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Politics and Issues

Sierra Club California's priority bills for 2008

Smart Growth/Global Warming.
SB 375 (Steinberg) would require certain regional transportation plans to include a sustainable communities strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Would provide incentives for more compact development, reduced driving, greater housing choices and conservation of farmland and habitat.

Clean Energy.
SB 411 (Simitian and Perata) would require investor-owned utilities to meet a Renewables Portfolio Standard of at least 33 percent by 2020.

Cleaner Air at Ports.
SB 974 (Lowenthal) would charge containers shipped through the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland in order to raise money for air quality and transportation improvements.

Land Use/Fire Protection.
SB 1500 (Kehoe) would allow the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to require local governments to guarantee adequate structural fire protection before approving development in high-fire-hazard State Responsibility Areas.

Fire Protection.
SB 1617 (Kehoe) would establish a fair and equitable new fee on homes in State Responsibility Areas to fund some of the costs of their fire protection. The fee would be tiered to give incentives for reducing fire risks, and would also fund proactive prevention activities.

Safer Products.
AB 1879 (Feuer and Huffman) would give the Department of Toxic Substances Control the authority to establish safeguards to protect people and the environment from consumer products containing known toxins like lead, mercury, and arsenic.

Recycling Mercury Thermostats.
AB 2347 (Ruskin) would require manufacturers to establish a program for recycling thermostats containing mercury, a potent neurotoxin.

Water Conservation.
AB 2175 (Laird and Feuer) would establish numeric water savings targets for urban and agricultural water use and require a 20% reduction in statewide urban per capita water use by 2020.

Outdoor Education.
AB 2989 (Fuentes) would create a permanent program in the Department of Parks and Recreation that would award grants to schools and non-profit groups that provide outdoor education and recreational opportunities for youth.

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June 5 Election Endorsements
April 2012

2011 legislative session mixed
December 2011

November 2011 candidate endorsement
October 2011

Club continues its State legislative advocacy
August 2011


November 2010 General Election ballot propositions
October 2010

November 2010 General Election candidate endorsements
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


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


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


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


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

Sam Farr gets Congress to recycle

Governor’s performance on the environment mixed