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Sen. Lois Wolk Reintroduces Legislation on Infrastructure Financing Districts

December 7, 2012

Monday, Dec. 3 was the first day legislation for the 2013-14 legislative session could be introduced and Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis) wasted no time in introducing SB 33 (Wolk), a measure to update Infrastructure Financing District law, to make it a useful tool to help cities maintain, repair, and rebuild critical infrastructure and create economic development in their communities. SB 33 is a reintroduction of last year’s SB 214 (Wolk) that was supported by the League, the California Building Industry Association and other organizations.

 

Infrastructure Financing Districts

Updating Infrastructure Financing District law was one of the key recommendations of a League task force formed in 2012, chaired by Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, who now serves as President of the League.

The League worked in a collaborative effort with Sen. Wolk to identify amendments to the law that would make it more workable by removing cumbersome voting thresholds that were not legally necessary, authorizing rehabilitation and maintenance, and other changes. For more background on SB 214, please see the Sept. 13 CA Cities Advocate story “SB 214 (Wolk) Is Most Useful Tool on Governor’s Desk for Infrastructure Development.”

While SB 214 was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown, as were several other infrastructure bills, the Governor’s  veto messages seemed open to the possibility of revisiting the issue. For more on this, please see the Oct. 5 CA Cities Advocate story “Veto Messages on Infrastructure – Related Bills Point to Revisiting Issue in 2013.”  

SB 33 is identical to SB 214. The League has produced a two-page summary explaining SB 33 which is available on the League’s website.

The League’s support letter for SB 33, as well as a sample support letter, is available on the League’s website by typing “SB 33” into the search box. Cities that supported SB 214 last year are strongly encouraged to express their support for SB 33 as well.

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Also of interest to cities is the introduction of SB 1 (Steinberg). This measure is a reintroduction of last year’s SB 1156 (Steinberg), which was also vetoed by the Governor. While the League had various technical and implementation concerns with the final version of SB 1156, we look forward to working with the Senator during this legislative session to help craft a tool that is as useful as possible for cities.



 
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