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Chapter 1. General Provisions And Definitions

Article 1. General Provisions

Ca Codes (prc:32000-32003) Public Resources Code Section 32000-32003



32000. This division shall be known and may be cited as the California Urban Waterfront Area Restoration Financing Authority Act.


32001. The Legislature finds and declares that it is essential that the state, in cooperation with local governments, use all practical means and measures to restore, revitalize, and develop, in an economically and environmentally sound manner, the coastal and inland urban waterfront areas of the state. The Legislature further finds that existing conditions in some of the state's coastal urban waterfront areas prevent the attainment of one or more of the basic goals of the state set forth in Section 30001.5 for the coastal zone, and that existing sources of funding are not adequate to restore these areas in accordance with those goals. The Legislature further finds that properly planned development of coastal and inland urban waterfronts with public recreation facilities, shoreline access facilities, visitor-serving commercial facilities, or coastal-dependent facilities, or with public works necessary for the implementation or preservation of an urban waterfront project, will promote attainment of the basic goals of the state for the coastal zone and will stimulate economic development and promote employment in coastal and inland urban waterfront areas.


32002. As to urban waterfront areas in the coastal zone, the purpose of this division is to carry out and make effective Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 31300) of Division 21 and, to that end, provide an economically feasible method of financing urban waterfront restoration.


32003. This division is necessary for the welfare of the state and its inhabitants and shall be liberally construed to implement its purposes.


Article 2. Definitions

Ca Codes (prc:32020-32028) Public Resources Code Section 32020-32028



32020. Unless the context otherwise requires, the definitions in this article govern the interpretation of this division.


32021. "Authority" means the California Urban Waterfront Area Restoration Financing Authority established pursuant to Section 32050, and any board, commission, department, or officer succeeding to the functions thereof or to whom the powers conferred upon the authority by this division shall be given.


32022. "Bonds" means bonds, notes, bond anticipation notes, commercial paper, and any other evidences of indebtedness.


32023. "Coastal zone" means that area of the state defined in subdivision (a) of Section 31006, except that it includes lands in Contra Costa County from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge north and east to the termination of the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, as described in Section 66610 of the Government Code, as well as any adjacent uplands, managed wetlands, marshes, and diked lands that significantly affect the environmental quality of the bay, or that are directly related to the public use and enjoyment of the San Francisco Bay.


32024. "Conservancy" means the State Coastal Conservancy established pursuant to Section 31100.


32025. "Cost," as applied to a project, or portion thereof, financed under this division, means all, or any part of, the costs of construction and acquisition of all lands, structures, real or personal property, rights, rights-of-way, franchises, easements, and interests acquired or used for a project, the cost of demolition or removal of any buildings or structures on land so acquired, including the cost of acquiring any lands on which buildings or structures may be removed, the cost of all machinery and equipment, financing charges, interest prior to, during, and for a period after completion of the construction, as determined by the authority, provisions for working capital, reserves for principal and interest, and for extensions, enlargements, additions, replacements, renovations, and improvements, the cost of architectural, engineering, financial, and legal services, plans, specifications, estimates, administrative expenses, and other expenses necessary or incident to determining the feasibility of constructing any project, or incident to the construction or acquisition or financing of any project.


32025.5. "Metropolitan statistical area" means any area so defined by the federal Office of Management and Budget.


32026. "Participating party" means any public or private entity, profit or nonprofit, including, but not limited to, any municipality, county, district, joint powers agency, person, company, corporation, partnership, firm, trust, or foundation, engaged in a project within the State of California, which obtains financing pursuant to the terms of this division.


32027. "Project" means an urban waterfront restoration activity located wholly or partly within the coastal zone for which a plan of urban waterfront restoration has been approved pursuant to Section 32059 and an urban waterfront restoration activity located within the territory of the Sacramento-Yolo Port District, the Stockton Port District, or on a river, lake, or reservoir located within a metropolitan statistical area for which a plan of urban waterfront restoration has been approved pursuant to Section 32059.5. Project includes, but is not limited to, lands, buildings, or roads, and improvements thereto, work, rehabilitation, structure, or property, real or personal, located wholly or partly within the coastal zone or within the territory of the Sacramento-Yolo Port District, the Stockton Port District, or on a river, lake, or reservoir located within a metropolitan statistical area, providing or designed to provide visitor serving commercial facilities, transient visitor accommodations, coastal or inland waterfront dependent industry, public utility systems, mass transit facilities, and public recreation and shoreline access facilities, including, but not limited to, parks, stairways, piers, and wharves, boat berthing facilities, parking facilities, visitor service centers, or interpretive centers, shoreline protection and erosion control facilities, and administrative facilities necessary for the operation of coastal dependent activities. Project does not include new permanent residential structures, office structures for nonmaritime purposes on lands subject to the public trust for commerce, navigation, and fisheries, noncoastal dependent industrial facilities, or other noncoastal related uses, or industrial facilities or other uses that are unrelated to an inland waterfront. A project may include office structures on lands not subject to the public trust for commerce, navigation, and fisheries, or office structures for maritime purposes on lands subject to the public trust for commerce, navigation, and fisheries, if the State Coastal Conservancy finds that the project physically includes all of the elements specified in paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 32059.

