Two Local Environmental Advocacy Opportunities for 2018-2019

Organized by the Committee for Green Foothills, the Community Advocates Leadership Academy (CALA) strengthens leadership skills and fosters learning with other change-makers to make a greater impact on environmental and social challenges. Participants meet one Saturday a month for half-day classes (venues rotate throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties). Program runs September 2018 through June 2019.
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Sierra Club 's Environmental Stewardship Program, now in its fifth year, employs film screenings, lectures and seminars, hands-on projects, and community outings to help its participants understand critical environmental issues, gain lobbying and activist skills, and enjoy nature. Program runs Oct 1, 2018 until June 3, 2019 at the Peninsula Conservation Center in Palo Alto.
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Legislation

Update on SB100!
California recently made clean energy history when the State Assembly and Senate approved this bill mandating electricity sources be 100% carbon-free by 2045. The bill now awaits Governor Brown's signature. Thank you to everyone who took action. More info on SB 10

Support H.R.6274!
Help preserve tax credits for EV purchasers. More info on H.R.6274

Vote NO on Prop 6!
Proposition 6 would repeal increases to the state gas tax and vehicle fee which passed in 2017. Unfortunately, this move would prevent more than $52 billion in funds from going to transportation projects, including >$700 million per year in new funding for public transit. The main supporters of Prop 6 are fossil fuel interests. Please help get the word out by writing to local media outlets and donatingEditorial opposing Prop 6 in the Mercury News

Protect Community Choice Energy!
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will soon make a decision about the so-called “exit fee” controversy which will have bearing on community choice agencies (CCAs) as well as customers. We ask that you please join the Center for Climate Protection in supporting the "Administrative Law Judge’s Proposed Decision" before the CPUC to modify the "exit fee" methodology. Read more

Contact your legislators and ask for their support:

State Senator Jerry Hill
Phone: (650) 212-3313 (San Mateo office)

Assemblymember Evan Low (District 28)
Phone: (408) 446-2810 (Cupertino office)

Assemblymember Marc Berman (District 24)
Phone: (650) 691-2121 (Los Altos office)

Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (District 22)
Phone: (650) 349-2200 (San Mateo office)

Support H.R.6274!

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H.R.6274 The $7500 Federal Tax Credit for purchasing an EV begins to be phased out once a manufacturer delivers its 200,000th electric vehicle. Tesla has now hit that limit and GM is expected to hit that limit either this fiscal quarter or the next. Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) has introduced a bill to the House Ways and Means Committee that would remove that 200,000 car cap and is proposing a calendar-based the phase-out. You can read the proposed bill here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/6274

Contact your legislators and ask for their support:

State Senator Jerry Hill
California State Senate
Phone: (650) 212-3313 (San Mateo office)

Assemblymember Evan Low (District 28)
California State Assembly
Phone: (408) 446-2810 (Cupertino office)

Assemblymember Marc Berman (District 24)
California State Assembly
Phone: (650) 691-2121 (Los Altos office)

Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (District 22)
California State Assembly
Phone: (650) 349-2200 (San Mateo office)

Commit to Being Diesel Free by 2033!

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The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is launching an exciting effort to reduce diesel emissions in our communities. Diesel Free by ‘33 aims to reduce and eventually eliminate diesel emissions. Through this effort we will facilitate a dialogue amongst local governments to share ideas and identify innovative solutions to reduce diesel emissions in our cities and counties throughout California and beyond. Let's showcase our collective leadership to protect public health, the climate and our planet for generations to come.

Please ask your local elected officials to sign the pledge today! Dieselfree33.baaqmd.gov 

Support Climate Bills in the California State Legislature

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SB 49: Safeguard California Environmental Protections This bill would "ensure continued protections for the environment, natural resources, and public health" in the state of California even if federal laws in those subdivisions are weakened or eliminated.

SB 100: California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program: emissions of greenhouse gases
Join Acterra in supporting SB100 to accelerate the transition to the use of clean energy in our state. 

SB 1477: Low-emissions buildings and sources of heat energy The commission shall develop a statewide market development initiative to advance the state’s market for low-emission space and water heating equipment for new and existing residential and nonresidential buildings. Incentives will be based on the projected reduction in GHG.

SB 834: State lands: leasing: oil and gas and AB 1775: leasing: oil and gas In response to the Trump administration’s plans to allow more offshore oil drilling, these companion bills would prohibit any further offshore oil drilling within California’s three-mile underwater coastal zone. It would also ban any pipelines or other means of conveying oil through this coastal zone onto the shore of California.

AB 3232: Zero-emissions buildings and sources of heat energy This bill requires that the Energy Commission assess the state’s opportunities for reducing emissions from buildings by at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, with a focus on strategies to reduce emissions from space heating and water heating.

AB 1884: Food facilities: single-use plastic straws This bill would prohibit a food facility, where food may be consumed on the premises, from providing single-use plastic straws to consumers unless requested by the consumer. Half a billion plastic straws are thrown away every day. What a waste! 

H.R.6274 This bill seeks to extend the cutoff date for the tax credit awarded to people who purchase an electric vehicle.

Contact your legislators and ask for their support:

State Senator Jerry Hill
California State Senate
Phone: (650) 212-3313 (San Mateo office)

Assemblymember Evan Low (District 28)
California State Assembly
Phone: (408) 446-2810 (Cupertino office)

Assemblymember Marc Berman (District 24)
California State Assembly
Phone: (650) 691-2121 (Los Altos office)

Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (District 22)
California State Assembly
Phone: (650) 349-2200 (San Mateo office)