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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!
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.
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!
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):
1 P.M. INTRODUCTION
Kathryn Phillips, Sierra Club California
Overview of the day
Samuel Kang, Greenlining Institute
The interdependence of a healthy environment and good jobs
1:10 P.M. AIR POLLUTION
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
1:45 P.M. TOXIC SUBSTANCE EXPOSURE
Martha Dina Arguello, Physicians for Social Responsibility—Los Angeles
Toxics and public health
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
2:20 P.M. STATE PARKS CLOSURES
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
Small business owner
Economic impacts of park closures on communities
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)
2:55 P.M. WATER POLLUTION
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
3:30 P.M. FOREST CLEAR CUTTING
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
Member, Calaveras County Board of Supervisors and labor union advocate
Clear cutting’s social and economic impacts
Executive Secretary, Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Clear cutting’s impact on jobs
4:05 P.M. PUBLIC COMMENTS
4:30 P.M. CLOSING COMMENTS
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!