32028. "Revenue" means all rents, receipts, purchase payments, loan repayments, proceeds of bonds, and all other income or receipts derived by the authority from the sale, lease, or other disposition of projects, or the making of loans to finance projects, and any income derived from the investment of any money in any fund or account of the authority.


Chapter 2. Organization Of The Authority: General Powers And Duties

Ca Codes (prc:32050-32059.5) Public Resources Code Section 32050-32059.5



32050. (a) There is in state government the California Urban Waterfront Area Restoration Financing Authority. The authority constitutes a public instrumentality and a political subdivision of the state, and the exercise by the authority of powers conferred by this division is the performance of an essential public function. (b) The authority shall consist of five members, the Director of Finance, the Controller, the Treasurer, the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, and the executive director of the conservancy. The Treasurer shall serve as chair of the authority. (c) Each of the members of the authority may select a designee from the member's agency to act for the member and represent the member at all meetings of the authority. (d) The first meeting of the authority shall be convened by the Treasurer.


32051. All members shall serve thereon without compensation as members of the authority.


32052. This division shall be administered by the authority which shall have, and is hereby vested with, all powers reasonably necessary to carry out its powers and responsibilities.


32053. The authority shall maintain an office in the City of Sacramento.

32054. The chair shall appoint an executive director who shall not be a member of the authority and who shall serve at the pleasure of the authority and shall employ the staff of the conservancy and other necessary persons to enable the authority to properly perform the duties imposed upon it by this division. The executive director shall receive compensation as fixed by the authority. The authority may delegate to the executive director the power to enter contracts on behalf of the authority.


32055. The authority may, in accordance with Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, adopt the necessary rules and regulations to carry out this division.

32056. (a) The Attorney General shall be the legal counsel for the authority, but, upon approval of the Attorney General, which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld, the authority may employ legal counsel as, in its judgment, is necessary or advisable to enable it to carry out the duties and functions imposed on it by this division, including employment of bond counsel as deemed advisable in connection with the issuance and sale of bonds. (b) The Director of Finance shall be the treasurer of the authority.

32057. Subject to the conditions, restrictions, and limitations of Section 32059, the authority shall have the power to do all the following: (a) Adopt bylaws for the regulation of its affairs and the conduct of its business. (b) Adopt an official seal. (c) Sue and be sued in its own name. (d) Issue bonds, including, at the option of the authority, bonds bearing interest that is taxable for the purpose of federal income taxation, to pay the cost of any project. (e) Engage the services of private consultants to render professional and technical assistance and advice in carrying out the purposes of this division. (f) Employ and fix compensation of bond counsel, project expediters, financial consultants, and other advisors as may be necessary, in its judgment, in connection with the issuance and sale of any bonds or other obligations of the authority. (g) Contract for engineering, architectural, accounting, or other services of appropriate state agencies as may be necessary, in its judgment, for the successful development of the project. (h) Pay the reasonable costs of consulting engineers, architects, accountants, and construction, land use, recreation, and environmental experts employed by any participating party if, in its judgment, those services are necessary for the successful development of the project. (i) Take title to, and sell by installment sale or otherwise, lands, structures, property, real or personal, rights, rights-of-way, franchises, easements, and other interests in lands which are located within the state as it may deem necessary or convenient for the financing of a project, upon terms and conditions as considered by it to be reasonable. (j) Receive and accept from any source, loans, contributions, or grants for, or in aid of, the construction, financing, or refinancing of a project, or any portion thereof, in either money, property, labor, or other things of value. (k) Make secured or unsecured loans to any participating party in connection with the financing of a project in accordance with an agreement between the authority and the participating party, except that no loan shall exceed the total cost of the project as determined by the participating party and approved by the authority. (l) Make secured or unsecured loans to any participating party in accordance with an agreement between the authority and the participating party to refinance indebtedness incurred by the participating party in connection with projects undertaken and completed. (m) Mortgage all or any portion of its interest in a project and the property on which any project is located, whether owned or thereafter acquired, including the granting of a security interest in any property, tangible or intangible, and to assign or pledge all or any portion of its interests in mortgages, deeds of trust, indentures of mortgage or trust or similar instruments, notes, and security interests in property, tangible or intangible, of participating parties to which the authority has made loans, and the revenues therefrom, including payment or income from any interest owned or held by the authority, for the benefit of the holders of bonds issued to finance the project. (n) Lease to a participating party the project being financed, upon terms and conditions that the authority deems proper, and to charge and collect rents therefor, and to terminate any lease upon the failure of the lessee to comply with any of the obligations thereof, and to include in any lease, if desired, provisions that the lessee shall have options to renew the lease for a period or periods, and at rents as determined by the authority, to purchase any or all of the project, or that, upon payment of all of the indebtedness incurred by the authority for the financing of the project, the authority may convey any or all of the project to the lessee or lessees. (o) Charge and equitably apportion among participating parties its administrative costs and expenses incurred in the exercise of the powers and duties conferred by this division. (p) Obtain, or aid in obtaining, from any department or agency of the United States or of the State of California, or any private company, any insurance or guarantee as to, or for, the payment or repayment of interest or principal, or both, or any part thereof, on any loan, lease, or obligation or any instrument evidencing or securing the same, made or entered into pursuant to this division; and, notwithstanding any other provision of this division, to enter into any agreement, contract, or any other instrument with respect to any insurance or guarantee, to accept payment in the manner and form as provided therein in the event of default by a participating party, and to assign any insurance or guarantee as security for the authority's bonds. (q) Enter into any and all agreements or contracts, execute any and all instruments, and do and perform any and all acts or things necessary, convenient, or desirable for the purposes of the authority or to carry out any power expressly given in this division. (r) Invest any moneys held in reserve or sinking funds, or any moneys not required for immediate use or disbursement, at the discretion of the authority, in obligations that are authorized by law for the investment of trust funds in the custody of the Treasurer.


