BILL NUMBER: ACR 127 INTRODUCED BILL TEXT INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Leonard FEBRUARY 15, 2000 Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 127--Relative to Charles R. Imbrecht. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST ACR 127, as introduced, Leonard. Charles R. Imbrecht. This measure would commemorate the life of Charles Richard Imbrecht and honor his many professional and personal accomplishments, including his outstanding public service. Fiscal committee: no. WHEREAS, Former Assembly Member Charles Richard Imbrecht passed away on January 18, 1999, in Pasadena, California, from a heart attack; and WHEREAS, Charles R. Imbrecht was born in Ventura, California, on February 4, 1949, attended Ventura High School and Occidental College, and went on to receive his law degree from Loyola University in Los Angeles; and WHEREAS, His long and distinguished career in public service began in 1974 when he worked as a staff attorney for the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington D.C., but his keen interest in politics led him to return to Ventura two years later to run for election in the 36th State Assembly district; and WHEREAS, Imbrecht ran unopposed in the Republican primary and went on to claim an upset victory in the general election, and was reelected to the Assembly in 1978 and again in 1980; and WHEREAS, As Vice-Chair of the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means, Chuck Imbrecht was the lead Assembly Republican on the budget, and he was responsible for insuring that there were no tax increases, that education received additional funds, and that cities were not required to bail out the state; and WHEREAS, During his tenure, he correctly pointed out that education was not receiving its fair share of revenues and that education was one of the lowest priorities when it came to state spending, and his work in this area set the stage for Proposition 98, which now guarantees a fair share of state expenditures for education; and WHEREAS, Some of Charles Imbrecht's legislative accomplishments include: Authorizing local governments to establish zoning for mobile homes, thus affording elderly and low-income persons an alternative source of housing. Establishing statutory procedures for the disclosure and examination of expert witnesses in litigation, thus encouraging settlement and eliminating undue delay of trials. Establishing grants from the California Environmental Protection Program Fund to counties for the study of computerization of environmental information dealing with natural resources and land use, thus making preparation of environmental impact reports faster and less costly. Creating the Intergenerational Child Care Act of 1979 that encouraged the use of senior citizen aides in child care programs, thus enriching the lives of children and utilizing the experience of our seniors. Authorizing the award of joint parental custody of minor children in divorce situations, thus promoting the best interests of a child. Authorizing a minor to consent to mental health treatment on an outpatient basis, without the consent of a parent or guardian, thus helping young people to receive needed treatment. Creating the Ventura County Court Services Consolidation Act of 1980, consolidating the sheriff's and marshall's offices in Ventura County to serve the superior and municipal courts, thus eliminating duplication of services, saving the county over $1 million annually, and serving as a prototype for other counties. Authorizing larger charitable deductions for corporations that donated computers to schools, thus resulting in an Apple computer being placed in every school in the state; and WHEREAS, In 1981, Charles Imbrecht was named as one of the "Five Outstanding Young Men of California" by the Junior Chamber of Commerce of California; and WHEREAS, He was the recipient of the Ventura Business and Professional Women's Club "Top Hat Award" for his efforts in providing equal opportunities for working women; and WHEREAS, The California Journal assessed the relative effectiveness of Members of the Assembly and categorized Imbrecht as one of the eight "patriarchs of the Assembly--the uncontested leaders ... who have the reins of power in the lower house"; and WHEREAS, In 1982, Charles Imbrecht was named by the Los Angeles Herald Examiner as one of the "Five Most Effective Legislators" in both houses of the State Legislature; and WHEREAS, Charles R. Imbrecht was appointed Chair of the California Energy Commission by Governors George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson; and served in that capacity from 1983 through 1997; and WHEREAS, While serving on the Energy Commission, Chuck initiated the deregulation of electrical service, and encouraged the use of alternative energy sources for electricity and alternative transportation fuels; and WHEREAS, Chuck participated in establishing the federal standards for consumer products which became the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987, which was based on the standards developed by the California Energy Commission; and WHEREAS, Under his tutelage in the 1980s, new efficiency regulations for buildings and appliances, such as refrigerators and air conditioners, were adopted that have saved Californians billions of dollars and were the first in the nation, and are credited with saving over $1.4 billion in 1998, equivalent to the electricity generated by five nuclear plants; and WHEREAS, He also took an active role in drafting a subsequent bill that included standards for commercial appliances and became the Energy Policy Act of 1992; the standards followed very closely those that had been developed by the California Energy Commission under Chuck's leadership; and WHEREAS, Under his leadership the commission developed efficiency standards for windows and required them to be labeled; new standards were also created for refrigerators and clothes washers that are expected to be adopted by the United States Department of Energy in the next few months; and WHEREAS, Chuck's determination to open the public process, seeking additional industry participation with lengthy discussion of issues, allowed for a better understanding of the positions of interested parties and achieved a balance between environmental and business interests; and WHEREAS, Chuck provided