Law:Division 32. Seismic Safety Building Rehabilitation Loans (California)

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Part 1. General Provisions

Ca Codes (hsc:55000-55009) Health And Safety Code Section 55000-55009



55000. The Legislature finds and declares that there exist throughout the state many buildings which are structurally inadequate to safely withstand seismic forces of the magnitude predicted or determined for their locations by seismic safety elements of local general plans. This problem is particularly acute with respect to residential hotels and with respect to commercial buildings in which employees must work or to which the public is invited. The Legislature further finds and declares that rehabilitation of these buildings to meet current standards of earthquake safety is in the public interest, but that private enterprise will be unable in many cases to meet the high cost of making the necessary modifications without the availability of long-term, low-interest loans for the purpose. It is, therefore, the intent of the Legislature in enacting this division to authorize establishment of local loan programs to serve this need at the lowest possible cost and upon favorable terms so that owners of eligible buildings will be encouraged to make modifications required to assure structural integrity in the event of an earthquake.


55001. As used in this division: (a) "Bonds" means bonds, notes, or other evidence of indebtedness issued by a local agency pursuant to Part 2 (commencing with Section 55100) of this division, including bonds issued to refund previously issued bonds or other indebtedness. (b) "Eligible building" means a building existing on the effective date of this section which is identified as hazardous pursuant to Article 4 (commencing with Section 19160) of Chapter 2 of Part 3 of Division 13, with the exception of the following: (1) Industrial buildings for assembling, fabricating, manufacturing and processing activities. (2) Structures subject to the provisions of Part 1.5 (commencing with Section 17910) of Division 13, other than a residential hotel or apartment building containing six or more units or a commercial building containing six or more residential units which is identified as hazardous pursuant to this section. (c) "Eligible costs" means all costs, including costs of design, preparation, and inspection incurred in making structural or other modifications to an eligible building, which are required in order to meet reconstruction standards established by a local ordinance pursuant to Sections 19162, 19163, and 19163.5, or to mitigate potentially hazardous buildings, as defined by subdivision (a) of Section 8875 of the Government Code including costs of payments required by Section 7265.3 of the Government Code, and including costs necessary to provide for the reasonable safety of the exterior and interior of the eligible building and of interior fixtures and appurtenances. Other eligible costs include nonseismic and nonstructural costs, including, but not limited to, plaster, wallboard, paint, and carpeting, and any other finishes deemed necessary by the local building official to restore an eligible building to its original conditions and suitable for occupancy. (d) "Financing" means a loan made by the local agency pursuant to this division to the owner of an eligible building for eligible costs and which is secured by a deed of trust or mortgage upon the real property improved thereby. (e) "Local agency" means a city, county, or city and county. (f) "Residential hotel" means any building containing six or more guestrooms intended or designed to be used, or which are used, rented, or hired out, to be occupied, or which are occupied, for sleeping purposes by guests, which is also the primary residence of those guests, but does not mean any hotel which is primarily used by transient guests who do not occupy the hotel as their primary residence.

55002. (a) Pursuant to this division, the local agency may provide financing to pay for eligible costs to an owner of an eligible building only if the legislative body of the local agency makes one of the following findings: (1) The owner to whom financing would be made available pursuant to this division is unable to qualify for or could not afford financing for eligible costs from private lending institutions. (2) Absent the availability of financing pursuant to this division, the eligible building would be demolished. (3) Absent the availability of financing pursuant to the division, the costs of modifying the eligible building to meet reconstruction standards, pursuant to Sections 19162, 19163, and 19163.5, or to mitigate potentially hazardous buildings, as defined by subdivision (a) of Section 8875 of the Government Code, would cause severe economic hardship to the businesses in the building. (b) Financing provided by a local agency pursuant to this division shall not, when combined with existing liens on the property, exceed 80 percent of the current appraised value of the property, as determined by an independent, certified appraiser, unless existing lienholders consent in writing to a higher loan-to-value ratio. Notice of the intention to provide financing to the owner of the property shall be given to existing lienholders of record not less than 30 days prior to any vote of the local agency authorizing the provision of financing to the owner of the property.


55002.5. Pursuant to this division, the local agency may provide financing to pay for or buy out any existing note or deed of trust which may be a lien against the real property on which an eligible building is situated, not to exceed an 80 percent loan to appraised value ratio. The local agency shall establish rules and regulations to ensure the repayment of the funds being borrowed and shall establish a minimum equity requirement that the owner of the eligible building must have in the property.


55003. The local agency may contract with state or federally chartered banks or savings and loan associations for originating or servicing loans authorized by this division.


