Bill Making Beach Trips More Affordable Heads to Gov’s Desk
Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Bill Would Help Struggling Families Enjoy State’s Coastline
SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) won final approval from the state Legislature of her bill to make California’s spectacular coastline and beaches more affordable for visitors. The bill, which would require the State Coastal Conservancy to establish a program for low-cost beach accommodations, now heads to the Governor’s desk.
AB 250 passed the Assembly by a unanimous vote of 56-0 after passing the Senate 30-10 on Sept. 11.
“Too many California families simply can’t afford a trip to the beach,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said. “Rental rates are astronomical. Throw in parking, gas and all the other expenses and you have a situation where our beautiful ocean is out of reach for many hardworking families.”
The bill creates a program to support more affordable overnight accommodations in state and local parks on the coast, including campgrounds, cabins, hostels and motels, while protecting the natural and scenic resources. The program would take steps to make sure these accommodations are affordable for low- and moderate-income families and to youth-serving and educational organizations. The Coastal Conservancy would consult with State Parks, the Coastal Commission and local agencies to develop the plan and make sure it meets community needs.
For more information on this issue or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, contact Alex Roth at 619-228-3253.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher represents California’s 80th Assembly District, located in southern San Diego County, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace, and Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. For more information on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher visit https://a80.asmdc.org/