Gov. Newsom signs climate resilience district bill championed by Sen. Dodd 

From Bay City News Service, Napa Valley Register, September 13, 2022

“Gov. Gavin Newsom on [September 9] signed legislation from state Sen. Bill Dodd [a Napa Democrat who represents the 3rd District that includes all or portions of Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sonoma, Contra Costa, and Sacramento counties] that aims to address the effects of climate change, including wildfires and sea-level rise by creating local resilience districts to undertake and promote conservation efforts.

Senate Bill 852 will allow cities, counties or special districts, either alone or in combination, to establish climate resilience financing districts to undertake projects and programs to address wildfires, sea level rise, extreme heat and cold, drought, flooding, and related matters.

“The districts will be able to raise revenue through tax increment funding, voter-approved supplemental property taxes, property benefit assessments, or fees.

“SB 852 was co-sponsored by state Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and CivicWell and supported by the Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority, Napa Valley Transportation Authority, the Nature Conservancy, and more than two dozen other local government, business and environmental organizations.”

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