Law:Division 23. Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (California)

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Chapter 1. General Provisions

Ca Codes (prc:33000-33010) Public Resources Code Section 33000-33010



33000. This division shall be known as and may be cited as the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Act.


33001. The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the Santa Monica Mountains Zone, as defined in Section 33105, is a unique and valuable economic, environmental, agricultural, scientific, educational, and recreational resource that should be held in trust for present and future generations; that, as the last large undeveloped area contiguous to the shoreline within the greater Los Angeles metropolitan region, comprised of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, it provides essential relief from the urban environment; that it exists as a single ecosystem in which changes that affect one part may also affect all other parts; and that the preservation and protection of this resource is in the public interest.


33002. The Legislature further finds and declares that prior to the preparation of the plan by the Santa Monica Mountains Comprehensive Planning Commission, planning for the zone was fragmented and there were ineffective means of determining and resolving conflicting interjurisdictional values, or of evaluating individual projects within the zone as to their effect on the entire region; that in the absence of a governmental mechanism to perform such evaluations, piecemeal development projects were occurring within the zone which resulted in the irreplaceable loss of open space and recreational resources, in the physical and biological deterioration of air, land, and water systems within the zone, and adversely affected regional life-support systems, including fish and wildlife, therefore being harmful to the needs of the present and future population of the region.

33003. The Legislature further finds and declares that the coastal zone portion of the Santa Monica Mountains Zone has been evaluated as part of the California Coastal Zone Conservation Plan, and because of the unique, important, and threatened nature of the coastal-related resources within the coastal zone, the Legislature determined that the special coastal resources planning and management program established pursuant to the California Coastal Act of 1976 (Division 20 (commencing with Section 30000)) should apply within the coastal zone and that the local coastal program required by such act should be completed in a timely and effective manner by local governments and certified by the California Coastal Commission. It is the intent of the Legislature to facilitate early completion of local coastal programs for the coastal zone portion of the Santa Monica Mountains Zone and that accordingly the jurisdiction of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy should be extended to include, at the time of certification, those portions of the coastal zone for which a local coastal program has been certified.


33004. The Legislature further finds and declares that the Santa Monica Mountains Comprehensive Planning Commission, composed of representatives of the state government, cities, and counties in the region, and the general public, has adopted a comprehensive plan for the conservation and development of the zone, consistent with the preservation of the resource as set forth in Section 33001.


33005. Federal grant funds shall be used to accomplish the purposes of this division to the maximum extent possible.


33006. It is further declared to be the intent of the Legislature that, in making grants for park, recreation, or conservation purposes from funds received pursuant to Section 507(n) of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 (16 U. S.C. Sec. 460kk(n)), the conservancy shall primarily operate outside the public ownership area of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area as identified by the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to Section 507(d)(2) of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. Sec. 460kk (d)(2)).

33007. In accomplishing the objectives of this division, private landowners, local governments, and all other public agencies shall be encouraged to participate in the programs authorized by this division by voluntary incentives.

33008. (a) The Legislature finds and declares that there are existing problems of substandard lots, incompatible land uses, conflicts with recreational use, and inadequate resource protection which, in some cases, cannot be addressed in a feasible manner by local government exercise of the police power or federal land acquisition as part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and that it is necessary to enact the provisions of this division as a complement to the full exercise of the police power by local governments and the acquisition of lands by the federal government for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. (b) The Legislature further finds and declares that the people of the State of California have an interest in the protection of resources and the use of lands acquired or managed by the conservancy pursuant to this division, and that the conservancy in carrying out its duties pursuant to this division acts on behalf of the State of California. (c) This division does not authorize the conservancy to regulate private property, nor does it supersede or limit a local government's exercise of the police power, over private property, derived from any other provision of existing law or any law hereafter enacted.


33009. In order to avoid the continuing problems identified in Section 33008, each local government's implementation of the plan shall be a necessary condition of that local government receiving any money pursuant to this division.

33010. For purposes of compliance with federal law, the references to the Santa Monica Mountains Comprehensive Planning Commission shall be deemed to mean the conservancy.


Chapter 2. Definitions

Ca Codes (prc:33100-33105.6) Public Resources Code Section 33100-33105.6



33100. Unless the context requires otherwise, the definitions set forth in this chapter shall govern the interpretation of this division.

33101. "Coastal zone" means that area described in Section 30103.


33102. "Conservancy" means the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.


33103. "Fund" means the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Fund.


33104. "Plan" means the plan approved by the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to Section 507(n) of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 460kk(n)).


33105. "Zone" means the Santa Monica Mountains Zone, which includes that part of the land area of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan region, landward of the Pacific Coast Highway (State Highway Route 1) bounded by Calleguas Creek, thence following Calleguas Creek northward to its intersection with the corporate boundary of Camarillo, thence following the southern boundary of the City of Camarillo eastward until it intersects the Ventura Freeway (State Highway Route 101), thence following the Ventura Freeway eastward to a point of intersection with the western boundary of the Malibu Creek Watershed. The northern boundary continues thence along the boundary of the Watershed to its intersection again with the Ventura Freeway on the east; thence eastward along this freeway to its intersection with the corporate boundary of the City of Los Angeles, thence continuing on a line drawn one-quarter of a mile south of the Ventura Freeway to its intersection with Ventura Boulevard and continuing on a line one-quarter mile south from Ventura Boulevard eastward to its intersection with Sepulveda Boulevard; thence continuing eastward along Valley Vista Boulevard to its intersection with Dixie Canyon Avenue and from this point continuing eastward on a line one-quarter mile south of Ventura Boulevard to its intersection with a linear projection of Lankershim Boulevard and thence northeasterly on this projection and continuing on Lankershim Boulevard to its intersection with Cahuenga Boulevard, thence east along Cahuenga Boulevard to its intersection with a linear projection of Barham Boulevard, and hence northeasterly along such projection and continuing upon Barham Boulevard to its intersection with the Los Angeles River, and eastward along the south bank of the Los Angeles River to its intersection with the boundary of Griffith Park, including Griffith Park, and thence following a direct line drawn southwest from the southernmost boundary point of Griffith Park to the intersection of Sunset Boulevard with the corporate boundary of the City of Los Angeles near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Marmount Lane, thence continuing westward following the Los Angeles corporate boundary to its intersection with the boundary of the City of Beverly Hills, thence following the northern boundary of the City of Beverly Hills until it returns to Sunset Boulevard, thence following Sunset Boulevard westward to its point of intersection with the Pacific Coast Highway (State Highway Route 1). The zone shall also include Elysian Park and El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Park and, for purposes of providing a recreational trail corridor, it shall also include hiking and equestrian trail connections and accessways between Griffith Park, Elysian Park, and El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Park.


