July 2017

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ACC-OC Legislative & Regulatory Committee Chair, Hon. Tim Shaw

Hello, ACC-OC members, and County and regional stakeholders. I am La Habra Councilmember, Tim Shaw, and as the Legislative & Regulatory Committee Chair it is my privilege to present the ACC-OC's bi-annual Legislative e-Newsletter.

The California State Legislature is constantly abuzz with Senate and Assembly Members debating, introducing and considering thousands of policy bills each year. 2017 is no different, and our committee's charge is to ensure that member cities, as well as our public and private affiliates have the information, tools and resources they need to make informed decisions about important issues emanating from Sacramento and regional agencies.

To that end, the committee's members have been keeping busy. First, by formalizing our process and codifying a 17-voting member bloc. Next, the ACC-OC is sponsoring two Assembly Bills: AB 346 and AB 572, dealing respectively with low-to-moderate income housing funds, and sober living facilities. As always, our team stakes out policy positions on critical state and federal legislation, which will impact our member cities' ability to provide the most effective governance.

To provide the best knowledge and service offerings for our stakeholders, the committee takes pride in a hands-on approach to gathering and disseminating information. This process is not at arm's length. In March over 50 Orange County local elected officials and ACC-OC members headed to Sacramento to represent Orange County and advocate our policy positions, and we will be returning this month for our first annual ACC-OC Legislative Action Day.  In addition to State advocacy trips, this September, more members will head to the nation's capital to dialogue on federal issues pertinent to Orange County municipalities and public and private institutions.

I am honored to serve and represent ACC-OC members as the Legislative & Regulatory Committee Chair, and will continue to dedicate our team's efforts as the authoritative regional voice for public policy issues, with focus on: education that empowers, policy that is collaborative and advocacy that is service-oriented.


Hon. Tim Shaw 
City of La Habra 


ACC-OC Sponsored Bills 

ACC-OC has sponsored two pieces of legislation, this year. Assembly Bill 346, by Assemblymember Tom Daly, and Joint Author Assemblymember Bill Brough, and Assembly Bill 572 by Assemblymember Quirk-Silva. Both bills have finished making their way through the first year of a 2-year legislative process. Both having advanced out of the Assembly and into the Senate. AB 346 has been signed into law, and AB 572 has been put on hold to be taken up next year.
AB 346 was signed into law on June 28th. The bill will provide housing successor agencies with additional flexibility to use their remaining Low and Moderate Income Housing Fund (LMIHF) assets to best address their respective local housing-related needs, including services for homeless individuals. This bill is extremely beneficial to the continued funding of our regional County homeless shelter in the City of Anaheim, as AB 346 would allow cities to contiguously pool their funds together for these types of projects.  
AB 572 will create a voluntary pilot program that would house a Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Complaint Analyst within the County to serve participating cities. A lead agency (the City of Costa Mesa) would facilitate participation and reimbursement to fund this analyst, and collect participation costs from participating cities. This bill would incentivize residential treatment facilities to stay in compliance with cities and the State, while offering a high level of care to patients seeking treatment. Currently there are 16 Complaint Analysts for the entire State all housed in Sacramento. This bill would provide regional representation and focus on a highly impacted area like, Orange County. This bill had faced no known opposition, and only received "yes" votes in the Assembly, but stalled in the Senate based on differences in the policy analysis. The bill also faced day-of opposition. The bill was heard in the Senate Health Committee on July 12th. However, after a 45-minute Senate Health Committee testimony the bill was not taken up for a vote, and will be heard next year. AB 572 is still a live bill, and will be considered for passage in 2018.
We are working with cities, non-profits, and other homelessness advocates to identify projects and available AB 346 funding to assist in addressing homelessness challenges. Our ACC-OC homelessness task force meets in three separate Service Planning Area (SPA) segments throughout the year. For more information on this Task Force please contact ACC-OC Policy Analyst, Kelsey Brewer at kbrewer@accoc.org or at (714)953-1300.
ACC-OC, Assemblymember Quirk-Silva's staff, and stakeholders will be convening an informational hearing on AB 572, and sober living facility issues during the legislative interim. Leading up to the bill's hearing, in 2018, we will craft the legislation to ensure passage based on feedback from stakeholders, including addressing opposition concerns, and engaging Legislative Committee Members to more intimately understand the issues by inviting them to site visits and meetings. 

