Law:Division 22.7. Baldwin Hills Conservancy Act (California)

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Chapter 1. General Provisions

Ca Codes (prc:32550-32551) Public Resources Code Section 32550-32551



32550. This division shall be known, and may be cited, as the Baldwin Hills Conservancy Act.


32551. The Legislature hereby finds and declares all of the following: (a) The Baldwin Hills area within the County of Los Angeles and the cities of Los Angeles and Culver City constitutes an area with unique and important cultural, scientific, educational, recreational, and scenic resources, and includes land with the highest elevation in the Los Angeles Basin. (b) The state recognized the importance of, and the need for, recreational venues in this area by purchasing and establishing the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in 1983, which is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks and Recreation. The County of Los Angeles operates the state recreation area pursuant to a contract with the Department of Parks and Recreation. (c) In recognition of the evolving community needs in the Baldwin Hills area, in 1999 the Legislature directed the review and revision of the master plan for the existing state recreation area as well as the acquisition of other lands in the Baldwin Hills. (d) As one of the last remaining urban open spaces in Los Angeles County, the Baldwin Hills area should be held in trust to be preserved and enhanced for the enjoyment of, and appreciation by, present and future generations. (e) The Baldwin Hills Conservancy should be created to develop and coordinate an integrated program of resources stewardship so that the Baldwin Hills area is managed for its optimum recreational and natural resource values based upon the needs and desires of the surrounding community.


Chapter 2. Definitions

Ca Codes (prc:32553) Public Resources Code Section 32553



32553. As used in this division, the following terms have the following meaning: (a) "Baldwin Hills area" means the land area currently within the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, the Baldwin Hills community, the surrounding property bordered on the south by Slauson Avenue, and on the east by La Brea Avenue, including the approximately 21 acres of land zoned RE40 and bordered by La Brea Avenue on the east, Don Alberto Place to the south, and Don Ricardo Drive on the north, and including a spur of land extending from Stocker Street to an area between La Brea Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard, as designated on the Baldwin Hills Conservancy Map, dated March 1, 2001. "Baldwin Hills area" also includes Ballona Creek and adjacent property within 50 yards of Ballona Creek on either side, from the Santa Monica Freeway (Interstate 10) to the Marina Freeway (Interstate 90). Ballona Creek is included in the Baldwin Hills area for purposes of connectivity. (b) "Board" means the governing board of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy. (c) "Conservancy" means the Baldwin Hills Conservancy. (d) "Fund" means the Baldwin Hills Conservancy Fund created pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 32574. (e) "Nonprofit organization" means an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. (f) "Territory" means the land in the Baldwin Hills area that is under the jurisdiction of the conservancy.


Chapter 3. Conservancy

Ca Codes (prc:32555-32561) Public Resources Code Section 32555-32561



32555. There is in the Resources Agency, the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, which is created for the following purposes: (a) To acquire and manage public lands within the Baldwin Hills area, and to provide recreational, open space, wildlife habitat restoration and protection, and lands for educational uses within the area. (b) To acquire lands for open space within the territory of the conservancy. (c) To provide for the public's enjoyment, and to enhance the recreational and educational experience on public lands in the territory in a manner consistent with the protection of lands and resources in the area.

32556. (a) The board shall consist of 13 voting members and seven nonvoting members. (b) The 13 voting members of the board shall consist of the following: (1) The Secretary of the Resources Agency, or his or her designee. (2) The Director of Parks and Recreation, or his or her designee. (3) The Director of Finance, or his or her designee. (4) The Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Parks, or his or her designee. (5) The member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors within whose district the majority of the Baldwin Hills area is located. (6) Six members of the public appointed by the Governor who are residents of Los Angeles County and who represent the diversity of the community surrounding the Baldwin Hills area. Of those six members, four members shall be selected as follows: (A) One member shall be a resident of Culver City selected from a list of three persons nominated by the city council. (B) Three members shall be residents of the adjacent communities of Blair Hills, Ladera Heights, Baldwin Hills, Windsor Hills, Inglewood, View Park, or Baldwin Vista. (7) A resident of Los Angeles County appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, and a resident of Los Angeles County appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules. (c) The seven nonvoting members shall consist of the following: (1) The Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, or his or her designee. (2) The Executive Officer of the State Coastal Conservancy, or his or her designee. (3) The Executive Officer of the State Lands Commission, or his or her designee. (4) An appointee of the Governor with experience in developing contaminated sites, commonly referred to as "brownfields." (5) The Executive Director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, or his or her designee. (6) The Director of the Culver City Human Services Department, or his or her designee. (7) The Director of the Department of Conservation, or his or her designee. (d) A quorum shall consist of seven voting members of the board, and any action of the board affecting any matter before the board shall be decided by a majority vote of the voting members present, a quorum being present. However, the affirmative vote of at least four of the voting members of the board shall be required for the transaction of any business of the board. (e) The board shall do all of the following: (1) Study the potential environmental and recreational uses of Ballona Creek and the adjacent property described in subdivision (a) of Section 32553. (2) Develop a proposed map for that area. (3) Provide a report to the Legislature, on or before January 1, 2003, on the results of paragraphs (1) and (2).