32058. The authority shall establish criteria for the selection of projects to receive financial assistance from the authority. The project selection criteria shall be based upon the economic soundness of the project itself and a reasonable expectation that all financial obligations of the project can be met by participating parties.


32059. (a) No project located wholly or partially within the coastal zone shall be eligible for approval unless it has been approved by the conservancy and is located in a part of the coastal zone for which a plan for urban waterfront restoration has been approved by the conservancy pursuant to Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 31300) of Division 21. (b) The conservancy shall approve a plan for the purposes of utilizing the financing provisions of this division only if it finds both of the following: (1) Existing conditions prevent the attainment of one or more of the basic goals of the state for the coastal zone, as identified in Section 30001.5. (2) The proposed plan provides for public access or public recreation benefits, environmental enhancement, and has a potential for employment development and economic stimulation.


32059.5. (a) No project located within the territory of the Sacramento-Yolo Port District, the Stockton Port District, or on a river, lake, or reservoir within a metropolitan statistical area shall be eligible for approval unless it has been approved by the conservancy and a plan for urban waterfront restoration has been approved by the conservancy. (b) The conservancy shall approve a plan for the purposes of utilizing the financing provisions of this division for projects specified in subdivision (a) only if it finds that the proposed plan provides for public access or public recreational benefits, provides for environmental enhancement, and has a potential for employment development and economic stimulation. (c) Fifty million dollars ($50,000,000) shall be reserved for projects on a river, lake, or reservoir in a metropolitan statistical area.


Chapter 3. Funds: Security For Payment Of Bonds: Accounts: Deposits: Investments: Interest And Other

Increments Ca Codes (prc:32060-32066) Public Resources Code Section 32060-32066



32060. (a) The California Urban Waterfront Area Restoration Financing Authority Fund is hereby created in the State Treasury. Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, all moneys in the fund are continuously appropriated to the authority for carrying out the purposes of this division. The authority may pledge any or all of the moneys in the fund as security for payment of the principal of, and interest on, any particular issuance of bonds issued pursuant to this division, and, for that purpose, or as necessary or convenient to the accomplishment of any other purpose of the authority, may divide the fund into separate accounts. All moneys accruing to the authority pursuant to this division from any source shall be deposited in the fund. (b) Subject to priorities that may be created by the pledge of particular moneys in the fund to secure any issuance of bonds of the authority, and subject further to reasonable costs that may be incurred by the authority in administering the program authorized by this division, all moneys in the fund derived from any source shall be held in trust for the security and payment of bonds of the authority and shall not be used or pledged for any other purpose so long as the bonds are outstanding and unpaid. However, nothing in this section shall limit the power of the authority to make loans with the proceeds of bonds in accordance with the terms of the resolution authorizing the bonds. (c) Pursuant to any agreements with the holders of particular bonds pledging any particular assets, revenues, or moneys, the authority may create separate accounts in the fund to manage assets, revenues, or moneys in the manner set forth in the agreements. (d) The authority may, from time to time, direct the Treasurer to invest moneys in the fund which are not required for its current needs, including proceeds from the sale of any bonds, in such eligible securities specified in Section 16430 of the Government Code as the authority shall designate. The authority may direct the Treasurer to deposit moneys in interest-bearing accounts in state or national banks or other financial institutions having principal offices in this state. The authority may alternatively require the transfer of moneys in the fund to the Surplus Money Investment Fund for investment pursuant to Article 4 (commencing with Section 16470) of Chapter 3 of Part 2 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code. Notwithstanding Section 16305.7 of the Government Code, all interest or other increment resulting from the investment or deposit of moneys from the fund shall be deposited in the fund. Moneys in the fund shall not be subject to transfer to any other funds pursuant to any provision of Part 2 (commencing with Section 16300) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code, except to the Surplus Money Investment Fund.

