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California Conservation and Environmental News and Related
Brown delivers remarks at opening of Eastern Economic Forum

CA Gov Brown Calls for Deeper Trans-Pacific Collaboration on Climate Change at Eastern Economic Forum

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia /California Newswire/ -- On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined leaders from Japan, South Korea, Russia, China and more than a dozen other countries at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia where he pushed businesses and governments to join forces not just on trade and investment but also on the decarbonization of the economy.
California State Assembly

Los Angeles community groups call on state legislators to protect water and air from federal attempts to weaken environmental safeguards

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- A coalition of Los Angeles community groups this week called on the area’s state legislators to support a package of bills designed to protect the region’s water and air from federal attempts to weaken environmental safeguards. The package is authored by area legislators Senate President pro Tem Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles), Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park), Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), and Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills).
Speaker Anthony Rendon

Calif. Asm. Speaker Rendon Statement on Passage of Air Quality and Cap-and-Trade Bills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) today released the following statement on the Assembly passing the air quality improvement and cap-and-trade extension package.
Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra

Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Assemblymember Bocanegra’s Bill to Curb Illegal Dumping – AB 332

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra’s (D-Pacoima) measure to crack down on illegal dumping on city streets was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown today. AB 332 would allow local municipalities to pass ordinances to close streets and roads where excessive illegal dumping occurs.
Speaker Anthony Rendon

Calif. Asm. Speaker Rendon Secures $100 Million Funding For L.A. River Restoration

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) applauded the Legislature for approving $100 million in Proposition 1 funding for restoration of the 51-mile L.A. River, a priority for the Assembly in state budget negotiations.
City of Paramount

City of Paramount CA Launches Business Licensing Partnership with SCAQMD

PARAMOUNT, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The City of Paramount has launched a pilot program to enhance air quality compliance in the city by submitting selected business license applications and renewals to South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) staff for their review.
Gov Brown

Calif. Gov. Brown Issues Statement On Trump’s ‘Insane’ Paris Climate Agreement Announcement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In response to President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement today: "Donald Trump has absolutely chosen the wrong course. He's wrong on the facts. America's economy is boosted by following the Paris Agreement.
Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza

Calif. Senator Mendoza Announces Multiple 2017 Bills Pass Senate Appropriations Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) announced that multiple bills passed through the Senate Appropriations Committee. Among the lengthy list of bills before the committee were several pieces of Legislation from Senator Mendoza, notably Senate Bills 4, 45, 268, and 693.
Tony Cardenas

Calif. Congressman Cárdenas Low Income Solar Legislation Included in E&C Infrastructure Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. and SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ – Today, legislation introduced by U.S. Representatives Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Keith Ellison (D-MI), and Barbara Lee (D-CA), was included in the Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats’ Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow’s (LIFT) America Act. The Low Income Solar Act aims to help low-income families access solar energy opportunities.
City of Paramount

City of Paramount Endorses Greater Powers for South Coast Air Quality Management District

PARAMOUNT, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Tuesday, April 18, the Paramount City Council, by a unanimous vote, became the first city in California to support Assembly Bill 1132 authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens). The proposed legislation enhances the ability of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to quickly shut down businesses that are emitting dangerous levels of air pollution in violation of federal or state air quality requirements.
California State Assembly

California Assemblymembers to Make City of Trees Even Greener, Helping Establish a Community Orchard

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Springtime in Sacramento often means lunch outside. On Tuesday May 2nd, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley), Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), and a bipartisan group of Assembly members and staff will spend their lunchtime helping establish a community orchard in the Del Paso Heights neighborhood in Sacramento.
Tony Cardenas

Calif. Congressman Cárdenas Slams Trump Order on Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON, D.C. and SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive order aimed at renewing offshore drilling.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown and NY Gov. Cuomo Reaffirm Commitment to Exceeding Targets of The Clean Power Plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- With the announcement that the United States will begin to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued the following statement reaffirming their ongoing commitment to exceed the targets of the Clean Power Plan and curb carbon pollution.
Tony Cardenas

