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. Continue reading