33105.5. (a) For purposes of providing a recreational trail corridor, the zone shall also include hiking and equestrian trail connections and accessways generally following the Rim of the Valley Trail as identified in the Equestrian and Hiking Trails Guide of the City of Los Angeles. (b) The executive director of the conservancy shall file with the Secretary of State a map specifically delineating a feasible recreational trail corridor as identified in subdivision (a) by July 1, 1984. (c) The executive director of the conservancy shall submit the map prepared pursuant to subdivision (b) to the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife and to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources at least 30 days prior to taking any action for the purposes of this section pursuant to Section 33203.


33105.6. The recreational trail corridor for the Rim of the Valley Trail shall include the Santa Clarita Woodlands portion of the Santa Susana Mountains. The executive director of the conservancy shall file a map with the Secretary of State by March 1, 1990, showing the revised trail corridor boundary including the Santa Clarita Woodlands. The boundaries of the addition to the trail corridor shall substantially conform to the boundaries of the Santa Clarita Woodlands depicted in the map included in the Preliminary Study of Possible Parkland Acquisition in the Santa Susana Mountains (March 1, 1989) by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to inhibit the development of facilities necessary for the protection of public health and safety.


Chapter 3. Establishment And Functions Of The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

Ca Codes (prc:33200-33215) Public Resources Code Section 33200-33215



33200. (a) The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy is hereby established within the Resources Agency. The conservancy is composed of nine voting members and three ex officio members. The voting members are as follows: (1) The Superintendent of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, or his or her designee. (2) A member representing the City of Los Angeles, appointed by the mayor with the approval of the city council. (3) Three public members who shall be residents of either the County of Los Angeles or the County of Ventura, one of whom shall be appointed by the Governor, one of whom shall be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, and one of whom shall be appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly. At least one of the public members shall reside within the San Fernando Valley statistical area, as defined in Section 11093 of the Government Code. The seat of a public member shall be deemed vacant if the member changes his or her residence to a county other than Los Angeles or Ventura County. (4) An elected official who is a representative nominated by the city councils of those cities which have at least 75 percent of their areas within the zone who shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles or a member appointed by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles, or that member's designee. (5) An elected official who is either a member of the City Council of the City of Thousand Oaks or a member of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Ventura and who shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Ventura, or the elected official's designee. (6) The Secretary of the Resources Agency or an employee of the agency designated by the secretary. (7) The Superintendent of the Angeles District of the Department of Parks and Recreation, or his or her designee. (b) (1) (A) The California Coastal Commission and the State Coastal Conservancy shall each appoint an ex officio member who shall be either a member or employee of their respective agency. The ex officio member appointed by the California Coastal Commission and the State Coastal Conservancy shall be nonvoting members, except that the ex officio member appointed by the State Coastal Conservancy may vote on any matter relating to a project undertaken within the coastal zone portion of the zone. (B) On the 10th working day after certification pursuant to Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 30500) of Division 20 of any local coastal program, or any portion thereof, for any portion of the zone, the ex officio member appointed by the California Coastal Commission may vote on any matter relating to a project undertaken within the coastal zone portion of the zone and the ex officio member appointed by the State Coastal Conservancy may not vote on the matter. (2) The Supervisor of the Angeles National Forest shall also serve as an ex officio, nonvoting member of the conservancy. (c) The chairperson and vice chairperson of the conservancy shall be selected by the voting members of the conservancy for a one-year term. A majority of the total authorized and appointed voting membership of the conservancy constitutes a quorum for the transaction of any business under this division. (d) (1) The following members of the conservancy shall be compensated for attendance at regular meetings of the conservancy at the rate of one hundred dollars ($100) per day: (A) The public members. (B) The member appointed by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles or that member's designee, unless the member or designee is also a member of the board of supervisors, in which case no compensation shall be paid. (C) The member appointed by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Ventura or that member's designee, unless the member or designee is also a member of a board of supervisors, in which case no compensation shall be paid. (D) The members appointed by the State Coastal Conservancy and the California Coastal Commission if these members are not employees of their respective agency or are not full-time compensated elected officials. (E) The appointed member representing the City of Los Angeles. (2) All members of the conservancy shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses, including travel expenses, incurred in the performance of their duties.

33200.1. Three Members of the Senate, appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, and three Members of the Assembly, appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, shall meet with the conservancy on a regular basis and participate in its activities, to the extent that such participation is not incompatible with their respective positions as Members of the Legislature.


33200.5. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, placement of the conservancy within the Resources Agency shall not confer upon the Secretary of the Resources Agency any authority to approve or deny specific projects proposed to be undertaken by the conservancy, except pursuant to his or her membership in the conservancy as provided in paragraph (6) of subdivision (a) of Section 33200, nor shall it restrict the conservancy from carrying out the purposes of this division.


33201. (a) The State Coastal Conservancy, pursuant to Division 21 (commencing with Section 31000), has the prime responsibility for carrying out projects identified in certified local coastal programs for jurisdictions within the coastal zone portion of the zone, and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy has the prime responsibility pursuant to this division to undertake projects within the coastal zone portion of the zone that implement the park, recreation, conservation, and open-space provisions of the plan. (b) This section does not affect any project undertaken by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy or the State Coastal Conservancy prior to January 1, 1983, nor shall this section be construed to affect the existing review and approval powers of the California Coastal Commission. (c) The State Coastal Conservancy does not have jurisdiction in the zone outside the coastal zone portion of the zone.


