What would Carmen do when faced with environmental injustice?

She fought it fiercely, but now it’s our turn. And you can do all these actions in your coffee break if you prep your phone – we show you how here.
Q: But why do I have to call my legislators? They’re all Democrats. Answer here.

  • Action #1 (State): Call your CA state senator TODAY and tell them to vote “NO” on SB 396.
  • Action #2 (State) : Call/email your CA state legislators to vote “YES” on the following environmental bills…
  • Action #3 (Federal): Fixing the “Inflation Reduction Act” – Can you say “sacrifice zone?”

Sierra Club Santa Barbara-Ventura Chapter: Tribute to Carmen Ramirez

In oil counties like SB and Ventura, where if we win it is with narrow 3-2 Supervisor votes, where oil companies spend $8 million on county initiatives (as they did in June in Ventura) and sue the county (as they are doing in both counties right now), it takes superstars like Carmen to set us on the clean energy path and not double down on increasingly carbon-intensive fossil fuel infrastructure. My hope is that we can step up our state game to lighten the load. Read more from members who have known and loved her on the following blog post here. (Tribute post here)

Katie Davis, Chapter Board Chair

Action #1 (State): Call your CA state senator TODAY and tell them to vote “NO” on SB 396.

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If you love California’s trees, call your Assembly Member to vote NO on SB 396 (Vote is MONDAY!)

FAST Action! – Call your assemblymember and tell them on today and Monday to vote “NO” on SB 396.

This is a sleeper issue…

Most people won’t notice if this bill passes until a lot of trees – our source of clean air, pollution reduction, erosion control, shade, beauty and habitat of our local ecosystem, are lying in pieces at our feet, in our wilderness areas, our parks, and in our own backyards.

This bill exists because a particular “investor-owned” utilities (IOUs) – PG&E – wants to use the cheapest and least effective method of fire prevention. In fact, PG&E’s website states that they cut down over 1 million trees a year as part of “Enhanced Vegetation Management” (EVM), as these expenses are charged back to us taxpayers as “maintenance costs,” even though this system creates wind tunnels along transmission lines, and causes vegetation to be dryer. What their site DOESN’T say that they are the only IOU to retain EVM as a central tenet of its wildfire prevention; the others are following the science and modernizing their unsafe systems.

SB 396 would give companies like PG&E unprecedented authority to ignore environmental considerations, the rights of private landowners and homeowners, and the public interest, even when doing so increases the fire risk for landowners and communities.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Assemblymember [____] to vote “NO” on SB 396 – Forestry on Monday. Instead, I want the legislature to require that all investor-owned utilities be required to upgrade their equipment and wiring to best modern practices.

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Mon 4/13: Deadline today, 5pm. Comment about PG&E to the Wildfire Safety Advisory Board.

Photo from full report here.

Action: Write a letter to tell the Wildfire Safety Advisory Board that PG&E is on the wrong path again.

Apparently today is “WRITE LETTERS DAY!” PG&E has stated that they would like to use their antiquated, expensive, wasteful and counterproductive method of stripping out all trees near their lines, versus replacing their own equipment with safer versions.

We have just been informed about an opportunity to communicate with the Wildfire Safety Advisory Board about what PG&E should be doing to prevent the next out-of-control fire. 

Here is a model letter…

To Wildfire Safety Advisory Board: Continue reading “Mon 4/13: Deadline today, 5pm. Comment about PG&E to the Wildfire Safety Advisory Board.”

Thurs. 7/11: They are voting now. Start talking to Newsom now, phone and email.

“It’s a massive hijacking of the state of California.”
– Michael Aguirre, former city attorney of San Diego.

Action – The Assembly may have already voted. So head to Gov. Newsom’s corner and start there.

Earlier post here, includes background information and script for Limón.

Minimal script to Governor Newsom: We didn’t elect you to let PG&E’s lawyers stampede you like a newbie and lock us into a terrible energy deal. CA is supposed to lead the way on energy in this new century. This Wall St. bailout is a throwback to Enron’s energy endrun of 1996 and the corruption that followed. Stop this now. Do not sign this legislation.

Contact: Governor Gavin Newsom: CALL HIM at(916) 445-2841 and WRITE HIM at email.

(This is Indivisible Ventura’s email…Feel free to use your 6000 allowable characters in any reasonably-polite way you’d like. Use facts from our article and those of others.)

Dear Governor Newsom,
Please read our original message to our members in this link .
If AB-1054 were a good bill, it could stand the test of scrutiny. You did not give it time. You deliberately snuck it through during a holiday period, in a move that would make Mitch McConnell proud.
There were other options, if you had taken the time to clear your head from the entreaties, threats and empty promises of PG&E’s lawyers and lobbyists. Like any other bankruptcy, the company could have sold off other assets and re-organized. Legislators could have clipped off the bad bits and written good amendments. Instead, you delivered the citizens of your states to the tender mercies of Wall Street bankers, higher risks and a future of endless, unstoppable bonds.

Thurs. 7/11: Urgent! – Wall St. made a killing on the housing crash with our money. They can hardly wait for us to pass AB-1054. It’s time for us to win.

“It’s a massive hijacking of the state of California.”  

– Michael Aguirre, former city attorney of San Diego.

Action – Tell your assemblymembers the bandits are in charge of the stagecoach again and to vote “NO” on AB 1054. – Oh, and Gov. Newsom too! Voting today or tomorrow!

Governor Newsom has been cracking the whip to get AB 1054 – “Public utilities” wildfires, pushed through under “urgency” conditions. PG&E, who declared bankruptcy after the recent wildfires caused by years of their negligence, along with their lawyers and their Wall St. creditors are excited…shareholders and executives see a quick way to wriggle out of their problems. (PG&E surged 16%, the most since April 12! Edison was up as much as 2.6%!) Bad sign. We say “NO”. Too fast, no transparency, no time for amendments. This proposed legislation forces us, the ratepayers, to cover the costs of their negligence, removes safety protections, and opens us up to endless bonds with no voter input. Our legislators need to say “NO” and have the time necessary to fully examine the concepts of this bill, along with other ideas, like having PG&E sell off assets to repay victim compensation.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask the Assemblymember [___] to vote “NO” on AB 1054. This bill is a rushed second bailout of PG&E that gives them permission by default to pass liability costs on to ratepayers, rather than having to bear the costs of mismanagement themselves.

Contact: State Assemblymember Monique Limón (CA-37): SAC (916) 319-2037
Not your people?: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.

Minimal script to Governor Newsom: We didn’t elect you to let PG&E’s lawyers stampede you like a newbie and lock us into a terrible energy deal. CA is supposed to lead the way on energy in this new century. This Wall St. bailout is a throwback to Enron’s energy endrun of 1996 and the corruption that followed. Stop this now. Do not sign this legislation.

Contact: Governor Gavin Newsom: email(916) 445-2841

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