Legislative Program

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Purpose

To establish city priorities that allow city staff the flexibility to track proposed legislation and pursue opportunities that support the well-being of the city and its residents, and to oppose proposed actions that are in opposition to the vision of the city. Staff can identify and inform council of local, state and federal action that could provide opportunities to realize goals, or that may create hardship for the city. The priorities listed below provide the focused parameters that staff will follow when tracking legislation or other potential council or city action.

Priorities

The primary priority areas include:

  • Protect funding for vital community services
  • Protect local control
  • Promote affordable housing at all income levels
  • Support solutions for those who are unhoused
  • Support environmentally sustainable cities
  • Expand infrastructure investment
  • Support public safety • Support public health
  • Enhance the health of the coast
  • Promote a just, equitable, and inclusive community
  • Expand pandemic relief
  • Support parks and open space

More specific City interests in the categories above include:


PROTECT FUNDING FOR VITAL COMMUNITY SERVICES

  • Support reimbursement to cities for all state and federal mandates
  • Support enhanced local government revenue resources
  • Oppose state budget cuts targeting critical local programs and service
  • Support Enhanced Community Development Block Grant and other federal funding
  • Support affordable housing opportunities for all income levels
  • Support funding for homeless services, outreach, prevention, and assistance

PROTECT LOCAL CONTROL

  • Support legislation that provides opportunities to support efforts of compliance with state housing laws
  • Support legislation that would provide or expand the ability of a local authority to impose and collect fees

PROMOTE AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES AT ALL INCOME LEVELS

  • Support legislation providing funding to build or support affordable housing at all income levels
  • Oppose legislation that promotes housing construction not containing an affordable component
  • Support legislation providing gap finance funding for low-income housing support
  • Support programs and funding for housing opportunities for those who are unhoused SUPPORT 

SOLUTIONS FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNHOUSED

  • Funding for local and regional supportive services
  • Funding for local and regional transitional housing opportunities
  • Funding for training and development

SUPPORT ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE CITIES

  • Support all efforts to reverse the climate changing effects caused by human activity, including in the transportation, energy, building, and waste management sectors
  • Support legislation protecting, enhancing, and updating existing water supply and water facilities, and facilitating development of new future water sources in Southern California
  • Support initiatives that support water reuse programs and facilities
  • Support legislation providing funding for the acquisition and restoration of wildlife habitat
  • Support legislation that incentivizes carbon sequestration
  • Support legislation that expands, promotes and/or incentivizes water conservation practices and programs
  • Support legislation that facilitates and/or promotes the expanded use of local water resources including recycled water, graywater and rainwater harvesting
  • Support legislation that promotes the development of potable water reuse
  • Support incentives for utilizing renewable energy resources
  • Support state-wide plastic bag ban legislation
  • State-wide expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) ban
  • Support green infrastructure
  • Support stakeholder regional collaboration efforts

COMMUNITY CHOICE AGGREGATION (CCA)

  • Support the ability of local governments to implement Community Choice Aggregation for the purchase of electricity and oppose legislation that would place new burdens and requirements on the establishment of CCAs and/or procurement activities of CCAs
  • Support legislation that expands the use of solar energy systems on residential and commercial properties
  • Support initiatives that balance equity while promoting rooftop solar, energy storage, EV charging stations, and energy equity.
  • Support legislation that supports CCA program autonomy in policymaking and decision-making.
  • Oppose legislation that unfairly discriminates against CCA programs or CCA customers or reduces CCA policymaking or decision-making autonomy

EXPAND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT

  • Support equitable long-range, statewide infrastructure investment
  • Support state/federal facilitation of timely construction of local transportation projects
  • Support local rail infrastructure investment, including the creation of a corridor-wide quiet zone and safe pedestrian crossings
  • Support opportunities of state funding/cost sharing opportunities for state beaches in Encinitas, including Beacon’s Beach
  • Support active transportation investment

PROMOTE PUBLIC SAFETY

  • Support funding bills for local law enforcement equipment, services, or personnel
  • Support funding bills for local emergency operations including equipment, services, and personnel
  • Oppose bills that restrict local control of law enforcement
  • Oppose bills that relax gun control or gun violence restrictions
  • Support bills that restrict access to firearms and ammunition
  • Support legislation protecting local discretion regarding building and fire code standards
  • Support legislation that provides funding to enhance wildfire mitigation and emergency response efforts
  • Oppose legislation and administrative action that would change or eliminate inverse condemnation and make utilities not liable for fires caused by their equipment with consideration of the conduct of the utility in the design, operation, and maintenance of its assets, and with consideration of factors outside of the control of the utility such as extreme climate
  • Support legislation and administrative action that requires utilities to work cooperatively with local government to plan for reducing wildfire risks
  • Support legislation that would sustain or enhance federal homeland security grants
  • Support legislation that would encourage community safety and provide funding for Homeland Security measures
  • Support legislation that would require communicating with city officials regarding threats to local safety, as threats occur

PROMOTE PUBLIC HEALTH

  • Support legislation that ensures local discretion in the adoption and implementation of health and safety standards contained in the building and fire codes
  • Support legislation protecting public health
  • Support funding of programs and activities that support public health

COASTAL PROTECTION AND ENHANCEMENT

  • Support legislation providing funding and other means for beach replenishment
  • Support funding mechanisms to provide funding for any additionally mandated storm water pollution prevention measures
  • Support ecosystem enhancing legislation
  • Support regional and statewide sea level rise initiatives
  • Oppose oil drilling, offshore and on land

PROMOTE A JUST, EQUITABLE, AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY

  • Support legislation and efforts that remove barriers and promotes access to the full enjoyment of society by all people regardless of sexual identity, sexual orientation, race, and ethnicity
  • Support funding and programs for support of the LGBTQ+ community to enhance participation in society
  • Support legislation that promotes and advances gender equity
  • Support efforts to reduce violence in residents’ lives and to promote full electoral participation
  • Support legislation that promotes equitable access to opportunities and investment for historically marginalized communities

EXPAND PANDEMIC RELIEF

  • Support relief initiatives for small business development
  • Support tenant relief initiatives
  • Support extension and funding for continued outdoor dining

SUPPORT PARKS AND OPEN SPACE

  • Support legislation that supports the development, expansion, and maintenance of parks
  • Support State, County, and Federal funding for park development, infrastructure, and maintenance.
  • Support Encinitas trails and trail development
  • Support policies, legislation and funding that promotes equal treatment and protects the fundamental liberties of all families
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