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LA BANS PLASTIC BAGS

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa just signed LA’s historic ban on single-use plastic bags into law! With this historic achievement, 1 in 3 Californians now live somewhere with a plastic bag ban. With LA, 78 California cities and counties have taken action. Onward!

News Release | Environment California

Charge Ahead California Goals Would Speed State's Transition to a Million Zero-Emission Vehicles

Senator Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) has introduced a bill to commit California to a goal of one million electric cars, trucks and buses on the state’s roads within the next ten years. The “Charge Ahead California” bill (SB 1275) is geared toward improving air quality across the state, and ensures that the benefits of electric transportation and clean air reach low-income communities and communities of color most directly impacted by fossil fuel pollution.

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News Release | Environment California

Strong AB 32 Scoping Plan Update Released Monday

Sacramento – Seven years ago, a bipartisan California Legislature made a clear, strong commitment to tackling climate change by passing the groundbreaking Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). Today, Californians have the opportunity to assess the state’s progress so far and provide input into the Scoping Plan that will direct the implementation of AB 32 for the next five years.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

California Solar Jobs Grew 8% in 2013

California has more than 47,000 people employed manufacturing and installing pollution-free solar energy,  according to a national Solar Jobs Census released today by The Solar Foundation.   According to the analysis, California continues to rank 1st in nation for total solar jobs, with approximately one-third of all solar jobs in the country. Growth in the state’s solar jobs is expected to surge by over 22% by the end of 2014.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

50,000 Californians Petition Regulators to Stand Strong for Rooftop Solar

People with solar panels on their roofs and their supporters teamed up with solar advocacy and environmental groups to deliver more than 50,000 signatures urging the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to not change the rules on existing solar customers.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Statement on Joint Plastic Bag Ban Bill

Sacramento— Senator Alex Padilla,Senator Kevin de León, and Senator Ricardo Lara have announced a new, joint bill to phase out single-use plastic bags in California. Nathan Weaver, Oceans Advocate with Environment California, issued the following statement:

“Plastic bags are an environmental blight and a threat to wildlife. The success of 90 local plastic bag bans from Arcata to Solana Beach proves that this policy works to protect the environment. I applaud efforts by Senator Padilla, Senator de León, Senator Lara and other leaders to do the right thing for our environment by phasing out single-use plastic bags. I look forward to working with the Senators to ensure the success of this policy."

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