33202. The conservancy may apply for grants from any source to be used for the purposes of this division, and shall apply for all grants authorized pursuant to Section 507 of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 460kk). The proceeds of such grants shall be deposited in the separate federal grant account in the fund.


33203. The conservancy may acquire, pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 33207.5 and the Property Acquisition Law (Part 11 (commencing with Section 15850) of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code), real property or any interests therein, including development rights and easements for all the purposes specified in this division. For purposes of this section, the State Public Works Board may use the power of eminent domain. Notwithstanding other provisions of law, the Director of General Services, when so requested by the conservancy and when the conservancy finds it necessary to meet the provisions of this division, shall, without delay, lease, rent, sell, transfer, or exchange any land or interests therein acquired pursuant to this division. Any moneys received by the state, upon disposition of lands acquired pursuant to this division, shall be deposited in the fund and shall be available for the purposes of this division. The Department of General Services and the conservancy shall jointly develop and implement appropriate procedures to insure that land acquisitions, options to purchase, land disposals, and other property transactions under this division are carried out efficiently, equitably, and with proper notice to the public. The conservancy may coordinate with the Department of Parks and Recreation any acquisition with park and recreation development potential and may contract with the Department of Parks and Recreation as necessary in order to do so. The conservancy may, by interagency agreement, cooperate with resource conservation districts in order to carry out the purposes and objectives of this division.

33203.1. Notwithstanding Section 33203 or any other provision of this division, the executive director of the conservancy shall give notice of any proposed acquisition of real property, or of any interest in real property, by eminent domain to the city council of the city in which the property is located, or to the board of supervisors of the county in which the property is located if it is in an unincorporated area, at least 45 days prior to the conservancy requesting any action by the State Public Works Board pursuant to Section 15854 of the Government Code. If the city council or board of supervisors disapproves of the proposed action, the conservancy shall hold a noticed public hearing on the objections to the use of eminent domain prior to any vote recommending that action by the State Public Works Board.


33203.5. Notwithstanding any other provision of this division, the conservancy may acquire and improve real property, or any interests therein, anywhere within the zone upon a finding that the action is consistent with the plan. If the proposed acquisition or improvement is within the coastal zone, the executive director of the conservancy shall submit the proposal to the State Coastal Conservancy for review at least 60 days prior to approval by the conservancy. If the State Coastal Conservancy has not, within 60 days from the date of submission, acted to disapprove the proposed acquisition or improvement on the grounds that the project is in conflict with or would jeopardize an approved project of the State Coastal Conservancy or a proposed project as identified in a written preproject feasibility report as adopted by the State Coastal Conservancy, the acquisition or improvement may proceed pursuant to this section.


33204. The conservancy may, in accordance with the priorities of the plan, do the following: (a) Award grants or make interest-free loans to cities, counties, resource conservation districts, and recreation and park districts for the purpose of restoring areas which, because of scattered ownerships, poor lot layout, inadequate lot size, inadequate park and open space, incompatible land uses, or other conditions, are adversely affecting the Santa Monica Mountains environment or are impeding orderly development. Any funds over and above eligible project costs which remain after completion of a restoration under this subdivision shall be transmitted by the city, county, resource conservation district, or recreation and park district, as the case may be, to the state and deposited in the fund and shall be available for expenditure, when appropriated by the Legislature, for the purposes of funding the programs specified in this division. (b) Undertake, or award grants or make interest-free loans to any state agency, city, county, resource conservation district, or recreation and park district for the purposes of undertaking, the acquisition of critically needed buffer zones to ensure that the character and intensity of development surrounding lands acquired by the federal government as part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is generally compatible with, and does not adversely impact, the recreational and natural resource values of the national recreation area. In the acquisition of interests pursuant to this subdivision, the conservancy shall place principal reliance on acquisition of development rights and other less than fee interests. (c) Award grants to state agencies, cities, counties, resource conservation districts, and park and recreation districts for the purpose of acquiring sites identified as necessary for park, recreation, or conservation purposes and for development of essential related public facilities. (d) Acquire, or award grants or make interest-free loans to other state agencies, cities, counties, resource conservation districts, and recreation and park districts for the purpose of acquiring, sites identified as necessary for park, recreation, or conservation purposes, when a state or local agency is unable, due to limited financial resources or other circumstances of a temporary nature, to acquire the site. Priority shall be given under this subdivision to sites under immediate development pressure. Fee title and options to purchase may be acquired and the land may be held for subsequent conveyance to the appropriate public agency if the conservancy finds that the site would otherwise be lost to public use. Repayment of any loans or other reimbursements to the conservancy for projects funded from the federal grant account of the fund under this subdivision shall be deposited in the account and may be used for the purposes of this division when authorized by the Secretary of the Interior. (e) Award grants to cities, counties, or state agencies for the purpose of enhancing of resources which, because of improper location of improvements, or incompatible land uses, have suffered loss of natural and scenic values. Grants under this subdivision shall be utilized for the assembly of parcels of land to improve resource management, for relocation of improperly located or designated improvements, and for other corrective measures which will enhance the natural and scenic character. Grants under this subdivision may not be utilized as a method of acquisition of public park, wildlife, or natural areas, except as such uses may be incidental. (f) The conservancy may act pursuant to subdivisions (a) and (b) of this section only if it finds that the local regulatory provisions do not adequately accomplish the objectives of such subdivisions. The conservancy may act pursuant to subdivisions (a), (c), and (e) of this section only if the project is not a more intense land use than is consistent with the local area and general plans of the city or county having jurisdiction over the affected land. The conservancy may undertake a project itself or award a grant or make a loan pursuant to subdivision (b) only if it notifies the governing body of the city or county in whose jurisdiction the project is located and the governing body has not, by a four-fifths vote, disapproved the project. If the governing body does not disapprove a project within 45 days after receiving notice of the project proposal from the conservancy, the project shall be deemed approved by the governing body.

