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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.
SACRAMENTO - The state Assembly has approved a bill by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers and create a source of green energy. AB 1826 accomplishes this by diverting methane-gas-producing organic waste away from landfills and into programs that recycle it into renewable resources such as biofuels and nutrient-rich compost for agriculture.
SACRAMENTO – The full Assembly has unanimously approved a bill by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) that will allow Eureka to devote more money to maintaining the city’s waterfront and increasing public access to the harbor. AB 1943 will allow Eureka to keep revenue generated by its Humboldt Bay Harbor Fund that the city has been paying to the state every year to service a decades old loan.
SACRAMENTO – Two bills authored by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) to protect horse racing at California’s county fairs and the state’s horse racing industry in general have won easy approval from the Assembly’s Governmental Organization Committee.
AB 2005 requires more legislative participation and oversight of the California Horse Racing Board by the Legislature. The Senate and Assembly would each appoint two members to serve on the Board.
“Currently, there is no involvement with the Horse Racing Board by the Legislature,” Chesbro said. “Board members are appointed by the governor and make critical decisions relating to the viability of local communities through allocation of racing dates. Changes in the horse racing calendar can financially impact those communities. It simply makes sense that the Legislature should have some role in the Board since the decisions it makes affect their districts.”