Law:Title 7.42. California Tahoe Conservancy (California)

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Chapter 1. Findings And Declarations Of Policy

Ca Codes (gov:66905-66905.2) Government Code Section 66905-66905.2



66905. It is found and declared that the waters of Lake Tahoe and other resources of the Lake Tahoe region are threatened with deterioration or degeneration, which may endanger the natural beauty and economic productivity of the region.

66905.1. It is further declared that by virtue of the special conditions and circumstances of the natural ecology, developmental pattern, population distribution, and human needs in the Lake Tahoe region, the region is experiencing problems of resource use and management.


66905.2. It is further found and declared that there is a need to maintain an equilibrium between the region's natural endowment and its manmade environment, to protect the natural environment, including water quality, air quality, wildlife, and habitat areas, to acquire, restore, and manage property, and to preserve the scenic beauty and recreational opportunities of the region. It is recognized that for the purpose of enhancing the efficiency and governmental effectiveness of the region, it is imperative that there be established a governmental agency with power to acquire , hold, and manage property in the Tahoe region.


Chapter 2. Definitions

Ca Codes (gov:66905.5-66905.7) Government Code Section 66905.5-66905.7



66905.5. As used in this title: "Region" includes that part of Lake Tahoe within the jurisdiction of the State of California, the adjacent parts of the Counties of El Dorado and Placer lying within the Tahoe Basin in the State of California, and that additional and adjacent part of the County of Placer outside of the Tahoe Basin in the State of California which lies southward and eastward of a line starting at the intersection of the basin crestline and the north boundary of Section 1, thence west to the northwest corner of Section 3, thence south to the intersection of the basin crestline and the west boundary of Section 10; all sections referring to Township 15 North, Range 16 East, MDB&M. The region defined and described herein shall be as precisely delineated on official maps of the agency.


66905.6. "Conservancy" means the California Tahoe Conservancy.


66905.7. "Governing body" means the governing board of the California Tahoe Conservancy.


Chapter 3. Organization

Ca Codes (gov:66905.8-66906.5) Government Code Section 66905.8-66906.5



66905.8. "Local public agency" means a city, county, district, or joint powers agency.


66905.9. "Nonprofit organization" means any private, nonprofit organization which qualifies for exempt status under Section 501(c) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and has among its principal charitable purposes the preservation of land for scientific, historic, educational, recreational, scenic, or open-space opportunities, or protection of the natural environment or preservation or enhancement of wildlife.


66905.10. "Fund" means the Tahoe Conservancy Fund.


66906. There is created the California Tahoe Conservancy as a state agency within the Resources Agency. The conservancy is a successor agency to the California Tahoe Conservancy Agency which had similar powers and duties, but which did not function as an operating agency.


66906.1. The governing body of the conservancy shall be comprised of seven voting members and one ex officio nonvoting member. The voting members shall be as follows: (a) One member appointed by the City Council of the City of South Lake Tahoe. (b) One member appointed by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Placer. (c) One member appointed by the Board of Supervisors of the County of El Dorado. (d) The Secretary of the Resources Agency or his or her designee. (e) One member appointed from the general public by the Senate Committee on Rules. (f) One member appointed from the general public by the Speaker of the Assembly. (g) The Director of Finance or the director's designee. The members appointed or designated pursuant to subdivisions (d) to (g), inclusive, shall not be residents of the region. The members of the governing body of the conservancy shall serve at the pleasure of the respective appointing authority. A representative of the United States Secretary of Agriculture shall be an ex officio, nonvoting member of the conservancy.


66906.2. The members of the conservancy appointed under subdivisions (a), (b), (c), (e), and (f) of Section 66906.1 shall be compensated for attendance at regular meetings of the conservancy at the rate of one hundred dollars ($100) per day, and all members of the conservancy shall be reimbursed the actual amounts of the reasonable and necessary expenditures incurred in attending meetings of the conservancy and carrying out the duties of their office.


66906.3. The governing body shall elect from its own members a chairman and vice chairman, whose terms of office shall be two years, and who shall be subject to reelections, except that a new chairman or vice chairman may be elected by the governing body before the expiration of the two-year term for the fulfillment of that two-year term.


