AENR Issues




Wildfire Prevention & Utility Liability

CSAC continues to be actively involved in discussions of wildfire prevention, public safety, and utility liability.

In addition to tracking and advocating on dozens of pieces of wildfire and public safety related legislation, CSAC is also actively engaged in several other efforts including monitoring the Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery and rulemakings at the CPUC.


CSAC Resiliency Advisory Board Home Page

CSAC has convened a Resiliency Advisory Board to help counties better prepare for and adapt to the natural disasters that are becoming all too common in California. This committee is one piece of several ongoing efforts.

The Board is chaired by Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore and brings together a wide variety of county leaders and resiliency experts to help counties adapt to this new environment, prepare for the next incident, and minimize the impact on our communities and our economy.


CSAC’s Cannabis Information Page

Throughout the development and implementation of California’s policies on cannabis, CSAC has been a vocal advocate for protecting the ability of local government to make its own decisions on local cannabis policy and for integrating local regulatory programs within a larger state licensing system. Counties have a significant stake in shaping the broader statewide landscape of cannabis regulation in California as it will undoubtedly have a significant impact on local government operations.


On this page you will find information about:


CSAC Staff:
Cara Martinson, Senior Legislative Representative, Federal Affairs Manager

Nick Cronenwett, Legislative Analyst


Resource Recovery and Waste Management

As the state focuses on increasing the amount of organic material diverted from our landfills in order to reduce methane gas − a short lived climate pollutant – CSAC is focused on assisting counties with the implementation of these organic diversion requirements. CSAC is also advocating for resources to fund additional infrastructure needed to managed the organics portion of the waste stream. 


Tree Mortality

Drought, bark beetle, and other stresses have led to massive tree die-offs in California’s forests.These problems affect county economies and budgets as supervisors struggle to manage the problem and tourism suffers.

CSAC’s issue brief on the subject details our policy.


California Water Conservation, Flood Control and Stormwater Management Act of 2016

As one of the association’s priorities for 2016, CSAC will support an amendment to Article X of the California Constitution that would:


Climate Change

CSAC recognizes that climate change will have a harmful effect on our environment, public health, and economy, and recognizes the need for immediate actions. CSAC supports a flexible approach to climate change, recognizing that a one size fits all approach is not appropriate for California’s diverse communities. CSAC supports special consideration for environmental justice issues, and cost-effective strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 


Water Resources

Water issues, including stormwater infrastructure, groundwater management and drought impacts will remain priorities as on-going work and implementation efforts continue into 2017.

CSAC remains committed to finding a funding solution for local stormwater programs. Staff are working in coordination with county public works departments to build local political support with County Boards of Supervisors and state legislators, and work to increase public awareness of this critical issue until a successful statewide solution is identified.

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