Employee Relations 07/26/2013
SB 725 (Anderson) - Concerns/ Request for Feedback
As Amended on June 26, 2013
Senate Bill 725, by Senator Joel Anderson, would prohibit cities and counties from revoking the dedication of any building, memorial park, meeting place, memorial hall or recreation center it has provided and/or maintained for use by or for the benefit of veterans associations, veterans service organizations or non-profit veterans service agencies, as long as those entities have not violated any conditions of that dedication and unless the entity has agreed to the revocation.
Current law allows a county to revoke a dedication by operation of its terms, if the veterans group consents, if the veterans group violates the terms of the dedication, abandons the facility or if the county dedicates a substitute facility to the group.
SB 725 would also require that if an aforementioned veterans group was required to vacate a dedicated building for the purpose of seismic retrofiting or remodeling, the group must be allowed to return to its space or to a comparable substitute space (which remains undefined in the bill).
CSAC has joined the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) and the Urban Counties Caucus (UCC) in conveying our concerns with SB 725, as it limits the ability for counties to decide how best to use existing facilities and restricts our ability to dedicate substitute facilities when space needs change over time. The bill additionally add ambiguities that could ultimately create conflict between counties and veterans’ associations, potentially creating unintentional harm to the veterans that both aim to serve.
SB 725 will be heard in the Assembly Local Government Committee on August 14. CSAC is requesting county feedback on the bill, which can be sent to Faith Conley at 916.650.8117.