For the third time in three days, Governor Newsom has signed off on one of the measures it has taken to help fight climate change.
His actions are evidence that California policymakers are taking seriously what the world has been grappling with for years – but he has come under fire especially in the past few weeks. From Alaska to Puerto Rico, record hurricanes, melting glaciers, scorching heat waves, and widespread wildfires are no longer uncommon weather events.
Last week, it was the signing of my Senate Bill 1340 to extend the tax break for new active solar systems that set new state policy.
Solar energy is absolutely necessary to meet the increasing energy requirements statewide. In recognition of this growing need, California has instituted several incentives to promote solar energy. Unfortunately, these incentives are set to run out, which could put us at a cost disadvantage compared to other countries.
SB 1340 will help avoid steep solar costs for price payers and help secure more new green energy systems in California.
Governor Newsom, in his signature letter, echoed my opinion:
“California has set strong clean energy goals in its broader plan to combat the effects of climate change,” Newsom wrote, explaining why he signed SB 1340 into law. “Increasing the number and frequency of online solar projects is a critical component of this plan.”
The other two bills he signed recently to combat climate change are:
SB 529 Simplify transmission construction. This bill accelerates reviews and approvals of transportation and construction upgrades to meet near-term clean energy needs and support long-term needs.
SB 1174 Clean energy infrastructure. This act directs state energy agencies to enhance transportation planning and approvals to provide the clean energy California depends on to achieve its current goal of transitioning to 100 percent clean energy by 2045.
Combined with other recently signed climate change bills, California has enacted some of the most aggressive measures in history to cut pollution, protect Californians from major polluters, and accelerate the state’s transition to clean energy.
The goal of these ground-breaking measures is to achieve carbon neutrality no later than 2045, 90 percent clean energy by 2035, put in place new backlash measures to protect communities from oil drilling, capture carbon pollution from the air, develop nature-based solutions, and more. So.
All of this is an essential part of California’s Climate Commitment, a record $54 billion investment in climate action that advances economic opportunity and environmental justice in communities across the state.
In short, we make a difference.
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Opening and closing 210 highway ramps to affect SFV engines
Westbound Interstate 210 on and off the slopes on Roxford Street in Sylmar will be closed for up to 45 days for paving work beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, October 3, according to the California Department of Transportation. Residents and local businesses located near the highway may be exposed to noise, vibration, and dust associated with construction activities.
Closing the slopes will provide additional space for crews to clear the far right path. This is the project’s last long-term scheduled ramp closure.
Motorists are advised to use an alternate route during the duration of the closure. All closures are weather permitting and subject to change. Drivers are encouraged to check traffic status before leaving for their destination by visiting Caltrans Quickmap here.
Also, Polk Street on and off the slopes reopened last week; Yarnell Street off the slope reopens Friday, September 30th.
Work on I-210 is part of a $135.5 million project to replace all I-210 lanes with new pavement from Wheatland Street to Interstate 5. This project is funded by Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. Overhead sign is also done Upgrade structures, traffic ring detectors, center railing and handrail system through this project.
Caltrans reminds drivers to be “work zone alert” and “slow to cone zone.”
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LA COUNTY to launch rental assistance program
With the county’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium ending, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has begun developing an awareness campaign to ensure that renters and landlords can continue to get the help they need. Existing tenant protections are set to expire by the end of the year while officials consider other protections, including ensuring that people can only be evicted for a just cause and preventing landlords from charging marked increases in rents. A recent board proposal specifically calls for county employees to create a strategy to “report the formal phase-out of the county’s emergency tenant protection measures to both landlords and tenants.” More here.
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Inflation of relief payments to Californians due soon
Many Californians will receive tax refund payments of up to $1,050 to offset inflation and the accompanying increase in the cost of products. Payments to eligible residents will be disbursed from October 2022 through January 2023 and will range from $200 to $1,050, depending on income and tax filing status. Eligible residents will receive their payment by either direct deposit or debit card payment, depending on how they file taxes. More here. To round up your payment, use the Tax Franchise Board’s virtual calculator here.
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Progress of the San Fernando City Infiltration Project
The San Fernando Provincial Park intrusion project is scheduled to be completed by May 2023, a little earlier than expected. According to Matt Baumgardner, Director of Public Works for the City of San Fernando, the project entails building underground rainwater chambers in San Fernando Provincial Park, which will collect rainwater from various areas of the city to infiltrate the ground system. In addition, the city is installing a rainwater drain on Glenwax Boulevard and Griswold Street that will divert rainwater into the park, rather than the Bakoma Wash, to prevent flooding. After the rooms are completed, the city will connect rainwater drainage pipes along the path to the park and install new grass and fences for the baseball field. This project is expected to be completed in early January 2023. More here.
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Los Angeles County Supervisors will vote to ban the sale of large handguns
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors proposed a ban on handguns and large-caliber ammunition, as well as several other regulations that would restrict the sale of firearms in unincorporated county communities. In a unanimous vote, the five supervisors asked the county’s attorneys to draft ordinances banning the sale of .50-caliber handguns with half-inch bullets, banning gun sellers from operating near schools and parks, and forbidding residents from carrying a firearm on any Los Angeles County property. Other regulations require all gun and ammunition sellers to install security video cameras, prevent minors from entering their stores, maintain fingerprint records, and regularly report inventory to licensing agencies.
The district attorney will now work on a report suggesting how to write the ordinances. It will then be presented to moderators for a possible vote in approximately 90 days. More here.
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Local Budget Winners Reflect SFV Diversity
Here is Part Seven on local programs and improvements that will soon have a positive impact on a neighborhood near you. Read part one here, part two here, part three here, part four here, part five here and part six here. All as a result of the annual budget process as I seek funding for my worthy San Fernando Valley projects, $24 million will be shared. (Steve Fukushima photo).
Pet Assistance Program receives $600,000 to help homeless pets
Orlando Ward American Volunteers Los Angeles receives a $600,000 check from Senator Bob Hertzberg to help care for pets of those experiencing homelessness.
Efforts to remove unwanted SFV GRAFFITI backed by $250,000
Rogelio Flores of Northeast Graffiti Busters receives a $250,000 check from Senator Bob Hertzberg to fund field equipment and supplies needed to remove unwanted fees in the San Fernando Valley.
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