The Regional Climate Protection Plan Strategy Vote on April 19th!

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The Bay Climate Action Plan Campaign has informed El Cerrito Progressives that the Air District Board will vote on the Regional Climate Protection Strategy on April 19, 2017, and is asking those who support Climate Action to be there in support.

In 2013, the Action Plan Campaign petitioned the Air District Board  to commit the Bay Area to reducing greenhous gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, and to implement a program to achieve the goal of emissions reduction.

We insisted on the commitment, and we got it! After a year of steady advocacy, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board adopted a Climate Resolution that satisfied our requirements.

In 2014 the Air District began the process of raising program funds and assigning dedicated staff. In fact the Air District’s climate staffing rose from one full time person to a manager and seven full time staff. This would not have happened without 350 Bay Area’s initiative and persistence, specifically the work of many of you, the volunteers who came to Board meetings to press the case.

And yet we still waited. The Air District was to adopt it’s Clean Air Plan, to include the Regional Climate Protection Strategy in 2015. We’ve been patient and persistent pressing for this action.

At long last the Regional Climate Protection Strategy is on the table. On Wednesday, April 19 the Air District Board is scheduled to vote to adopt the long anticipated Regional Climate Protection Strategy as part of its 2017 Clean Air Plan. It’s an historic, ambitious, first-in-the-nation, and visionary document laying out a path for the Bay Area to do our share for the earth and all living things on it by reducing our emissions of climate destroying GHGs to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

If implemented as we envision, it would put the Bay Area in the forefront of State, national and international leadership in combating climate catastrophe.

Click here to attend.

Be there for the vote. It will take courage to implement bold enough actions to achieve the goal. We need to show our support every step of the way. Tell the Board how important this is to you and all the people and other living things you love.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District
375 Beale Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94105
APCO – Jack Broadbent…..(415) 749-5052 E-mail

Show up on April 19 to support the Plan, and stay tuned. We will absolutely need to come back again and again to push the Air District for bold regulatory action, wise incentive funding allocation decisions, and strong public information campaigns in the future.

RSVP for the Air District Public Hearing Wednesday, April 19

When 9:30am – 12pm

Thank you!

Jed Holtzman & Janet Stromberg,

Bay Climate Action Plan Campaign

350 Bay Area: http://www.350bayarea.org/

 

 

California Senate Public Safety Committee Supports Bill to Eliminate Bail

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The bail system in California and many states tends to punish those who cannot afford high bail costs.  Seeing the lack of affordability within the California bail system, the Senate Public Safety Committee has recently voted 5-1 towards passing a bill that would relieve the situation of high bail, possibly releasing 46,000 Californians who are behind bars, awaiting trial or sentencing.

Read more from The Mercury News: California bill to eliminate bail system clears first hurdle

FYI from El Cerrito Progressives: CA SENATE APPROVES SANCTUARY STATE BILL, SENDS TO ASSEMBLY

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“Monday, April 03, 2017 07:15PM

California lawmakers gave initial approval Monday to a measure that prevents law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials, a measure that proponents said rebukes President Donald Trump for his immigration crackdown.

It makes California a statewide sanctuary for many people who are in the country illegally.

The state Senate passed the measure on a 27-12 vote, sending it to the state Assembly over the objection of opponents who said it endangers the public by shielding felons from being deported.”

Accessory Dwelling Units Facilitate Living

In support of El Cerrito and surrounding communities, we’d like to inform readers of Unblocking the Market for Accessory Dwelling Units: Lessons Learned from Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation.

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5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | Tuesday, April 18, 2017

An anticipated new study about accessory dwelling units (ADUs) is being released by UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation. Titled Unblocking the Market for Accessory Dwelling Units: Lessons Learned from Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, the study examines the impact of various policy reforms and programs on expanding the production of accessory dwelling units. Using Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia as case studies, the report examines why some reforms have spurred more ADU construction than others while identifying best practices for other regions seeking to increase this type of housing development in their communities. Join us to learn more. In partnership with Urban Land Institute San Francisco.