32061. All expenses incurred in carrying out this division shall be payable solely from funds provided under the authority of this division, and no liability or obligation shall be imposed upon the State of California and, except as provided in Section 32116, none shall be incurred by the authority beyond the extent to which money shall have been provided under this division. Under no circumstance shall the authority create any debt, liability, or obligation on the part of the State of California payable from any source other than the moneys provided under this division.


32061.5. The activities of the conservancy in carrying out its responsibilities under this division shall be deemed to be consistent with and in furtherance of Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 31300) of Division 21. The conservancy may pay for its support costs associated with this division from any funding source appropriated and available to it which may be used to fund its support activities under that Chapter 7. However, the conservancy shall keep records of its support expenditures associated with projects which may receive any or all of their funding pursuant to this division and, if the authority ultimately issues bonds for any such project, the conservancy shall seek repayment of its support costs with respect to that project from the authority. The authority shall reimburse the conservancy for its necessary and reasonable support costs in developing projects which are funded pursuant to this division. Nothing in this section precludes the authority from reimbursing the conservancy for additional costs associated with its responsibilities under this division.


32062. All projects financed by the authority shall be constructed or completed subject to the rules and regulations of the authority.


32063. When the principal of, and interest on, bonds of the authority issued to finance the cost of a particular project for a participating party, including any refunding bonds issued to refund and refinance all or any part of the bonds, have been fully paid and retired, or when adequate provisions have been made for the payment and retirement of the bonds, and all other conditions of any resolution, lease, indenture, mortgage or deed of trust, security interest, or any other instrument or instruments authorizing and securing the bonds have been satisfied, and any lien created has been released in accordance with the provisions thereof, the authority is authorized, upon terms and conditions it may prescribe, to do all things and execute releases, release deeds, reassignments, deeds, and conveyances necessary or required to convey or release its right, title, and interest in the project financed and any other instruments pledged or transferred to secure bonds to the participating party.


32064. (a) The authority, or its executive director if authorized by resolution of the authority, shall take official action towards the issuance of bonds with respect to any participating party at the next meeting of the authority occurring more than 30 days following the receipt of a completed application. Official action towards the issuance of bonds may reserve the right of the authority to further review an application for financing and consider terms thereof prior to the issuance of bonds therefor. (b) The authority shall take final action to approve or disapprove the issuance of bonds to lend financial assistance to participating parties within 60 days from the receipt by the authority of a request from a participating party for action. Any request by a participating party shall be accompanied by evidence of fulfillment of any and all conditions to the issuance of the bonds imposed at the time the first action towards the issuance was taken by the authority and copies of forms of all principal legal documents to be approved by the authority. (c) The authority may give final approval for the issuance of the bonds upon terms it deems necessary or desirable. (d) Any action under this section shall be at the sole discretion of the authority.

32065. The authority, not later than March 31 of each year, shall submit to the Legislature a report of its activities for the preceding calendar year ending December 31. The report shall include a listing of applications received, a listing of applications accepted for financing, a specification of bonds sold, interest rates thereon, and whether bond sales were pursuant to public bid or were negotiated, a specification of the amount of bonds authorized but currently unsold, a projection of the authority's needs and requirements for the coming year, and a report of revenues and expenditures for the preceding fiscal year.


32066. The Treasurer is the elected representative of the state to approve the issuance of bonds issued by or on behalf of the state pursuant to this chapter to the extent this approval is required by federal tax law.


Chapter 4. Bonds And Notes

Article 1. General

Ca Codes (prc:32100-32116) Public Resources Code Section 32100-32116



32100. The total amount of bonds which may be outstanding at any one time under this division shall not exceed six hundred fifty million dollars ($650,000,000). Bonds for which moneys or securities in amounts necessary to pay or redeem the principal, interest, and any redemption premium thereon have been deposited in trust shall not be deemed outstanding for purposes of this section.


32101. The Legislature may, by statute, authorize the authority to issue bonds in excess of the amount specified in Section 32100.


32102. (a) The authority is authorized from time to time to issue its negotiable bonds to provide funds to achieve its purposes. (b) Bonds may be authorized to finance a single project for a single participating party, a series of projects for a single participating party, a single project for several participating parties, or several projects for several participating parties.


