Thursday, March 29 Briefing at the Capitol

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March 22, 2012 – Protect California Legislative Staff Briefing

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March 15, 2012: Environmental Briefing at the Capitol

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Video from our kick-off at the Capitol building

Were you unable to make it to Protect California’s legislative update (February 1, 2012), but want to know what happened? You’re in luck! Full video of the briefing is now available online; Just follow the two links below and don’t forget to stay posted for news on our next event!

Legislative Update on the Environment (Part 1)

Legislative Update on the Environment (Part 2)


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Environmental Briefing on Mercury Pollution at the Capitol!

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Protect California Campaign has Successful Kick-off at the Capitol!

The Protect California Campaign’s inaugural event, “An Update to the California Legislature on the Environment,” packed a hearing room and drew more than 15 legislators on February 1.

Panel testimony ranged from a scientist’s report about disturbing new research linking air pollution to immune deficiency and multi-generational DNA changes, to a labor leader’s plea for ending clear cutting and advancing sustainable forestry and sustainable jobs.

Through the afternoon, legislators who attended to hear the five panels were senators Fran Pavley, Lois Wolk, Ellen Corbett, Mark Leno, Alan Lowenthal, and Christine Kehoe. Attending from the Assembly were assemblymembers Bob Blumenfield, Jose Solorio, Paul Fong, Betsy Butler, Warren Furutani, Roger Dickinson, Rich Gordon, Mike Feuer and Jared Huffman.

Senator Pavley and Assemblymember Huffman, co-chairs of the legislature’s Environmental Caucus, had earlier helped generate interest in the update by sending a letter to all of their colleagues in the Capitol, encouraging them to attend. Assemblymember Huffman’s staff and Speaker John Perez’s staff played an instrumental role as well, helping with the logistics of arranging a meeting room and other coordination.

Additionally, staff from other legislative offices, environmental advocates, members of the public and a few industry lobbyists packed the audience throughout the afternoon.

Thanks from the Protect California Campaign allies to all of the participants, including these legislators, for showing their support for protecting California’s environment.

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Protect California kicks off today!

Today is the day! The Protect California Campaign is kicking off with a legislative update on the environment. Here is the official press release. Let’s put an end to the anti-environmental rhetoric!

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Agenda Released for Legislative Update

The detailed agenda for our environmental update to the legislature has been released! The meeting will take place in the Capitol building on February 1st, 2012, and will proceed as follows (full pdf text can be found here):



Kathryn Phillips, Sierra Club California

Overview of the day

Samuel Kang, Greenlining Institute

The interdependence of a healthy environment and good jobs


Kevin Hall, Central Valley Air Quality Coalition

Overview of the state of air pollution in California

Kari Nadeau, M.D. Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Stanford School of Medicine

Recent findings regarding air pollution’s impact on the immune system, especially among children


Martha Dina Arguello, Physicians for Social Responsibility—Los Angeles

Toxics and public health

Luis Argurto

Founder and President of Pestec, an integrated pest management firm in the Bay Area

The business case for reducing toxics

Gretchen Lee Salter, Breast Cancer Fund

A mother’s effort to reduce her infant’s toxics exposure


Traci Verardo-Torres, State Parks Foundation

Overview of the state of state parks closures

Teresa Cooke, California Travel Association (CalTravel)

State parks closure and tourism

Christina Strawbridge

Small business owner

Economic impacts of park closures on communities

Robert Hanna

Owner, Range of Light

Why state parks are important

(Mr. Hanna is the great-great grandson of John Muir, an important naturalist, writer, and parks advocate who founded the Sierra Club in 1892)


Sara Aminzadeh, California Coastkeeper Alliance

Surface water pollution in California

Maria Herrera, Community Water Center

Groundwater and drinking water pollution in California

Rose Francis, Community Water Center

Opportunities for protecting Californians from water pollution


Juliette Beck, Sierra Club’s Sierra Nevada Resilient Habitats Campaign

Overview of forestry’s shift to private lands clear cutting

Addie Jacobson, Ebbets Pass Forest Watch

Clear cutting’s environmental impacts on all Californians, including urban dwellers

Steve Wilensky,

Member, Calaveras County Board of Supervisors and labor union advocate

Clear cutting’s social and economic impacts

Bill Camp 

Executive Secretary, Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Clear cutting’s impact on jobs




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Kicking off the Protect California Campaign!

February 1st, 2012, Sierra Club California will be kicking off the Protect California Campaign with an update to the California legislature. Let’s remind our policymakers of their duty to Protect California!

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