Calif. Congressman Cardenas: Dismantling EPA is an Attack on Our Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. and SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas, a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Environment Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding the President’s executive order rolling back the Clean Power Plan.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

California Lawmakers Decry Trump Administration Ploy to Destroy Clean Air Automobile Standards

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon blasted the cynical ploy by the Trump administration and auto manufacturers to roll back vehicle pollution standards finalized earlier this year. In coordinated action, on the same day the Trump administration moved to weaken these standards, the auto manufacturers also challenged them in federal court.
City of Paramount

City of Paramount Mayor’s Statement on AQMD Suspending Aerocraft’s chromium 6 Operations

PARAMOUNT, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This past week, The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) announced that the sensors near Aerocraft in the City of Paramount have again exceeded levels for hexavalent chromium agreed to in a prior abatement order between SCAQMD and Aerocraft Heat Treating. As a result, SCAQMD has ordered Aerocraft to suspend certain operations.
FOLAR 2016 CleanUp

Friends of the LA River announce the 28th Annual Great Los Angeles River CleanUp: La Gran Limpieza

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Friends of the LA River (FOLAR) is proud to announce the 28th Annual Great Los Angeles River CleanUp: La Gran Limpieza (CleanUp). FOLAR’s annual CleanUp has exploded in recent years, shattering records for volunteer turnout and trash collected, and is the largest urban river cleanup in America.
Speaker Anthony Rendon

Calif. Speaker Rendon Appoints Bell Mayor Saleh to Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) this week announced the appointment of Mayor Ali Saleh of the City of Bell to serve on the board of the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy.
Under2 Climate Coalition

Calif. Governor Brown Welcomes Australian and Mexican States to Under2 Climate Coalition

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This past week, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. welcomed the states of Aguascalientes, Mexico and Victoria, Australia to the Under2 Coalition - the global pact among cities, states and countries to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius, the level of potentially catastrophic consequences.
City of Paramount

City of Paramount Continues Aggressive Response to SCAQMD Air Quality Findings

PARAMOUNT, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On January 24, the Paramount City Council unanimously voted to extend the moratorium on all metal-related businesses within the City for an additional six months. The original moratorium was established on December 13, 2016 to prohibit businesses that manufacture or process metal from opening or expanding within the City.
Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza

Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza Introduces ‘California Rebuild’ Infrastructure Proposal with SB4

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On December 5, 2016, Calif. Senator Tony Mendoza introduced Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), which would allocate $1.2 billion dollars to reduce emissions, health risks, and also to redevelop the infrastructure of California’s goods movement network. This measure would improve goods movement corridors which are vital to the state’s economy.
Napa County Citizens Rally

Napa County Citizens Rally Nov. 18 to Block Walt Ranch Deforestation and Development Project

NAPA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Napa County citizens and Defenders of East Napa Watersheds will rally in front of the County Administration Building at noon on Friday, November 18, 2016, Forests Forever announced today. This occasion is the first day of hearings on the appeal against the Walt Ranch project.
California vs. Big Plastic

Proponents of California Plastic Bag Ban Declare Landmark Victory for Proposition 67

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Californians have voted to enact a state law to ban plastic shopping bags, the first state in the nation to do so. Proposition 67, the referendum on the state law (Senate Bill 270) passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September 2014, is leading by 52-48 percent.
FOLAR - LA River

Amongst the Historic Terror, Major California Election Day Victories for The Los Angeles River

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) is celebrating a Major victory for the Los Angeles River with...
FOLAR - LA River

MOBY to Play at Friends of The Los Angeles River 30-Year Anniversary Fundraiser Oct. 8, FoLAR Fandango

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Artistic visionary and electronic music pioneer Moby will perform at Friends of the Los Angeles River’s thirty-year anniversary...
Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto receives James Hansen Courage Award for Work on CPUC Reform

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) was presented with the James Hansen Courage Award on Thursday from Environmental...
California vs. Big Plastic

