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Progress Made on Disadvantaged Community Issue

May 25, 2012

This year the League sponsored SB 1498 (Emmerson) which sought to authorize cities to provide services to disadvantaged communities without the requirement of annexing the territory.


 While unable to reach a compromise on the issue before the policy deadline, the League was able to negotiate language that is to be amended into SB 1090, a Senate Governance and Finance Committee bill, in June.

Last year the Legislature passed, and the Governor signed SB 244 (Wolk).  The bill requires a city to identify, map, and plan for disadvantaged unincorporated territories outside of the city’s jurisdiction, if it is within the city’s sphere of influence.  Additionally, the bill requires cities seeking to annex territories that happen to be contiguous to a disadvantaged community to also submit an application to annex the disadvantaged community. The introduction of SB 1498 was designed to allow cities the flexibility to provide disadvantaged communities needed services if it is also mutually agreed upon by the disadvantaged community and the city, without the burdensome requirement of annexing the territory.

The compromise language provides that when cities’ are planning for the disadvantaged communities in their sphere of influence that the analysis is to be based on available data, such as the information obtained in the municipal service review done by the local agency formation commission.  This means that the requirement for cities to update their general plan for disadvantaged communities is not intended to have cities spend money they don’t have on a detailed analysis, but instead make use of information that may be available.

The League would like to thank Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Riverside) for introducing this bill and raising awareness of the concerns of cities throughout California. The introduction of this proposal allowed further discussions to take place and ultimately resulted in a compromise that provides additional flexibility for cities. The League also appreciates the work of the office Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis) in crafting the compromise language.

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