66906.4. A majority of the total voting membership of the governing body shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of the business of the conservancy. Provided that a quorum exists, a majority vote of the members present shall be binding on all matters, except a request to the State Public Works Board to exercise the power of eminent domain pursuant to Section 66907.5 which shall require five affirmative votes. The governing body shall adopt its own rules, regulations, and procedures. The limitations on voting by designees of voting members in Section 7.5 shall not apply to this title.


66906.5. The conservancy shall establish and maintain an office within the region. The conservancy may rent or own real and personal property and equipment pursuant to applicable statutes and regulations.


Chapter 4. Personnel

Ca Codes (gov:66906.6-66906.9) Government Code Section 66906.6-66906.9



66906.6. The governing body shall determine the qualification of, and it shall appoint and fix the salary of, the executive officer of the agency, and shall employ such other staff pursuant to the State Civil Service Act as may be necessary to execute the powers and functions provided for under this act or in accordance with any intergovernmental contracts or agreements the agency may be responsible for administering.


66906.7. The conservancy's expenses may be paid out of any conservancy funds, including funds acquired through monetary gifts and from the lease or rental of conservancy property. Not more than 10 percent of the funds thus acquired shall be available for expenditure for staff services.


66906.8. The conservancy may select and hire private consultants or contractors to provide services necessary to achieve the purposes of this title.

66906.9. The Tahoe Conservancy Fund is hereby created. Any moneys in the fund shall be available for the purposes of this title when appropriated by the Legislature.


Chapter 5. Conservancy's Powers

Ca Codes (gov:66907-66907.12) Government Code Section 66907-66907.12



66907. The conservancy may select and acquire real property or interests therein in the name of and on behalf of the state, for the purposes of protecting the natural environment, providing public access or public recreational facilities, preserving wildlife habitat areas, or providing access to or management of acquired lands. The conservancy is hereby designated as the principal agency responsible for acquiring real property pursuant to Title 7.43 (commencing with Section 66950).


66907.1. (a) The conservancy may acquire interests in land by means of land exchanges and is authorized to enter into all alternatives to the acquisition of fee interests in land, including, but not limited to, the acquisition of easements, development rights, life estates, leases, and leaseback agreements. Land acquisition policy shall be set by the conservancy by resolution and the establishment of the policy is not subject to Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2. (b) The conservancy may appoint advisory bodies on land acquisition as it deems advisable.


66907.2. The conservancy is authorized to accept and hold real property or any interest therein acquired through gift, exchange, donation, or dedication.

66907.3. The conservancy may designate or enter into an agreement with any public agency to provide real estate services and assign authority to execute agreements for the acquisition or disposal of real property or interests therein.

66907.4. (a) Acquisition of real property or interests therein under this title, when the value is in excess of five hundred fifty thousand dollars ($550,000) per lot or parcel, is subject to the Property Acquisition Law (Part 11 (commencing with Section 15850) of Division 3 of Title 2). (b) Except as set forth in subdivision (a), acquisition of real property or interests under this title is not subject to the Property Acquisition Law. However, the conservancy may request the State Public Works Board to review and approve specific acquisitions.


66907.5. The conservancy may request the State Public Works Board to exercise the power of eminent domain pursuant to the Property Acquisition Law (Part 11 (commencing with Section 15850) of Division 3 of Title 2), if the requirements of Section 66906.4 are met and the conservancy finds that all reasonable efforts to acquire the property have failed and that the action is necessary to remove an impediment to an otherwise voluntary acquisition or is needed to achieve the purposes of other related acquisitions.


66907.6. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the conservancy may enter into an option to purchase lands in fee or lesser interest.