32556.2. Notwithstanding paragraph (3) of subdivision (e) of Section 32556, as amended by Section 3 of Chapter 3 of the Statutes of 2002, the report required under that paragraph shall be provided to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2004.


32557. (a) The voting members of the board shall serve for two-year terms. Any vacancy on the board shall be filled within 60 days from its occurrence by the appointing authority. (b) A person shall not continue as a member of the board if that person ceases to hold the office that qualifies that person for board membership. Upon the occurrence of that event, that person's membership on the board shall automatically terminate.


32558. The chairperson and vice-chairperson of the board shall be selected by a majority of the voting members of the board for one-year terms.

32559. The conservancy may employ an executive officer and other staff to perform those functions that cannot be provided by volunteers.

32560. All meetings of the board shall be subject to the requirements of the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Article 9 (commencing with Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code).


32561. All members shall receive reimbursement for actual, necessary, and reasonable expenses. Any member of the board who is not a full-time public employee shall be compensated at a rate not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100) per regular meeting, not to exceed 12 regular meetings a year. Any member of the board may waive compensation.


Chapter 4. Powers And Duties

Ca Codes (prc:32565-32580) Public Resources Code Section 32565-32580



32565. The jurisdiction of the conservancy shall include only those lands or other areas that are donated to, or otherwise acquired by, or are operated by the conservancy, that are located in the Baldwin Hills area.

32565.5. The conservancy shall do all of the following: (a) Develop and coordinate an integrated program of resource stewardship so that the entire Baldwin Hills area is managed for optimum recreational and natural resource values based upon the needs and desires of the surrounding community. (b) Establish policies and priorities within the Baldwin Hills area, and conduct any necessary planning activities in accordance with the purposes set forth in Section 32555. (c) Give priority to related projects that create expanded opportunities that provide recreation, aesthetic improvement, and wildlife habitat in the Baldwin Hills area. (d) Approve conservancy funded projects that advance the policies and proprieties set forth in this division. (e) Enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Parks and Recreation that would require the conservancy and the department to cooperate in the sharing of technical assistance, data, and information. (f) Upon submission to the Legislature of the master plan required to be prepared pursuant to subdivisions (b) and (c) of Section 1 of Chapter 752 of the Statutes of 1999 by the Secretary of the Resources Agency and the Director of Parks and Recreation, the conservancy shall, by May 1, 2002, approve the master plan, and prioritize and implement both of the following in accordance with the master plan and with the master plan recommendations: (1) The acquisition of additional recreational and open space and a plan for the management of lands under the jurisdiction of the conservancy, including additional or upgraded facilities and parks that may be necessary or desirable. (2) The planned conveyance of lands acquired and restored, or lands acquired, restored, and developed, to the Department of Parks and Recreation or to any other public agency once the acquisition and improvements have been finalized. The transfer shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Resources Agency. The secretary may require all lands and facilities subject to transfer to be repaired, replaced, or rehabilitated to a fully operable condition, prior to the transfer occurring. (g) Any proposed operating agreement, or an amendment to an agreement, for the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area between the Department of Parks and Recreation and any local operating agency that would affect the conservancy shall be submitted to the conservancy at least 90 days prior to the proposed effective date of the agreement to enable the conservancy to provide input, as appropriate.


32566. The conservancy may direct the management, operation, administration, and maintenance of the lands and facilities it acquires in accordance with the purposes set forth in Section 32555. The conservancy may adopt regulations governing the use by the public of conservancy lands and facilities and may provide for the enforcement of those regulations.


32567. The conservancy shall determine acquisition priorities and may acquire real property or any interest in real property within the Baldwin Hills area from willing sellers and at fair market value or on other mutually acceptable terms, upon a finding that the acquisition is consistent with the purposes of the conservancy. The conservancy may acquire the property itself, or may coordinate the acquisition with other public agencies with appropriate responsibility and available funding or land to exchange. The overall objectives of the land acquisition program shall be to assist in accomplishing land transactions that are mutually beneficial to the landowners and the conservancy, and that meet the conservancy's purposes. Neither the conservancy nor the State Board of Public Works shall exercise the power of eminent domain for the purposes of this division. The conservancy shall have the first right of refusal to acquire, at the cost of acquisition, surplus public lands suitable for park and open space within the conservancy's territory, and may accept private or public lands offered for recreational trails.


