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President's Note

Dear CAG Members,

It has been a busy month for CAG's Legislative Committee as they continue to track the Legislature's moves and monitor the bills CAG previously chose to support, oppose, or watch. The Committee has met each week this month with our Sacramento Lobbyist, Tony Rice, and are preparing to respond to any last minute changes that may occur and require our support before the Legislature session concludes on August 31.

As we continue to monitor the State legislature, we are also planning the next CAG day that will put CAG at the forefront of the conversations that affect our industry.

Lastly, please save the date for our next CAG Board meeting, which will be on October 18th in Ontario, CA. We will send out more information as we get closer to the date. We will be discussing key issues including CAG's update on our developing membership sustainability plan.
In the meantime, we need your help. Get involved. Help spread the word on CAG to your friends and associates in golf... 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
Legislative Updates
Provided by Tony Rice

The Legislature is in the middle of its end of session madness. As you know, the Legislature will conclude its two-year legislative cycle at midnight, August 31, so a mad scramble is underway to pass any item of importance prior to that deadline. Once the deadline is passed there can be no further legislative activity except under an extraordinary circumstance like a special session called by the Governor. So for all intents and purposes, anything and everything is likely to happen in the next couple of weeks.
We just passed an important threshold this past week when the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees met to handle all the items on their respective suspense calendars. Essentially those committees hold every bill with even a nominal cost to the state until one giant hearing is held to determine the fate of all the proposals within their jurisdictions. Now that the hearing has taken place we know, for the most part, the totality of bills the Legislature will consider for the next two weeks. We are pleased to report that a couple of items of interest to CAG were passed with strong support. We will continue to monitor those items and engage as appropriate so they can move to the Governor.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that outside of the “normal” considerations during the end of session madness there are inevitably other matters that seemingly crop-up from out of nowhere that legislators sometimes want to tackle in a comprehensive, and usually hectic, manner. While there are several “big ticket” items that fall under this category already this year, one in particular has been of interest to CAG and some of its partners, namely a recent California Supreme Court case that effectively rewrote the test for who might be considered an independent contractor vs. an actual employee. The ruling has the potential for some significant impacts in California. In response to the changes offered, the court battle lines have been drawn between business interests on one side that seek to clarify the ruling to make it more consistent with how the state has handled an independent contractor in the past, and labor organizations on the other side which see an opportunity to utilize the ruling in their favor down the line. Last week both the leader of the Senate and the leader of the Assembly publicly stated that they were not in favor of legislation dealing with this issue during the end of session. That said, efforts continue from the business groups behind the scenes to try and get something done sooner than later. Frankly, we expect this issue to be put over until next year. This will also allow time for CAG and its partners to consider the court’s decision more fully and determine what, if any, response is necessary to protect golf’s interests going forward.
And finally, the CAG’s Legislative Committee is meeting weekly via conference calls during this hectic time to ensure golf is well-positioned for whatever might be of interest to the organization.  In short, buckle up for a bumpy ride!

Golf News
Please note Coachella Valley golf industry has more than one grade on water 'report card'
By: Craig Kessler, Special to The Desert Sun

The Coachella Valley Golf and Water Task Force is as often mentioned as it is misunderstood. Mentioned in terms of whether it is on track to achieve its 10 percent conservation goal by 2020. Misunderstood in terms of focusing on that 10 percent goal to the exclusion of other Task Force goals that are considerably more impactful.

A little explanation is in order. The central organizing principle of the Coachella Valley Water Management Plan (CVWMP) is to restore the aquifer beneath the desert to a state of equilibrium — that is, to put as much water back into it as the residents, businesses, farms and golf courses take out.

To achieve equilibrium by 2020 those residents, businesses, farms and golf courses are asked to do certain things. The golf industry is asked to do two things: 1) Reduce its water use by a factor of 10 percent through improved irrigation systems/techniques and other water-saving methodologies; and 2) utilize non-potable water sources in lieu of groundwater extraction, e.g., in-lieu recharge, recycling, and raw water from the Colorado River via CVWD pipelines.

Everyone, particularly the media, has focused disproportionate attention on the 10 percent conservation prong of the mission at the expense of the one that has always carried much greater promise of accomplishing the mission of the CVWMP. Every golf course that connects to the mid-valley pipeline or goes on recycled water reduces its groundwater consumption by at least 80 percent. No degree of conservation, efficiency, turf reduction, etc., can come close to accomplishing that.

Read the full article here.

