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

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 @ 8:00 am - Friday, August 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

There are those in the state, like the Governor, who think having California join a regional electricity grid with coal states, that would be overseen and controlled by Trump’s FERC (Federal Energy Resource Commission), is a good thing. 350 Bay Area is opposed to this. AB 813 sets up the process for California doing this and it has moved close to getting a vote on the Senate floor.  It is now in the Senate Rules Committee but could be brought out and onto the Senate floor for a vote at any time between now and Aug. 31st.  So, it is very important for you to call your State Senator today. Those in the Bay Area are listed here:

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.  If you are not sure who your Senator is you can put in your address here and find out: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

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, undermining California’s clean energy goals.
In these final two days it may be important to call your Assemblymeber as well because this is what is called a “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, a completely different bill.  This process is what is called concurrence but is really only meant 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 the Assembly is not being allowed to debate this major policy change, could help them vote no.  What is the real reason this bill is being kept from them? They will have this 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 next year to give them time also to discuss it.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018 @ 8:00 am
Friday, August 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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Ken Jones
415 935-9030