Alliance for Habitat Conservation Associated General Contractors Association of California Water Agencies California Association of REALTORS® California Building Industry Association California Business Properties Association California Business Roundtable California Cable and Telecommunications Association California Cattlemen’s Association California Chamber of Commerce California Chapters of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance California Downtown Association California Farm Bureau Federation California Independent Petroleum Association California Manufacturers and Technology Association California Mining Association California Natural Gas Producers Association California Retailers Association California State Council of Laborers California State University California Women for Agriculture Calpine Corporation Chemical Industry Council of California CH2M Hill Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California Home Ownership Advancement Foundation Imperial Irrigation District Independent Oil Producers Agency Institute of Real Estate Managers International Council of Shopping Centers International Mass Retailers Association Kings River Conservation District Kings River Water Association League of California Cities Nisei Farmers League Resource Landowners Coalition Sacramento Valley Landowners Association San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation Sempra Energy Southern California Ready-Mixed Concrete Association Southern California Rock Products Association State Water Contractors Wine Institute An Open Letter To The California Legislature September 22, 2003 We, the members of the coalition of organizations and companies listed above, wish to thank the Legislature for not approving SB 18 (Burton) during the recently completed legislative session. SB 18 failed passage in the Assembly on September 12. During the debates on this measure, it became clear that while the Legislature desired to protect Native American traditional tribal cultural sites (TTCS), there were many concerns with the new land-use decisionmaking process envisioned by the bill and the disruptive impact it would have on local and state infrastructure projects and residential and commercial development in the state. Throughout the year, the coalition stressed the fact that it was not opposed to the goal of protecting traditional tribal cultural sites. Rather, the coalition was concerned with the dramatic shift in land-use decision-making from local government to the state, the new complications the bill would create for environmental impact reviews under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and the reliance on project-by-project reviews rather than up-front identification and planning. We continue to believe a constructive solution is possible. Indeed, as California’s economic development stakeholders – who are committed to a certain and systematic method of protecting TTCS while preserving local government sovereignty and working within the context and timeframes of CEQA – we are prepared to sit down immediately with tribal leaders and go to work to develop a balanced and workable law that works for all parties. Again, the coalition appreciates being given the opportunity to help achieve the legislative goal of protecting and preserving sites of cultural and religious significance to Native Americans in California. We look forward to working with all parties toward this objective in the coming months.