55004. The local agency shall adopt rules and regulations for the administration of the financing program, which shall include, but not be limited to, borrower eligibility criteria designed to assure the fiscal integrity of the financing program while permitting maximum application to existing buildings which have sufficient economic life to warrant the amount of financing required. The regulations shall specify procedures to be followed in the event of default.


55005. For the purposes of this division, the local agency shall have the following powers in addition to any other powers granted by this division: (a) To make and execute contracts and all other instruments necessary or convenient for the exercise of its powers and functions under this division with any governmental agency, private corporation, or other entity or individual. (b) To determine the terms and conditions of any mortgage instrument, deed of trust, or promissory note used or executed in conjunction with financing pursuant to this division. (c) To employ architects, engineers, attorneys, accountants, construction and financial experts, and other advisers, consultants, and agents as may be necessary in its judgment. (d) To provide advice, technical information, and consultative and technical service in connection with financing pursuant to this division. (e) To procure insurance against any loss in connection with its property and other assets, including mortgages and deeds of trust, in the amounts and from insurers as it deems desirable. (f) To establish, revise from time to time, and charge and collect fees and charges in connection with financing provided by the local agency. (g) To borrow money and issue bonds, as provided in this division. (h) To do any and all things necessary or convenient to the exercise of other powers under this division.


55006. The interest rate on financing provided pursuant to this division shall be sufficient and shall be limited to the amount necessary to pay the interest on the bonds issued therefor and to defray costs of administration incurred by the local agency pursuant to this division.


55007. The local agency may conduct a financing program under this division in tandem with a residential rehabilitation financing program under Part 13 (commencing with Section 37910) of Division 24 and may in such case, notwithstanding any other provision of law, issue one form of bond, to be jointly secured as provided in both this division and Part 13 (commencing with Section 37910) of Division 24.


55008. The exercise of the powers specified in this division shall be in all respects for the benefit of the people of the state, for their well-being and prosperity, and for the improvement of their social and economic conditions, and the local agency shall not be required to pay any tax or assessment on any property owned by the local agency under the provisions of this division or upon the income therefrom.


55009. Any bonds issued by the local agency under the provisions of this division, their transfer, and the income therefrom shall at all times be free from all direct and indirect taxation of every kind by the state, including all taxes imposed pursuant to Part 11 (commencing with Section 23001) of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code and imposed by cities, counties, cities and counties, or other political subdivisions of this state, except inheritance and gift taxes.


Part 2. Bonds

Ca Codes (hsc:55100-55117) Health And Safety Code Section 55100-55117



55100. The local agency may, from time to time, issue its bonds in the principal amount as the local agency shall determine to be necessary to provide sufficient funds for financing under this division and for the payment of interest on bonds of the local agency, establishment of reserves to secure the bonds, and other expenditures of the local agency incident to, and necessary or convenient to, issuance of the bonds. Prior to the issuance of any bonds pursuant to this division, the local agency shall submit to the California Housing Finance Agency, a statement of purpose for which the bonds are proposed to be issued and the amount of the proposed issuance. The California Housing Finance Agency shall review every statement submitted to it by a local agency pursuant to this section. The California Housing Finance Agency shall determine the general adequacy of the program's security in protecting the state's credit. If the California Housing Finance Agency finds the state's credit would be subject to an undue risk, it may disapprove the proposed issuance or reduce the amount of the proposed issuance. If the California Housing Finance Agency has not acted within 30 days of the date that a statement was submitted pursuant to this section, the proposed issuance shall be deemed approved by the California Housing Finance Agency. The aggregate amount of all bonds approved by the California Housing Finance Agency pursuant to this section shall not exceed two hundred million dollars ($200,000,000). The California Housing Finance Agency shall reserve seventy-five million dollars ($75,000,000), which shall not be allocated for 24 months after the effective date of this division. No agency shall initially receive an allocation exceeding fifty million dollars ($50,000,000). If an initial request exceeds one hundred twenty-five million dollars ($125,000,000), the California Housing Finance Agency shall reduce all requests on the basis of the ratio of eligible buildings in the jurisdiction to the estimated number of eligible buildings in the state as determined by the Seismic Safety Commission until one hundred twenty-five million dollars ($125,000,000) is reached. Twenty-four months after the effective date of this division, the California Housing Finance Agency may allocate any remaining funds. Funds shall first be allocated to any local agency that has not received an allocation. If these requests exceed the available funds, the California Housing Finance Agency shall reduce all requests on the basis of the ratio of eligible buildings in the jurisdiction to the estimated number of eligible buildings in the state, as determined by the Seismic Safety Commission. If there are funds remaining after allowing for requests by local agencies that have not previously received an allocation, any local agency which had previously received an allocation may request further allocations. Any allocations made to local agencies that have previously received allocations shall be made only on the basis of the ratio of eligible buildings in the jurisdiction to the estimated number of eligible buildings in the state, as determined by the Seismic Safety Commission. Eligible buildings in the jurisdiction shall be determined on the basis of an inventory. After that authorization has been exhausted, all further proposals for issuance of bonds pursuant to this division shall be deemed disapproved by the California Housing Finance Agency. The local agency shall reimburse the California Housing Finance Agency for all administrative costs incurred by the California Housing Finance Agency pursuant to this section.