Gov. Brown, Calif. Legislative Leaders, Business, Environmental Groups Mark 2-Year Anniversary of Plastic Bag Ban Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and legislative leaders today joined more than 400 business, environmental, and local citizen groups in celebrating the two-year anniversary of the signing of Senate Bill 270, announced CA vs. Big Plastic. SB270, the state’s plastic bag ban, urging voters to support Proposition 67, the referendum on the law that will appear on the November ballot.
Gov Brown

Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Earthquake Early Warning Legislation – SB 438

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation - SB 438 by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) - to help advance the development of a statewide earthquake early warning system in California.
FOLAR - LA River

Friends of The Los Angeles River Celebrate 30 Year Anniversary with Fandango ‘Take Me To The River’

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR) will celebrate 30 years of advocacy on the L.A. River with a gala at L.A. River Studios in Cypress Park on Oct. 8, 2016 from 7:30 -11:30 p.m. Music industry tastemaker and veteran radio personality Nic Harcourt from KCSN 88.5 FM will host the evening’s festivities.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Nation’s Toughest Super Pollutant Restrictions Into Law

LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed SB 1383 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), which establishes the nation's toughest restrictions on destructive super pollutants including black carbon, fluorinated gases and methane. If followed worldwide, these acts would help cut the projected rate of global warming in half by 2050.
FOLAR - LA River

A Night at the LA River Sept. 10 at the Frog Spot, FoLAR’s riverside visitor center

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Friends of the Los Angeles River and the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation are hosting A Night at the LA River at the Frog Spot, FoLAR’s riverside visitor center on Saturday September 10th 5 – 8 PM. The evening will feature the release of the Luskin Center’s LA River Greenway Guide, a panel discussion - The LA River Greenway Through Public-Private Partnership.
Heal the Bay

Pick-up Artists: From Arcadia to Zuma, volunteers sought for huge Sept. 17, 2016 Coastal Cleanup Day

SANTA MONICA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Local environmental group Heal the Bay has issued a call for Southland residents to join the world’s biggest single-day volunteer event – the 32nd annual Coastal Cleanup Day, to be held Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Governor Brown Signs Ambitious and Historic Climate Change Legislation

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Ten years after California adopted the toughest greenhouse gas emission reduction goals in the nation, Calif. Governor Edmund...
Anthony Rendon

Calif. Assembly Speaker Rendon Statement on Passage of Climate Change Legislation – SB32

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement after the Assembly passed Senate Bill 32 to extend...
California vs. Big Plastic

Valley Industry and Commerce Assoc. Endorses ‘Yes’ Vote On Calif. Plastic Bag Ban Prop 67

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California vs. Big Plastic recently announced that The Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) added its support for...
Department of General Services

New Data Shows California Ahead of Schedule in Meeting Governor Brown's Green Goals for 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- New data released today shows California is shrinking its environmental footprint and is ahead of schedule in meeting Governor...
Friends of the Los Angeles River

Friends of the L.A. River and Aquarium of the Pacific Release STATE of the RIVER 3 – The Long Beach Fish...

LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This week, Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) in partnership with the Aquarium of the Pacific, released...
Gov Brown

Calif. Gov. Brown to Host Inaugural Subnational Clean Energy Ministerial in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Moving to further mobilize states, provinces and cities in the fight against climate change, Governor Edmund G. Brown...
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell

Calif. Assemblymember O'Donnell Celebrates Breakwater Awareness Month with Paddle Out in Memory of the Waves

LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In honor of Breakwater Awareness Month, Calif. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell invites the public to join him for...

Isn't It Possible to Save the Frogs? asks Paraphrase LLC in Support of Save The Frogs Day

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- 'Little Green' book publisher, Paraphrase, LLC, pledges support for Save The Frogs Day 2016. Did you know there is a 'Save The Frogs Day'? You may have read or heard at some point in the last few years about the alarming rate of disappearance of frogs in the world. While you might ask why this is important, frogs are essential to many ecosystems around the world.
L.A. Mayor Garcetti

L.A. Mayor Garcetti and Other Officials to Participate in Annual Great L.A. River Cleanup 2016

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Fifteen sites, three days, one LA River! This April, (Earth Month) come to the Los Angeles River for...
Parks Forward

