California

Want Insight Into the Passage of 1978’s Prop 13? Read Proposition 13 = Catch 22 by Arthur Blaustein, Nov 1978 Harper’s Magazine

With a measure to reform 1978’s Proposition 13 headed for the upcoming November 2020 ballot, the California Chamber of Commerce and everyone whipped into an anti-tax frenzy ever since have wasted no time spreading lies and misinformation about the proposed measure from the get-go. The measure does not adversely affect residential homeowners. Period. Anyone who…

Grant Funding Available to Reduce Dairy Methane Emissions – CalCAN

Reposting this important piece by Jeanne Merrill, of the California Climate and Action Network. Read at the source. Please share with any dairy and other livestock producers who might benefit from this program. – RR New Climate Change Program Launches   This week, California launched an innovative new program aimed at lessening the climate change impact…

Progressive CA Democratic Leaders Denounce Anthony Rendon & Jerry Brown for Blocking Single-Payer

via Roots Action: CA Dem Party Progressive Caucus Officers Denounce Speaker Rendon & Gov Brown for Blocking Single-Payer by California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus on June 28, 2017 The Executive Board of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party denounces the “eleventh hour” decision of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, beholden to Governor Brown, to hold S.B. 562,…

Support Sustainable Ag Solutions to Climate Change – Call Your State Senator and Assemblymember Today

Here’s an important message from CalCAN, the California Climate and Agriculture Network. Please make an investment in California’s climate change-mitigating ag programs with a phone call to your state representatives. – RR Please call your state Senator and Assemblymember: Support sustainable agricultural solutions to climate change Governor Jerry Brown and state legislators are debating the…

State Senator Bill Dodd Receives an ‘F’ from the Courage Campaign

From the Courage Campaign: The Hall of Shame includes the legislators most out of step with their constituents, and most closely aligned with corporate and special interests that exploit the people of California. To make the list, a legislator needs to receive an F and demonstrate a voting record that does not represent the progressive…

California Megaflood: Lessons from a Forgotten Catastrophe

 via Scientific American. H/t to Bitsa Burger for the heads-up. A 43-day storm that began in December 1861 put central and southern California underwater for up to six months, and it could happen again By B. Lynn Ingram on January 1, 2013 Geologic evidence shows that truly massive floods, caused by rainfall alone, have occurred…

Big Tobacco loses tax battle in California, but Big Marijuana is on the rise

This article first appeared at The Conversation and is republished under Creative Commons license. Big Tobacco loses tax battle in California, but Big Marijuana is on the rise by Stanton Glantz, Professor of Medicine, UCSF California voters handed Big Tobacco a resounding defeat Tuesday when they passed Proposition 56 to raise the cigarette tax by…

CPUC Net Metering Decision Keeps CA Leading on Rooftop Solar and Customer Choice

 By Susannah Churchill of Vote Solar – January 28, 2016 – Read at the source.  Today saw a major victory for solar choice in San Francisco. After many months of deliberation, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted to adopt new rules that uphold net metering for future solar customers of the state’s large investor-owned utilities (IOUs). The decision, put forward…

California’s Grand Plan to Fight Climate Change on the Farm – Ariana Reguzzoni at Civil Eats

RR is thrilled to find longtime friend of Petaluma Bounty, local sustainable ag systems advocate, and co-owner of Chica Bloom flower farm, Ariana Reguzzoni, writing the pages of the Press Democrat, the Argus-Courier and elsewhere of late. In this Civil Eats piece she touches upon the ways California is seeking to both secure a sustainable…