, children's health, and the California/Mexico border--that are designed to address environmental issues that cut across a number of the constituent boards and departments under the California Environmental Protection Agency.


State Agencies Can Do More to Improve CUPA Program

February 17, 2000 - Problems in the locally implemented "CUPA" program include inconsistent statewide implementation, inadequate service levels in parts of the state, and inadequate state efforts to hold CUPAs accountable for their fee levels. We recommend the enactment of legislation requiring state oversight agencies to make program improvements.


CALFED Bay-Delta Program

February 17, 2000 - The CALFED Bay-Delta Program will soon shift from planning to making major policy and expenditure decisions about specific projects. We recommend the enactment of legislation to provide a formal organizational structure with clear lines of accountability to the Legislature for these impending decisions.


Watershed Assessment Initiative

February 17, 2000 - Watershed assessments could be useful for improving regulatory and habitat restoration efforts. However, we find that the proposed assessment of North Coast watersheds will not achieve these goals.


Legislative Oversight of Resources Programs

February 17, 2000 - Departments within the Resources and Environmental Protection Agencies have generally disregarded legislative directive to provide program and expenditure information. We recommend that the Legislature withhold action on the budgets of the Secretaries for Resources and Environmental Protection (Cal-EPA) pending submittal of previously requested supplemental reports by the agencies.


Fiscal Challenge From Three Major Lawsuits

February 17, 2000 - California faces a very positive budgetary environment, but three legal challenges--Special Education. Property Tax Shift, and Smog Impact Fees--pose some fiscal concern.


Analysis of the 2000-01 Budget Bill, Resources Chapter

February 17, 2000 - Analysis of the 2000-01 Budget Bill, Resources Chapter


The Role of Water Transfers in Meeting California's Water Needs

September 8, 1999 - If water transfers are to help the state meet its water needs, we think that the Legislature should address a number of issues, including impediments to transfers and stakeholder concerns about potential negative impacts of transfers on "third parties." Statutory policy on water transfers should be clarified and made more consistent.


(1) Tahoe-Area Development Lawsuits Could Have Far-Reaching Impacts, and (2) Economic and Revenue Developments

August 23, 1999 - Four significant lawsuits concerning the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) either recently have been resolved or are proceeding toward resolution. The outcome of these cases could have important consequences for land-use regulation in the Lake Tahoe area. Further, since the cases concern provisions of the U.S. Constitution, they could affect land-use regulation across the country. (Cal Update)


Opportunities and Challenges for the State The Headwaters Forest

May 4, 1999 - We recommend that the Legislature take several steps toward clarifying its intent as regards the management of the Headwaters property and the enforcement of the conservation plan on the Pacific Lumber Company's remaining property.


Analysis of the 1999-00 Budget Bill, Resources Chapter

February 16, 1999 - Analysis of the 1999-00 Budget Bill, Resources Chapter


Improvements Needed in Clean Water Enforcement

February 16, 1999 - Improvements Needed in Clean Water Enforcement


Significant Maintenance Backlog Negatively Impacts Department's Service

February 16, 1999 - Significant Maintenance Backlog Negatively Impacts Department's Service

Environment and Natural Resources Staff

Ross Brown
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Air Quality, Energy, Recycling, and Climate Change
Rachel Ehlers
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Water, Coastal Development, and Fish and Wildlife
Helen Kerstein
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Forestry, Parks, and High Speed Rail
Frank Jimenez
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Highways and Roads, Agriculture, and Toxics
Eunice Roh
(916) 319-8327
Mass Transportation, Traffic Enforcement, Statewide Infrastructure
Brian Brown
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Deputy Legislative Analyst: Environment and Transportation