CaliParks Updated Bilingual, Mobile, Web-Based App Could be a Matchmaker Between People and Nature in 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Nature and technology might not seem like a good fit to some. But everyone needs to get outdoors...
Gov Brown

Calif. Gov. Brown Proposes $176.6 Million Exide Cleanup Plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. proposed a $176.6 million spending plan to fund expedited and expanded testing...
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell

Calif. Assemblymember O'Donnell Co-Authors Bill that Shines a Light on Coastal Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) co-authored AB 2002, requiring those who lobby the California Coastal...
Governor Edmund G. Brown

Calif. Gov. Brown Issues Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision Blocking Clean Power Plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court issued an...
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell

Calif. Assemblymember O'Donnell Goes to Bat for California Coastal Commission Executive Director

LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) issued the following statement today in reference to a letter addressed to...
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell

Calif. Assemblymember O’Donnell Introduces Legislation Tackling Port Pollution – AB 1657

LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) introduced AB 1657, which dedicates state Cap-and-Trade revenues to...
Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Aliso Canyon Gas Leak: Calif. Assemblyman Gatto to Hold Hearing in Porter Ranch Jan. 21

PORTER RANCH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Members of the local media are invited to attend hearing by Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) Utilities and...
Gov Brown

Calif. Gov. Brown Issues Emergency Order On Aliso Canyon Gas Leak

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Given the prolonged and continuing duration of the Aliso Canyon gas leak and at the request of residents and...
California vs. Big Plastic

Three More California City Plastic Bag Bans Go Into Effect Jan. 1, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Three more California cities – Sacramento, American Canyon, and Milpitas – will implement bans on single-use plastic bags on...
Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Gov. Brown Signs Gatto’s Bill to Protect Calif. Water-Conscious Residents from Govt. Fines

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Today, Calif. Governor Brown signed AB 1164, legislation that will prohibit local governments from banning water-conscious landscaping at private...
Anthony Rendon

Gov. Brown Signs Rendon’s Lower L.A. River Restoration Proposal – Update to L.A. River Master Plan

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown today approved Assembly Bill 530, Assemblyman Anthony Rendon’s (D-Lakewood) proposal to create a comprehensive...
30 Days to Make a Difference

30 Days to Make a Difference with LA River: Friends of the Los Angeles River Launches Campaign

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) President Lewis MacAdams announced today that FoLAR is launching a campaign...
Assemblyman Mike Gatto

AB 1164: Gatto Bill to Protect Calif. Water-Conscious Residents from Government Fines Awaits Governor's Signature

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ In some California cities, including the city of Glendale, residents are prohibited from installing drought-tolerant landscaping synthetic grass to reduce...

Avoid Drought Violations with Water Saving Home and Commercial Solutions from Sprinkler Repair Guy

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California's Sprinkler Repair Guy keeps customers green by being green. How? They set customers up with automated sprinkler systems that are 100 percent water efficient and ensure that residential and commercial customers are not in violation of California drought violations.
Senator Hannah Beth Jackson

Two Important California Oil Spill-Related Bills Clear Key Assembly Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Two bills introduced by Calif. State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) in the wake of the Refugio oil...
Gov Brown

Calif. Gov. Brown, Top U.N. Official Call for Action at Every Level on Climate Change

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Monday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. welcomed the United Nations' top climate change official, Christiana Figueres,...
Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Onsite-Water Recycling Practices: Recycled-Water Bill Passes Assembly as California Drought Lingers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California is in the midst of a historic drought, and Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) has continued his focus...

Southern California Oil Spill Victims' Claims being explored by Weitz & Luxenberg

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Weitz and Luxenberg P.C., today announced it is investigating claims from members of the fishing industry, property owners and others harmed by an oil spill that began Tuesday and blighted the shoreline just north of Santa Barbara, Calif.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Gatto Introduces Bill to Cut California Bureaucracy and Protect Water-Conscious Residents

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- When Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), the principal co-author of last year’s California water bond and numerous water-efficiency bills,...

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