+ Micah Weinberg / Bay Area Council Economic Institute
+ Carol Berg / City of Santa Cruz
+ Karen Chapple / UC Berkeley
+ Carol Galante / UC Berkeley
+ Ben Metcalf / Claifornia Department of Housing and Community Development
+ Yat-Pang Au / Veritas Investments

Read More: Same Neighborhoods, More Homes: Bring on the Accessory Dwelling Units

FYI: Refusing to Stop Arrests in Courts, Immigration Officials Urge California’s Chief Justice to drop State policies instead

Following is an update to the previous interaction between California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and Federal immigration Officials:

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From THE HUFFINGTON POST:

“WASHINGTON ― Two top Trump administration officials wrote to California’s chief justice on Wednesday to tell her they won’t honor her request to stop conducting immigration enforcement within courts.

The letter, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly sent to California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and shared with reporters on Friday, is a response to her request this month that immigration agents cease “stalking” courthouses.”

Read More: Immigration Agents Won’t Stop Making Arrests In Courts, Trump Officials Tell Judge

SERVICES not CELLS: Let your Elected Officials know you DO NOT support the West County Detention Center expansion

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The Action Network has provided West Contra Costa County residents who oppose the expansion of the West County Detention Center with the tools to tell our elected officials of our opposition. If you do oppose expansion of the Detention Center, please sign the Action Network petition: Services Not Cells: Let your Elected Officials know you DO NOT support the West County Detention Center expansion. 

With our signatures we can tell the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, the County Sheriff Department, and the Board of State and Community Corrections that we oppose millions of our tax dollars being spent on an expansion that won’t make us safer.

Stated by the Action Network:

“The Contra Costa County Sheriff and Board of Supervisors are proposing to spend $95 million in taxpayer money building a new jail that will not make our community safer. The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors is willing to take our County’s reserve funds and general fund money to build a jail to house people that Donald Trump wants to deport.

At least 25 million, probably more, of this money is coming from reserve funds set aside for an economic downturn and general funds that should be spent on basic services like healthcare, libraries, law enforcement in our communities and infrastructure, not on a massive jail expansion that will not improve public safety.

Contra Costa County data has shown the racial disparities for people of color at every stage of the criminal justice process within the County. County funds need to go towards rehabilitation and preventative services to address these disparities and help these communities, not add more cells.”

If you see expansion of the West County Detention Center to be a huge expense that dips into County reserve funds, unnecessarily reducing the economic security of West Contra Costa County, please Sign Now! Thank you!

Our Chance to Stop Confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

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The AFL-CIO has notified El Cerrito Progressives of the chance for all of us opposed to the appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch as a U.S. Supreme Court justice to stop his confirmation. The AFL-CIO annoucement of a rally across the country towards that effort follows:

Next week the Senate is expected to start voting on the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. We were able to stop the terrible Republican health care bill because of people taking collective action—and we have a chance to do it again with the vote on Gorsuch.

Working people in San Francisco and other cities across the country will be rallying on Saturday to tell the Senate to stop Gorsuch.

The events will give working people a chance to speak out about what we need out of any new Supreme Court justice and why Neil Gorsuch is not the judge to provide it.

Sign up now to let us know you’ll come to the action on Saturday in San Francisco to oppose Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court.

Here are the full details for Saturday’s event:

Action in San Francisco to Oppose Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court
Start: April 01, 2017 – 9:30 AM
Justin Herman Plaza inside of the Embarcadero Center
Market St & Steuart Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
RSVP now to say you can make it on Saturday!

Judge Neil Gorsuch has a poor record when it comes to standing up for working people. He has shown repeatedly that he would give corporations more power over our lives. And his eagerness to overturn well-established Supreme Court precedent puts him squarely at odds with many rulings that benefit working people.

This is arguably one of the most important Supreme Court nominations of our time. And since Supreme Court justices receive lifetime appointments, it’s even more important for working people to demand justices who will prioritize helping us create a better life for ourselves and our families, not one who already has shown he is more interested in giving corporations and greedy CEOs more power over communities.

Let us know you can make it on Saturday for the action in San Francisco to tell the Senate to oppose Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

In Solidarity,

Karen
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Karen Gasper
National Field Director, AFL-CIO
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