Monday 6.20 – 3 Fast Actions

It’s easy to forget things after a beautiful Juneteenth weekend, but bills, both good and bad, are now speeding through the CA state legislature to Newsom’s desk, and the deadline to comment on a badly-written regulation is rapidly approaching.

  • Action #1– stop private-equity-pirate-owned PG&E from turning us taxpayers into their cave of gold, while still leaving us exposed to the incredible danger from wildfires.
  • Action #2– stop a proposed federal regulation that would allow literal pay-to-play corruption.
  • Action #3 are bills to protect California residents from gun violence.

Program your phone to do this faster – an example of “HOW” and “WHY” are included at the bottom.

FAST Action #1! – Call your assemblymember and tell them to vote “NO” on SB 396 and SB 884, boondoggle bills for PG&E.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Assemblymember [____] to vote “NO” on SB 396 – Forestry. Instead of cutting down more than a million trees a year in an counterproductive attempt to stop wildfires, I want the legislature to require that all investor-owned utilities be required to upgrade their equipment and wiring to best modern practices.

I also want [him/her] to vote “NO” on SB 884 Electricity: expedited utility distribution infrastructure undergrounding program. PG&E wants to charge us taxpayers $20-30 Billion for 10,000 miles of undergrounding instead of fixing their wiring. SoCal Edison fixed theirs within 5 years. Undergrounding is 7 times as expensive and takes much longer, and with PG&E’s record, it will take 140 years. This bill, like SB 396, are related boondoggles for PG&E and we expect our legislators to put our interests to live without threat of fire over the financial interests of utility investors.

Contact (you can also email over the weekend):

  • State Assemblymember Steve Bennett (CA-37): email, SAC (916) 319-2037, SB (805) 564-1649, VTA (805) 641-3700
  • State Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (CA-44): email, SAC (916) 319-2044, CAM (805) 482-1904, OX (805) 483-4488
  • Not your people? Don’t know?: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

Original post: https://indivisibleventura.org/2022/06/17/if-you-love-californias-trees-call-your-assembly-member-to-vote-no-on-sb-396-vote-is-this-monday/

FAST Action #2!: Email a note to the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) – Remove some of Trump’s slime trail of corruption.

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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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