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February 1, 1992 - Financing of Resources and Environmental Programs
November 21, 1991 - Despite heavy rains in March 1991, California continues to face a serious near-term water problem resulting from five years of drought. In fact, the amount of water in storage on October 1, 1991 was about equal to the amount in storage one year ago—a year in which strict conservation measures were imposed in some areas and there were significant reductions in water supplies for many agricultural users. In this paper, we provide background information on California's water system, the impact of the drought, water needs in the future, and legislative options for coping with water supply limitations.
September 3, 1991 - We recommend various steps to improve the performance of the DFG Department of Fish and Game.
May 22, 1991 - The purpose of this issue paper is to assist the Legislature in understanding the organizational and policy issues surrounding the state's environmental programs, and in evaluating how the specific reorganization proposals address these issues. In this paper we discuss how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the state's environmental protection efforts through changes in the organization of environmental programs and through changes in the process for setting environmental protection priorities.
May 7, 1991 - Cal-EPA Proposals
February 21, 1990 - In this analysis, we review the history of major offshore oil spills near California and the efforts to ensure a reasonable level of safety and environmental protection in this area. We then contrast this with the current system to handle smaller, mostly onshore oil spills in the state. Finally, we present some alternatives to consider in attempting to improve this system.
February 21, 1990 - In this analysis we review command and control regulatory policies (CCR), examine the deficiencies of CCR policies, present an overview of incentives-based regulation (IBR) and discuss specific IBR policies.
February 1, 1989 - State Asbestos Abatement Programs
February 1, 1989 - Solid Waste Management in California
February 1, 1989 - Implementing the California Clean Air Act
January 1, 1989 - This report, submitted pursuant to the Supplemental Report of the 1988 Budget Act, contains our findings and recommendations concerning the State Assistance Fund for Energy, California Business and Industrial Development Corporation (SAFE-BillCO). Specifically, the Supplemental Report directed our office to evaluate SAFE-BillCO's performance in meeting its original statutory goals and to determine the cost-effectiveness of providing financial assistance to small businesses through the use of federal loan guarantees as opposed to other forms of state assistance.
February 1, 1988 - A Status Report on Proposition 65--The Safe Drinking Water And Toxic Enforcement Act Of 1986
January 1, 1988 - The Safe Drinking Water Bond program provides grants and low-interest loans to assist local water suppliers in meeting minimum drinking water standards. This report presents our findings and recommendations regarding the bond program as required by Section 13819(d) of the Water Code, which was added by the Safe Drinking Water Bond Law of 1984 (Ch 378/84).
January 1, 1988 - This report is submitted pursuant to Chapter 323, Statutes of 1983. This legislation requires the Legislative Analyst to (1) evaluate the effectiveness of regulatory fees as a method of funding the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and (2) recommend whether regulatory fee funding for the PUC should be continued, amended, or repealed. Chapter 1 describes the PUC's regulatory fee system. Chapter 2 provides the major arguments for and against the use of regulatory fees and contains our recommendation on the commission's ongoing funding source. Chapter 3 describes other issues related to the PUC's regulatory fee structure.
September 1, 1987 - This report contains our findings and recommendations regarding the hazardous materials integrated data system proposed by the Environmental Affairs Agency (EAA) pursuant to the review requirements specified in Ch 1559/85 (AB 2184).