33204.2. (a) The conservancy may award grants to nonprofit organizations qualified as exempt organizations under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (26 U.S.C. Sec. 501(c)(3)), and private educational institutions that file the statement with the Superintendent of Public Instruction required by Section 33190 of the Education Code, to carry out improvements, maintenance, acquisitions, or educational interpretation programs that directly relate to a project that the conservancy is otherwise authorized to undertake pursuant to this division. (b) Grants awarded pursuant to this section are subject to the review and approval of the Department of General Services. The conservancy shall not award a grant under this section for a project that is not for the purposes specified in subdivision (a). No nonprofit organization may expend any portion of a grant to engage in any activity not expressly authorized pursuant to subdivision (a). (c) The executive director shall submit a notice to the Department of Finance 30 days prior to award of a grant under this section. The notice shall specify the recipient organization, the amount to be granted, and the purposes for which the grant is awarded. The period for notice under this subdivision may be concurrent with the review of the Department of General Services under subdivision (b).


33204.27. (a) The conservancy may award grants to school districts and other local agencies for any of the purposes for which it may award grants to nonprofit organizations pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 33204.2. (b) Grants awarded to school districts pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be subject to both of the following conditions: (1) The grants shall not include cash grants of state funds. (2) Grants permitting the use of facilities shall be limited to facilities that are owned by the conservancy.


33204.3. (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following: (1) The existing parks and open space owned by federal, state, and local agencies within the Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor, as defined in Section 33105.5, are important recreational and environmental resources for the people of California, especially residents of the San Fernando, La Cresenta, and San Gabriel Valleys, and it is in the public interest to facilitate the connection of existing parks and open-space resources and to provide for further improvement of underutilized public easements and other existing public open spaces. (2) There is a need for overall trail and recreational access planning and coordination between the 11 local agencies, two joint powers park agencies, two state agencies, and three federal agencies with jurisdiction over lands in the Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor. (b) The conservancy, using the voluntary cooperation of governmental jurisdictions within the corridor, shall prepare and adopt a coordinated trail development plan and recreational access program for the Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor that includes, but is not necessarily limited to, all of the following: (1) Identification of major hiking and equestrian trails and important secondary and feeder trails that cross jurisdictional lines, and a priority program for improving those trails. (2) Identification of special purpose trails, where appropriate, for special population groups and special user groups, such as mountain bicycles where the special purpose trails will have no significant environmental impact. (3) Identification of, and a priority program for implementing, those additional recreation access needs, including new or expanded trails that should be added to the Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor, and additional or upgraded facilities, parks, or open spaces that may be necessary. (4) Identification of underused existing public open spaces and recommendations for providing better public use and enjoyment of these areas. (c) Notwithstanding Section 33105.5, the conservancy may make minor boundary changes to the Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor solely for the purpose of implementing the plan prepared pursuant to this section. Any boundary change shall be in the form of maps and descriptions which shall be included in the plan submitted pursuant to subdivision (d) and shall be filed with the Secretary of State not later than July 31, 1990. (d) The conservancy shall hold at least one public hearing in each city and the unincorporated area of each county within the Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor prior to the submission of the plan and program pursuant to this subdivision. The plan and program prepared under subdivision (b), and any changes to the corridor boundary, shall be coordinated with each affected jurisdiction prior to adoption by the conservancy. The plan and program shall be submitted to the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Wildlife at least 30 days prior to the approval of any acquisition or improvement under the plan or program pursuant to this division, but not later than June 30, 1990. (e) Upon adoption by a local government of the plan and program prepared under this section, the plan and program shall be part of the plan that the local government implements for purposes of compliance with Section 33009.

33204.4. (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following: (1) The boundary of the Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor should be determined exclusively upon the best scientific and resource-based information regarding trail, recreational, and environmental resources in the area. (2) Landowners, local government entities, members of the public, and other affected parties should be afforded maximum participation in the process by which the Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor is delineated. (b) (1) Notwithstanding the requirements of Section 33105.5, if the conservancy determines, based on relevant scientific information and land use planning studies, and after holding at least one public hearing in the area that would be affected by a revision of the boundaries of the Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor, that a boundary revision in the vicinity of the City of Santa Clarita, including Whitney Canyon, Elsmere Canyon, and their adjacent watersheds, is necessary, the executive director shall prepare and file with the Secretary of State, the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water, a revised map showing the changes in the boundaries of the Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor. (2) A revised map prepared pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be supported by relevant scientific information and be in accordance with the purposes and objectives of Section 33204.3. (3) (A) An owner of property located in Elsmere Canyon, at any time, may request of the conservancy, in writing, that his or her property be included within the boundaries of the Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor. Upon receipt of the request, the conservancy may, in accordance with the procedures prescribed in paragraphs (1) and (2), revise the map showing the boundaries of the Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor to include within the corridor the property in Elsmere Canyon that is the subject of the request. (B) Subparagraph (A) does not affect the inclusion of the property in the corridor pursuant to other provisions of this section or other provisions of law. (c) Notwithstanding Section 33201, this section does not affect the jurisdiction of the State Coastal Conservancy.


33204.5. (a) The conservancy shall conduct a study and implement a program to provide recreational access from downtown Los Angeles and the inner city to the zone in order to provide recreational opportunities for all income and ethnic groups wishing to enjoy the Santa Monica Mountains. In undertaking the study, the conservancy shall cooperate with the National Park Service, the El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Park Advisory Committee, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the City of Los Angeles. (b) The executive director of the conservancy shall file by June 30, 1983, with the Secretary of State and the City Council of the City of Los Angeles a map showing a feasible recreational trail corridor between El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Park and Griffith Park.

33204.7. On January 1, 1984, the Department of Parks and Recreation shall transfer Fryman Canyon, which was acquired pursuant to Section 4 of Chapter 809 of the Statutes of 1980, to the conservancy. Fryman Canyon shall be deemed to have been acquired by the conservancy pursuant to Section 33204, but may be transferred by the conservancy only to the National Park Service, without payment of any compensation, in accordance with Section 33205.


