A Busy Week: Supervisors to Testify on Three Issues
February 19, 2016
The week of February 22 is going to be a busy one for CSAC and for several County Supervisors who will be in Sacramento to testify at the Capitol about three of our priority issues. CSAC staff participates in hearings and offers testimony almost on a daily basis during the legislative session, but having elected Supervisors participate really makes a difference.
“CSAC staff members are all well-respected, subject-matter experts in their policy areas,” said CSAC’s Legislative Director DeAnn Baker. “But having a county supervisor speak from the heart about something that impacts their communities and constituents helps make the issue more real and immediate. Many State Senators and Assembly members were local elected officials before being elected to the Legislature so they share that perspective with our members.”
On Monday, Tuolumne County Supervisor Randy Hanvelt will testify about tree mortality. The state estimates that more than 20 million trees have died in California because of the drought and resulting bark beetle infestation. Supervisor Hanvelt, who participates in the State Tree Mortality Taskforce, will testify before a Joint Hearing of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation. His testimony will include some thoughts about the size and scope of the problem.
On Tuesday, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson will offer testimony to an Oversight Hearing on State Implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. This issue affects counties up and down the state. In some cases, the drought has led to over-pumping of ground water. Counties and water agencies have been working to come up with ground water management plans, as required by the act. Supervisor Gibson will provide an update on that effort.
And on Thursday, Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas will testify in front of a Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee Informational Hearing regarding “Challenges and Opportunities: Homelessness in California’s Local Communities.” This is another issue that affects almost every county in the state to one degree or another. Supervisor Villegas’ testimony will center on some innovative programing Yolo County has been using to move the chronically homeless into stable housing.
“I can’t say ‘thank you’ enough to these three Supervisors, and to so many others who are willing to travel to Sacramento to help with advocacy efforts on behalf of all 58 California counties,” Baker said. “We rely on their expertise and credibility to help advance CSAC’s priorities with the Governor and the Legislature.”
Check next week’s Bulletin and CSAC’s social media feeds for updates on these hearings.