66907.7. (a) The conservancy may award grants to local public agencies, state agencies, federal agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, the Tahoe transportation district established under Section 66801, and nonprofit organizations, for the purposes of this title. (b) Grants to nonprofit organizations for the acquisition of real property or interests therein shall be subject to all of the following conditions: (1) The purchase price of any interest in land acquired by the nonprofit organization may not exceed fair market value as established by an appraisal approved by the conservancy. (2) The conservancy approves the terms under which the interest in land is acquired. (3) The interest in land acquired pursuant to a grant from the conservancy may not be used as security for any debt to be incurred by the nonprofit organization unless the conservancy approves the transaction. (4) The transfer of land acquired pursuant to a grant shall be subject to the approval of the conservancy and the execution of an agreement between the conservancy and the transferee sufficient to protect the interest of the people of California. (5) The state shall have a right of entry and power of termination in and over all interests in real property acquired with state funds, which may be exercised if any essential term or condition of the grant is violated. (6) If the existence of the nonprofit organization is terminated for any reason, title to all interest in real property acquired with state funds shall immediately vest in the state, except that, prior to that termination, another public agency or nonprofit organization may receive title to all or a portion of that interest in real property, by recording its acceptance of title, together with the conservancy's approval, in writing. (c) Any deed or other instrument of conveyance whereby real property is being acquired by a nonprofit organization pursuant to this section shall be recorded and shall set forth the executory interest or right of entry on the part of the state. (d) A public agency is eligible to receive soil erosion grant funds for up to two-thirds of the costs of relocating water or sewer-related infrastructure owned by a publicly owned utility, if all of the following conditions are met: (1) The conservancy finds that the relocation is necessary to complete an erosion control project. (2) The utility is not otherwise required to relocate the infrastructure at its own cost under the terms of a permit or franchise agreement. (3) The relocation cost is not eligible for funding from any other public funds.

66907.8. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the conservancy may lease, rent, sell, exchange, or otherwise transfer any real property or interest therein, or option acquired under this title to local public agencies, state agencies, federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, individuals, corporate entities, or partnerships for management purposes pursuant to terms and conditions approved by the conservancy. The conservancy may request the Director of General Services to undertake these actions on its behalf.

66907.9. The conservancy shall take whatever actions are reasonably necessary and incidental to the management of lands and facilities under its ownership or control. In order to carry out the purposes of this title, the conservancy may do all of the following: (a) Adopt and enforce regulations governing the use of those lands and facilities. (b) Initiate, negotiate, and participate in agreements for the management of those lands and facilities with a public agency, a corporate entity, an individual, a partnership, or other entity. (c) Enter into any other agreement authorized by state or federal law.

66907.10. The conservancy may improve and develop lands for the purpose of protecting the natural environment or otherwise meeting the objectives of this title. The conservancy may not develop and may not enter into any contract or agreement which would result in the development of any land under its ownership or control, except in conformance with a basinwide management plan.


66907.11. The conservancy may merge or split parcels, adjust boundary lines, or take similar actions as part of the acquisition of land or as needed in order to facilitate the management of land.


66907.12. On an annual basis or as may be required, the executive officer of the conservancy shall report to the Director of General Services regarding privately owned properties within the conservancy' s jurisdiction which have special significance and which might appropriately be the subject of trades for lands owned by the state for the purposes of preserving natural resources and moderating the impacts of regulation within the Tahoe Basin. A particular property shall be included in any report only upon agreement of the owner. For purposes of this section, "special significance" means having importance because of the land's value for (1) public access, (2) public recreation, (3) wetlands, riparian, or other natural habitat, (4) open space, (5) protection of the waters of the region, or (6) any other purposes and objectives of this title.


Chapter 6. Finances

Ca Codes (gov:66908-66908.3) Government Code Section 66908-66908.3



66908. The conservancy may receive gifts, donations, subventions, grants, rents, royalties, and other financial aids and funds from private and public sources.


66908.1. The conservancy may fix and collect fees for any services rendered by it. The amount of any fee may not exceed the reasonable costs of providing the services rendered by the conservancy.


66908.2. Proceeds from any lease, rental, sale, exchange, transfer of land, interest therein, or option thereon, or income shall be deposited in the fund and shall be available for expenditure for the purposes of this title when appropriated by the Legislature.


66908.3. The conservancy is authorized to lease lands acquired in accordance with Section 66907.8. When the leases are made to private individuals or groups, the conservancy shall annually, upon appropriation of these amounts by the Legislature, transfer 25 percent of the gross income of the leases to the county in which the lands are located. Fifty percent of the funds received by a county under this section shall be used for soil erosion control projects.


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