33205. The conservancy shall not hold lands acquired in accordance with subdivision (d) of Section 33204 more than 10 years from the time of acquisition. A city, county, recreation and park district, the National Park Service, or a state agency may acquire the land any time during that period for park, recreation, or resource preservation purposes. The acquisition price to the agencies shall be based upon the cost of acquisition under this division, plus administrative and management costs in reserving the land, unless the conservancy determines that the agency will operate and maintain the property for park, recreation, or resource preservation purposes in accordance with standards set by the conservancy, and that the property will not be converted to other uses without the approval of the conservancy. In the cases where the conservancy makes this determination, it may transfer the property without consideration or it may set another acquisition price as mutually agreed upon by the parties. However, in any case where there is a transfer without consideration, or where the consideration is less than acquisition and administrative and management costs, the property shall first be offered to the Department of Parks and Recreation, and, if the department is unwilling or unable to accept the property, the conservancy may then transfer or sell the property to a city, county, recreation and park district, or the National Park Service pursuant to this section. The conservancy shall include in each instrument transferring title of state property to the National Park Service a provision which assures that the property is operated in a manner suitable for park, recreation, or resource preservation purposes. The conservancy shall include in each instrument transferring title of state property to a state or local agency a provision for reversion of the property to the state if the property ceases to be used for park, recreation, or resource preservation purposes. Lands acquired under subdivision (d) of Section 33204 shall not be disposed of pursuant to Section 11011.1 of the Government Code. If, at the expiration of the 10-year period, no agency is willing or able to acquire the lands, the conservancy shall request the Real Estate Services Division of the Department of General Services to dispose of the lands at fair market value subject to restrictions that are consistent with this division. Any funds received by the state upon disposition of lands acquired in accordance with subdivision (a) or (d) of Section 33204 shall be deposited in the fund and shall be available for the purposes of this division. Any funds received by the state under this section upon disposition of lands acquired with funds granted pursuant to Section 507(n) of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. Sec. 460kk(n)) shall be deposited in the federal grant account in the fund and shall be available for the purposes of this division when authorized by the Secretary of the Interior.


33205.5. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, concurrent with the transfers described in subdivision (b), the Department of Parks and Recreation shall transfer Stunt Ranch, which was acquired pursuant to Section 3 of Chapter 1305 of the Statutes of 1980, to the conservancy, and Stunt Ranch shall be deemed to have been acquired by the conservancy pursuant to Section 33204. Subject to the approval of the Director of Parks and Recreation, the conservancy, not sooner than January 1, 1986, may transfer in fee only to the National Park Service to be used for the benefit of the state park system, without payment of compensation, in accordance with Section 33205 of the Public Resources Code, that portion of Stunt Ranch not transferred to the regents pursuant to subdivision (c), subject to rights reserved to the regents by subdivision (c). If operating funds for Stunt Ranch become available to the Department of Parks and Recreation prior to a transfer to the National Park Service, the conservancy shall, upon the request of the Director of Parks and Recreation, retransfer the property, without payment of compensation, to the Department of Parks and Recreation and the property shall be operated as a unit of the state park system, subject to rights reserved to the regents by subdivision (c). (b) If the conservancy acquires property of the regents commonly known as "362 acres more or less in Upper Temescal Canyon" (hereafter called Upper Temescal Canyon) and "40 acres more or less in Arroyo Sequit" (hereafter called Arroyo Sequit property), the executive director, on behalf of the conservancy, shall do the following: (1) Transfer Upper Temescal Canyon to the Department of Parks and Recreation as an addition to Topanga State Park. (2) Offer to transfer, without compensation, the Arroyo Sequit property to the Department of Parks and Recreation for state park system purposes. If the department does not accept the offer of the Arroyo Sequit property within a reasonable time, the conservancy may transfer the Arroyo Sequit property in fee to the National Park Service to be used for the benefit of the state park system, without payment of compensation, in accordance with Section 33205. (c) If the conservancy acquires the properties specified in subdivision (b) by March 1, 1984, the executive director of the conservancy shall transfer in fee that portion of Stunt Ranch as may be needed by the regents for scientific and educational purposes, upon terms mutually agreed upon by the executive director, on behalf of the conservancy, and the regents. The Department of General Services shall appraise Upper Temescal Canyon, the Arroyo Sequit property, and the Stunt Ranch property and the costs of the appraisal shall be borne equally by the conservancy and the regents. The executive director, on behalf of the conservancy, the Director of Parks and Recreation, and the regents shall each certify that the properties transferred to and offered to the Department of Parks and Recreation pursuant to subdivision (b) are of equivalent value to that portion of Stunt Ranch transferred to the regents pursuant to this subdivision. Subject to the approval of the Director of Parks and Recreation, the executive director shall also execute an agreement with the regents, which shall be effective upon execution, for the use of such other areas of Stunt Ranch as may be necessary for scientific and educational purposes. The agreement may provide that any transfer of other portions of Stunt Ranch to the National Park Service or to the Department of Parks and Recreation shall reserve to the regents the right to continue scientific and educational use under substantially the same conditions as existed prior to the transfer. (d) The Legislature finds and declares that the transfers of and reservations of rights in, property provided for by this section are in the public interest, further the objectives of, and benefit, the state park system, and further the interest in protecting the Santa Monica Mountains Zone as declared in Section 33001. (e) In the event of any conflict between Sections 92671 to 92673, inclusive, of the Education Code and this section, the provisions of this section shall prevail. (f) Notwithstanding the provisions of the Property Acquisition Law (Part 11 (commencing with Section 15850) of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code) and any other provision of law, the executive director of the conservancy may take such actions as are necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.