We will also be pursuing non-legislative sober living facility reform efforts. ACC-OC has created a Sober Living Facilities Task Force to gather research, review case studies, and create local policy solutions related to all sober living facility issues. We will also be asking for administrative DHCS oversight changes to consider more enforcement resources for Orange County, and we will be delving into the manipulation and misuse of insurance funding. We will also continue our federal advocacy on regulatory issues negatively affecting state and local jurisdiction over non-compliant facilities. 

For more information on these efforts please contact ACC-OC Legislative Affairs Director, Diana Coronado at dcoronado@accoc.org or at (714) 953-1300. 



Since January, ACC-OC has been tracking bills at the state and federal levels, and assessing their effects on local governments. To date, the Legislative and Regulatory Committee has taken positions on nearly 40 bills and are watching the progress of 100 others. 

Each month the Committee reviews bills of interest, that are germane to the operations and governance of municipalities, and in accordance with ACC-OC's Legislative Platform. The committee assess each bill's impact on the region, county, and locality before reaching a formal position. On each bill, ACC-OC staff prepares letters to the author's, committees, and Orange County's legislators expressing the Association's positions as determined by the Committee and approved by the ACC-OC Board of Directors. 

Below is a table reflecting those positions and their letters, including sample support letters. These bills are also tracked in real time with live updates on our web page,  here

(Note: Not included in these lists are ACC-OC's two, Support position, sponsored bills previously  described in the above section.)


Bill Number 
(Melendez - R)
This bill would strengthen local law enforcement's resources by further classifying certain sexual crimes as violent felonies if the victim was unconscious, or  incapable of giving consent for other codified reasons. 

 (Frazier - D)
AB 28 would continue to allow California's participation with the United States Secretary of Transportation's surface transportation project delivery pilot program. 

Support AB 28 Support Letter
(Melendez - R)
Would define a "drug and alcohol free residence" as a residential property that is operated as a cooperative living arrangement to provide an alcohol and drug free environment for persons recovering from alcoholism or drug abuse, or both, who seek a living environment that supports personal recovery. 

AB 285 Support Letter
(Rubio - D)
This bill would require the State Water Resources Control Board, in consultation with the Department of Water Resources, to adopt long-term standards for urban water conservation and water use by May 20, 2021. The bill would require the department, in coordination with the board, no later than October 1, 2020

AB 869 Support Letter
(Rubio - D)
AB 968  would establish new 2025 water use efficiency requirements for urban retail water suppliers to encourage the development of resilient water supplies by providing flexible ways to meet those targets. 

AB 968 Support Letter

(Harper - R)
This bill would create the term, "integral facilities"; residences that are currently considered "licensed sober living home facilities". The term integral facilities is defined by a combination of two or more alcoholism or other drug abuse recovery facilities that provide services for seven or more persons located on the same parcels of land, or next to one another operating as one operation. 

Support  AB 1095 Support Letter
(Weber - D)
Would require the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to convene a stakeholder working group to develop, evaluate, and recommend proposals for establishing new water use targets for urban water suppliers.

Support AB 1323 Support Letter

(Cooper - D)
This bill would expand enhanced petty theft penalties to a person who has a prior conviction for any serious or violent felony, and to any person who as three or more prior convictions for similarly listed crimes. 

AB 1326 Support Letter
(Calderon - D)
This bill would require the Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) to provide the local law enforcement agencies with copies of an inmate's record of supervision during any prior period of parole.
AB 1408 Support Letter
(Rubio - D)
AB 1654 would create a new process of drought-response planning and reporting by local water suppliers. The bill would  require water suppliers to describe and analyze the reliability of their water supplies in greater detail, resulting in the improvement of overall urban water management planning.