32103. Except as otherwise expressly provided by the authority, every issue of its bonds shall be general obligations of the authority payable from any revenues or moneys of the authority available therefor and not otherwise pledged, including the proceeds of additional bonds, subject only to any agreements with the holders of particular bonds, notes, or other obligations pledging any particular revenues or moneys and subject to any agreements with holders of particular bonds pledging any particular revenues. Notwithstanding that the bonds may be payable from a special fund, they shall be deemed to be negotiable instruments for all purposes, subject only to the bond registration provisions.


32104. Subject to the limitations in Sections 32100 and 32101, the bonds may be issued as serial bonds or as term bonds, or the authority may, in its discretion, issue bonds of both types. The bonds shall be authorized by resolution of the authority and shall bear the date or dates, mature at the time or times, not exceeding 50 years from their respective dates, bear interest at the rate or rates, be payable at the time or times, be in the denominations, be in the form, either coupon or registered, carry the registration privileges, be executed in the manner, be payable in lawful money of the United States of America at the place or places, and be subject to the terms of redemption, as the resolution or resolutions provide.


32105. The bonds or notes shall be sold by the Treasurer within 60 days after receipt of a certified copy of the authority's resolution authorizing the sale of the bonds, except that the authority may, at its discretion, adopt a resolution extending the 60-day period. The sale may be a public or private sale, and for such price or prices and on such terms and conditions, as the authority determines, after giving due consideration to the recommendations of any participating party to be assisted from the proceeds of the bonds. Pending preparation of the definitive bonds, the Treasurer may issue interim receipts, certificates, or temporary bonds which shall be exchanged for definitive bonds. The Treasurer may sell any bonds at a price below the par value if the discount on any bonds sold does not exceed 6 percent of the par value.


32106. Any resolution or resolutions authorizing any bonds or any issue of bonds may contain the following provisions, which shall be a part of the contract with the holders of the bonds to be authorized: (a) Pledging the full faith and credit of the authority, or pledging all or any part of the revenues of any urban waterfront restoration project or any revenue-producing contract or contracts made by the authority with any individual, partnership, corporation, or association or other body, public or private, or other moneys of the authority, to secure the payment of the bonds or of any particular issue of bonds, subject to those agreements with bondholders as may then exist. (b) The rentals, fees, purchase payments, loan repayments, and other charges to be charged, and the amounts to be raised in each year thereby, and the use and disposition of the revenues. (c) The setting aside of reserves or sinking funds, and the regulation and disposition thereof. (d) Limitations on the right of the authority or its agent to restrict and regulate the use of the project or projects to be financed out of the proceeds of the bonds or any particular issue of bonds. (e) Limitations on the purpose to which the proceeds of sale of any issue of bonds then or thereafter to be issued may be applied, and pledging the proceeds to secure the payment of the bonds or any issue of the bonds. (f) Limitations on the issuance of additional bonds, the terms upon which additional bonds may be issued and secured and the refunding of outstanding bonds. (g) The procedure, if any, by which the terms of any contract with bondholders may be amended or abrogated, the amount of bonds and the holders thereof that are required to give consent thereto, and the manner in which the consent may be given. (h) Limitations on expenditures for operating, administrative, or other expenses of the authority. (i) Defining the acts or omissions to act which constitute a default in the duties of the authority to holders of its obligations, and providing the rights and remedies of the holders in the event of a default. (j) The mortgaging of any project and the site thereof for the purpose of securing the bondholders. (k) The mortgaging of land, improvements, or other assets owned by a participating party for the purpose of securing the bondholders. (l) Procedures for the selection of projects to be financed with the proceeds of the bonds authorized by the resolution, if the bonds are to be sold in advance of the designation of the projects and the participating parties to receive the financing.


32107. Neither the members of the authority nor any person executing the bonds or notes shall be liable personally on the bonds or notes or be subject to any personal liability or accountability by reason of the issuance thereof.

32108. The authority may, out of any funds available therefor, purchase its bonds or notes. The authority may hold, pledge, cancel, or resell the bonds, subject to and in accordance with agreements with bondholders.

32109. In the discretion of the authority, any bonds issued under this division may be secured by a trust agreement by and between the authority and a corporate trustee or trustees, which may be the Treasurer or any trust company or bank having the powers of a trust company within or without the state.


