New funding to improve and preserve state, regional, and local parks continues to be a possibility as two statewide park bond measures are advancing in the California State Legislature.
Assembly Bill (AB) 18 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) and Senate Bill (SB) 5 by Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) both propose statewide bond measures for voters to approve in 2018. Earlier this week SB 5 was passed out of the Senate Natural Resources and Water with all seven committee Democrats voting yes and committee Republicans voting no. AB 18 is expected to be voted on by the Assembly as early as Monday.
SB 5 and AB 18 will eventually be merged into one bond bill. Once passed by both the Senate and Assembly, the bond measure will have to be signed by the Governor to pave the way for voters to ultimately give final approval of the funding in 2018.
It's been 15 years since voters approved Prop 40, the last legislatively crafted park bond, and there is an urgent need for state investment in parks. CSPF has actively been supporting both bond proposals, each proposing more than $3 billion for parks, coastal protection and climate change purposes.
Access to safe and well-maintained parks at the state, regional and local levels improve the quality of life for all Californians, and CSPF is committed to making sure that the final bond measure will achieve that goal. Stay tuned for more information on these bond proposals as they move forward at the state capitol!