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California Senate Votes 36-0 to Expand Yosemite

Sacramento, CA – The California Senate voted 36-0 to pass SJR 5, a resolution in support of adding 1,600 acres of soaring, conifer-studded hillsides and alpine meadows to Yosemite National Park. The land was originally part of Yosemite, but Congress stripped its protection in a 1906 concession to industrial interests. The resolution would help remove legal barriers to righting this historic wrong.

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News Release | Environment California

Sen. Alex Padilla's Plastic Bag Ban Bill Moves Ahead

Sacramento – Legislation to ban single-use plastic bags across California took another step toward becoming law. The Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee voted this morning to approve SB 405, moving the legislation closer to a final vote on the Senate floor later this session. Written by Alex Padilla (Pacoima), the bill would ban single-use plastic checkout bags in grocery, drug, and convenience stores.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Sacramento Ocean Day draws citizens from across the state

On Tuesday, April 16, ocean conservation advocates and experts from across California will convene at the California State Capitol for Ocean Day. Efforts to lessen sea level rise impacts, reduce marine debris, and implement the Marine Life Protection Act have created a groundswell of support for smart and science-based ocean policy. Residents and activists will meet with legislators to send the message that marine conservation should continue to be a priority for the state. With California’s ocean economy driving $43 billion in revenue and nearly 400,000 jobs each year, sustainable management is a wise investment.

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With Help From Nature, a Town Aims to Be a Solar Capital

 “Lancaster is breaking new ground,” said Michelle Kinman, a clean energy advocate at Environment California, a research and lobbying group. Ms. Kinman, who tracks the growth of solar energy in the state, calculates that the city tripled the number of residential installations in the past 18 months.

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Lancaster's Solar Leadership

The city of Lancaster, in the Antelope Valley, basks in sun for a good portion of the year. Now it's become the first city in the nation to mandate that homeowners take advantage of all that sun with solar roofing. Guest host Tess Vigeland speaks with the city's mayor tonight and asks how he's planning to make it affordable for residents. Environment California Research & Policy Center's clean energy advocate Michelle Kinman also provides commentary and makes the case for the next mayor of Los Angeles to make solar power a top priority.

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