The second half of the 2013-14 State legislative session produced five pieces of chaptered legislation impacting the Commission.
The following summaries provide an update on these new laws. These statutes become effective January 1, 2015, unless otherwise stated.
Chapter 512, Statutes of 2014 (AB 2764, Assembly Committee on Natural Resources): Public resources.
This law gives the Commission more concise and up-to-date statutory language to follow in its administration of public lands. The bill: (1) improves the Commission's granted public trust lands oversight by aligning the financial reporting due dates with local auditing time frames; (2) makes improvements and code cleanup changes relative to cession of concurrent criminal jurisdiction to the United States; and, (3) amends a granting statute to the County of Orange to assist the County of Orange in complying with the terms of its granting statute and to facilitate waterfront redevelopment.
Chapter 522, Statutes of 2014 (AB 2516, Gordon): Sea level rise planning: database.
This law requires the Natural Resources Agency, in collaboration with the Ocean Protection Council, to create and maintain a sea level rise planning database on its website and require various state and local entities, including the Commission to submit information monthly for inclusion in the database.
Chapter 628, Statutes of 2014 (SB 1424, Wolk): State property: tidelands transfer: City of Martinez.
This law is intended to address the deteriorated marina in the City of Martinez located on the State's tide and submerged lands. This bill repeals a legislative grant of three public trust parcels to the City of Martinez and re-grants to the City these same three parcels and a fourth parcel, the Martinez Marina, and applies the same terms and conditions to each parcel. The author introduced the bill at the request of the City, as the City wishes to have more direct control of its waterfront and believes the grant will facilitate land and water-based commercial redevelopment projects.
Chapter 891, Statutes of 2014 (AB 1943, Chesboro): Tidelands: City of Eureka.
This law eliminates a payment obligation from the City of Eureka to the State resulting from a previous State appropriation in 1978 to the City as a loan to pay one-half of the costs in defending title to the State's granted tidelands, and instead requires the City to annually transmit four percent of gross revenue generated from the trust lands to the State Lands Commission for management of its granted lands program.
Chapter 922, Statutes of 2014 (SB 968, Hill): Public lands: Martins Beach property: access road.
This new law requires the Commission to negotiate with the owners of a property in Half Moon Bay known as Martins Beach to acquire a right-of-way or easement to restore public access to Martins Beach, and if an agreement is not reached in one year, authorizes the Commission to use its existing eminent domain authority to acquire a right-of-way or easement to open access to the beach.