SACRAMENTO--Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) today urged the federal government fishery agencies to halt the expansion of Pacific Ocean fisheries where gillnets, a type of fishing with potential for significant bycatch can be used. The members also called on the federal government to investigate the sale of swordfish in California that were caught with fishing gear that is illegal in state waters. Stone was joined by Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and thirteen other Assemblymembers from across the state.
In the letter, the members delineate concerns with allowing gillnet fishing in the Pacific Leatherback Conservation Area and the continued bycatch of more than 100 marine mammals in the fishery every year. They also express concerns that swordfish caught with pelagic longline gear, a type of fishing gear that is illegal in California waters, is being landed in this state by out-of-state vessels from Hawaii. The members requested that the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service respond to questions about these proposals and practices.
SACRAMENTO--Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced a package of legislation that would help families in crisis, while streamlining and making more cost-effective some cash aid services.
“This package of bills will help needy parents take care of their children’s basic needs, while relieving some of the bureaucratic burden they face,” said Stone. “These bills help ensure that the programs that families rely upon are cost-effective and user-friendly.”
SACRAMENTO--Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced legislation that would provide education about the environment and outdoor recreation for California children, prioritizing opportunities for underserved and at-risk students.
“In many underserved communities, participation in outdoor environmental education and recreation programs are the only exposure kids have to nature and the environment,” said Stone. “Outdoor environmental education provides students with memorable real-world experiences with the environment, which increases interest in science and environmental stewardship.”
SACRAMENTO--Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced legislation that would improve public access to information provided by public utilities that is used to set rates. Assembly Bill 1601 would help ensure that California Public Utilities Commission (Commission) decisions are more transparent.
“The public has the right to information that affects what they are asked to pay for utilities. They have a right to know how rates are set,” said Stone. “People may also want to know how the Commission ensures that public utility service is safe.”
SANTA CRUZ–The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors has approved a resolution supporting Assemblymember Mark Stone’s (D-Monterey Bay) proposed law to prohibit filters in cigarettes. The resolution was brought by Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold.
“Discarded cigarette filters are a major problem in coastal communities throughout the state, and Santa Cruz County is no exception. These toxic cigarette butts leach dangerous chemicals into the environment, kill animals that eat them, and cause communities to spend millions of taxpayer dollars for clean-up,” said Stone. “I’m pleased that Santa Cruz County recognizes this problem.”
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced Assembly Bill 1504, legislation that would protect wildlife and preserve California’s coast and waterways by banning cigarette filters. Filters, commonly known as cigarette butts, are a costly and prevalent source of litter in California communities and recreational areas.
“Cigarette filters leach dangerous chemicals into the environment, kill animals that eat them, and cause communities to spend millions of taxpayer dollars for clean-up,” said Stone. “California has many laws in place to curtail cigarette litter, but people continue to illegally discard tons of cigarette butts each year. The current laws aren’t sufficient to address this major problem.”
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has introduced Assembly Bill 1452 to help homeless families. Specifically, the bill increases the dollar amount of the one-time cash benefit which families facing homelessness can use for a hotel room, helping ensure that families are not forced to spend the night without shelter. The current temporary shelter assistance benefit under the CalWORKS program has remained unchanged since 2006.
“This bill helps parents who have lost their housing make sure that their kids spend the night in a clean, safe space instead of out on the street while they seek out more permanent shelter,” said Stone. “In many regions in California, the cost of a modest hotel room is significantly higher than this cash benefit. With the benefit increase that my bill provides, I hope to help more families afford a room when they need it.”
SACRAMENTO – In his first year in office, Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) wrote several new laws that will take effect on January 1, 2014. As Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee, Stone authored many new laws that address issues that foster youth and other vulnerable children face.
(Seaside, CA) - At the request of Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, chaired by Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), held a hearing in Seaside to discuss regional water issues, the looming statewide water crisis, and the state Assembly’s water bond proposal. "The water needs of the Central Coast are different than much of the rest of California,” said Assemblymember Stone. “We are expected to be self-sufficient because we don’t receive water from other parts of the state. That’s why it’s critical that the proposed water bond include resources that allow us to sustain our water supply, and protect our water quality for human consumption, fisheries, and sensitive habitats." Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
October 28, 2013 – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has joined other legislators that represent coastal districts in calling for explicit inclusion of coastal waters in the 2014 water bond. The members, led by Stone, urged the authors of the water bond to provide adequate funding for projects that would ensure coastal water infrastructure and protection of coastal ecosystems.
“We must secure the long-term health of California’s coast,” Stone wrote in a letter addressed to the water bond bill authors. “[W]e strongly urge you to explicitly include the protection and restoration of coastal waters, including bays, marine estuaries and nearshore ecosystems, as well as coastal water projects in future versions of the bond.”