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President's Note

Dear CAG Members,

As we progress through this month, CAG continues to monitor the State Legislature and bills that could affect the game of golf and/or our various member organizations. The legislative process, particularly as it relates to our industry, continues to be a top priority for CAG.

If you have any questions or concerns about the status of golf-related legislation, please feel free to reach out to CAG Legislative Committee Chair Craig Kessler or EKA directly. We understand the importance of staying active and engaged in Sacramento and throughout the State.

I look forward to continued progress and next steps which include expanding our base by growing our membership and securing solid financial footing so we can continue to protect and advocate for the future of Golf in California.

In the meantime, we need your help. Get involved. Help spread the word on CAG... and if your budget allows, please donate to CAG today.

Thank you all for your continued support of CAG.

Yours in Golf,
Emmy Moore Minister
California Alliance for Golf

Membership Updates
Legislative Updates
Provided by Craig Kessler

The last day for the California Legislature to pass a bill out of the house of origin was June 1st. The last day of the session will be on August 31st.

AB 1668 (Friedman, D-Glendale) and SB 606 (Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys) requiring strict limits on indoor and outdoor water use were signed by Governor Brown. CAG chose to support the final version of the bills due to the amendments that allow outdoor irrigation to be regulated by local jurisdictions in accordance with the specific circumstances of local climate and supply.
CAG Position: Support

AB 2371 (Carrillo, D-East Los Angeles) passed through the Assembly last week and is the placeholder bill for the next iteration of the MWELO. The California golf industry used its seat on DWR’s Industry Stakeholder Advisory Group in 2017 to propose a separate chapter for new constructions and renovations under the Special Landscape Area Section within MWELO.
CAG Position: Support

AB 1918 (E. Garcia, D-Coachella) passed through the Assembly and is now on to the Senate. This bill establishes a new Office of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation (OREC) within the Natural Resources Agency, with the purpose of growing the state’s economy by providing greater access to outdoor recreation. CAG supports this bill and while golf is not specifically named in the text, the game fits under the bill’s broad inclusion of “natural landscape – dependent sports.”  Assemblyman Garcia has pledged to add golf to the specific list if he determines to add the many recreational constituencies that met with him during the bill’s hearing phase. 
CAG Position: Support

AB 2614 (Carrillo, D-East Los Angeles) requires the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) to provide school children with greater access to outdoor experiences.  Schools and other non-profit organizations would receive funding from new grants allocated specifically to reimburse the cost of the transportation of students to outdoor recreational programs. The bill passed through the Assembly and made its way to the Senate, where it is currently in the Natural Resources and Water Senate Committee. 
CAG Position: Support

AB 2649 (Arambula, D-Fresno) requires the State Water Resources Control Board to prioritize a temporary permit for a project that enhances the ability of a local or state agency to capture high precipitation events for local storage or recharge. This bill exempts temporary permits for projects from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). CAG made the determination to “watch” this bill, and it looks like we’ll be watching it for a while, as it passed through the Assembly and is now in the Senate.
CAG Position: Watch

SB 1133 (Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge) gives Regional Water Quality Control Boards authority to accept donations from a permittee for the purpose of updating water quality control plans. CAG supports this bill, which had already passed through the Senate and is scheduled for an Assembly Committee Hearing on June 26th.
CAG Position: Support

Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County is in the process of developing a Storm Water Capture Parcel Fee Initiative that would possibly be placed on this November’s ballot. 

The County will post the specific results of that process in the form of the actual Initiative that the Board of Supervisors will consider for placement on the November ballot. That consideration is scheduled for the July 10 regular meeting of the Board.

There is a chance that LA County could withdraw the envisaged initiative for a 2020 ballot date, as it requires a 2/3 vote for passage.

Los Angeles County is heading toward a funding structure based on parcel size but not the entire parcel, but only that percentage of it that is non-permeable. For golf courses/clubs this means that only hardscape (clubhouses and parking lots) is subject to the 2.5 cents per square foot annual fee – again, the addition of yet another cost to a golf club operation is not anyone’s idea of good news, but given the reality that this is something that is going to move forward sooner or later, this funding mechanism is about as least burdensome to golf courses as possible.    

Golf News


The 2018 Women's Golf Day was a success, thanks to participating facilities around the globe.The event brought the number of participating countries up to 58 and the number of venues in excess of 900. With thousands of women and girls (and some men too) enjoying the day of golf and social networking opportunities coupled with tens of thousands of golf fans supporting the event across social media, WGD 2018 created a wave of enthusiasm that was impressive. 

"It's well-thought out initiatives like Women's Golf Day, that brighten the future for growth in our sport," shared Emmy Moore Minister, President of the California Alliance for Golf. "Within the U.S., California continues to be a leader with this growth of the game initiative, and due in great part to the California Alliance for Golf and its allied associations who see the importance and value of introducing women and girls into the game in a fun and inviting environment." 

Special thanks to the following California-based facilities who participated in WGD 2018: Ancil Hoffman GC, Buenaventura GC, Crow Canyon CC, Eagle Crest GC, Gilroy GC, Granite Bay GC, Haggin Oaks GC, LA County GC's, Maggie's Par 3, Olympic Club, Palm Desert R&CC, PGA SuperStores (in Irvine, Palo Alto and Palm Desert), Poppy Hills GC, Poppy Ridge GC, Skywest GC, Spring Valley GC, and TopGolf-Sacramento.

To learn more about Women's Golf Day, click here:

From Left to Right: Poppy Hills, Latina Golfers Association, Maggie's Par 3 in Los Angeles, Poppy Hills (2), and Poppy Ridge (2)

Additional Golf News

Additional Environmental News
California State Open Championship
June 26-29, 2018
Maderas Golf Club
Poway, CA
US Girls' Junior Championship
July 16-21, 2018
Poppy Hills Golf Course
Pebble Beach, CA

PGA Fashion & Demo Experience
August 13-15
The Venetian Hotel and TopGolf
Las Vegas, NV
2018 U.S. Amateur Championship
August 13-19
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble Beach, CA

Pure Insurance Championship
PGA Champions Tour-The First Tee

September 25-October 1, 2018
Pebble Beach GL & Poppy Hills GC
Pebble Beach, CA

NGCOA Golf Business TechCon
October 11-12, 2018
Aria Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, CA

CAG Semi-Annual Meeting
October 18, 2018
So Cal PGA Section Headquarters
Ontario, CA

PGA Merchandise Show
January 22-25, 2019
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL

Nor Cal Golf Rep Show
February 25-26, 2019
Thunder Valley Casino
Lincoln, CA

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