32110. (a) The trust agreement or the resolution providing for the issuance of the bonds may pledge or assign the revenues to be received or proceeds of any contract or contracts pledge and may convey or mortgage the project or projects, or any portion thereof, to be financed out of the proceeds of the bonds. The trust agreement or resolution providing for the issuance of the bonds may contain the provisions for protecting and enforcing the rights and remedies of the bondholders as may be reasonable and proper and not in violation of law, including particularly provisions specifically authorized to be included in any resolution or resolutions of the authority authorizing bonds thereof. (b) Any bank or trust company doing business under the laws of this state which may act as depository of the proceeds of bonds or of revenues or other moneys may furnish indemnifying bonds or pledge securities as may be required by the authority. (c) The trust agreement may set forth the rights and remedies of the bondholders and of the trustee or trustees, and may restrict the individual right of action by bondholders. In addition, any trust agreement or resolution may contain other provisions that the authority may deem reasonable and proper for the security of the bondholders.


32111. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Treasurer shall not be deemed to have a conflict of interest by reason of acting as trustee pursuant to this division.


32112. All expenses incurred in carrying out the provisions of this trust agreement or resolution may be treated as a part of the cost of the operation of a project.


32113. Bonds issued under this division do not constitute a debt or liability of the state or of any political subdivision thereof, other than the authority, or a pledge of the full faith and credit of the state or any of its political subdivisions, other than the authority, but are payable solely from the funds provided therefor under this division. All the bonds shall contain on the face thereof a statement to the following effect: "Neither the full faith and credit nor the taxing power of the State of California is pledged to the payment of the principal of or interest on this bond." The issuance of bonds under this division shall not directly or indirectly or contingently obligate the state or any political subdivision thereof to levy or to pledge any form of taxation whatever therefor or to make any appropriation for their payment. Nothing in this section shall prevent, or be construed to prevent, the authority from pledging its full faith and credit to the payment of bonds or issue of bonds authorized pursuant to this division.


32114. (a) The authority may provide for the issuance of bonds of the authority for the purpose of refunding any bonds, notes, or other securities of the authority then outstanding, including the payment of any redemption premium thereon and any interest accrued or to accrue to the earliest or subsequent date of redemption, purchase, or maturity of these bonds and, if deemed advisable by the authority, for the additional purpose of paying all or any part of the cost of constructing and acquiring additions, improvements, extensions, or enlargements of an urban waterfront restoration project or any portion thereof. (b) The proceeds of any bonds issued for the purpose of refunding outstanding bonds, notes, or other securities may, in the discretion of the authority, be applied to the purchase or retirement at maturity or redemption of these outstanding bonds either on their earliest or any subsequent redemption date or upon the purchase or retirement at the maturity thereof and may, pending the application, be placed in escrow to be applied to the purchase or retirement at maturity or redemption on the date as may be determined by the authority. (c) Pending this use, the escrowed proceeds may be invested and reinvested by the Treasurer in obligations of, or guaranteed by, the United States of America, or in certificates of deposit or time deposits secured by obligations of, or guaranteed by, the United States of America, maturing at time or times appropriate to assure the prompt payment, as to principal, interest, and redemption premium, if any, of the outstanding bonds to be so refunded. The interest, income, and profits, if any, earned or realized on the investment may also be applied to the payment of the outstanding bonds to be so refunded. After the terms of the escrow have been fully satisfied and carried out, any balance of the proceeds and interest, income, and profits, if any earned or realized on the investments thereof, shall be returned to the authority and the conservancy for use in carrying out this division. (d) The portion of the proceeds of the bonds issued for the additional purpose of paying all or any part of the cost of constructing and acquiring additions, improvements, extensions, or enlargements of an urban waterfront restoration project may be invested and reinvested by the Treasurer in obligations of, or guaranteed by, the United States of America, or in certificates of deposit or time deposits secured by obligations of, or guaranteed by, the United States of America, maturing not later than the time or times when these proceeds will be needed for the purpose of paying all or any part of the cost. The interest, income and profits, if any earned or realized on this investment, may be applied to the payment of all or any part of the cost or may be used by the authority and the conservancy in carrying out this division. (e) All these bonds are subject to this division in the same manner and to the same extent as other bonds issued pursuant to the provisions of this division.


32115. Bonds issued by the authority are legal investments for all trust funds, the funds of all insurance companies, banks, both commercial and savings, trust companies, savings and loan associations, and investment companies, for executors, administrators, trustees, and other fiduciaries, for state school funds, and for any funds which may be invested in county, municipal, or school district bonds, and these bonds are securities which may properly and legally be deposited with, and received by, any state or municipal officer or agency or political subdivision of the state for any purpose for which the deposit of bonds or obligations of the state, is now, or may hereafter be, authorized by law, including deposits to secure public funds if, and only to the extent that, evidence of indebtedness or debt securities of the participating party receiving financing through the issuance of these bonds which qualify or are eligible for these purposes and uses.


