Governor Signs Landmark Parks, Water, and Flood Control Bond

Monday, October 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. last night signed Senate Bill 5 (de León et al) into law, which places a roughly $4 billion general obligation bond measure on the June 2018 ballot.   Senate Bill 5 is the first bond measure in state history to focus on social equity, including access to parks for all Californians and targeting water and flood control investments to the areas with the most unmet needs.

“This year we set out to revitalize our infrastructure and improve the quality of life for every single Californian,” said Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León.  “Clean and reliable water resources, including secure flood control systems, and access to parks and recreational space, are vital to our economy and wellbeing as a state. This bond allows us to invest in critical priorities that have been neglected for years, while lifting people up with good jobs and livable, healthy communities.”

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David Festa, Senior Vice President of Ecocystems for the Environmental Defense Fund added, “We thank Senator Kevin de Leon for his leadership in authoring and passing SB 5.  This measure will benefit every corner of California, particularly those neighborhoods with the greatest need.  EDF is pleased to see that SB 5 contains $200 million to address the challenges of the Salton Sea and over $100 million that can enhance our private working lands.”

Sam Hodder, President and CEO of Save the Redwoods League said, “California is an environmental leader with a strong outdoor recreational economy, and is now poised to make much-needed investments in our parks and natural resources thanks to the Governor and California legislature’s support for SB 5.  Save the Redwoods League is thrilled to see our state leadership support this measure.  SB 5 could provide critical funding to improve our state, regional, and local park infrastructure and steward our precious natural resources, including our iconic redwood forests.  Facing a changing climate and growing population, the time to stand for the parks, beaches, and forests we treasures so much, is now.”

Jeanette Tuitele-Lewis, President and CEO of Big Sur Land Trust said, “We commend the Legislature for passing and the Governor for signing SB 5.  This measure includes much needed investments to improve California’s recreational and natural resources. We are very pleased that SB 5 includes investments to protect and enhance California's coastal resources which are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.  We are also thrilled that there is a strong focus for parks development in parks poor communities. We are gratified that this legislation will benefit all communities in California "

Mary Creasman, California Director of Government Affairs for The Trust for Public Land added, ““This is an enormous victory for the hundreds of grassroots advocates who made calls and walked the hallways of the legislature for years. Most importantly, it is a win for millions of California children and families, who will soon have access to a quality park within a 10-minute walk of their home. Park access should not be considered a luxury. It is a right, along with the clean air, clean water, and protection from climate impacts that result from these investments.  The Trust for Public Land is enormously grateful to State Senate Pro Tempore Kevin de León, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, and Speaker Anthony Rendon for championing critical park and natural infrastructure investments. We also thank Governor Brown for his support and for his signature yesterday. We, and all of our coalition partners, are ready to wage a vigorous campaign to win voter approval in June.”

Jay Ziegler, Director of External Affairs & Policy for The Nature Conservancy said, “SB 5 provides essential investment for parks in urban communities, wildlife and habitat protection, and protects our rivers, streams and forests amid the growing challenges of changing climate conditions.  These investments will deliver improved public health, improved environmental protection and bring jobs to urban and rural communities. With existing funding sources disappearing, SB 5 comes at a critical moment to demonstrate California’s renewed commitment to conservation and parks for all Californians. We applaud Senate Pro Tem de Leon for his leadership in authoring this measure.”