AB 1654 Support Letter

 (Bates - R)
Would require the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to develop specified guidelines on how to report to the Legislature about licensed residential alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment facilities. 

SB 34 Support Letter
 (Bates - R)
This bill would expand the definition certain serious crimes as violent felonies for purposes of imposing specified sentence enhancements on those offences. 

SB 75 Support Letter 

(Wilk - R)
Would allow a local government to regulate, by ordinance, the sale of a substance used as a recreational drug that poses a threat to human life or health and a particular risk to minors if specified conditions are met. 

SB 139 Support Letter
(Bates - R)
SB 176 would classify carfentanil as a Schedule II drug. This would add additional sentencing to this newly defined crime. 

SB 176 Support Letter
(Skinner - D)
Would require a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program administrator, on behalf of a public agency, to comply with certain requirements when approving an assessment contract for the installation of an eligible measure, as well as the administration of that contract, including requiring the contract to comply with specified criteria and requirements.

Support if Amended SB 242 Support if Amended Letter
(Nguyen - R)
SB 284 would open up the option for law enforcement to book and hold violators who commit misdemeanor property crimes.

SB 284 Support Letter
(Mendoza - D)
This bill would require the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to deny any alcohol or other drug residence facility licensing application if the proposed location is in proximity to an existing facility in an area zoned residential that would result in over concentration.

SB 786 Support Letter
Bill Number 
(Quirk - D)
This bill would require the PUC, by March 30, 2018, in consultation with the state board and the Energy Commission, to consider authorizing electrical corporations to offer programs and investments  in electric vehicle service equipment, as defined, installed that support  customers who purchase a used electric vehicle. 

Oppose Unless Amended 
AB 33 Oppose Unless Amended Letter
(Bonta - D)
AB 42 would implement a revised pretrial release procedure to reduce bail costs in California by eliminating the bail system.

Oppose  AB 42 Oppose Letter

(Cervantes - D)
Would restructure the California Transportation Commission (CTC), by imposing very specific expertise requirements on future appointments to the Commission.  

AB 179 Oppose Letter

(Chu - D)
This bill clarifies private residential projects built on private property are subject to certain prevailing wage requirements when they are built pursuant to an agreement with a redevelopment agency, or a successor agency that acts in that capacity.

AB 199 Oppose Letter
(Ridley-Thomas - D)
AB 252 would prohibit cities and counties from imposing a tax on video streaming services - including any sales, use, or utility user tax (UUT). 

AB 252 Oppose Letter

(Bloom - D)
Would supersede local governments zoning authority to provide housing opportunities for persons of low and moderate income, where feasible, in coastal communities, provided by the California Coastal Act of 1976 (Coastal Act).

AB 663 Oppose Letter
(Santiago - D)
AB 686 seeks to place the current federal affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH) rule in state law and adds failure to affirmatively further fair housing as a new category of housing discrimination. 

AB 686 Oppose Letter

(Stone - D)
This bill would require that the permitted construction of coastal structures include policies regarding protection of public access, shoreline ecology, natural land-forms, and other impacts on coastal resources. 

AB 1129 Oppose Letter
(Jones-Sawyer - D)
AB 1250 would hamper the ability of local governments to  contract out for services based on discretionary review. This  bill would eliminate this authority by establishing specific standards for the use of personal services contracts by counties and cities.

AB 1250 Oppose Letter

(Low - D)
Would revise the inventory of land suitable for residential development to include vacant sites and sites that have realistic and demonstrated potential for redevelopment to meet a portion of the locality's housing need for a designated income level. 

AB 1397 Oppose Letter
(Friedman - D)
This bill reduces the maximum permit fee a city or a county may charge for residential rooftop solar energy systems.

AB 1414 Oppose Letter
(Jones-Sawyer - D)
Would prohibit a state or local agency, from taking certain actions without a court order signed by a judge to assist a federal agency to investigate a person for commercial or noncommercial marijuana or medical cannabis activity that is authorized or allowed under state or local law in the State of California. 

