EEC has been integrally involved in many big environmental policy discussions in the Legislature. We have shaped and designed many policies and programs, such as Cap-and-Trade auction revenue expenditure plans and subsequent grant programs, energy technology permitting and incentive programs, and conservation planning tools, guidance documents, and grant programs, to name a few. Below is a snapshot of many of our successes in a diverse arena of environmental issues.Adaptation
- Developing and passing Assembly Bill 1482 (Gordon, 2015) to ensure consistent regulatory planning for climate adaptation.
- Developing and passing Senate Bill 246 (Wieckowski, 2015) to establish the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program, which will coordinate regional and local efforts with climate adaptation strategies.
- Securing Cap-and-Trade auction revenues for a breadth of natural and working lands, clean transportation and clean energy programs, such as:
- $100M for Natural Resources Agency Urban Greening Program.
- $180M for Air Resources Board’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project.
- $60M for the Air Resources Board’s Clean Cars 4 All Program.
- $20M to Wildlife Conservation Board for natural lands conservation and adaptation.
- $4.5M to the State Coastal Conservancy for coastal adaptation projects.
- $15M to the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Wetlands Restoration Program.
- Negotiating and passing Senate Bill 1383 (Lara, 2016) to codify a short-lived climate pollutant reduction target for 2030.
- Supporting the passage of Senate Bill 32 (Pavley, 2016) to codify a new greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for 2030.
- Developing and engaging on the Air Resources Board’s AB 32 Scoping Plan process.
- Negotiating and passing Senate Bill 5 (de León), the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act, to be placed on the June 2018 ballot.
- Developing and passing Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006.
- Developing the Los Angeles County Park and Open Space District resolution for park and natural resources investments that passed on the November 2016 ballot.
- Negotiating and passing Assembly Bill 2087 (Levine, 2016), which authorizes the Department of Fish and Wildlife and local governments to establish regional conservation investment strategies.
- Developing and passing Assembly Bill 711 (Rendon, 2013), which bans the use of lead bullets for taking wildlife.
- Negotiating and passing the Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Act (Gordon, 2014), which streamlines permitting processes for habitat restoration and enhancement projects.
- Negotiating and passing Assembly Bill 2376 (Huffman, 2010), which improved the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s effectiveness in protecting and managing the state’s fish and wildlife and their ecological value.
- Managing and developing grant proposals to compete for limited funding through the California River Parkways Program, Urban Greening Program, and the Urban and Community Forestry Program.
- Negotiating and passing Senate Bill 1222 (Leno, 2012) to reduce the costs of permitting fees for rooftop solar systems.
- Negotiating and passing Assembly Bill 2139 (Williams, 2016) to provide regulatory direction to research, develop, and implement plans to address ocean acidification and hypoxia.
- Negotiating and passing Assembly Bill 376 (Fong, 2011), the California Shark Fin Ban.
- Negotiating and passing Assembly Bill 2125 (Ruskin, 2010) to support ecosystem-based management for coastal and ocean resources.
- Implementing the California Ocean Protection Act at the Ocean Protection Council.
- Negotiating and passing the Cleaning Product Right-To-Know Act, which was a first of a kind model for properly listing toxic chemical ingredients on cleaning products.
- Designing the Advanced and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, which provides $100M in funding for clean transportation projects annually.
- Designing the California Clean Truck, Bus, and Off-Road Vehicle and Equipment Technology Program to advance development of clean vehicle technologies.
- Protecting and building support for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard beyond 2020.
- Protecting and maintaining technology neutral state policy for the electric vehicle charging industry.
- Negotiating and passing Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.
- Negotiating and passing Assembly Bill 1180 (Holden, 2017) to authorize Los Angeles County Flood Control District to levy a special tax to manage stormwater.