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Los Angeles Times - 7/23/18

Monday, July 23, 2018

Catching swordfish off the coast of California today means leaving mile long mesh nets deep in the ocean overnight. But what fishermen pull up is mostly not swordfish. For every one of the hefty, long-billed swordfish in a net, it’s estimated that there are four other marine animals entangled there.

The Sacramento Bee - 7/16/18

Monday, July 16, 2018

Whale watchers were elated last summer by the rare sight of more than 40 short-finned pilot whales frolicking in the Southern California surf. But the excited onlookers were likely unaware of the hidden dangers lurking below the waves, threatening the lives of these whales and many of the world’s most iconic sea creatures.

Off the California coast, commercial swordfish fishermen use antiquated mile-long nets – called large-mesh drift gillnets – that are left overnight in the ocean, where they can entangle whales, dolphins, sea lions, sharks and other fish.

LAist- 7/9/18

Monday, July 9, 2018

The new state budget — the last one signed by Governor Jerry Brown — has over $50 million more for funding arts and arts education.  We did a break down of the dollars to see where the money is going.  Starting with the California Arts Council.

What did they get?

Marin Independent Journal- 4/16/18

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

A Marin-based environmental group is backing state legislation to rid the ocean of drift gill nets it says accidentally injure or kill marine mammals.

The drift net fishery for swordfish in California consists of roughly 20 fishing vessels that set out floating nets, some the length of the Golden Gate Bridge. Critics say they indiscriminately catch whatever floats in, including whales, turtles, dolphins and sharks.

Sacramento Bee - 5/15/18

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Research shows that students who participate in visual and performing arts in school do better academically, socially, emotionally and, eventually, economically.

Despite a longstanding state law requiring California’s public schools to provide arts education, only 38 percent of students have access to music, dance, theatre or visual arts classes. Compounding this injustice, students with little or no access live predominantly in low-income communities. This isn't right and it's time to fix it.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Released By: John Myers - The Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO – California officials could be barred from transferring the title for federal government land to a private owner under a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, prompted by fears that President Trump may shift away from previous efforts at preservation.

The new law, which takes effect in January, will insist that the state government get the first right of refusal to buy any land discarded or sold by federal officials.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Released By: Melanie Curry - Streetsblog Claifornia

SACRAMENTO – This sounds wonky, but it’s a big deal, so pay attention:

Governor Brown just signed S.B. 150, from Senator Ben Allen (D-Redondo Beach), which will bring California regional governments a few steps closer to being accountable for working to reduce greenhouse gases.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Released By: Californians Against Waste

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) and Assembly Member Phil Ting (D- San Francisco) were honored by the environmental organization Californians Against Waste (CAW) this week for their leadership and support for recycling legislation.

Each year CAW recognizes members of the Legislature for their efforts to advance waste reduction and recycling policy in California at its annual “Birthday Bash” reception.

Friday, May 26, 2017

The California Arts Council was at the state Capitol on Wednesday as artists, arts agencies, organizations and advocacy groups gathered for a seat at the table of the Joint Committee on the Arts. Joint Committee Chair Senator Ben Allen and other committee members listened intently and asked questions as various panelists expressed their views on the state of the arts in California.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

California lawmakers advocated for the Ocean Pollution Reduction Act, a bill that will include a statewide ban on "Styrofoam food packaging" that cannot be recycled or composted, on Monday at the University of California- Los Angeles.

Courtney Friel reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on May 22, 2017

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