AB 1578 Oppose Letter
(Bloom - D)
This bill would establish in each city, county, and city and county in the state an affordable housing zoning board and procedures by which a public agency or nonprofit organization proposing to build affordable housing units, as defined, or a developer proposing to build a housing project that meets specified affordability criteria, could submit to that board a single application for a comprehensive conditional use or other discretionary permit. 

AB 1585 Oppose Letter
(Friedman - D)
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation necessary to help make water conservation a California way of life.

AB 1668 Oppose Letter

(Friedman - D)
This bill would require the State Water Resources Control Board, in consultation with the Department of Water Resources, to adopt long-term standards for urban water conservation and water use by May 20, 2021 and would require the board to provide at least 60 days for the public to review and comment on the proposed regulation and would require the board to hold a public hearing. The bill would authorize a court or public entity to hold a person civilly liable in an amount not to exceed $10,000 for a violation of a regulation adopted under these provisions, unless the regulation provides otherwise.

AB 1669 Oppose Letter
(Hertzberg - D)
This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would safely reduce the number of people detained pretrial, while addressing racial and economic disparities in the pretrial system, and to ensure that people are not held in pretrial detention simply because of their inability to afford money bail.

SB 10 Oppose Letter

(Wiener - D)
This bill would  require the housing element portion of the annual report to be prepared through the use of standards, forms, and definitions adopted by the department. The bill would eliminate the requirement that the forms and definitions be adopted by the department pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act and would instead authorize the department to review, adopt, amend, and repeal the standards, forms, or definitions.

SB 35 Oppose Letter
(de Leon - D)
SB 54 would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies, including school police and security departments, from using resources to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes.

SB 54 Oppose Letter

(Stern - D)
Related to the Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Facility, this bill would require the supervisor to continue the gas storage prohibition until a specified root cause analysis of the natural gas leak from the facility that started approximately October 23, 2015, has been completed and released in its entirety to the public.  The bill would, notwithstanding that prohibition, authorize the Governor to order incremental injections at the facility, but only if the Governor determines it is necessary to avoid, or respond to, an emergency situation.

SB 57 Oppose Letter
(Allen - D)
Would require the Air Resource Control Board by September 1, 2018, and every 4 years thereafter, to prepare a report that assesses progress made by each metropolitan planning organization in meeting the regional greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. 

SB 150 Oppose Letter

(Hertzberg - D)
This bill would define the term "sewer" for these purposes. The bill would also make findings and declarations relating to the definition of the term "sewer" for these purposes.

SB 231 Oppose Letter
(Hueso - D)
This bill would provide that a small cell is a permitted use, subject only to a specified permitting process adopted by a city or county, if the small cell meets specified requirements. By imposing new duties on local agencies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. 