Additional Golf News

Additional Environmental News

Membership News
Bruce Williams helps Keep Turfgrass Research Alive in California
CAG Board Member Bruce Williams, CGCS, knows how to give back. He is the founder of the California Turfgrass and Landscape Foundation (CTLF), a not-for-profit organization that serves to promote science, research, water conservation and education throughout the state of California. It is through his efforts funds have been raised to help keep turfgrass research and awareness alive in California.
We asked Williams to provide insight on how the California Turfgrass and Landscape Foundation came to be. His response is below:
A group of turf and golf folks gathered in the early 1990’s and joined with others across the state to form UCRTRAC (University of California Turfgrass Research Advisory Committee). That organization funded turfgrass research at UC Riverside (UCR) for over a decade. Many of the Best Management Practices (BMP) that we use in California originated as a result of that research. At that time, we had as many as 6 PhD’s on the faculty at UCR and several others at UC Berkley and UC Davis. Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo were long standing educational programs to train many turfgrass professionals that work throughout California. 
The first decade saw over a million dollars invested into turfgrass research. That has been followed by almost two million dollars supported by many organizations and individuals. As we all know costs rise over time, thus it is a never-ending process to raise funds to support current research. 
Partnering with water districts has been quite helpful. The long-term drought has been front page news in California and the ability to conserve water and deal with water quality issues has been crucial to golf courses, sports turf and landscape as well.
Dr. James Baird is our single tenured researcher at UCR and in the state. He has built a responsible team of graduate students and post graduate PhDs that conduct research and field plots in all geographic and climatic zones of California. It is extremely important that we continue to support Dr. Baird and his programs throughout the state. The CTLF is grateful to the many organizations and individuals who have been supportive throughout the years. Thanks go out to our supporters most of whom are members of CAG:
  • Northern California Golf Association
  • Southern California Golf Association
  • PGA of Southern California
  • PGA of Northern California
  • Golf Course Superintendents of Southern California
  • San Diego Golf Course Superintendents Association
  • HI-Lo Golf Course Superintendents Association
  • Sierra Nevada Golf Course Superintendents Association
  • Golf Course Superintendents Association of Northern California
  • Sports Turf Managers Associations of Southern Cal and LA Basin
  • Metropolitan Water District
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Western Municipal Water District
If you are interested in learning more about the California Turfgrass and Landscape Foundation or would like to make a donation in support of turfgrass research, visit:

SCPGA #ClubsforeYouth Program
This month the Southern California Section of the Professional Golfers Association (SCPGA) provided a new set of clubs to 23 golfers participating in the Indio and Coachella Valley High School golf programs. The clubs were distributed at a special ceremony held at The Quarry at La Quinta, a golf club in La Quinta, CA.

The foundation has now given out 358 sets of clubs since July 2017, reaching young players at 53 Southern California schools, including high schools in Rancho Mirage and Desert Hot Springs. Most of the clubs (totaling 278 sets), have been provided to young female players, where the need for golf equipment has been the greatest. The SCPGA awarded these students the new clubs in conjunction with the #ClubsforeYouth program.

CIG Gives in BIG ways to Golf Programs Serving Veterans and Youth
From youth golf programs like the Junior Tour of Nor Cal (JTNC) to PGA HOPE which introduces golf to Veterans, Capital Insurance Group (CIG) led by CAG Board Member/CEO Arne Chatterton, continues to "give back" to the Game of Golf.
Recently, Chatterton and his CIG Staff supported the Nor Cal PGA Foundation at its annual fundraiser (The Langley) which raises funds for both youth scholarships and PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program.
There's no question that golf is part of the corporate culture at CIG Insurance. Might Golf be part of your corporate culture too? If so, please consider supporting a golf program in your local community. You may also show your support for the future of Golf by making a donation to the California Alliance for Golf (CAG) which is committed to protecting and promoting the future of golf in California. You can contribute to CAG here:

PHOTO CAPTION: The recent NCPGA Foundation's fundraising event (The Langley) presented by Capital Insurance Group, brought together PGA TOUR Legend Peter Jacobsen, CAG Board Member & CIG President Arne Chatterton with CBS Sports Commentator Jim Nantz. Both Jacobsen and Nantz were honored at the special event.
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

Safeway Open
PGA Tour
October 3-7, 2018
Silverado Resort & Spa
Napa, CA

102nd PGA Annual Meeting 
November 5-9, 2018
Palm Springs, 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

PGA Championship
May 13-19, 2019
Bethpage Black Golf Course
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