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As of December 1, 2014, I will be retiring from the Assembly and will no longer be serving as your representative in the 2nd District.
I want to thank you for allowing me the honor of serving you in the State Legislature for 14 of these past 16 years. It has been a rewarding experience and has immeasurably enriched my life and the lives of my family.
With your support during my eight years in the State Senate from 1998-2006 and the six years I spent in the Assembly from 2008-14, we were able to accomplish a great deal for the district and the state of California.
SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) that will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from California landfills and create new jobs in the recycling industry. AB 1826 phases in recycling requirements for organic waste generated by businesses so it can be converted into clean fuels and other green products.
“Even though California leads the nation in waste reduction and recycling, we continue to dispose of nearly 13 million tons of food and yard waste each year in landfills, which is one-third of the waste stream,” Chesbro said. “Food waste alone is the single largest component of the waste stream. Landfilled food and other organic materials are a major producer of methane gas, a short-lived climate pollutant that traps significantly more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. When this material is diverted from landfills it not only dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions, it can be recycled into sought-after commodities such as clean bio fuels and organic compost.”
Chesbro’s AB 504 bans the commercial production of genetically altered salmonids, which pose a threat to native salmon species such as these fall run chinook.
SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) that protects California’s native salmon and steelhead by banning the commercial production of genetically altered, or “transgenic,” non-native salmon.
“I thank Governor Brown for understanding the importance of protecting California wild salmon and steelhead from the threat of transgenic modification,” Chesbro said. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is currently reviewing an application by a company that seeks to produce a farmed salmon in the United States that has been genetically altered to grow faster than native salmon. If these ‘frankenfish’ were to escape into our waters, they could destroy our native salmonid populations through interbreeding, competition for food and the introduction of parasites and disease. The only way to ensure this never happens is to ban commercial hatchery production, cultivation or stocking of transgenic salmonids in California.”
A bill authored by Assemblymember Chesbro and signed by the governor gives North Coast forestland owners new tools to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire.
SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 2142, a bill by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) that adds four North Coast counties to a forestry pilot project that helps private timberland owners conduct fuel treatment activities on their lands to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire.
In 2013 the Rim Fire burned 250,000 acres in and around Yosemite National Park. In its aftermath, the Legislature passed AB 744, which created the three-year-long Forest Prevention Pilot Project. AB 744 allows trees of up to 24 inches to be harvested for the purpose of fuel reduction without a timber harvest plan or other similar harvesting permit. But the pilot project only applied to inland counties.
SACRAMENTO – A bill by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) that will phase in recycling requirements for organic waste generated by businesses so it can be converted into clean fuels and other green products has been approved by the Legislature. AB 1826 is now headed to the governor.
"Food and other organic waste materials make up more than a third of the waste that ends up in our landfills," Chesbro said. "It is a major producer of methane gas, a short-lived climate pollutant that traps significantly more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. When this material is recycled, it dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions and creates clean fuel and organic compost that is highly coveted by farmers and gardeners."
The Trinity River is important to the people, way of life and economy of the North Coast of California.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) released the following statement today explaining his vote against water bond legislation that the Legislature passed and the governor signed yesterday:
“The water bond passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor yesterday has many attractive elements, but at the end of the day this bond measure is bad news for the North Coast. It includes $2.7 billion for water storage projects – dams and reservoirs – increasing pressure for diversion of more Northern California river water. The Trinity River – and ultimately the Klamath – is at greatest risk, because of existing plumbing that already diverts water from the Trinity to the Sacramento River. Increasing reservoir capacity will lead to greater demand for water from the Trinity at a time when severe and prolonged drought has significantly reduced existing snow packs.
SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 1989, a bill by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-Arcata) that allows students 18-20 years old who are enrolled in accredited college enology or brewing science programs to taste, but not drink, wine and beer as a part of their coursework.
“This legislation ensures California college graduates majoring in enology and brewing science will have the same educational opportunities as students in other states. Currently, twelve states, including our West Coast neighbors Oregon and Washington, already have a similar law on the books,” Chesbro said. “California is a leader in wine production on a global scale, accounting for more than 90 percent of all wine produced in the United States, and is the fourth largest producer in the world after France, Italy and Spain. When it comes to brewing, we’re equally fortunate in California to have such a robust array of beer makers – both large and small. In both instances, these products are made with the help of California college and university graduates who in many cases diligently complete the bulk of their career training in beer or wine production prior to reaching the age of 21. This bill will ensure that our students receive the best preparation from their educational training and make them competitive in these rapidly growing industries.”
(Sacramento) – In this Democratic weekly radio address, Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) discusses his bill, AB 2035, which would steer services to assist children who are sexually exploited.
A full transcript is below. This week’s address is 1:29
Here is the link to audio of this week’s address:
SACRAMENTO - The California Wildlife Conservation Board has approved a $3.2 million grant to the Sanctuary Forest Land Trust to acquire a conservation easement for the Lost Coast Redwood and Salmon Initiative.
Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) spoke in support of the grant at the WCB meeting today in Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) today congratulated Jacqueline Hostler-Carmesin of McKinleyville, who was confirmed by the State Senate this week to serve out a six-year term on the California Fish and Game Commission.