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Land Use Legislation

AB 52 (Gatto) – Neutral To Engrossing and Enrolling on August 28, 2014

AB 52, by Assembly Member Mike Gatto would create a new resource area under CEQA for tribal cultural resources and create a process for consultation between local governments and tribes on individual projects. CSAC initially opposed the bill and worked with a coalition of stakeholders over the past two years to successfully amend the measure to reduce our most significant concerns. 

As passed by the Legislature, AB 52 would now provide for a much clearer and definitive process for project-by-project consultation between lead agencies and tribes. The measure includes timelines for consultations, a requirement for tribes to dictates a single point of contact, a definition of tribal cultural resource that does not put the burden on a local agency to determine what may or may not be significant to tribe, and it allows for the confidential exchange of information between a tribe, project proponent and local government.

CSAC removed our opposition to the bill on August 25. We will monitor the implementation the measure, including revisions to the CEQA guidelines, and work to develop guidance for counties.

AB 1147 (Bonilla) – Request for Signature To Engrossing and Enrolling on August 29, 2014

AB 1147, by Assembly Members Susan Bonilla, Jimmy Gomez, and Chris Holden, would recast the California Massage Therapy Council and restore the ability of local governments to regulate massage therapy businesses in local communities. Specifically, the measure would change the composition of the Council’s board to include, in addition to existing representatives from CSAC and the League of Cities, a representative of the California Police Chiefs Association, a representative of an “anti-human trafficking” organization, and a local or state public health official, among others. Importantly to counties, the bill would restore local land use authority to regulate massage businesses and provides that cities and counties can adopt and enforce local ordinances governing zoning, business licensing, or reasonable health and safety requirements for massage establishments.

CSAC will request the Governor’s signature on AB 1147.

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