55101. The bonds shall be authorized by resolution or resolutions of the legislative body of the local agency, shall bear such date or dates, and shall mature at the time or times as the resolution or resolutions may provide, except that no bond shall mature more than 40 years from the date of its issuance. The bonds may be issued as serial bonds or as term bonds, or as a combination thereof, and, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the amount of principal of, or interest on, bonds maturing at each date of maturity need not be equal. The bonds shall bear interest at the rate or rates, be in the denominations, be in the form, either coupon or registered, carry the registration privileges, be executed in the manner, be payable in the medium of payment at the place or places within or without the state, and be subject to the terms of redemption as the resolution or resolutions may provide. The bonds may be sold at public or private sale in the manner and upon the terms as may be provided in the resolution or by separate resolution. Pending the preparation of definitive bonds, interim receipts or certificates in the form and with any provisions as may be provided in the resolution, may be issued to the purchaser or purchasers of bonds sold pursuant to this division. The bonds and interim receipts or certificates shall be deemed to be securities and negotiable instruments within the meaning of, and for all the purposes of, the California Uniform Commercial Code, subject to the provisions for registration thereof contained in the resolution.


55102. The local agency may, from time to time, issue (1) bonds to renew bonds and (2) other bond obligations to pay bonds including the interest thereon, and, whenever it deems refunding expedient, to refund any bonds by the issuance of new bonds, whether the bonds to be refunded have or have not matured.

55103. Any resolution or resolutions authorizing any bonds or issue thereof may contain provisions, which shall be a part of the contract or contracts with the holders thereof, as to: (a) Pledging all or any part of the revenues accruing to the local agency pursuant to this division to secure the payment of the bonds or any issue thereof, subject to any agreements with bondholders as may then exist. (b) Pledging all or any part of the assets of the local agency under this division, including mortgages and obligations securing the same, to secure the payment of the bonds or any issue thereof, subject to any agreements with bondholders as may then exist. (c) The use and disposition of the gross income from financing obligations owned by the local agency and payment of principal of financing obligations owned by the local agency. (d) The setting aside of reserves or sinking funds and the regulation and disposition thereof. (e) Limitations on the purposes to which the proceeds of a sale of bonds may be applied and pledging the proceeds to secure the payment of the bonds or of any issue thereof. (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 the holders of which must consent thereto, and the manner in which the consent may be given. (h) Limitations on the amount of money to be expended by the local agency for operating expenses of the local agency under this division. (i) Vesting in a trustee or trustees any property, rights, powers, and duties in trust as the local agency may determine, which may include any or all of the rights, powers, and duties of the trustee appointed on behalf of the bondholders pursuant to this part and limiting or abrogating the right of the bondholders to appoint a trustee or limiting the rights, powers, and duties of the trustee. (j) Defining the acts or omissions to act which shall constitute a default in the obligations and duties of the local agency to the holders of the bonds and providing for the rights and remedies of the holders of the bonds in the event of a default. However, the rights and remedies shall not be inconsistent with the general laws of the state and the other provisions of this division. (k) Any other matters, of like or different character, which in any way affect the security, protection, or investment return of the holders of the bonds.


55104. Any resolution or resolutions authorizing any bonds or issue thereof shall specify the extent to which revenues resulting from financing provided with proceeds of the bonds so authorized are to be used to secure the bonds and the extent to which the revenues may be used for other purposes.

55105. Any pledge made by the local agency shall be valid and binding from the time when the pledge is made. The revenues, moneys, or property so pledged and thereafter received by the local agency shall immediately be subject to the lien of the pledge without any physical delivery thereof or further act, and the lien of the pledge shall be valid and binding as against all parties having claims of any kind in tort, contract, or otherwise against the local agency, irrespective of whether the parties have notice thereof. Neither the resolution nor any other instrument by which a pledge is created need be recorded.

55106. Bond underwriters and consultants may be selected by the local agency.

55107. Neither the members of the legislative body of the local agency, nor any official or employee thereof, nor any other person executing the bonds shall be subject to any personal liability or accountability by reason of the issuance thereof.


