Tag Archives: California

Imagining the Zero Waste City of Tomorrow

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Around the world, cities are committed to becoming Zero Waste communities by adopting new principles and changing the way they manage waste. And they are finding that eliminating waste is not only environmentally beneficial but also economically advantageous.   The San Francisco Experience In the US, the city of San Francisco, California is leading the charge to become a […]

Urban Farming is Coming to Los Angeles

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In the wake of the landmark passing of California’s Neighborhood Foods Act, urban farming is flourishing in Los Angeles. In October, City Councilmen Felipe Fuentes and Curren Price filed a motion to allow owners of vacant lots in the city to qualify for tax relief if they make their land available for agricultural use. Los Angeles has […]

New Gun Control for California Works to Advance Public Safety

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California is once again leading the nation in enacting more sensible gun control regulations. This week the state Congress is continuing to draft legislation that would create a comprehensive database for the purchase of ammunition, as well as require all guns to remain locked up when they are not in use, and extend how long a person is prohibited from owning weapons after they have made violent threats against someone.

California Senate Passes Sweeping Gun Control Reforms

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This week the California State Senate approved seven related gun control bills, which include universal background checks for anyone who wishes to purchase ammunition. People in the state who have a criminal record, severe mental illness, or a restraining order filed against them, would also be disqualified from owning firearms.

California Environmental Wins: Expanded Marine Sanctuaries & New Fracking Rules

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This week California released its first ever hydraulic fracturing regulations, and the Obama administration also announced plans to expand two Northern California marine sanctuaries, extending the protected areas from Monterey Bay all the way to the picturesque Mendocino coast. The larger oceanic sanctuary will permanently ban oil drilling along more than 50 miles of Northern California seashore, while the proposed fracking rules will help to protect the region’s water supply and fragile environment.

California Approves Election Day Registration for All Voters in the State

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As voting suppression and mandatory voter id efforts have spread across our nation, diligent legislators in California are now working to make it easier to vote. The California State Senate has just passed AB 1436, which legalizes Election Day Registration (EDR), enabling citizens to register and vote on the same day. Currently the state law prohibits Californians from registering to vote in the final two weeks before an election; the new bill will eliminate that deadline, making voting more accessible for all of the state’s citizens.

Sunday Streets Shines in San Francisco’s Mission District

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Yesterday the sunny streets of San Francisco were swarming with thousands of happy residents during another regular Sunday Streets event. Rivers of happy families filled the car-free avenues, listening to live music, biking, dancing, playing football, skateboarding, walking dogs, socializing with their neighbors, and just soaking up the beautiful spring day.

Will Los Angeles Plastic Bag Ban Lead to a State Law?

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Los Angeles is now one of 49 California cities to ban plastic bags. It took four years to convince nearly all of the local supervisors to vote (13-1) in favor of the prohibition. As the largest city to finally get rid of plastic — the region is responsible for about 2.3 billion of California’s total consumption of 12 billion plastic bags — the ban is expected to spark state-wide legislation.