ACC-OC Opposes SB 355 (Lara)
The Association of California Cities – Orange County (ACC-OC) has taken an oppose position on SB 355 (Lara). This bill would strip Orange County of half of its voting representation on the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) Board.
SB 355 would remove one of Orange County’s two representatives on the RMC board, resulting in a reduction of half of its voting representation. This is problematic as it will greatly reduce Orange County’s ability to acquire its fair share of greatly needed Proposition 1 Water Funds. Many of those funds, including a $30 million direct allocation for watershed improvements, and a share of $100 million for urban creek restoration, will be allocated through the RMC.
The RMC is a critical pathway to regional collaboration on environmental and water quality issues. Ensuring broad representation on the RMC is an effective strategy to developing the programs and procuring the funds, through Proposition 1 or other vehicles, to achieve regional environmental objectives.
In addition to lodging our opposition, the ACC-OC has requested a detailed explanation as to the Bill’s intent and why it is necessary to reduce Orange County’s membership by half. As it currently only occupies two of thirteen seats, this bill would have the consequence of isolating Orange County further.
Please click here to see our letter of opposition, to see the bill’s language click here. For more information on legislation affecting Orange County, or for help drafting a letter of opposition from your city or organization, please contact Diana Coronado at email@example.com or at (714)953-1300.