Oppose Unless Amended
SB 649 Oppose Unless Amended Letter

ACC-OC Sacramento Legislative Action Day

This month, ACC-OC embarked on its first Legislative Action Day. A group of 15 Orange County Councilmembers and city staff embarked on a one-day trip, getting a hands-on experience advocating and testifying on bills during the second half of the legislative process. This trip is a follow-up from our annual 50-person, ACC-OC Advocacy Day in the beginning of the legislative session that took place in March. Our group had a full day of meetings and committee hearings beginning with a discussion in the Governor's Office with his Chief Deputy Local Government staff. ACC-OC members discussed the need to update the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act (PEPRA), to consider the rising costs of pensions for public safety departments, sluggish returns on investment, compensation standards, and cost of living adjustment standards, among other liability concerns. Our group also discussed sober living facility reform, our sponsored legislation, homelessness, and small cell legislation concerns.
ACC-OC's Legislative Action Day group also had the opportunity to attend a lunch discussion with Senator Josh Newman, Assemblymember Bill Brough, and Assemblymember Phillip Chen. This setting allowed our Members a substantial amount of time to convey the questions and concerns felt by our Membership, and hear about the goals and legislative plans that our Orange County legislative delegation has to support the cities cross our County. Our delegation also had the opportunity to participate in presenting ACC-OC's sponsored bill, Assembly Bill 572 alongside Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva in front of the Senate Health Committee. Our members individually testified in support of the measure, and shared their experiences surrounding sober living facilities, the effects of these residences on communities, and discuss the care that patients seeking treatment are receiving.
Other members of our group observed the Assembly Communications and Conveyance hearing that took up controversial bill, Senate Bill 649. SB 649 would establish a streamlined permitting process for small cell wireless facilities, and limit the fees that local governments may charge for placement of small cells on city or county owned infrastructure. ACC-OC has taken an Oppose Unless Amended position on this legislation, if the Author were to change the fee structure to reflect a fair market value price for wireless installation, escrow, maintenance, removal, and attachment. Unfortunately, the bill is advancing in the legislative process without change to the legislation. ACC-OC and cities across the State will continue to advocate against this version of the legislation, and update our Members on any new developments.
Our Legislative Action Day group met with legislative leadership including, Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, where they discussed bill positions, challenges facing our region, and the impacts of recent policy decisions on the long-term well-being of cities. One of our last meetings of the day was with Budget Committee, and Public Safety Budget Sub Committee Member, Assemblymember Melissa Melendez. Our ACC-OC Legislative &  Regulatory Committee has dedicated a significant amount of time on the policy implications since the passage of Propositions 47 & 57, and AB 109 realignment. We discussed the steady strain on local law enforcement, the public safety bill positions ACC-OC has taken over the last year, and regional collaboration across Southern California counties.
ACC-OC ended the day with the entire Orange County State delegation joining us for a group dinner. We are thankful to our 12-person State delegation, nearly all were able to participate in our one-day Legislative Action Day, and support the needs of our ACC-OC Members! ACC-OC's boots-on-the-ground presence in Sacramento is paramount when developing relationships with legislators representing our region, and gaining partners across the legislature to understand the important needs of Orange County. Advocacy at the State level includes attention to the cultivation of ACC-OC's visibility and advancement of familiarity with our State departments, State legislators, and policy staff. This year's ACC-OC Legislative Action Day is helping us get closer to these goals and will help us provide a clear voice for the needs of our cities. We are grateful to all those who participated in making our first annual Legislative Action Day a success!



Last month, the State Legislature passed the 2017 - 2018 budget, advancing the legislation to the Governor's desk for approval. The Governor's presentation of his May Revise, prompted what had been a month-long negotiation over this final budget. The budget has changed based on the continued return of higher than expected tax revenues, concerns over California's Board of Equalization, and laws needing to be implemented related to recreational cannabis, and Medi-Cal spending.
This budget was particularly beholden to a flurry of State Propositions passed into law, this past November. Leading up to the final budget, one of the most contentious negotiations revolved around the spending of $1.3 billion in Proposition 56 tobacco tax revenues. This allocation was split between Medi-Cal reimbursements, and Medi-Cal expansion. Additionally, this was the first budget that was subject to Proposition 54, which requires bills to remain in print for 72-hours before a vote - expediting last minute negotiations. Prop 54 has also resulted in the introduction of several 'budget trailer bills', separate pieces of legislation directly tied to budget implementation. This budget reflects a $180 billion spending plan and a total budget of $2 billion.  
The most significant changes affecting cities are found in several budget trailer bills including the state pension loan structure, cannabis regulation implementation, the Community Based Transitional Housing Incentives (CBTHI) program, the streamlining of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, and the reorganization of the BOE. Highlighted in the link below are the differences between the Governor's May Revise budget and the final 2017 - 2018 budget.

Click here to view ACC-OC Analysis

Senate Bill 1 

Last month, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) distributed their DRAFT Local Streets and Roads Funding Reporting Guidelines, here. Comments on the Guidelines were due July 14th, for review at their review at the July 18th public meeting in Sacramento. These guidelines will determine how Senate Bill 1 funds will be allocated to the eligible transportation projects for each city. Final Guidelines will be adopted in August. 

SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act, was signed by the Governor in May and has made funds available to be used towards local and state road repairs, including a 50 percent allocation of the $52.4 billion 10-year investment to fixing local streets and transportation infrastructure. Also included is $2 billion to support local "self-help" communities, like the County of Orange.

