SCGA Public Affairs

SCGA Public Affairs Updates

Archived reports on matters where golf and public policy intersect.


NEW NAME; SAME THREAT (AB 1910)

How clubs and organizations in particular can help in the 1st phase of the game’s allied effort to beat back this bill for a 3rd and final time.

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IT’S BACK! “PUBLIC GOLF ENDANGERMENT ACT” THIRD AND FINAL AT BAT

As expected, at 9:00 PM Wednesday night Assembly Member Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) refiled most of the contents of the AB 672 iteration that died in Appropriations just a few weeks ago.

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PUBLIC GOLF ENDANGERMENT ACT: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

For those of you who have been confused by contradictory reports about the fate of AB 672 (Garcia; D-Bell Gardens), there’s good reason for that. Well after AB 672 died in the Assembly Appropriations Committee (January 20) the Sacramento Bee ran a story that was subsequently picked up by the Southern California News Group and other media consortia that led readers to believe that AB 672 was quite alive and well. This wasn’t true when the stories ran; it isn’t true now.

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PUBLIC GOLF ENDANGERMENT ACT STYMIED BY FAILURE TO PASS APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TODAY

The Public Golf Endangerment Act (AB 672) died in the Assembly Appropriations Committee today in large part due to the thousands of SCGA members who took the time to send letters and make calls to their legislators – that and the usual behind the scenes work and solid argumentation that always accompanies any successful effort in the public arena.

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PUBLIC GOLF ENDANGERMENT ACT MOVES FORWARD

AB 672 moved out of both of its two Assembly Committees of reference yesterday – on a 6-2 vote out of Housing & Community Development and a 5-2 vote with one abstention out of Local Government. We fully anticipated this result.

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“PUBLIC GOLF ENDANGERMENT ACT” IT’S AMENDED, STRONGER THAN EVER, AND DOCKETED FOR HEARING NEXT WED.

When AB 672 author Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) announced over the Holidays that she would be leaving her Assembly seat at the end of 2022 in order to pursue a run against Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia for the newly created 42nd Congressional District, we waited to see whether her enthusiasm for continuing to pursue the “Act” might be diminished.

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FINAL 2021 UPDATE

SCGA’s “Save Public Golf” campaign – “save” it from the Public Golf Endangerment Act (AB 672) – rolled out phase 1 last week with an E-blast to its membership, an “SCGA News” spot, a “Club Digest” offering, and a social media campaign. All points leading to the “Save Public Golf” landing page on the Association website homepage -- Public Golf Endangerment Act -- a landing page that allows persons to type in their name and be immediately directed to their Assembly and Senate members along with a few sample letters that can be easily copied and pasted into those members’ E-mail portals. So far, so good in terms of member engagement and use thereof.

Read More → Covid-19 Legislation / Regulation Municipal Golf Water / Environment

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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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.