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Track the City Council's positions on various legislative items

 City Council positions on legislation

Background

The Manhattan Beach City Council periodically reviews bills, initiatives, or legislation pending in other governmental agencies. The purpose of this is to outline the position of the City Council on priority issues and matters that impact the City’s ability to operate effectively, promote City interests and protect local authority.

The following are legislative matters that the City Council has taken a position on. Included with each of the legislation listed is a link to the legislative matter, the City’s staff report to the City Council regarding the measure, and letters to legislators communicating the City Council ’s official position on each bill, which is reflective of the position adopted by the City Council.

Questions regarding the process for the City Council to consider specific legislation or the City Council’s position on legislative matters may be directed to City Manager Bruce Moe at (310) 802-5053. 

Positions Taken Recently

 Item Topic Legislative Summary Status

City Council Position
(Action Date)

Assembly Bill 68  Authored by Assembly Member Phil Ting (D-19-San Francisco), Assembly Bill 68, amends regulations regarding Accessory Dwelling Units. In summary, the legislation 

would delete the provision authorizing the imposition of standards on lot coverage and prohibit an ordinance from imposing requirements on minimum lot size.

In Committee   

OPPOSE

(June 4, 2019)

Assembly Bill 516 Authored by Assembly Member David Chiu (D-17-East San Francisco), would eliminate the ability for cities to adequately enforce state and local vehicle violations. Specifically, it would eliminate the ability for cities to immobilize vehicles, remove vehicles with expired registrations, and remove vehicles in violation of parking time restrictions.  In Committee  

OPPOSE

(June 4, 2019)

Assembly Bill 1356 Authored by Assembly Member Phil Ting (D-19-San Francisco), Assembly Bill 1356 will, if adopted, preempt local land use authority related to retail commercial cannabis activity. If enacted, Assembly Bill 1356 would require a local jurisdiction in which more than 50 percent of the electorate voted in favor of Proposition 64 (2016) to issue a minimum number of local licenses that authorize adult-use cannabis commercial activity.
Inactive File  

OPPOSE

(May 21, 2019)

Assembly Bill 1568 Authored by Assembly Member Kevin McCarty (D-7-Sacramento), Assembly Bill 1568 restricts cities and counties from receiving state grant funds if the city or county has been found to violate state housing laws, such as an inadequate housing element.  Two-Year Bill

OPPOSE

(May 21, 2019)

 
Senate Bill 50 SB 50, introduced by State Senator Wiener (D-11-San Francisco), requires cities and counties to grant an incentive when a development proponent seeks and agrees to construct a residential development that is either a job-rich or transit-rich housing project and meets certain other criteria. The incentives include waivers from maximum controls on density and parking requirements greater than 0.5 parking spots per unit, up to 3 additional incentives or concessions under the Density Bonus Law, and other additional waivers if the residential development is located within one-half mile or one-quarter mile radius of a major transit stop.  SB 50 is held in committee and is now ineligible for further action until 2020  

OPPOSE

(March 19, 2019)

Southern California Edison's 2019 Energy Resource Recovery Account Filing

Southern California Edison (SCE) submitted their 2019 Energy Resource Recovery Account Filing to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), proposing generation rates for 2019 and new proposed Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) rates.  SCE proposed to recover part of its projected billion-dollar under-collection for 2018 for losses in the energy market through a one-time increase to the PICA in 2019, resulting in rate increases for Clean Power Alliance members, such as the residents of the City of Manhattan Beach. Letter Sent   

OPPOSE

(December 18, 2018)

Proposition 6   An initiative constitutional amendment that eliminates recently enacted road repair and transportation funding by repealing revenues dedicated for those purposes. Additionally, requires any Measure to enact certain vehicle fuel taxes and vehicle fees be submitted to and approved by the Electorate.  Initiative Rejected by Voters

 OPPOSE 

(October 16, 2018)

Measure W  If approved by 66.7% of Los Angeles County voters, the Safe Clean Water Program would generate approximately $300 million per year by implementing a special parcel tax of 2.5 cents per square foot of impermeable surface area on private property in the Los Angeles County Flood Control District.
Measure Passed 

SUPPORT 

(October 16, 2018)

Bureau of Cannabis Control Proposed Regulations  Proposed regulations regarding removing cities’ ability to ban cannabis deliveries in their jurisdiction and reducing the time a city has to notify the Bureau about whether a cannabis business licensee has obtained necessary local approvals.
Pending 

OPPOSE 

(August 21, 2018) 

Energy Upgrade California Energy Upgrade California (EUC) is a statewide initiative of the California Public Utilities Commission that was created to motivate and educate California residents and small businesses about energy management through useful programs and actions. EUC is committed to ensuring that every Californian is empowered with the tools and information they need to achieve a cleaner, healthier, more energy-efficient and prosperous state. N/A  

 SUPPORT

(June 19, 2018)

Airport Noise 
In January 2018, LAX temporarily closed the south inboard runway through May 11, 2018, for runway reconstruction. During the closure of the south inboard runway, aircraft have used the south outboard runway for both departure and arrival operations causing noise disturbances. 
Letter Sent 

N/A 

(April 17, 2018)

Net Neutrality Pledge In response to the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, various Mayors around the United States took a position and signed pledges. Mayors Bill de Blasio of New York, Ted Wheeler of Portland and Steve Adler of Austin called on all U.S. mayors to join them in a Cities Open Internet Pledge, which required all internet providers with whom they do business to follow a strong set of Net Neutrality principles. Pledged Support 

N/A 

(April 17, 2018) 

 
Assembly Bill 1795 AB 1795 authorizes local emergency medical services agencies to allow paramedics to transport people to a community care facility, such as a mental health urgent care center or sobering facility. In committee: Held under submission.

 SUPPORT 

(March 20, 2018)  

MBUSD Parcel Tax An annual parcel tax levy of $225 to maintain quality education, keep Manhattan Beach school's among California's best, offset severe state funding shortfalls and provide $2,650,000 to the Manhattan Beach Unified School District
Measure Passed    

SUPPORT

(March 20, 2018)

Torrance Refinery Following the U.S. Chemical Safety Board report on the 2015 explosion at the Torrance Refinery, members of the community have advocated for the removal of Modified Hydrofluoric Acid (MHF) from use at the Torrance Refinery and urged the City of Manhattan Beach to weigh in on the issue. Letter Sent  

ONGOING 

(March 20, 2018) 

Senate Bill 649  Authored by State Senator Ben Hueso (D-40-San Diego), Senate Bill (SB) 649 proposed to reduce local control and fees over small cells sitting in the public right-of-way. The bill granted cell providers access to locally owned infrastructure within the public right-of-way and in commercial and industrial zones and prohibited local discretionary zoning review. Bill Vetoed by Governor 

OPPOSE

(July 5, 2017) 

Senate Bill 827
Authored by State Senator Scott Wiener (D-11-San Francisco), Senate Bill (SB) 827 exempts certain housing projects from locally developed and adopted height limitations, densities, parking requirements and design review standards.
Pending 

OPPOSE

(February 6, 2018)

Measure H The Los Angeles County Plan to Prevent and Combat Homelessness was a ballot measure on the March 7, 2017 ballot sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The ballot measure proposed a 10-year, ¼ cent sales tax to help fund housing and support services for the homeless population throughout the County.  Measure Passed    SUPPORT

(February 21, 2017)

 

 

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