33206. The conservancy may lease lands acquired in accordance and for purposes consistent with this division. Revenue from leases of land acquired with funds granted pursuant to Section 507(n) of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. Sec. 460kk(n)) shall be deposited in the federal grant account in the fund and shall be available for the purposes of this division when authorized by the Secretary of the Interior. When leases are made to private individuals or private nonprofit tax-exempt organizations of lands acquired pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 33204, the conservancy shall annually, upon appropriation of such amounts by the Legislature, transfer 24 percent of the gross income of such leases to the county in which such lands are situated. The county shall distribute any payment received by it pursuant to this section to itself, to each revenue district for which the county assesses and collects real property taxes or assessments, and to every other taxing agency within the county in which the property is situated. The amount distributable to the county and each such revenue district or other taxing agency shall be proportionate to the ratio which the amount of the taxes and assessments of each on similar real property similarly situated within that part of the county embracing the smallest in the area of the revenue districts or other taxing agencies other than the county, levied for the fiscal year next preceding, bears to the combined amount of the taxes and assessments of all such districts and agencies, including the county, on such property levied for that year. The county auditor shall determine and certify the amount distributable to the board of supervisors, which shall thereupon order the making of the distribution. Any money distributed pursuant to this section to any county, revenue district, or other taxing agency shall be deposited to the credit of the same fund as any taxes or assessments on any taxable similar real property similarly situated. Where a county receives a payment pursuant to this section in an amount of twenty-five dollars ($25) or less in respect to any parcel of leased property, all of such payment shall be distributed to the county for deposit in the county general fund.


33207. (a) Areas offered for open-space dedication or trail easement by any person, and lands offered for sale because of tax delinquency, shall not be lost to public use if they are necessary to meet any of the provisions of this division. The conservancy shall serve as a repository for these lands and interest in land and for this purpose may accept dedication of fee title, easements, development rights, or other interests. (b) The conservancy shall have the first right of refusal on any property within the zone presently owned by a public agency and scheduled for disposal as excess lands, except where such lands are designated for acquisition as a park or recreation area by a federal, state, or local agency. The conservancy shall have the right to acquire such lands at the disposing agency's purchase price plus any administrative and management costs incurred by the disposing agency. The disposing agency shall have the right of first refusal to reacquire property which was acquired by the conservancy pursuant to this division at the price paid by the conservancy before any administrative costs incurred by the conservancy when the land is not to be used for the purposes of this division and is to be sold by the Real Estate Services Division of the Department of General Services.


33207.1. (a) The conservancy shall, upon the request of a city or county, waive subdivision (b) of Section 33207 if it finds any of the following: (1) The property is shown as commercial or manufacturing on the general plan, area plan, or local coastal program of the city or county having jurisdiction, whichever is applicable, on the date of enactment of this section at the 1985-86 Regular Session of the Legislature. (2) The property is within the unincorporated area of a county with a population exceeding 4,000,000 and is to be used for affordable housing, as determined in paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) of Section 52020 of the Health and Safety Code. (b) Nothing in this division requires any local agency to declare any property surplus.


33207.5. (a) The executive director, on behalf of the conservancy, shall, contemporaneously with the Los Angeles Unified School District completing all procedures and transfers in accordance with subdivisions (b) and (c), waive and release all the conservancy's right, title, or interest to purchase Los Angeles Unified School District property pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 33207, and pursuant to any other statutory authority, wherever granted, to those school sites commonly referred to as the Beverly Glen Midsite School site, the property commonly referred to as the four recorded lots of the Old Ranch Road School site, the property commonly referred to as the South of Lanai Road School site, and any other school district properties located within the zone, except that the conservancy shall retain all rights to purchase the acreage parcel of the Old Ranch Road School site as set forth in this section. (b) The exemption in subdivision (a) shall become operative if the Board of Education of the Los Angeles Unified School District, referred to in this section as the Board of Education, within two days of the effective date of this section, votes to offer to the conservancy, and within five days of the effective date of this section records in the office of the Los Angeles County Recorder, an irrevocable offer to sell to the conservancy, at the original purchase price, the Temescal Junior High School site; and records in the office of the Los Angeles County Recorder an offer of a right to purchase to the conservancy upon terms and procedures in accordance with subdivision (d), a portion of the Old Ranch Road site described as follows: All that portion of blocks 39 and 43 lying within the Santa Monica Land and Water Company Tract M.R. 78-44/49 owned by the Los Angeles Unified School District, together with appurtenant access easements along Old Ranch Road. (c) The exemption in subdivision (a) shall only become operative if the Board of Education, within two days of the effective date of this section, approves a resolution of intention to sell the Old Ranch Road site described in subdivision (b). The resolution to sell shall direct publication of notice of the Board of Education's intention to sell in a newspaper of general circulation published within the Los Angeles Unified School District within 10 days of the resolution and shall cause the notice to be published on at least three occasions within a period of time of not less than 15 days. The notice shall fix a date for the opening of bids not less than 21 days after the last publication. The bids shall be opened in public in the offices of the real estate branch in accordance with the Los Angeles Unified School District's procedure. The executive director of the conservancy shall be advised of the bid opening and location not less than seven days prior thereto. The resolution to sell and notice shall state a minimum bid price of one million four hundred thousand dollars ($1,400,000) cash sale, and close of escrow to occur within 45 days of acceptance of the highest responsible bid by the Board of Education. All bids shall be in writing and accompanied by a deposit of not less than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) in cash or cashier's check. (d) (1) Prior to accepting any responsible bid received pursuant to subdivision (c), the Board of Education or its designee shall call for oral bids. If, upon the call for oral bidding, any person offers to purchase the property upon the terms and conditions specified in the resolution, for a price exceeding by at least 5 percent the highest written or previous oral proposal that is made by a responsible person, that higher bid shall be designated as the highest responsible bid if the oral bid is reduced to writing and signed by the offeror and accompanied by a cashier's check or by cash in an amount not less than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000). (2) After determining the highest responsible bidder, the Board of Education shall offer the Old Ranch Road School site described in subdivision (b) to the conservancy at the price indicated in the highest responsible bid as determined in subdivision (c) and this subdivision, but at a price not less than one million four hundred thousand dollars ($1,400,000). The offer shall be in writing and shall remain open for a period of 10 days from the date that the written offer is received by the conservancy. The executive director of the conservancy shall have the right, against all others, to gain the right to purchase the property at any time within the 10-day period at the price of the highest responsible bid by communicating to the Board of Education in writing. (3) In the event the executive director of the conservancy exercises the right to purchase pursuant to this section, the State of California, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, shall receive a conveyance of the property from the Board of Education by quit claim deed if the State of California pays the Board of Education by warrant or by cashier's check, the amount of the highest bid at any time within a six-month period commencing with the date of the receipt by the executive director of the conservancy of the Board of Education's offer, as described in this subdivision. (4) If the executive director of the conservancy does not, within the 10-day period described in this subdivision, indicate his or her intention to exercise the right to purchase the property, the Board of Education may convey the property to the highest responsible bidder. In the event the highest responsible bidder fails to complete the purchase, the Board of Education shall offer the property to the executive director of the conservancy in accordance with the procedure set forth in this subdivision for each successive responsible bid, but in no case shall the price to the conservancy be less than one million four hundred thousand dollars ($1,400,000). (5) Should the executive director of the conservancy indicate an intention to exercise the right to purchase within the 10-day period, but fail to pay the Board of Education the purchase price by warrant of the State of California or cashier's check within the six-month period, or the executive director of the conservancy fails to exercise the right to purchase within the 10-day period and the property is purchased by the highest responsible bidder, the executive director of the conservancy shall execute a waiver and release in accordance with subdivision (a) for the Old Ranch Road site as described in subdivision (b). (e) (1) In the event the conservancy does not acquire the portion of the Old Ranch Road site described in subdivision (b) pursuant to the procedure set forth in this section, and the conservancy has released and waived its rights pursuant to subdivision (a), the Board of Education may offer the Old Ranch Road site for purchase to the highest responsible bidder on the same terms as determined pursuant to this section, or should the responsible bidder no longer wish to purchase the property, the Board of Education may offer the property for sale pursuant to the provisions of the Education Code governing the sale of surplus district property. (2) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Board of Education may adopt or approve any and all acts required by it to carry out this section and may sell to the conservancy the real property described as the Temescal Junior High School site at its original purchase price in accordance with the procedures specified in this section by an affirmative vote of five members of the Board of Education. Further, notwithstanding the provisions of the Property Acquisition Law (Part 11 (commencing with Section 15850) of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code), and any other provision of law, the executive director of the conservancy may take any actions that are necessary to carry out this division.