The Draft Guidelines include the deadlines and approval dates listed below, and extracted here, for your review:

Draft Guidelines Circulated for Public 
Review...............................................................June 19 - July 10, 2017

Commission Adoption of Guidelines..............................................................August 16 - 17, 2017

Call for Project Lists......................................................August 18, 2017

Project Lists due to Commission............................................................September 15, 2017

Commission Adopts List of Eligible Cities & Counties...............................................................October 18 - 19, 2017

Commission Submits List to Controller...................................................................November 1, 2017

The following is a list of guidelines of primary interest to cities, when reviewing the document. These  specific reporting and accountability responsibilities will determine what city projects are eligible for funding through the Road Maintenance & Rehabilitation Account (RMRA) fund:
  • Prior to receiving an apportionment of RMRA funds from the Controller in a fiscal year, a city or county must submit to the Commission a list of projects proposed to be funded with these funds. All projects proposed to receive funding must be included in a city or county budget that is adopted by the applicable city council or county board of supervisors at a regular public meeting.
  • The list of projects must include a description and the location of each proposed project, a proposed schedule for the project's completion, and the estimated useful life of the improvement. The project list does not limit the flexibility of an eligible city or county to fund projects in accordance with local needs and priorities so long as the projects are consistent with RMRA priorities.
  • The Commission will report to the Controller the cities and counties that have submitted a list of projects. The Controller, upon receipt of the report from the Commission, shall apportion RMRA funds to eligible cities and counties.
  • For each fiscal year in which RMRA funds are received and expended, cities and counties must submit documentation to the Commission that includes a description and location of each completed project, the amount of funds expended on the project, the completion date, and the estimated useful life of the improvement.
  • A city or county receiving an apportionment of RMRA funds is required to sustain a maintenance of effort (MOE) by spending at least the annual average of its general fund expenditures during the 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12 fiscal years for street, road, and highway purposes from the city's or county's general fund. Monitoring and enforcement of the maintenance of effort requirement for RMRA funds will be carried out by the Controller.
  • By July 1, 2023, cities and counties receiving RMRA funds must follow guidelines developed by the California Workforce Development Board (Board) that address participation and investment in, or partnership with, new or existing pre-apprenticeship training programs.
Additionally, ACC-OC hosted a Transportation Forum, July 20th with California Transportation Commission, Executive Director, Susan Bransen. She provided an overview on the DRAFT Guidelines, more information on funding opportunities available for cities, and the SB 1 adoption process.

We will continue to analyze the effects and development of these DRAFT Guidelines on cities, working closely with our regional partners. Should you have any questions please contact ACC-OC's Legislative Affairs Director, Diana Coronado at dcoronado@accoc.org or at (714) 953-1300.


Senate Bill 649 has advanced out of the Senate and is now in the Assembly. The bill has been double referred to the Assembly Local Government Committee, and the Assembly Communications & Conveyance Committee. The Association of California Cities - Orange County (ACC-OC) is in strong opposition to SB 649, due to the blatant circumventing of local government jurisdiction when applied to revenue collection and discretionary review. 

SB 649 would establish a streamlined permitting process for small cell wireless facilities, and limit the fees that local governments may charge for placement of small cells on city or county owned infrastructure. This is concerning to cities in Orange County and throughout the State, because it severely restricts the ability for cities to make necessary discretionary decisions related to the aesthetic and safety of small cell and wireless infrastructure within their jurisdictions.


ACC-OC asks that you contact the Assembly Appropriations Committee Members urging them to vote in the best interest of all cities across the State by Opposing SB 649 when the bill is heard in their committee. We have included ACC-OC's letter of Opposition Unless Amended and a Sample Opposition Unless Amended Letter for your use and review:

Please contact the Legislators' Sacramento offices on the attached committee member contact sheets. The committee hearing date has not yet been set for SB 649. 
Assembly Appropriations Committee Members

As SB 649 moves through the legislative process the ACC-OC will make regular updates, and analyze the effects of the Legislature's actions on local government. Should you have any questions please contact Legislative Affairs Director, Diana Coronado at dcoronado@accoc.org or at (714) 953-1300.

