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LegislationFriends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks has taken positions on the following items in 2017:

  • AB 18 California Clean Water, Climate, and Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018. (And, its sister bill: SB 5)
    FHBP POSITION: SUPPORT

    An act to add Chapter 14 (commencing with Section 5880) to Division 5 of the Public Resources Code, relating to a clean water, climate, and coastal protection and outdoor access for all program, by providing the funds necessary therefor through an election for the issuance and sale of bonds of the State of California and for the handling and disposition of those funds, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.
  • SB 667 Riverine Stewardship Improvements
    FHBP POSITION: SUPPORT
    This bill, upon an appropriation of funds from the Legislature, would require the department to establish a program to implement watershed-based riverine and riparian stewardship improvements by providing technical and financial assistance in support of projects with certain benefits. The bill would require the program to support the purposes of and be coordinated with the Urban Stream Restoration Program, fish passage improvements, and other similar programs. The bill would authorize the department to provide technical assistance, including by collaborating with appropriate California State University or University of California programs, as specified.
  • SB 5 Riverine Stewardship Improvements
    FHBP POSITION: SUPPORT
    This bill, upon an appropriation of funds from the Legislature, would require the department to establish a program to implement watershed-based riverine and riparian stewardship improvements by providing technical and financial assistance in support of projects with certain benefits. The bill would require the program to support the purposes of and be coordinated with the Urban Stream Restoration Program, fish passage improvements, and other similar programs. The bill would authorize the department to provide technical assistance, including by collaborating with appropriate California State University or University of California programs, as specified.
  • SB 49 California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2017
    FHBP Position: SUPPORT
    This bill is designed to strengthen the existing environmental protections by incorporating into state law existing federal protections for clean air, clean water, endangered species, safe drinking water, and worker protections. Attempts to weaken federal foundational standards will not reduce existing protections for California’s people or environment.
  • SB 50 Federal Public Lands: Conveyances
    FHBP Position: SUPPORT
    This bill establishes a state process to ensure that federal lands in California are protected, and that, where feasible public lands are protected through state action. Attempts to weaken federal foundational standards will not reduce existing protections for California’s people or environment.
  • SB 51 Whistleblower and Public Data Protection Act
    FHBP Position: SUPPORT
    This bill ensures that federal employees do not lose state licensure for revealing violations of law, unethical actions or dangers to public health and safety. The bill also directs state agencies to protect scientific information and data from censorship or destruction by the federal government.
  • AB 1530 Urban Forestry
    FHBP Position: SUPPORT
    This bill directs CAL FIRE to update its existing Urban and Community Forestry Program to further enhance opportunities through urban forestry to deliver multi-benefit projects that maximize carbon sequestration and climate resiliency benefits; protect and preserve California’s existing urban tree canopy; maximize stormwater management and local water capture; help California’s most disadvantaged communities combat the effects of climate change; and encourage workforce development opportunities.
  • AB 1630 WiIdlife Corridors
    FHBP Position: SUPPORT
    This bill adds safe wildlife movement across transportation infrastructure to the subject areas that the California Transportation Plan is required to consider for the movement of people and freight.
  • SB 714 Coyote Hills Conservancy
    FHBP Position: SUPPORT
    This bill would, until January 1, 2028, establish the West Coyote Hills Conservancy Program, to be administered by the conservancy and to undertake projects and award grants in the West Coyote Hills area, as described, for purposes relating to improvement of public access, and the protection, restoration, and enhancement of natural resources in the area. The bill would prescribe the duties of the conservancy with regard to the implementation and administration of the program. The bill would create the West Coyote Hills Conservancy Program Account within the fund, for the purpose of depositing and disbursing funds, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for program purposes.
  • SB 188 Stop Off Shore Oil and Gas Leasing
    FHBP Position: SUPPORT
    This bill would prohibit the commission and the local trustees of granted public trust lands from entering into any new lease or other conveyance that authorizes the exploration for, or the development and production of, oil and natural gas upon those lands. The bill would prohibit the commission and the local trustees of granted public trust lands from entering into any lease renewal, extension, or modification that authorizes a lessee to engage in new or additional exploration, development, or production of oil and natural gas.
  • Orange County Transportation Authority’s Natural Communities Conservation Plan and Habitat Conservation Plan
    FHBP Position: SUPPORT
    The Conservation Plans were listed in the Federal Register and allow for the comprehensive mitigation of 13 freeway projects proposed through the Authority’s Renewed Measure M.
  • Defend Our National Monuments
    FHBP Position: SUPPORT
    A broad coalition expresses its deep concern with President Trump’s recent Executive Order and our unified opposition to any efforts to remove or decrease protections for any national monuments.
  • Restoring Recreational Trails/Environmental Enhancement Mitigation Programs
    FHBP Position: SUPPORT
    The state has the opportunity to make the Recreational Trails Program and Environmental Enhancement Mitigation Program whole again by restoring to these programs the modest amounts of funding that were transferred to the Active Transportation Program.
  • Support Maintaining our National Monuments
    FHBP Position: SUPPORT
    As a public stakeholder, FHBP urges the Secretary of the Interior to follow in the footsteps of Theodore Roosevelt and keep these and all of our monuments intact and protected in perpetuity under the Antiquities Act.
  • Urban Greening in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund
    FHBP Position: SUPPORT
    As a stakeholder, we are writing to encourage your support for continuing the State’s investment in CAL FIRE’s Urban and Community Forestry Program through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund in the 2017‐18 State Budget.
  • Adaptation (Wildlife Corridors) in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund
    FHBP Position: SUPPORT
    As a stakeholder, we are writing to urge you to support funding for climate adaptation from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) and ask that wildlife connectivity projects have eligibility for adaptation funding, noting the importance of such corridors for climate adaptation and resiliency.
  • SB 375 Statewide Targets and Conservation Goals
    FHBP Position: SUPPORT
    The Air Resources board and staff is encouraged to pursue the most ambitious targets possible, ones that will maximize our Greenhouse Gas emission reductions by incorporating land use changes from the natural and working lands sector.