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In response to Governor Brown’s off-handed remarks yesterday that critics of his twin tunnel plan should “shut up” until they spend more time studying it, members of the Delta Counties Coalition (DCC) issued the following comments:
“The proposed twin tunnel project is a frustration to many of us; because as much as the governor wants them built, we want them shelved. The studies are clear: twin tunnels won’t create more water for drought-thirsty California,” said Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli. “Rest assured, we will continue to voice our legitimate concerns and promote alternatives to the tunnels, including more storage, conservation and desalinization.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) introduced legislation this year to address the rise in hash oil lab explosions in her district and across the state. Assembly Bill 849, which ensures that defendants are held liable for damage caused when a drug lab explodes, regardless of whether the damage is caused by a resulting fire or the explosion itself, was approved by the Assembly Public Safety Committee this afternoon.
“Hash oil production is a lucrative business that is becoming increasingly popular statewide,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “It is not only harmful to producers and users, but the process of manufacturing hash oil is endangering whole communities, and the subsequent explosions are property owners’ worst nightmare.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla’s bill, AB 577, which will allocate a portion of cap and trade proceeds to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the production of biogas, was approved this afternoon by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.
“Biogas, which is gas that can be generated from landfills, food processing, livestock and agricultural waste, is an abundant, renewable source of energy here in California,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “It makes no sense that we are not utilizing this sustainable and cleaner alternative to natural gas, which would reduce GHG emissions and create new jobs.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) had two prominent bills approved by their respective policy committees last week.
AB 631, which establishes the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards Implementation Fund, calls for the allocation of $1 billion from the State General Fund for educational resources, teacher support and the integration of technology into the classroom, was approved by the Assembly Education Committee on Wednesday with unanimous support.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) released a statement on today’s approval of the emergency drought relief legislative package.
“This morning, my colleagues and I took action to pass emergency drought relief legislation, which will expedite the distribution of $1 billion in funding for water projects that will enable California to mitigate the impacts of our current four-year drought,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) has introduced legislation to provide families fairness and predictability as they plan for college. AB 831, the College Opportunity Act, reverses proposed cuts to the Cal Grant, which is the state’s largest financial aid program. The bill also links Cal Grant award amounts for students attending private, nonprofit institutions to the average cost of educating a Cal Grant student at a four-yearpublic institution.
“Cal Grants give academically deserving students the opportunity to go to college, who otherwise would not be able to attend,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “It is imperative that we support our students in order to ensure the success of our state.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) released a statement in response to the University of California President, Janet Napolitano’s claim that she would impose a cap on in-state admissions if the Governor’s plan of increasing state funding does not exceed 4 percent.
“Our students’ higher education should never be held hostage in budget negotiations,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “The UC President’s plan is a clear threat to future students who wish to attend our public University system. Students in our state should always be the UC’s number one priority and should not be replaced by out-of-state students like the president’s plan suggests.”
“I continue to support additional funding for both the UC and CSU systems with accountability measures, however reject the high stakes brinkmanship of President Napolitano.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) recently introduced legislation that will increase science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education throughout the state. Assembly Bill 706 establishes the California STEM AmeriCorps (CalSTEM) program, which is designed to improve the academic performance of K-12 students in STEM subject areas, increase the number of college graduates in STEM disciplines, and forge pathways for students to pursue careers in STEM fields.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) recently introduced legislation that will help equip schools and teachers with the necessary resources to prepare California students for higher education and the shifting, technology-based economy. Assembly Bill 631 establishes the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards Implementation Fund, calling for the allocation of $2 billion from the State General Fund. The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) projects a budget surplus from increased tax revenues, which will free up approximately $2 billion that is required to be used for educational purposes.
“AB 631 takes advantage of this prime opportunity to increase much needed investment in professional development for teachers, technology-based instruction for students, and instructional materials aligned with the new Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “Ongoing state investment is critical if we wish to build upon the progress that has already been made.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) introduced legislation today, which will allocate a percentage of cap and trade funds to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the production of biogas. Once amended, Assembly Bill 577, will ensure that a specified amount of cap and trade revenue will be used towards the development of infrastructure and purification technology for biogas.
“California pays billions of dollars annually to import natural gas when there are large quantities of renewable energy here in our own state,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “AB 577 will not only help reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions, but most importantly it increases investments in biogas development, which will diversify our state’s gas production and decrease our reliance on natural gas.”