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Sep 30, 2014

This is big, California!

Governor Jerry Brown just signed into law the statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, SB 270! Californians who care about protecting our environment and ending the scourge of wasteful, polluting plastic bags in our beautiful state -- that's YOU -- made the difference. This is your victory and you should be proud of our movement.

We congratulate SB 270 authors Senators Alex Padilla, Kevin de León and Ricardo Lara and all our environmental partners who worked so hard to pass this bill.

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Sep 26, 2014

We see it happening every election. A member of the legislature fights for clean air and clean water on behalf of his constituents. Then he courageously stands up to Big Oil and its relentless army of lobbyists in Sacramento. And what happens? Big Oil decides it needs to take him out and spends a ridiculous amount of money to try to elect someone who won’t represent his constituents.

Sep 16, 2014

Just minutes ago, I stood in Governor Jerry Brown's office while he signed historic legislation regulating California groundwater.

Incredibly, until today, California was the only western state without groundwater regulations. For decades, Californians have used more groundwater than we have replenished, and water levels have dropped at an alarming rate. In the current drought, as other water resources have declined, groundwater has been supplying more than half of California’s water needs.

Sep 5, 2014

At a press conference today, the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) and the national League of Conservation Voters (LCV) announced a new campaign, The Price We All Pay, to curb the influence of polluter money in elections. As part of the campaign, the groups are urging California members of Congress to co-sponsor the Government by the People Act, and are raising awareness of the impacts of polluter money in politics at a time of record climate change impacts nationwide.

Aug 29, 2014

I'm proud to share this breaking news: The state legislature just passed the statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, SB 270! The final vote to send it to the governor's desk was a late-night concurrence vote, 22-15 in the State Senate, just minutes ago.

Aug 28, 2014

Some places seem much smaller to you as an adult than how you remembered them as a child. The San Gabriel Mountains is not one of these places.

On National Trails Day this year my friends and I ventured into the San Gabriels—a place I had gone camping in as a kid. We started early in the day, exploring a trail that took us past shaded ferns and streams trickling through the heat of summer up to wide open vistas and towering pine trees. 

Aug 19, 2014

Today, several environmental, labor, and other groups delivered a letter to Attorney General Kamala Harris, writing on behalf of millions of our California members to express strong concerns about the potential manipulation of gasoline prices by oil companies, as transportation fuels come under the greenhouse gas emissions cap created by AB 32, California's landmark climate and clean energy law.

Aug 18, 2014

One would expect firefighters would know a thing or two about fire safety. So when they speak up and tell the state legislature that adding pounds of flame retardant chemicals to single pieces of furniture doesn't protect them, or folks whose houses or businesses catch fire, and in fact puts their lives MORE at risk, you would hope our lawmakers would listen.

Aug 14, 2014

The state legislature passed a new $7.5 billion water bond on August 13, 2014.

CLCV released a statement from CEO Sarah Rose on the water bond's passage:

Aug 14, 2014

Washing your face and brushing your teeth are daily activities that shouldn’t cause harm to our environment. Unfortunately, tiny plastic beads in some personal care products are entering our local streams and rivers directly from our sinks – and they're eventually found in the ocean and inside the bodies of marine wildlife.

 
 
 

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2014 California Environmental Scorecard

2014 California Environmental Scorecard

Together, we won a number of crucial victories in 2013. How did your legislator do?

Read about the 2013 legislative year in CLCV's 2014 California Environmental Scorecard.