|ACA 1 INTRODUCED: WOULD LOWER VOTE THRESHOLD FOR LOCAL CONSTRUCTION BONDS|
December 4, 2018
TO: CLA MEMBERS/ SYSTEMS/ NETWORK CONTACTS
FROM: Mike Dillon and Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyists
RE: News From the Capitol
ACA 1 INTRODUCED: WOULD LOWER VOTE THRESHOLD FOR LOCAL
CONSTRUCTION BONDS TO 55%
Yesterday afternoon the Assembly and Senate convened at the State Capitol for the purpose of swearing in the newly elected legislators for the 2019-20 legislative session. The celebratory day featured opening remarks from Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and even a rousing standing ovation for the departing Governor, Jerry Brown. The legislature will now be in Recess for the rest of December and will return to begin their Session on January 7. Before the day concluded, legislators were allowed to introduce their first legislation of the session. A surprisingly large number of bills (198) were introduced in total. One measure, ACA 1 by Assemblywoman Aguiar-Curry will be of particular interest and potentially of great benefit to CLA members as the 2019-20 session kicks into gear.
ACA 1 by Assemblywoman Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) would lower the current local vote threshold from 2/3rds to 55% for city, county, or city and county issued general obligation bonds, placed on a local ballot, for the purpose of construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of public infrastructure or affordable housing projects. The bill also contains authorization for cities, counties, and a city and county, to impose, extend, or increase a sales and use tax, transactions and use tax, or parcel tax for the purpose of funding the construction, rehabilitation, or replacement of public infrastructure or affordable housing, subject to approval by 55% of the voters.
In a press release issued by Assemblywoman Aguiar-Curry, she states: “As a former Mayor of Winters and board member of regional water, housing, and transportation agencies, I have seen first-hand the deterioration of our once world-class infrastructure. That is why I introduced ACA 1 on the first day of the legislative session. This proposal will empower California communities to take action at the local level to improve their economies, neighborhoods, and residents’ quality of life.” Her press release adds that “this is the same vote threshold that currently applies to all local school district measures. By making this change, ACA1 puts housing and infrastructure projects on par with school proposals, so that cities, counties, and special districts have a practical financing tool to address community needs.”
Assemblywoman Aguiar-Curry has defined herself as an active public library and broadband supporter during her time in the legislature, and we are working closely with her office. CLA will also be actively working with the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties and others in support of ACA 1.
ACA 4 will not be heard in a policy committee until March or April at the earliest.