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CA Must Keep Control of Its Clean Energy Goals – Take Action!

January 6 @ 2:18 pm

Last year there were those in the state, like former Governor Brown, who thought having California join a regional electricity grid with coal states, that would be overseen and controlled by Trump’s FERC (Federal Energy Resource Commission), was a good thing. The reason this is still up on our site is that a similar bill may be brought back this year. 350 Bay Area was opposed to this at the time and would be again this year. AB 813 set up the process for California participating in a interstate Regional grid and Authority, and it moved close to a getting a vote on the Senate floor. It had moved to the Senate Rules Committee and could have been brought out and onto the Senate floor for a vote at any time between up to Aug. 31st  So it was very important that we met with our State Senators  Those in the Bay Area are listed here and we did meet with quite a few of them, or their staff, in some cases, a couple of times:

Scott Wiener in SF,  Bob Wiecowski in Fremont area, Nancy Skinner in Oakland, Berkeley area, Jerry Hill in Silicon Valley, Steve Glazer in Contra Costa County, Bill Dodd in Napa, Solano Counties, Jim Beall in San Jose area and Mike McGuire in Marin, Sonoma Counties.

In these final two days it may be important to call your Assemblymeber as well because this is what is called an “gut and amend” bill, one that was a completely different education bill  when the Assembly voted on it and was discussed there and sent to the Senate in May of 2017.  If the Senate passes this bill, it will literally have only hours for the Assembly to vote on this, for them, completely different bill.  This process is what is called concurrence but is really only meat for a few amendments.  So here is major energy policy the Governor wants but done in a way that the Assembly does not get to discuss it.  Calling your Assemblymember and saying that this is not the way government should work, that, in this case it is bordering on being criminal that Assembly is not being allowed to debate this major policy change.  What is the real reason this bill is being kept from them? They will have a vote in concurrence on their side if it passes the Senate, a very quick process with no discussion, but if they were to refuse to vote at all (abstain) or vote no simply in protest of them being left out, this would force the bill to have to be rewritten in 2019 to give them time also to discuss it as there were only hours left to deal with bills in last year’s session that ended on Aug 31.  If you are did call this your Assemblymember, we had asked you to tell them to vote no on SB237 (A Direct Access bill that did end up passing that we were opposed to) which also was major energy policy done in this gut and amend way that prevented the Senate from having a chance to provide their input on. Below is the directions we gave
When you make your call:
  • Be polite.
  • Note that you are a constituent. The staffer may ask for your zip code or address.
  • When you call, you will speak with a staff member from the representative’s office (or, after office hours, leave a message).
  • The staff is usually instructed to simply verify you are a constituent and record your position (opposition to AB 813). Thus it is best to give a simple statement. One of the two statements below will work.
    • Please oppose AB 813. It would turn over control of California’s electrical grid to out-of-state interests and the federal government.
    • Please oppose AB 813. The proposed expansion of electricity grid to a regional one beyond what is happening will emphasize costly transmission lines out of state and make local clean energy less of a priority, likely undermining California’s clean energy goals.

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Date:
January 6
Time:
2:18 pm

Organizer

Ken Jones
Phone:
415 935-9030
Email:
Ken@350BayArea.org