SACRAMENTO, CA – An innovative and pioneering energy efficiency and renewable energy finance mechanism took a step closer to reality today with the introduction of Senate Bill 998 (SB 998) by Senator Kevin de León. The bill would authorize the Public Utilities Commission to establish a first-in-the nation On-bill Repayment (OBR) program allowing consumers a creative way to save money and energy by financing energy efficiency retrofits and renewable energy projects through their utility bills.
The OBR program was envisioned by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), which is the principal supporter of SB 998. Assuming a 1% annual participation rate by homeowners, EDF estimates the program could generate more than 20,000 jobs for the hard-hit construction industry and reduce more than seven million tons of CO2 emissions per year. “Banks want to participate in funding energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in California. This gives them a great opportunity to help fund these worthwhile projects at no cost to taxpayers,” said Brad Copithorne EDF’s Energy and Financial Policy Specialist.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Appearing on the Senate Floor today with one of the faces of the horrific gun violence that has plagued Mexico, Senator Kevin de León applauded the vote that passed his Senate Joint Resolution 10 (SJR10) calling for comprehensive measures aimed at stopping the obscene flow of weapons from the U.S. into Mexico that fuels that violence.
Before debate on the resolution, Senator de León introduced Mexican exile and peace activist Saul Reyes Salazar. The Reyes Salazar Family has lost six family members in the last two-and-a-half years because of their outspokenness about the suffering endured by innocent, everyday citizens in Mexico at the hands of violent drug cartels.
“You listen to the horrific events that Mr. Reyes Salazar’s family has endured and you realize that we must do what we can to help stop this senseless violence,” said Senator De León. “This resolution is a small step but highlights the giant challenge before us. Weapons flow freely from the U.S. to Mexico and provide the fuel for the reckless violence that plagues innocent people on both sides of the border.”
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SACRAMENTO, CA – Calling for a bridge between “mainstream” environmentalists and inner-city denizens less typically identified with the environmental movement but equally concerned about shared issues, Senator Kevin de León gladly received the Planning and Conservation League’s (PCL) Legislator of the Year Award at the organization’s annual Environmental Legislative Symposium.
“The environmental movement must learn to speak Spanish,” said De León as he accepted the award, emphasizing the need to translate the environmental movement for urban and rural Latinos who share the same concerns with those who are referred to as traditional environmentalists, but often speak different languages, both figuratively and literally. “The oil industry benefits from divisiveness among those of us who are making efforts to pursue alternative energy all with the same goal of a healthier environment for everyone regardless of race, economic status or geography.”
Senator De León noted that he represents a district criss-crossed by six freeways and has some of the country’s worst air quality. To mitigate the direct impacts of climate change largely affecting disadvantaged communities already suffering from adverse health impacts, Senator De León has proposed Senate Bill 535 to create the California Communities Healthy Air Revitalization Trust (CHART). He believes this is important to delivering on the promise of clean air for California’s children and families. The bill will also help provide job opportunities in the new clean tech economy for the hard-working families of California.
Los Angeles, CA – Senator Kevin de León testified at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) hearing in strong support for the full suite of clean vehicle and fuels policies that will be good for public health, our environment and green jobs for California. CARB then passed the package of regulations that was years in the making and has once again put California at the forefront of taking action on clean vehicles and clean air for the future.
“These rules will help improve the air quality for many of my constituents who live around these freeways and endure some of the worst air quality in the State,” said Senator De León. “Chairwoman Mary Nichols and CARB have worked closely with the Obama administration to cooperatively develop greenhouse gas standards that will not only benefit Californians but also the entire country.”
Following is my editorial that appeared in today’s Sacramento Bee regarding the power of an engaged citizenry in transforming California’s structurally deficient democracy using our homegrown social media tools. Below the editorial is a letter I submitted to Governor Brown outlining my plan and recommending he assert his leadership in helping to reshape our governance structure. California’s innovation has helped shape governments around the world and should be used to help improve our own state.