33207.6. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, upon receipt of a resolution of the Board of Education of the Las Virgenes Unified School District, the conservancy shall exchange for the district, under terms mutually agreed upon by the district and the conservancy, an acceptable substitute property for excess school lands within the zone now held by the district.


33207.7. Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, upon mutual agreement of the conservancy and the governing body of each local government or special district, conservancy funds provided to that jurisdiction and proceeds of sales of excess properties acquired from that jurisdiction shall be spent for purposes consistent with open-space purposes within any area of that jurisdiction.


33208. The conservancy shall annually, beginning on January 1, 1981, transmit to the Governor and the Legislature a two-part report as follows: (a) The first part of the report shall include all of the following: (1) A listing of, and justification for, the projects proposed to be undertaken pursuant to Section 33204, a statement of the condition of the fund, and a certification by the conservancy that each of the projects proposed to be funded are consistent with the plan. (2) A priority listing of the projects that shall be developed after public hearings and findings and with local government coordination. (3) A listing of the amount of money necessary, if any, to retire bonded indebtedness for water and sewer and other utilities already incurred by property owners which, if left outstanding, would contribute to further development of the zone in a manner inconsistent with the plan. Upon appropriation by the Legislature, the conservancy may make grants from the fund to retire that bonded indebtedness from any money specifically granted by the Secretary of the Interior for that purpose. (b) The second part of the report shall include all of the following: (1) A schedule of projects undertaken by the conservancy and a schedule of grants and loans made by the conservancy. (2) The program specified in Section 33204 under which each project, grant, or loan was carried out and the manner and extent to which the goals of the project, grant, or loan, and the goals of this division, were achieved and the actual cost thereof, including an accounting. (3) A schedule of grants awarded to the conservancy and the disposition of the funds granted. (4) The disposition of the funds appropriated to the conservancy in the fiscal year preceding the year in which the report is made. (5) A review of local and state government actions taken to implement the plan. (6) An identification of additional funding, legislation, or other resources required which would more effectively enable the conservancy or local governments to carry out the purposes of this division.


33209. Every project submitted for funding pursuant to Section 33208 shall have an adopted project plan developed by, or in coordination with, the applicable local government or other state agency. The conservancy shall by regulation specify the content of project plans. Maximum public participation shall be afforded in the development of project plans, including public hearings and findings.


33210. Upon the request of a city, county, or recreation and park district within the zone, upon the request of the National Park Service, or on its own initiative, the conservancy may, after public hearings and findings, and consistent with this division, amend the plan and submit it to the Secretary of the Interior for approval. However, if the conservancy acts on its own initiative to substantially amend the plan, the action shall be subject to the same procedure for obtaining a resolution of intent to comply with the plan from the affected jurisdiction as applied to the original approval of the plan pursuant to Section 507(n)(3)(B) of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 460kk(n)(3)(B)). The findings shall provide that the amendments to the plan will not adversely affect the health, safety, or welfare of persons residing in the zone or of persons using the facilities located within the zone.

33211. The conservancy may: (a) Accept any gifts, donations, or bequests from individuals, corporations, or organizations, or accept grants of funds from private or public agencies. A gift of personal property otherwise required to be approved by the Director of Finance pursuant to Section 11005 of the Government Code is deemed approved, unless it is disapproved within 60 days of receipt of a request from the executive director of the conservancy to approve the gift. A gift of real property shall be submitted by the executive director to the Department of General Services for its review. The Department of General Services shall complete its review within 30 days of receipt of a completed request and shall transmit the request for approval to the Director of Finance within that period. Unless the gift of real property is disapproved by the Director of Finance within 30 days of its receipt of the request, the gift is deemed approved pursuant to Section 11005 of the Government Code. (b) Contract for professional services required by the conservancy or for the performance of work and services which in its opinion cannot satisfactorily be performed by its officers and employees or by other federal, state, or local governmental agencies. (c) Do any and all other things necessary to carry out the purposes of this division. (d) Sue and be sued.