32116. No liability shall be incurred by the authority beyond the extent to which moneys have been provided under this division, except that, for the purposes of meeting the necessary expenses of initial organization and operation until the date that the authority derives revenues or proceeds from bonds or notes as provided under this division, the authority may borrow money as needed for these expenses from the General Fund in the State Treasury. The borrowed money shall be repaid with interest within a reasonable time after the authority receives revenues or proceeds from bonds or notes as provided under this division.


Article 2. Supplemental Bond Provisions

Ca Codes (prc:32150-32154) Public Resources Code Section 32150-32154



32150. The authority is not required to pay any property taxes or assessments upon, or with respect to, an urban waterfront restoration project or any property acquired by or for the authority under this division or upon the income therefrom, so long as the authority holds title to the project or to the property or facilities comprised in the project. The exemption of the authority from taxation of any project ceases when title to the property is transferred from the authority to any normally taxable participating party. This section does not exempt any normally taxable participating party from taxation, including, but not limited to, taxation upon a possessory interest, with respect to any project, or the property or facilities comprised in any project, which may otherwise be applicable to the participating party.


32151. Subject to Section 32153, the existence of the authority may be terminated by statute at any time by the Legislature. Upon dissolution of the authority, the title to all properties owned by it shall, subject to the interests of any participating parties therein, vest in and become the property of the State of California and shall not inure to the benefit of any private party.


32152. This division provides a complete, additional, and alternative method for the doing of the things authorized thereby, and shall be regarded as supplemental and additional to powers conferred by other laws, except that the issuance of bonds and refunding bonds under this division need not comply with the requirements of any other law applicable to the issuance of bonds.


32153. The State of California does hereby pledge to, and agree with, the holders of any obligations issued under this division, and with those parties who may enter into contracts with the authority pursuant to this division, that the state will not limit or alter the rights hereby vested in the authority to finance any project and to fulfill the terms of any loan agreement, lease, or other contract with the authority pursuant to this division, or in any way impair the rights or remedies of the bonds or the parties until those obligations, together with the interest thereon, are fully met and discharged and those contracts are fully performed on the part of the authority. However, nothing in this section precludes this limitation or alteration if and when adequate provision has been made by law for the protection of the holders of those obligations of the authority or those entering into those contracts with the authority. The authority, as agent for the state, is authorized to include this pledge and undertaking for the state in its obligations or contracts.


32154. The powers granted to the authority by this division may be exercised without regard or reference to any department or agency of the state. All other general or special laws, or parts thereof, inconsistent with this division are hereby declared to be inapplicable to the provisions of this division. Nothing in this division shall be interpreted to exempt the construction or acquisition of any urban waterfront restoration project by any participating party from compliance with all applicable local, state, or federal laws and regulations.


Chapter 5. Construction And Leases Of Facilities

Ca Codes (prc:32200-32208) Public Resources Code Section 32200-32208



32200. The authority may contract with any participating party for the construction of an urban waterfront restoration project by the participating party. All contracts for the construction of a project by a participating party shall provide that the participating party is responsible for the architectural and engineering design and for the construction and completion thereof, subject to the standards for architectural and engineering design as may be established, and subject to the supervision, as the conservancy and the authority deem necessary. The authority may agree to pay the cost of the project constructed by any participating party and to advance the costs from time to time in installments or otherwise as required by the contract for the construction thereof. Title to all projects shall be vested in the authority, subject to the terms of any lease thereof to the participating party or the rights of a participating party under any contract for the purchase of the project, including the payment of the purchase price under installment sales contracts.


32201. The authority may, as lessor or lessee, enter into leases and agreements with any participating party relating to the acquisition, construction, and installation of any project, including real property, buildings, machinery, furnishings, equipment, and urban waterfront restoration facilities of any kind or character. The terms and conditions of these leases may be as mutually agreed upon. The lease may provide the means or methods by which title shall vest in a participating party upon the termination of the lease and shall contain other terms and conditions that the authority may determine. The authority may fix, revise, charge, and collect rates, rents, fees, and charges for each project. These rates, rents, fees, and charges shall be fixed and adjusted with respect to the aggregate of rates, rents, fees, and charges from all projects so as to provide funds sufficient with other revenues and moneys available therefor, if any, to do all of the following: (a) Pay the principal of, and the interest on, outstanding bonds, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness of the authority issued with respect to the urban waterfront restoration project that become due and payable. (b) Create and maintain reserves required or provided for in any resolution authorizing, or trust agreement securing, the bonds. A sufficient amount of the revenues derived from a project may be set aside at regular intervals as may be provided in the resolution or trust agreement in a sinking or other similar fund which is hereby pledged to, and charged with, the payment of the principal of and interest on these bonds as they become due, and the redemption price or the purchase price of bonds retired by call or purchase as provided therein. The pledge shall be valid and binding from the time the pledge is made; the rates, rents, fees, and charges and other revenues or other moneys so pledged and thereafter received by the authority shall immediately be subject to the lien of this pledge without any physical delivery thereof or further act, and the lien of this pledge shall be valid and binding as against all parties having claims of any kind in tort, contract, or otherwise against the authority, regardless of whether the parties have notice thereof. The resolution or any trust agreement or any other agreement or any lease by which a pledge is created need not be filed or recorded except in the records of the authority. The use and disposition of moneys to the credit of the sinking or other similar fund shall be subject to the resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds or of the trust agreement. Except as may otherwise be provided in the resolution or the trust agreement, the sinking or other similar fund may be a fund for all bonds of the authority issued to finance projects of a particular participating party without distinction or priority of one over another. However, the authority, in any resolution or trust agreement, may provide that the sinking or other similar fund shall be the fund for a particular project or projects and for the bonds issued to finance a particular project or projects and may, additionally, permit and provide for the issuance of bonds having a subordinate lien with respect to the security authorized for other bonds of the authority, and, in such case, the authority may create separate sinking or other similar funds with respect to the subordinate lien bonds. (c) Pay the operating and administrative costs of the authority, and the operating and administrative expenses of the conservancy in carrying out its responsibilities under this division.


