WHEREAS, the State's investment in schools, housing, transportation facilities, water and power systems, technology, telecommunications, correctional facilities, and other public infrastructure, as well as appropriate private ventures related to the growth of the State's economy, provide the structural foundation for Californians' future quality of life; and

WHEREAS, California's level of investment in its infrastructure has great implications for the State's economy and job creation in the private sector; and

WHEREAS, a State infrastructure plan of building for the future, which identifies both short-term and long-term capital investment needs and planning, funding, and building needs, is needed to move the State confidently into the 21st Century;

, Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, do hereby issue this order to become effective immediately:

The Commission on Building for the 21st Century is hereby established, and is directed to study the building and infrastructure needs of California, with the intent of identifying existing critical infrastructure needs and developing a comprehensive long-term capital investment plan for financing public building needs, including responsible financial approaches and efficiency improvements; and

Secretary Maria Contreras-Sweet of the California Department of Business, Transportation and Housing shall serve as Chair, and Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante shall be requested to serve as Co-Chair of the Commission, while other members shall be appointed to the Commission by the Governor as needed, including leaders of business, labor, local government, environmental and transportation interests;and

In carrying out its responsibilities, the Commission may appoint working groups as it deems appropriate, and shall solicit participation from a broad base of relevant experts and practitioners involved in infrastructure issues; and

The Commission shall coordinate its work concerning the State's housing needs with the Governor's California Housing Task Force; and

The Commission shall submit an initial report to the Governor by May 1, 1999, containing a recommended strategy to address the State's infrastructure needs which shall include consideration of a multi-year bond package and other mechanisms for financing; and

Thereafter, the Commission shall report periodically to the Governor, and shall submit its final report no later than December 1, 2000, containing its recommendations to improve California's state infrastructure system; and

No part of this Order shall be construed to limit the authority of any agency to hold public hearings on any matter within its jurisdiction, and no part of this Order shall be construed to authorize any state agency to adopt or implement procedures, forms or deadlines in conflict with those exactly specified in statute or in conflict with the Administrative Procedures Act; and

Nothing in this Order shall be construed to confer upon any state agency decision-making authority over substantive matters within another agency's jurisdiction, including any informational and public hearing requirements needed to make regulatory and permitting decisions; and

This Order does not apply to any court or office of the judicial branch of government.