55108. Any resolution authorizing any bonds or issue thereof may designate a trustee for the local agency and holders of its bonds, and shall in such case prescribe the duties of the trustee with respect to the issuance, authentication, sale, and delivery of the bonds, the payment of principal and interest thereof, and the redemption of bonds. The legislative body of the local agency may provide by a resolution for the deposit of all revenues pledged for the security of the bonds in one or more separate accounts under the control of the trustee. The money in the accounts shall be disbursed only as provided in the resolution. The resolution may authorize the trustee to act on behalf of the holders of bonds, or any stated percentage thereof, for the purpose of exercising and prosecuting on behalf of the holders of the bonds any rights and remedies as may be available to the holders.


55109. The trustee acting on behalf of bondholders shall have and possess all the powers necessary or convenient for the exercise of any functions specifically set forth in this part or incident to the general representation of bondholders in the enforcement and protection of their rights.


55110. Whether or not the bonds are of the form and character as to be negotiable instruments under, or subject to, the terms of the California Uniform Commercial Code, the bonds and any security instruments underlying the bonds are hereby made negotiable instruments within the meaning of, and for all the purposes of, the California Uniform Commercial Code, subject to the provisions for registration of the bonds contained in the resolution.


55111. In the event any person whose signature appears on the bonds ceases to hold office prior to delivery of the bonds, the signature shall nevertheless be valid and sufficient for all purposes, the same as if the person had remained in office until the delivery.


55112. The local agency may create one or more bond reserve accounts to secure payments of the principal of, and interest and sinking fund payments on, any bonds or any issuance thereof, as specified in the resolution authorizing the bonds.


55113. The local agency may provide for the issuance of refunding bonds for the purpose of refunding any bonds then outstanding which have been issued under the provisions of this part, including the payment of any redemption premium thereon and any interest accrued or to accrue to the date of redemption of the bonds. The issuance of refunding bonds, the maturities and other details thereof, the rights of the holders thereof, and the rights, duties, and obligations of the local agency in respect of the same shall be governed by the provisions of this part which relate to the issuance of bonds, insofar as the provisions may be appropriate therefor.


55114. Refunding bonds may be sold or exchanged for outstanding bonds issued under this part and, if sold, the proceeds thereof may be applied, in addition to any other authorized purposes, to the purchase, redemption, or payment of the outstanding bonds. Pending the application of the proceeds of any refunding bonds, with any other available moneys, (1) to the payment of the principal, accrued interest, and any redemption premium on the bonds being refunded, (2) to the payment of any interest on the refunding bonds, or (3) to any expenses incurred in connection with refunding, the proceeds may be invested in any obligations permitted under the bond resolution authorizing the issuance of refunding bonds.


55115. The state does hereby pledge to and agree with the holders of any bonds issued under this part that the state will not limit or alter the rights hereby vested in the local agency to fulfill the terms of any agreements made with the holders thereof or in any way impair the rights and remedies of the holders until the bonds, together with the interest thereon, with interest on any unpaid installments of interest, and all costs and expenses in connection with any action or proceeding by or on behalf of the holders, are fully met and discharged. The local agency is authorized to include this pledge and agreement of the state in any agreement with the holders of the bonds.


55116. All bonds issued pursuant to this division shall be limited obligations of the local agency issuing the same, payable solely out of the revenues and receipts derived from or with respect to financing under this division or from or with respect to any notes or other obligations of lending institutions with respect to which the bonds are issued. No holder of any bonds issued under this division has the right to compel any exercise of the taxing power of a local agency to pay the bonds, the interest or redemption premium, if any, thereon, and the bonds shall not constitute an indebtedness of the issuing local agency or a loan of credit thereof within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory provision, nor shall the bonds be construed to create any moral obligation on the part of the issuing local agency or any agency or subdivision thereof with respect to the payment of the bonds. It shall be plainly stated on the face of each bond that it has been issued under the provisions of this divison and that it does not constitute an indebtedness of the local agency issuing the bond or a loan of credit thereof within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory provisions.

55117. The bonds shall be legal investments in which all public officers and public bodies of this state, its political subdivisions, all municipalities and municipal subdivisions, all insurance companies and associations and other persons carrying on an insurance business, all banks, bankers, banking institutions, including savings and loan associations, building and loan associations, trust companies, savings banks and savings associations, investment companies and other persons carrying on a banking business, all administrators, guardians, executors, trustees and other fiduciaries, and all other persons whatsoever who are now or may hereafter be authorized to invest in bonds or in other obligations of the state, may properly and legally invest funds, including capital, in their control or belonging to them. The bonds may be used by any such private financial institution, person, or association as security for public deposits. The bonds are also hereby made securities which may properly and legally be deposited with and received by all public officers and bodies of the state or any agency or political subdivision of the state and all municipalities and public corporations for any purpose for which the deposit of bonds or other obligations of the state is now or may hereafter be authorized by law, including deposits to secure public funds.


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