33211.5. (a) The following conditions of use apply to property owned or subject to the management of the conservancy: (1) Opening and closing hours shall be posted on any property upon which public use is permitted. (2) Property may be closed to public use only when fire, mudslide, landslide, or flood dangers pose a substantial risk of injury or loss of life, or when a federal, state, or local disaster or emergency declaration has been made by an authorized person or public agency, or where there is an emergency or potential emergency situation of a temporary nature that involves substantial risk or potential risk to life or property, and the temporary closure or restriction of access is necessary to protect the public health and safety. Any property closed shall be reopened as soon as the fire, mudslide, landslide, or flood dangers no longer pose a danger of injury or loss of life, or when a federal, state, or local disaster or emergency declaration is no longer in effect, or where there is no longer an emergency or potential emergency situation of a temporary nature that involves substantial risk or potential risk to life or property. (3) Vehicles shall park only in designated areas and may not be operated off of roads or other areas designated for vehicle use. All vehicle use, including bicycles, shall conform to posted signs. (b) Trails, campsites, and other public use areas on property owned or subject to the management of the conservancy shall be designated and posted with prohibited activities and use restrictions clearly indicated, including, but not limited to, the prohibition or restriction of smoking, fires, fireworks, animals, possession of dangerous weapons, or other activities that affect the safety of visitors, campers, trail users, or the natural or historic resources of the property. (c) Determining and posting conditions of use pursuant to subdivisions (a) and (b) may not be considered the adoption of regulations within the meaning of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code). (d) (1) The conditions of use and types of uses of property owned or subject to the management of the conservancy are considered to be of statewide significance. The types of uses and the management policies affecting those uses shall be consistent with the policies for permitted uses of lands within the state park system. (2) Notwithstanding any other law, ordinance, rule, or regulation, the conservancy may exercise its discretion in determining whether to authorize any license, permit for special use, easement, project, activity, or other entitlement to be undertaken by the conservancy or its agents, for the use of conservancy owned or managed land. This subdivision shall not be construed to restrict the authority of the conservancy to lease lands consistent with the purposes of this division and the requirements of Section 33206.


33211.6. (a) Dumping any refuse matter, except by permit signed by the executive director or the executive director's authorized representative, on property owned or managed by the conservancy, and posted against that dumping, shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than six months, or both that fine and imprisonment. (b) Injuring, defacing, or destroying any property owned or managed by the conservancy or any of the natural features thereof, shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than six months, or both that fine and imprisonment. (c) Violation of the posted conditions of use on any property owned or managed by the conservancy is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding 90 days, or by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment, except that at the time a particular action is commenced, the judge may, considering the recommendation of the prosecuting attorney, reduce the charged offense from a misdemeanor to an infraction. Any person convicted of the offense after such a reduction shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100), nor more than five hundred dollars ($500).


33212. (a) The executive director of the conservancy shall be exempt from civil service and shall be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the conservancy. The executive director serving on the effective date of the amendments to this section enacted at the 1981-82 Regular Session of the Legislature shall continue to serve until an appointment is made by the conservancy. (b) The executive director shall administer the affairs of the conservancy, employ staff, be responsible to the conservancy for program performance, and shall be considered the head of a department within the meaning of Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11150) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code. (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the status and employment of any employee shall not be affected by the appointment of a successor executive director as provided in subdivision (a) until the State Personnel Board has acted under this subdivision. The State Personnel Board shall endeavor to establish such classes of state service as may in its judgment be necessary to ensure that the provisions of this section do not disrupt the essential functions of the conservancy.

33213. (a) The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Advisory Committee is hereby created. The advisory committee consists of 26 members, as follows: (1) Fifteen representatives of local governments from jurisdictions including the Santa Monica Mountains, one of whom shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, one of whom shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles, one of whom shall be appointed by the City Council of the City of Thousand Oaks, one of whom shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Ventura, one of whom shall be appointed by the City Council of the City of Agoura Hills, one of whom shall be appointed by the City Council of the City of Westlake Village, one of whom shall be appointed by the City Council of the City of Malibu, one of whom shall be appointed by the City Council of the City of Calabasas, one of whom shall be appointed by the City Council of Burbank, one of whom shall be appointed by the City Council of Glendale, one of whom shall be appointed by the City Council of La Canada-Flintridge, one of whom shall be appointed by the City Council of Pasadena, one of whom shall be appointed by the City Council of Sierra Madre, one of whom shall be appointed by the City Council of South Pasadena, and one of whom shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles County to represent the unincorporated communities within the jurisdiction of the East Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor, after consultation with the Town Council of Altadena and the Crescenta Valley Town Council. (2) Six public members, two of whom shall be appointed by the Governor, two of whom shall be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, and two of whom shall be appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly. (3) One representative of the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, to be appointed by the district board of directors. (4) One representative of the Conejo Recreation and Park District, to be appointed by the district board of directors. (5) One representative of the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District, to be appointed by the district board of directors. (6) One representative of the City of Santa Clarita, to be appointed by the city council. (7) One representative of the City of Moorpark, to be appointed by the city council. (b) The appointing powers shall make every effort to ensure that the ethnic and racial composition of the advisory committee reflects the racial and ethnic composition of the population of the state. (c) The advisory committee shall select from among its members a chairperson and a vice chairperson. (d) The members of the advisory committee shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. (e) The advisory committee has the following duties: (1) Propose and review projects for conservancy action and report to the conservancy regarding the conformity of the projects with the plan. (2) Review proposed amendments to the plan. (3) Provide opportunities for public participation. (f) Twelve members of the advisory committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business of the advisory committee.


33214. The conservancy and any city, county, or recreation and park district, in undertaking any project pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 33204, shall be subject to the provisions of Division 24 (commencing with Section 33000) of the Health and Safety Code.


33215. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Fund is hereby established. Money deposited in the fund pursuant to Sections 33202, 33203, 33204, 33205, and 33206 shall be available for the purposes of this division, upon appropriation therefor by the Legislature. A separate federal grant account shall be established within the fund. Grants received pursuant to Section 507(n) of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. Sec. 460kk(n)) shall be deposited in the separate federal grant account.


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