32202. The authority may enter into contracts of sale with any participating party covering any urban waterfront restoration project financed by the authority. The purchase price pursuant to the contract of sale shall be treated in substantially the same manner and shall be at least sufficient to provide funds for all the purposes specified in Section 32201 and may be paid in installments, together with interest on the unpaid balance, or otherwise, as may be mutually agreed and set forth in the contract of sale. All payments received by the authority under any installment sales or conditional sales contract shall be applied by the authority substantially in the same manner as in Section 32201 in the case of lease payments or rental charges received by the authority.


32203. As an alternative to leasing or selling an urban waterfront restoration project to a participating party, the authority may finance the acquisition, construction, or installation of a project by means of a loan to the participating party. The principal amount of the participating party's obligation, as borrower, shall be sufficient to provide funds for all the purposes specified in subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) of Section 32201 and may be paid in installments, together with interest on the unpaid balance, or otherwise as may be mutually agreed by the authority and the participating party and set forth in the loan agreement. Loans made pursuant to this section may be secured or unsecured, in the discretion of the authority. Section 32200 is not applicable to projects constructed with money loaned pursuant to this section.


32204. All moneys received pursuant to this division, whether as proceeds from the sale of bonds, notes, or other evidence of indebtedness or as revenues, are trust funds to be held and applied solely as provided in this division. Any bank or trust company with which the moneys are deposited shall act as trustee of these moneys and shall hold and apply them for the purposes of this division, subject to the resolution authorizing the bonds of any issue or the trust agreements securing the bonds provide.


32205. Any holder of bonds, notes, or other obligations issued under this division or any of the coupons appertaining thereto, and the trustee or trustees under any trust agreement, except to the extent the rights herein given which may be restricted by any resolution authorizing the issuance of, or the trust agreement securing, the bonds, notes, or other obligations, may, either at law or in equity, by suit, action, mandamus, or other proceedings, protect and enforce any and all rights under the laws of the state or granted hereunder or under the resolution or trust agreements, and may enforce and compel the performance of all duties required by this division or by the resolution or trust agreement to be performed by the authority or by any officer, employee, or agent thereof, including the fixing, charging, and collecting of the rates, rents, fees, and charges authorized by this division and required by the resolution or trust agreement to be fixed, established, and collected.


32206. The exercise of the powers granted by this division shall be in all respects for the benefit of the people of this state, for their health and welfare, and protection of the state's environment. Any bonds, notes, or other obligations issued under this division, their transfer and the income therefrom, shall at all times be free from taxation of every kind by the state and by municipalities and other political subdivisions of the state. However, the preceding sentence shall not apply with respect to any bonds, notes, or other obligations, or the income therefrom, for any period during which the bonds, notes, or other obligations are held by (1) Any normally taxable participating party, (2) persons, organizations, trades, or business, whether incorporated, organized in this state, or affiliated with a participating party, owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the participating party, or (3) persons, organizations, trades, or businesses, whether incorporated, organized in this state, or affiliated with the participating party, which own or control, directly or indirectly, the participating party.


32207. If the jurisdiction of the authority to order a proposed act is not affected, an omission of any officer or of the authority in the proceedings under this division or any other defect in the proceedings does not invalidate the proceedings for issuance of bonds pursuant to this division.


32208. An action may be brought pursuant to Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 860) of Title 10 of Part 2 of the Code of Civil Procedure to determine the validity of any issuance or proposed issuance of bonds under this division and the legality and validity of all proceedings previously taken or proposed in a resolution of the authority to be taken for the authorization, issuance, sale, and delivery of the bonds and for the payment of the principal thereof and interest thereon.


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