SCGA Public Affairs

SCGA Public Affairs Updates

Archived reports on matters where golf and public policy intersect.


CAMPAIGN TO STOP THE “PUBLIC GOLF ENDANGERMENT ACT” (AB 672) HAS BEGUN

A couple of weeks ago we shared with you what SCGA was planning in terms of rallying public opposition to the “Public Golf Endangerment Act” [AB 672 – Garcia; D-Bell Gardens], a bill we termed the most damaging piece of anti-golf legislation in a generation. As promised, that campaign launched yesterday.

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PUBLIC GOLF ENDANGERMENT ACT [AB 672]

Immediately after Assembly Member Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) amended what we are now calling the “Public Golf Endangerment Act” to transform it from a politically clumsy bill into what we immediately termed a much more politically palatable and thus saleable bill, the gist of which became the addition of $50 million in financial incentives to chop 22% of the state’s golf stock into housing, SCGA informed its 185,000 members of that fact – something we have continued to do in the 60 days since through various different communication portals, all in an attempt to set the stage for engaging rank-and-file golfers to find it in their personal interest to let their legislators know what they think of singling golf and ONLY golf out among the state’s myriad open space/recreational activities for chopping up into housing tracts.

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Too much land that uses too much water to serve the too few who have received too much for too long

That’s the way too many view the golf courses in their neighborhood. Whether the golf course is a private club that restricts access or a municipal course that begs it matters little.

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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.

Read More → Legislation / Regulation Municipal Golf Water / Environment

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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Update Types

Covid-19

The SCGA is committed to ensuring that golf remains a safe and viable activity during the pandemic.


Legislation / Regulation

The SCGA advocates for the game at those junctures where the game and public policy intersect by engaging elected officials, regulatory agencies, special districts, and commissions and committees of all types.


Municipal Golf

Municipal golf’s continued success is key to the game’s continued success, and SCGA Governmental Affairs is laser focused on promoting policies conducive of that success.


Water / Environment

SCGA is committed to reducing the water footprint of the game in a manner consistent with sound agronomic practice and conducive of long-term sustainability.