Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) is pleased to announce that his measure to help local communities acquire surplus property passed another panel on its way to the Governor’s desk.
“California’s small communities are still struggling from the recent economic downturn, and I’m encouraged that this bill will be mutually beneficial to the counties as well,” said Cannella. “Anytime government can get out of its own way, it’s a good day.”
Senate Bill 403 will authorize the California Judicial Council to dispense with certain surplus properties, including the Firebaugh Courthouse, so that local governments can utilize them in the future. The bill further requires that the sale be for fair market value, and that counties be given the first right to purchase.
Last year, Cannella fought for over $6 million in funding from the State Budget to purchase and/or renovate buildings for several police departments in his district, including Firebaugh. The problem became that the State still held the keys of a courthouse building ideal to replace the old, dilapidated Firebaugh Police Department’s current facility.
“Public safety is a primary role of government, and our local law enforcement must have the tools to keep our communities safe,” Cannella continued. “This bill is simply a win-win.”
Today, SB 403 unanimously passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee, and will next be heard for fiscal considerations in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. It then must pass the Assembly Floor before going to the Governor for signature. The bill is an urgency measure and will take effect immediately.