32568. (a) The conservancy may, within the Baldwin Hills area, undertake site improvement projects; regulate public access; revegetate and otherwise rehabilitate degraded areas, in consultation with other public agencies with appropriate jurisdiction and expertise; upgrade deteriorating facilities; and construct new facilities as needed for outdoor recreation, nature appreciation and interpretation, and natural resource protection. These projects shall be directed by the conservancy and undertaken by other public agencies, with the conservancy providing overall coordination through setting priorities for projects and assuring uniformity of approach. (b) The conservancy shall not, under any circumstances, extend the road designated as "Stocker Street" to Overland Avenue or to any street within the boundaries of Culver City without the prior written approval of the city council.


32569. (a) The conservancy may award grants to local public agencies, state agencies, federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations for the purposes of this division. (b) Grants to nonprofit organizations for the acquisition of real property or interests in real property shall be subject to all of the following conditions: (1) The conservancy may acquire property at fair market value and consistent with the Property Acquisition Law (Part 11 (commencing with Section 15850) of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code), except that the acquisition price of lands acquired from public agencies may be based on the public agencies' cost to acquire the land. (2) The conservancy shall approve 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 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 interests of the conservancy. (5) The conservancy 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 conservancy, 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 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 conservancy.


32570. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the conservancy may lease, rent, sell, exchange, or otherwise transfer any real property or interest therein or option acquired under this division to a local public agency, state agency, federal agency, nonprofit organization, individual, or other entity 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. (b) The conservancy may initiate, negotiate, and participate in agreements for the management of land under its ownership or control with local public agencies, state agencies, federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, individuals, or other entities and may enter into any other agreements authorized by state or federal law.


32571. (a) Local public agencies may enter into an agreement to transfer responsibility for the management of the land located within the Baldwin Hills area to the conservancy. (b) Local public agencies shall retain exclusive authority over all zoning or land use regulations within their jurisdiction.


32572. The conservancy shall restrict access on acquired lands that are unsuitable for parks and open-space use by entering into temporary agreements with other state or local public agencies for the protection of public health and safety, resource management and protection, and security.


32573. The conservancy shall do all of the following: (a) Establish policies and priorities regarding the territory within the Baldwin Hills area, and conduct any necessary planning activities in accordance with the purposes set forth in Section 32555. (b) Give priority to related projects that create expanded opportunities that provide recreation, aesthetic improvement, and wildlife habitat in the Baldwin Hills area. (c) Approve conservancy-funded projects that advance the policies and priorities set forth in this division. (d) Review the master plan required pursuant to subdivisions (b) and (c) of Section 1 of Chapter 752 of the Statutes of 1999 and implement prioritization for the acquisition and operation of additional recreational and open-space needs, including additional or upgraded facilities and parks that may be necessary or desirable.


32574. (a) The conservancy may fix and collect fees for the use of any land owned or controlled, or for any service provided, by the conservancy. No fee shall exceed the cost of maintaining and operating the land or of providing the service for which the fee is charged. (b) The fee revenue and all other revenue received pursuant to this division shall be deposited in the Baldwin Hills Conservancy Fund, which is hereby created in the State Treasury. The money in the fund shall be expended by the conservancy, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for the purposes of this division. (c) Nothing in this act changes the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area's status to receive funds as part of the state parks system.


32575. The conservancy shall administer any funds appropriated to it and any revenue generated by public agencies for the Baldwin Hills area and contributed to the conservancy, and may expend those funds for capital improvements, land acquisition, or support of the conservancy's operations. Subject to Section 11005 of the Government Code, the conservancy may also accept any revenue, money, grants, goods, or services contributed to the conservancy by any public agency, private entity, or person, and, upon receipt, may expend any such revenue, money, or grants for capital improvements, land acquisitions, or support of the conservancy's operations.


32576. The conservancy may recruit and coordinate volunteers and experts to assist with conservancy projects and the maintenance of conservancy lands.

32577. The conservancy shall coordinate its actions with state and local public safety agencies.


32578. The conservancy shall have, and may exercise, all rights and powers, expressed or implied, necessary to carry out the purposes of this division, except as otherwise provided.


32579. The conservancy may sue and be sued.


32580. This division shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2018, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2018, deletes or extends that date.


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