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Sacramento Bee - 4/7/19

Sunday, April 7, 2019

The Sacramento Bee, Modesto Bee, Merced Sun-Star, Fresno Bee and San Luis Obispo Tribune are launching a discussion about important issues facing the state of California. For a second consecutive year, we've brought together 100 influential Californians from a variety of industries and perspectives who will offer their views through year's end. Our hope is this extended conversation leads to substantive change. 

For full story see Sacbee.com

Los Angeles Times - 2/21/19

Thursday, February 21, 2019

New legislation announced Wednesday would require plastic and other single-use materials sold in California to be either reusable, fully recyclable or compostable by 2030. The measure would also require the state to recycle or otherwise divert from landfills 75% of single-use plastic packaging and products sold or distributed in California, up from the 44% of all solid waste that was diverted as of 2017.

For full story see latimes.com

Los Angeles Times - 2/8/19

Friday, February 8, 2019

California voters have consistently backed the building of affordable housing, and they have been generous in paying for it. Since 1988, the state has passed seven housing bonds worth more than $9 billion to fund the construction of homes for seniors, the homeless, farmworkers and low-income families. Yet despite voters’ steady support, there remains a terrible, crisis-level shortage of affordable housing for middle- and low-income Californians — and a provision in the state Constitution that makes it unnecessarily difficult to build that housing.

Los Angeles Times - 12/3/18

Monday, December 3, 2018

A Los Angeles-area lawmaker is proposing a 2020 ballot measure that would remove from the California Constitution a provision that makes it harder to build low-income housing. Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) wants to eliminate Article 34 of the state Constitution, which requires a citywide public vote before new low-income housing projects that receive public funding are built. The provision was added to the Constitution through a ballot initiative in 1950, and Allen said it was a relic in need of repeal.

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.