Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS

FROM: CITY MANAGER

DATE: AUGUST 19, 2003

SUBJECT: SB 196 (KUEHL) CALIFORNIA REGIONAL WATER QUALITY CONTROL BOARD MEMBERSHIP

RECOMMENDATION

Consider authorizing the Mayor to send a letter of support for increasing representation of cities and counties on the California Regional Water Quality Control Boards.

BACKGROUND/DISCUSSION

In accordance with City Council policy, Mayor Pro Tempore Barbara Ferraro has requested the City Council to consider supporting SB 196. A Council majority vote in support of SB 196 would generate a letter of support to be sent on behalf of the Council. A motion for a neutral position will result in no action, although individual Council members may personally prepare and send letters of support or opposition at anytime.

Existing law provides a broad-based regulatory program designed to protect water quality and to protect beneficial uses of the Stateís waters. The State Water Resources Control Board and the regional water quality control boards implement the regulatory program. The Governor appoints the board members.

SB 196 (Kuehl)

The County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County is requesting regional support for SB 196 that would amend the makeup of each California regional water quality control board. Currently each regional board consists of 9 members representing various industries, such as water conservation, wildlife, irrigated agriculture and municipal government. Two categories of the board membership include one person associated with municipal government and another associated with county government. The League of California Cities has determined that about half of the municipal appointees are elected officials and the remaining municipal appointees have little or no direct relationship with city government. SB 196 would specify that the individuals representing cities and counties must be city council members or mayors and county supervisors and not merely associated with municipal or county government. The League of California Cities states that regional boards will be improved by including mayors and council members who are uniquely qualified to provide municipal government input.

SB 196 is scheduled for a Senate floor vote after the Senate returns from its summer recess. Once the Senate approves it, the bill will then be forwarded to the Governorís office.

Registered Support:

League of California Cities

South Bay Council of Governments

Coalition for Practical Regulation

Cities of Artesia, Arcadia, Bellflower, Camarillo, Downey, Lake Forest, Lakewood, Moreno Valley, Paramount, Poway and Signal Hill.

Registered Opposition:

None

FISCAL IMPACT

None associated with this report.

PREPARED BY
Gina Park
Sr. Administrative Analyst

APPROVED BY
Les Evans
City Manager

Attachments:

  1. Draft Letter of Support
  2. Legislative Text of SB 196

August 20, 2003

The Honorable John Burton

President Pro Tempore of the California Senate

State Capitol Room 205
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: SUPPORT SB 196 (Kuehl) Regional Water Quality Control Board Membership

Dear Honorable John Burton:

On behalf of the City Council of Rancho Palos Verdes, I express our support for SB 196 that will amend the current membership criteria for the regional water quality control boards to specify that individuals representing cities and counties have to be city council members and county supervisors, respectively.

Currently each regional board consists of 9 members representing various industries, including two appointments associated with municipal and county governments. The League of California Cities has determined that about half of the municipal appointees are elected officials and the remaining municipal appointees have little or no direct relationship with city government. Appointments of non-elected or non-city officials seem incongruent to the intent of the law for municipal and county government representation on the regional boards. The City Council agrees with the League of California Cities that elected officials are uniquely qualified to provide input from municipal and county government perspectives on the regional boards.

The City Council of Rancho Palos Verdes supports SB 196 and its passage on the Senate floor.

Sincerely,
Douglas W. Stern
Mayor

Cc: League of California Cities