SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) reports his Assembly Bill 1359 was signed into law by the Governor. This bill amends the Quimby Act to allow local governments to allocate existing funds, used for the purpose of developing facilities, to areas within the local government that are most in need. This bill also allows for funds to help establish joint use agreements between school districts, universities, counties and cities.
“I applaud the Governor’s commitment to our children by providing much needed additional open space in communities that lack such areas, our children will live a more healthy and productive life,” said Hernández. “This bill gives local governments the opportunity to provide residents in areas in need the quality of life they deserve,” stated Hernández.
Since the passage of the Quimby Act in 1975, cities and counties have been authorized to require developers to set aside land, donate conservation easements, or pay fees for park improvements. Those funds were initially set aside in the area undergoing development. Low-income communities and communities of color suffer the most from disparities in access to green space and from health and social problems that stem from such inequities. In 2011, the City Project released a study which found many areas in California and in particular Los Angeles County can be considered park poor. “Park poor” defined in California law refers to any geographic area that provides less than three acres of green space per 1,000 residents.
“As we start seeing the construction of homes in our state once again, this bill will provide valuable partnerships with not only local school districts, but with universities, counties and others for a more well balance green space community,” said Hernández.
Hernández proudly serves the cities of Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bradbury, City of Industry, Covina, Duarte, El Monte, Glendora, Irwindale, Monrovia, West Covina and the unincorporated communities of: Bassett,Charter Oak, East Arcadia, Ramona, Royal Oaks and Valinda.