SCGA Governmental Affairs

Resources

Golf industry reference materials commonly cited in the public sphere.

California Golf Water Facts (Infographic)

Check out the following infographic and get educated on Golf's usage of water in SoCal.

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Assessors’ Handbook Section 515 - Golf Courses

Assessors Handbook Section 515 - Golf Courses

California Golf Industry Best Management Practices Guide (GCSAA)

GCSAA California Golf Industry BMP

GCSAA California Golf Industry BMP (Spanish)

California Legislation

Recent California legislation directly impacting the golf industry.

AB 2257 - Full Text
Referral Exception -- AB 2257
AB 5 Business to Business for Professional Services Exception

California Public Resources Code - Public Park Preservation Act

Public Park Preservation Act -- California Public Resources Code 5400-5409

California Water Conservation

GCSAA - Day-Time Restrictions
GCSAA - California Water Talking Points

Dynamex Decision - CAG White Paper

Dynamex Decision - CAG White Paper

Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance - Proposed Separate Sub-Chapter under SLA’s

The California golf industry used its seat on the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Industry Stakeholder Advisory Group in 2017 to propose a separate chapter for new constructions and renovations under the Special Landscape Area (SLA) Section of the Ordinance. This proposal aimed to preempt various unworkable ideas of how the water budgets for water dependent enterprises such as golf courses, parks and sports fields were to be calculated.

MWELO - Golf Water Budgets - Proposed Separate Sub-Chapter under SLA's - December 19, 2017

Proposition 15 - CAG - White Paper

"Split Roll" Initiative on November Ballot - Potential Impact Upon California's Golf Courses as well as a primer on the tax assessment of the state's golf facilities.

Proposition 15 - CAG White Paper

White Paper - 501(c) Golf Organizations and Advocacy

White Paper -- 501(c) Golf Organizations and Advocacy

Archived Updates

California Golf Water Facts (Infographic)

Check out the following infographic and get educated on Golf's usage of water in SoCal.

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CGCOA Golf is Good Ambassador Program

Are you interested in becoming an advocate for golf in California? The CGCOA is seeking amateur golfers who are passionate about protecting the game of golf and promoting public policies that enable golf to flourish in California. Take the next step to becoming an advocate for golf by completing the attached Golf is Good Ambassador Application.

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FORE - Governmental Affairs

FORE - The magazine of the SCGA. Find archived Governmental Affairs articles on the website of the SCGA's award winning quarterly publication.

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OF “CHOPPING BLOCK” BILLS, DROUGHT, AND STRATEGIES TO DEAL WITH BOTH

As the statewide golf community prepares to cope with the twin onslaughts of drought and a bill that proposes to chop 22% of California’s golf courses into residential developments (AB 672 – Garcia; D-Bell Gardens), we’d like to take a moment to put what will necessarily be some very tactical short-term responses into an overarching strategy capable of getting beyond tactical reaction toward strategic proactivity.

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WHETHER DROUGHT OR AB 672: THE PERCEPTIONS OF THE MATTER ARE AS IMPORTANT AS THE FACTS OF THE MATTER

Virtually every major newspaper in California carried a front-page story last week about Californians having responded to Governor Newsom’s call for 15% voluntary water cutbacks by cutting back a paltry 1.8%.

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THE 2022 LEGISLATIVE SESSION STARTS NOW

California’s 2021 legislative session closed Friday. Some bills are on their way to the Governor’s Office for signature; others didn’t quite make it this session. As in all legislative sessions, the vast majority of the bills filed at the beginning of session died somewhere along the way, most of them much earlier than Friday at midnight.

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FOCUS ON THE STATE

All politics are local. As is the case with all clever aphorisms, that one too has its limits. Some politics are state. More germane to this update, some public policies that affect the golf industry are decided at the state level. And it is to a few of these that we address your attention today.

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DROUGHT – THE NEWS IS BAD BUT NOT ALL BAD

At risk of hammering away at what you likely already know, here is how California’s major reservoirs stood as of midnight August 8.

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY 2020-2025 GOLF STRATEGIC PLAN

We were so impressed with the Golf Strategic Plan that Los Angeles County released last week that we thought we should share it with others.

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OPPORTUNITY TO KEEP GOLF AT VICTORIA GC

SCGA members who live in proximity to Los Angeles County’s Victoria Golf Course in Carson will be receiving information from SCGA later this morning (Friday) about how to participate in an online survey as well as two (2) public meetings in August about what to do in the wake of the demise of the Kimmelman half of what was supposed to be the redevelopment of this long troubled 18-hole regulation golf course.

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