ACC-OC Heads to Washington D.C.

The Association of California Cities - Orange County (ACC-OC) will be embarking on a two-day local government advocacy trip to the Nation's Capital in support of our Members and our region. The ACC-OC represents the interests of the 34 cities in Orange County providing a powerful voice on public policy issues affecting local governments across the state of California.
This year, our Washington, D.C. trip was in such high demand that we are going to the Nation's Capital independently from any other organizations to focus on the needs of local government. Our delegation will include over 40 elected officials, along with our Affiliate Members - and local community leaders from the non-profit, business, and higher education communities. ACC-OC will be advocating for support on bills currently in 115th Congress, highlighting and learning about issues affecting our Members including, housing, homelessness, sober living homes, drone policy, transportation and infrastructure funding, and Cannabis Regulation.  

ACC-OC will be in Washington D.C. Sunday, September 24th through Tuesday, September 26th. We look forward to seeing you all in D.C. 

Infrastructure & Technology: Cyber Security, and Drone Policy

As part of their 2017 Work Plan, the ACC-OC Infrastructure and Technology Committee has outlined a white paper on cyber security, and created a model Drone Ordinance for cities. O ver  the last six months, the committee has worked diligently towards these policy solutions to address the challenges  faced by cities and create broad resources so local governments can tailor these  documents to fit the needs of their communities

The white paper outlines key cyber-security and cyber-resiliency issues  that focus specifically on local governments and local agencies. As cities continue integrating smart technology into the day to day functions of local government, the need for strong safeguards against attacks are critical to maintaining system integrity and sensitive information. This white paper outlines strategies and tools for local governments to use when evaluating the effectiveness of their current security measures.

This white paper is a resource for cities to implement the key recommendations made in this white paper, including the creation of a shared services model with all interested cities.

In addition to this newly created white paper, ACC-OC will continue working with Microsoft, UCI, Cal State Fullerton, and other industry leaders to host a symposium on cyber-security related issues in late October. The combination of this white paper and the symposium will allow Orange County Cities to lead on one of the most critical issues facing our region, the state, and the nation as a whole.

The following cities and organizations were involved with the crafting of this white paper:
  • City of Fountain Valley
  • City of Lake Forest
  • City of Tustin
  • City of Placentia
  • City of Mission Viejo
  • City of Huntington Beach
  • County of Orange
  • Orange County Transportation Authority
  • Cal State Fullerton
At the request of our ACC-OC City Managers, ACC-OC staff convened a working group to address the issue of drone use and regulation in Orange County through a model drone ordinance. The Orange County Grand Jury report released in late 2016 regarding drone usage propelled this topic to the forefront of many policy-makers' minds, and this issue came to ACC-OC from the city managers and our colleagues in the public safety sector. As a hub for good public policy, ACC-OC stepped in to work toward finding a reasonable regional solution to this emerging policy issue.

The working group consisted of 25 individuals from the public safety, legal, and government sectors to begin drafting a model ordinance. We charged this group with helping define the scope of the model ordinance, the proactive and reactive elements of proposed regulations, and how to balance public safety with private recreational use of drones. Since that first meeting the working group has produced three different drafts, with each more clearly emphasizing safety and education of the public.

The following cities and public agencies helped contribute to the ACC-OC draft model ordinance:
  • City of Mission Viejo
  • City of Lake Forest
  • City of Dana Point
  • City of Laguna Beach
  • City of Irvine
  • City of Fullerton
  • City of Fountain Valley
  • City of Los Alamitos
  • City of Laguna Beach
  • City of Anaheim
  • City of Placentia
  • City of Huntington Beach
  • County of Orange
  • Orange County Fire Authority
  • Orange County Sheriff's Department
For more information on these topics and the Infrastructure & Technology Committee contact ACC-OC Policy Analyst, Kelsey Brewer at (714) 953-1300 or at kbrewer@accoc.org

Legislative Roundtables

ACC-OC's Legislative & Regulatory Committee has hosted four Legislative Roundtable events over the last six months. These events each feature a legislator or legislators from the State or Federal level to offer our members and specially invited guests the opportunity to get to know their Orange County representatives. 

