SCGA Public Affairs

SCGA Public Affairs Updates

Archived reports on matters where golf and public policy intersect.


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GOLF & WATER SUMMIT AUGUST 18 – LOS SERRANOS GC, CHINO HILLS

“If the state says the drought is over, act like it’s not. We’re doing a good job, but we need to live under a permanent state of water conservation because water is the final frontier – especially with aridification in the western United States.”

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DROUGHT

It's worse than 2016. It’s not worse for everybody, not yet anyway. And it’s never as bad in the Coachella Valley as it is virtually elsewhere in Southern California, although convincing Sacramento of that can sometimes be a losing proposition.

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THE PUBLIC GOLF ENDANGERMENT ACT DIED TODAY

AB 1910 was held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee’s Suspense file today, killing it for the remainder of the 2022 legislative session.

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WATER

When we counseled “concern, not panic” regarding recent headlines about water allocation curtailments, we didn’t mean to diminish the seriousness of the moment; we meant only to assuage the many of you who read those headlines and concluded that golf courses in certain areas of the Southland, most particularly Ventura County, the San Fernando Valley, and parts of the San Gabriel Valley, would be restricted to irrigating one day a week come June 1.

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AB 1910

Given the thread by which this bill continues to hang, we’d be remiss if we didn’t first reiterate the status report we issued immediately after last Wednesday afternoon’s Assembly Local Government Committee meeting, followed by a verbatim transcript of the comments issued during that meeting that formed our initial assessment and the questions raised by both.

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DROUGHT: CONCERN YES; PANIC NO

Many of you have read today’s headlines about yesterday’s announcement by the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) that the purchaser of water that serves 19 million Southern Californians has taken the unprecedented step of declaring a “water emergency” and ordering outdoor water usage be restricted to one day per week.

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AB 1910: IT JUST GETS CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER

With 5 members voting aye, 2 members voting nay, and 1 member abstaining, the Assembly Local Government Committee moved AB 1910 out of committee today and on to Assembly Appropriations. Sort of.

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PUBLIC GOLF ENDANGERMENT ACT IS ALIVE AND KICKING

After pulling AB 1910 from the April 6 docket of the Assembly Local Government Committee, bill author Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) has now set it for a hearing on April 27, which is 2 days before the deadline for bills to pass out of committee. Fiscal bills that don’t pass out of their respective policy committees of reference by the 29th die.

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PUBLIC GOLF ENDANGERMENT ACT SUFFERED A POTENTIALLY FATAL SETBACK TODAY

After sailing through its first policy committee of reference two weeks ago (Assembly Housing & Community Development Committee per a 6-2 vote), AB 1910 was pulled from this morning’s Local Government Committee agenda by its author Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens).

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GOVERNOR NEWSOM ISSUES NEW EXECUTIVE ORDER RE DROUGHT

Because those of you who subscribe to these “Updates” follow the news closely, you likely know that earlier today Governor Newsom issued a multi-pronged Executive Order calling upon the state’s urban water providers to activate 2nd level (20%) drought contingency plans, consider bans on the irrigation of all “ornamental” turf, and limit permits for groundwater extraction in certain basins.

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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.