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January 9, 2012
See Jerry Brown's California government streamlining plans

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Now that we've had time to digest Gov. Jerry Brown's hastily-unveiled 2012-13 budget proposal summary, we've boiled down the full list of changes he's suggesting to streamline state government:

Agency restructuring:
• Eliminates the California Volunteer Agency and shifts its programs into the Office of Planning and Research.

• Eliminates the cabinet status of the California Emergency Management Agency and makes it an office that reports directly to the governor.

• Eliminates the California Technology Agency and places its functions under the new Government Operations Agency.

• Establishes a new Business and Consumer Services Agency which will oversee:
Consumer Affairs
Housing and Community Development
Fair Employment and Housing
Alcoholic Beverage Control
Department of Business Oversight (new)

• Sets up a new Government Operations Agency that includes:
Department of Revenue (new)
Department of General Services
Department of Human Resources
Department of Technology
Office of Administrative Law
Public Employees' Retirement System
State Teachers' Retirement System
State Personnel Board
Government Claims Board

• A new Transportation Agency will cover:
Department of Transportation
Department of Motor Vehicles
High-Speed Rail Authority
Highway Patrol
California Transportation Commission
Board of Pilot Commissioners

Department, board, commission and program eliminations and consolidations
• Combines the revenue functions of the Employment Development Department and the Franchise Tax Board into a new Department of Revenue.

• Eliminates the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs and splits their duties among:
Department of Health Care
Department of Public Health
Department of Social Services
California Department of Education
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission

• Merges the Department of Corporations and the Department of Financial Institutions into a new Department of Business Oversight.

• Consolidates the following programs into the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development:
The Infrastructure Bank
The Film and Tourism commissions
The Small Business Centers
The Small Business Guarantee Loan Program

• Moves the functions of the California Housing Finance Agency into the Department of Housing and Community Development.

• Eliminates the Office of Traffic Safety and transfers its work to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

• Eliminates the 9-1-1 Advisory Board.

Eliminates the Technology Services Board and shifts its Office of Technology budget and rate oversight to the Department of Finance.

• Eliminates the Electronic Funds Transfer Task Force.

• Eliminates the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.

• Eliminates the Department of Real Estate and the Office of Real Estate Appraisers and puts their functions in the Department of Consumer Affairs.

• Places the Structural Pest Control Board and the Board of Chiropractic Examiners under the Department of Consumer Affairs.

• Eliminates the Fair Employment and Housing Commission and moves its functions to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

• Eliminates the Commission on the Status of Women.

• Eliminates the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board and moves its work into the Department of Industrial Relations.

• Eliminates the Office of Privacy Protection.

• Combines the California Law Revision Commission and the Commission on Uniform State Laws.

• Eliminates the Governor's Emergency Operations Executive Council (although it can be reconvened as events warrant.)

• Eliminates the Public Safety Radio Strategic Planning Committee.

• Eliminates the Division of Labor Statistics and Research and splits its work between the Division of Occupational Safety and Health and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

• Eliminates the Governor's Mentorship Program.

• Moves the support, investigatory and compliance functions of the Gambling Control Commission to the Department of Justice.

• Combines the California State Summer School for the Arts with the California Arts Council.

• Eliminates Vocational Education Supplemental Leadership programs.

• Eliminates non-Proposition 98 money for Indian Education Centers.

• Eliminates the Managed Risk Insurance Board and shifts its functions to the Department of Health Care Services.

• Eliminates the Rehabilitation Appeals Board in favor of "independent hearing officers."

Creates a new Office of Health Equity and then consolidates the following into it:
The Department of Health Care Services' Office of Women's Health
The Department of Public Health's (DPH's) Office of Multicultural Health
The Health in All Policies Task Force
The Health Places Team
The Department of Mental Health's Office of Multicultural Services

• Transfers the Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery from the Natural Resources Agency to the California Environmental Protection Agency.

• Eliminates the Department of Boating and Waterways and transfers its work to the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Reduces the number of regional water boards from nine to eight and the number of members on each board from nine to seven. (Note: The budget summary contains a typo that incorrectly indicates two boards will be merged, according to Department of Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer. Just one, the Colorado River Board, will be eliminated.)

Transfers the Colorado River Board's work to the Natural Resources Agency.

• Eliminates the State Geology and Mining Board and splitting its responsibilities between Office of Administrative Hearings the Department of Conservation's Office of Mine Reclamation.

• Eliminates the following advisory groups within the Department of Fish and Game:
The Salton Sea Restoration Council
The California Advisory Committee on Salmon and Steelhead Trout
The Commercial Salmon Review Board
The State Interagency Oil Spill Committee
The State Interagency Oil Spill Review Subcommittee
The Abalone Advisory Committee

• Eliminates six Department of Toxic Substances Control programs:
Expedited Remedial Action Program
Private Site Management Program
California Land Environmental Restoration and Reuse Act Program
Hazardous Waste and Border Zone Property Designations
Abandoned Site Assessment Program
Registered Environmental Assessor Program

• Eliminates the Watershed Coordinator Initiative Program

PHOTO: The Capitol / 2008 Sacramento Bee file, Brian Baer

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