Each Roundtable is hosted in the City of the featured representative's district, highlighting that community and a different region of our County. ACC-OC has focused on congressional leaders in preparation for our Washington D.C. advocacy trip in September. We are thankful to each of the following Representatives for spending time with our membership: 
  • Hon. Mimi Walters
  • Hon. Darrell Issa
  • Hon. Alan Lowenthal 
  • Hon. Lou Correa
At each of these Roundtables we were able to strengthen our relationships with our representatives, learn about the impacts that federal issues will have on Orange County, and focus on the challenges specifically facing our region and local governments. In addition, our members have the ability to share their concerns, comments, and provide updates to the legislators in a small group format. 

To learn more about our next Legislative Roundtable event contact Diana Coronado at (714) 953-1300 or at  dcoronado@accoc.org.

ACC-OC Legislative & Regulatory Committee 
The ACC-OC Legislative a Regulatory Committee guides one of the ACC-OC's more important functions: ensuring that member cities have the information, tools and resources they need to make informed decisions about important issues coming down from Sacramento and regional agencies. This committee oversees ACC-OC's Legislative tracking, takes positions on bills and regional policies, hosts federal, state and locally elected officials for Legislative Roundtables, and facilitates presentations by regional agencies.

Any representative of a current ACC-OC Member City or ACC-OC Affiliate Member is eligible to attend committee meetings and participate on the committee, subject to the limitations on voting and non-voting members. There are 17 voting members on the Committee, who are Councilmembers (with the exception of two ACC-OC Affiliate Member positons) appointed by the members of the Board of Directors.

ACC-OC Committee Voting Members: 

Committee Chair: Hon. Tim Shaw, City of La Habra

Committee Vice Chair: Hon. Dave Harrington, City of Aliso Viejo

  • Hon. Al Bernstein, City of Tustin
  • Hon. Laurie Davies, City of Laguna Niguel
    • Alternate - Hon. Ross Chun, City of Aliso Viejo
  • Hon. Barbara Delgleize, City of Huntington Beach
    • Alternate - Hon. Patrick Brenden, City of Huntington Beach
  • Hon. Kerry Ferguson, City of San Juan Capistrano
    • Alternate - Hon. Pam Patterson, City of City of San Juan Capistrano
  • Hon. Jennifer Fitzgerald, City of Fullerton
    • Alternate - Hon. Greg Sebourn, City of City of Fullerton
  • Hon. Elaine Gennawey, City of Laguna Niguel
    • Alternate - Hon. Fred Minagar, City of Laguna Niguel
  • Hon. Janine Heft, City of Laguna Hills
    • Alternate - Hon. Don Sedgwick, City of Laguna Hills
  • Hon. Gene Hernandez, City of Yorba Linda
    • Alternate - Hon. Peggy Huang, City of Yorba Linda
  • Hon. Lucille Kring, City of Anaheim
    • Alternate - Hon. Stephen Faessel, City of Anaheim
  • Hon. Al Murray, City of Tustin
    • Alternate - Hon. Chuck Puckett, City of Tustin
  • Hon. Mike Posey, City of Huntington Beach
    • Alternate - Hon. Chuck Puckett, City of Tustin
  • Hon. Ed Sachs, City of Mission Viejo
    • Alternate - Hon. Greg Raths, City of Mission Viejo
  • Hon. Don Wagner, City of Irvine
    • Alternate - Hon. Scott Voigts, City of Lake Forest
  • Karalee Darnell, Southern California Edison, Affiliate Member Representative
    • Alternate - Tammy Tran, Southern California Edison

Our Committee meets at 9:00 AM, every 4th Thursday of the month unless otherwise noted, we are dark in July. Thank you to our host, Rutan & Tucker for allowing us to convene at their location! For more information on this committee please contact Diana Coronado at (714) 953-1300 or at dcoronado@accoc.org

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Diana Coronado, Legislative Affairs Director

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