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Governor’s performance on the environment mixed

by Bill Allayaud, State Director, Sierra Club California

By the end of August, the Legislature had put a number of environmental bills on Governor Schwarzenegger's desk for signature. While there were no blockbuster pieces of legislation this year, there were some significant measures that we wanted him to sign. The result? A mixed record. Overall, his first year appears to be better than any recent Republican governor, but not as good as Gray Davis's first years.

Here is a summary of key bills that reached the governor's desk.

Supported by Club;
signed by governor:

AB 923 (Firebaugh) This raises significant new money for the Carl Moyer program, helping to reduce emissions of dirty diesel engines.

AB 2683 (Lieber) Will repeal the 30-year rolling exemption that applies to the Smog Check and Smog Check II programs; therefore, cars built after 1974 will never be exempt from smog regulations.

SB 1369 (Kuehl - Sierra Club CA sponsor) Increases the requirement for defensible space from 30' to 100' in the most fire-prone areas of the state.

SB 391 (Florez) Requires the perpetrators of pesticide drift poisonings to compensate the victims.

AB 1369 (Pavley - Sierra Club CA sponsor) Bans sale of mercury-added thermostats for residential and commercial use after Jan. 1, 2006.

AB 2901 (Pavley) Requires the sellers of cell phones to take them back from consumers for recycling.

AB 2093 (Nakano), AB 2672 (Simitian), and AB 471 (Simitian) These bills tighten up regulations for cruise ships entering state water for air and water emissions.

AB 2572 (Kehoe - Sierra Club CA sponsor) Requires water meters to be installed in Central Valley cities not covered by last year's bill, including the City of Sacramento.

SB 1459 (Alpert) Restricts bottom trawling in State waters.

AB 2600 (Laird and Leslie) Creates the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.

Supported by Club;
vetoed by governor:

AB 2042 (Lowenthal) Prohibits air pollution at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles from exceeding baseline levels.

SB 1478 (Sher) Makes numerous changes to the California Renewable Portfolio Standards Program and the Renewable Energy Program.

SB 1648 (Chesbro - Sierra Club CA Sponsor) Reforms the management of Jackson Demonstration State Forest in Mendocino County.

AB 338 (Levine) Requires CalTrans to use increasing levels of rubberized asphalt concrete made from recycled tires.

AB 2055 (Wolk) Would strengthen the open space element in general plans, including emphasis on agriculture, urban parks, and habitat issues.

AB 2476 (Wolk) Would have the Delta Protection Commission look at land use impacts on key resource areas.


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April 2012


2011 legislative session mixed
December 2011


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October 2011


Club continues its State legislative advocacy
August 2011


2010

November 2010 General Election ballot propositions
October 2010


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October 2010


Proposition 23 on November ballot would suspend our clean energy law
August 2010


Our State Parks are in peril
August 2010


Club working for passage of environmental bills in State Legislature

Help the environment by lobbying in Sacramento

Ballot Propositions June 2010

June Primary 2010 candidate endorsements

2009

Vote NO on Measure I Preserve Mission Trail Park
October 2009


Measure G would give home rule to Carmel Valley
October 2009


Re-elect Judi Lehman
October 2009


Mark Stone appointed to Coastal Commission
October 2009


Lobby Day in Sacramento was fantastic!
October 2009



2008

Hazardous chemicals to be kept out of toys
December 2008


Sierra Club report card rates State legislators
December 2008


November 2008 ballot measures

November 2008 candidate endorsements

Vote NO on Measure Z
October 2008


Sierra Club supports Prop 1A
October 2008


Prop 2 would reduce Pollution from chicken factories
October 2008


Vote NO on Prop 4
October 2008


Vote NO on Prop 7
October 2008


Vote NO on Prop 10
October 2008


Lobby Day 2008

Priority Bills for 2008

June 3rd 2008 ballot measures

Lobby Day 2008


Vote YES on Prop 93
January 2008


Keep the Green Team in Sacramento
December 2007


2007 legislative session achieves progress
December 2007


Sierra Club opposes electoral initiative
December 2007


Yes on Prop 93
December 2007



2007

Measure C bad for kit fox

If Measure C passes, get ready for gridlock and water scarcity
April 2007


Monterey Co. Measures A & C
April 2007


2005

Drinkard not confirmed to Board of Forestry; Governor substitutes unqualified candidate

Sam Farr gets Congress to recycle

Governor’s performance on the environment mixed