Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of the 19th Senate District (including all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County).
The title of the bill reads like a strange little haiku:
SB-379Last night I attended a sea level rise planning discussion (part of the Here. Now. Us. project) in Marin County, a county where you could say the default political persuasion was left of "Hippie," and found myself sitting next to not one but TWO climate change denialists. These people spent every minute of airtime they were allowed expressing concern that people are concerned about climate change (because of its illegitimate science, it is too expensive, we are already doing enough to respond to flooding, etc.). So I think this bill takes a bold stride forward. It explicitly uses the words "climate change" and "climate adaptation" -- phrases that provoked loud scoffs from the vocal duo I met last night. Let me offer the strangely titled-with-a-haiku SB 379 my own haiku in thanks:
Land use: general plan:
With a clear task listThe Governor also signed two other bills by the same senator yesterday, both concerning oil spill protections: SB 295 Pipeline safety: inspections and SB 414 Oil spill response.
you ask us for foresight so
our children are safer.
These other two good bills were also signed over the last two days, upping the ante on the state's GHG reduction goals and inaugurating representation of vulnerable populations on the board that oversees the state's main GHG reduction measures:
- SB 350 (De León and Leno) Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (Also see the Governor's Oct. 7, 2015, press release about it)
- AB 1288 (Atkins and Pavley) Air resources (to ensure the California Air Resources Board "is more representative of the state's diversity and those most impacted by pollution" according to Governor Brown's Oct. 8, 2015, press release about it)
"The Senate Committee on Rules and the Speaker of the Assembly shall each appoint one member to the state board who shall be a person who works directly with communities in the state that are most significantly burdened by, and vulnerable to, high levels of pollution, including, but not limited to, communities with diverse racial and ethnic populations and communities with low-income populations."That is indeed another step in the right direction. Part of my 2009 Master's thesis was devoted to the "lessons learned" from the failed Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (EJAC) mandated by AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. That committee's participation in the initial roll-out of AB 32 resulted (as of 2009) in a lot of anger on both the EJAC and the ARB. A lot of the roll-out process was already determined by the time the EJAC was formed, setting the committee up for failure. Having actual front-line community representation on the ARB should improve trust, and hopefully the health outcomes of our state's most vulnerable populations.
Other legislation of note signed this week:
- AB 1482 (Gordon) Climate adaptation, requiring the state to update the state's adaptation plan every three years (which was already being done by Executive Order, but now it's a law)
- AB 1496 (Thurmond) Methane emissions, supporting monitoring and reduction of emissions of this extremely dangerous greenhouse gas.
- SB 246 (Wieckowski) Climate change adaptation, setting up a "Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program" at the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, which has been the lead agency on climate planning under this governor, and tagging it with responsibility for updating the state's Adaptation Planning Guide (published in 2012).
Also noteworthy in state adaptation news-- today the California Natural Resources Agency released the 199-page draft document "Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans" for which it is holding public comment sessions in Oakland, Sacramento, and Los Angeles.
Mon. Oct. 12: Bay Area Listening Session on Climate Adaptation
6-8 PM, MetroCenter Auditorium, 101 Eighth Street, Oakland (right above the Lake Merritt BART Station).
Mon. Oct. 26: Sacramento Public Workshop on Safeguarding California Implementation Plans
10 AM- 12 PM, Rosenfeld Hearing Room, California Energy Commission, 1516 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Tues. Oct. 27: Los Angeles Public Workshop on Safeguarding California Implementation Plans
1:30 - 3:30 PM, Carmel Room, Junipero Serra Building, 320 W. 4th Street,, Los Angeles, CA 90013