Gov. Brown Signs Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Bill Making Beach Trips More Affordable

Sunday, October 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO  – (Sunday, October 15, 2017) – Gov. Jerry Brown tonight signed a bill authored by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) to expand public access to the state’s beaches and coasts by establishing a program for low-cost accommodations along the coast.

“All Californians, not just the rich, should be able to visit our beautiful beaches,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said. “But a trip to the beach is simply too expensive for many hardworking families. The soaring costs of rentals and transportation pose the same barriers as gates and fences, even though our coastline is supposed to be public.”

Assembly Bill 250 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.

The low-cost lodging program would be able to tap into a $30 million fund for construction of these cabins, campgrounds and other overnight facilities if voters pass a $4 billion parks and water bond, known as Senate Bill 5 by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, on the June 2018 ballot. SB 5, which was co-authored by Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, was also signed into law by Brown last night.

Assembly Bill 250 passed the Assembly 71-1 on Sept. 13 after passing the Senate by a 30-10 margin on Sept. 11.

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/