leadership in the area of nuclear waste transportation, so that California agencies involved with different aspects of nuclear waste transportation had a common understanding of California's interests and major issues; and WHEREAS, He represented California on various regional and federal groups in planning for the transportation and disposal of nuclear waste, including the Western Governors' Association Transport Advisory Group for Nuclear Waste Shipments and the Western Interstate Energy Board, and was appointed by Governors Deukmejian and Wilson to be the State Liaison Officer representing California before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; and WHEREAS, Chuck was instrumental in the formulation and development of a model for the nuclear waste transportation program and policies for large quantity federal nuclear waste shipments in the United States; and WHEREAS, Chuck assisted Malaysia's national electric utility in developing a national energy efficiency plan and undertaking demonstration projects to introduce efficient lighting, variable speed motors, and cogeneration in commercial buildings and factories, and as a result of these efforts, California energy businesses will reap a $500,000,000 market for equipment and sales and service contracts in Malaysia over the next four years; and WHEREAS, The Energy Commission under Chuck Imbrecht's leadership ensured that California's electricity supply needs would be met by adding a third major transmission line from the Pacific northwest, by focusing on the dispute between investor-owned and municipal utilities over access to inexpensive power from the northwest, and by spearheading negotiations leading to the construction of the California-Oregon transmission project which increased California's access to surplus and cheaper hydroelectric energy resulting in lower energy costs; and WHEREAS, As a result of Chuck Imbrecht's vision, the Energy Commission was the first agency to advocate a "let the market decide" policy for determining the need for additional natural gas pipelines, developing sophisticated computer analyses of natural gas supply and demand for the entire North American continent to evaluate the effect on prices to the consumer if new pipelines, with the ability to transport natural gas well in excess of projected needs, were built; and these analyses proved that the greatest benefit to consumers would occur if all the proposed pipelines were built and allowed to compete for market share; and WHEREAS, His novel analytical approach, which rejected the traditional view that pipeline capacity should be limited to projected demand, was a major step toward introducing competition into California's natural gas market, and this change in regulatory philosophy fostered competition among gas suppliers and shippers for the opportunity to serve California's needs, resulting in the construction of three additional major pipelines to transport supplies from outside California to satisfy the state's natural gas requirements, lowering the price of natural gas from all supply sources, and saving California consumers an amount that is expected to cumulatively exceed $5.8 billion by the year 2015, when compared to what consumers would have paid for natural gas if traditional regulatory ideas had been followed; this policy also allowed natural gas to become a primary fuel for new power plants as well as fuel for use in the state's old fleet of plants, which greatly reduced air pollutant emissions in California; and WHEREAS, Since 1988, during his tenure, the Energy Commission's Safe School Bus Demonstration Program has replaced 826 pre-1977 buses with new safer schoolbuses in 128 school district fleets, with half of these new buses powered by fuels other than gasoline or diesel; and WHEREAS, Chuck Imbrecht acquired millions of dollars of Petroleum Violation Escrow Account funds in 1986 to begin the largest test and demonstration of alternative fuels in light-duty vehicles, heavy-duty diesel engines, schoolbuses, passenger vans, and fuel supply infrastructure in the nation and, with these funds, helped underwrite the differential costs of thousands of cleaner-burning vehicles that improved air quality and reduced California's near 100 percent reliance on petroleum in the transportation sector; and WHEREAS, Chuck's belief in and support of alternative transportation fuels led to the creation of the statewide Drive Clean California campaign in 1992, and he enlisted air quality agencies, auto manufacturers, and fuel suppliers to help the Energy Commission and Governor Pete Wilson promote the use of alternative fuel vehicles and fuels in California fleets, resulting in more than 7,000 methanol, natural gas, and electric vehicles being purchased and demonstrated in fleets throughout the state over a five-year period, to provide the real world operational data necessary for the California Air Resources Board to confidently develop its low emission vehicle regulations; and WHEREAS, Chuck promoted the development of renewable resources in California, and renewable resources now provide 13 percent of California's energy mix and represent an $18 billion industry that supports 15,000 jobs in the state; and WHEREAS, In 1992 he received the Commission of the European Community International Augustine Mouchot Prize for his leadership in alternative energy development; and WHEREAS, In 1996 he was honored with the Charles Percy Award in Washington D.C. for his contribution in the energy field; and WHEREAS, In 1998 and 1999, Imbrecht served as vice president and general counsel to CAL-Start, a Pasadena-based nonprofit consortium of more than 200 companies dedicated to the development of improved transportation technology; and WHEREAS, Chuck was an avid swimmer, skier, and boater; he spent time every summer at Lake Tahoe; and he loved to travel; and WHEREAS, Charles is survived by his wife of 20 years, Alida Bergseid Imbrecht, daughters Erica, 12, and Emily, 8, his mother Hazel, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature commemorates the life of Charles Richard Imbrecht, and honors his many professional and personal accomplishments, including his outstanding public service; and be it further Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to Chuck's wife Alida, daughters Erica and Emily, and his mother Hazel Imbrecht of Ventura, California.