Created: Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:12
Sacramento, CA – After Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins announced his appointment as chair of the Utilities and Commerce Committee, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) expressed his appreciation and called for greater transparency as California transitions to a renewable future.
“Speaker Atkins’ appointment is a great honor for me, and I look forward to working closely with my committee members and all those who care about California’s energy future,” commented Rendon. “Transparency in deciding how California’s businesses and families invest in energy will play a critical role in assuring our state’s vibrant, smart and safe renewable energy future.” Rendon expects the Committee will exercise careful oversight of the California Public Utilities Commission in the years ahead.
Created: Tuesday, 16 September 2014 13:23
Sacramento, CA – After Governor Brown signed the bills establishing groundwater management across California, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon hailed the work of the legislators and the Governor who led the public debate that made this landmark legislation possible.
Rendon emphasized the importance of transparency: “The Governor and the Legislature working together, in an open and transparent process, is what makes important but controversial legislation succeed. Public debate works. The Legislature has worked on groundwater management bills for the last decade, and the Brown Administration proposed it back in the 70’s. But, this year, the Governor, Senator Pavley, and Assemblymember Dickinson collaborated to bring everyone – including opponents – to the table for public debate and discussion. They organized 14 public meetings and supported many other public discussions, through the California Water Foundation and the Association of California Water Agencies. That transparency made the difference.”
Created: Wednesday, 05 March 2014 12:06
Increased Funding Will Create Jobs and Protect State from Future Droughts
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, announced today that he is proposing amendments to Assembly Bill (AB) 1331—the Clean and Safe Drinking Water Act of 2014—to increase funding for above and below ground water storage from $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion. The Assemblymember was joined by Central California lawmakers and industry trade groups who support the proposal.
“After holding hearings across the state, it’s clear that Californians want more storage in order to meet the growing water needs of our state,” said Assemblymember Rendon. “This increase in water storage funding will help protect California from future droughts and provide tens of thousands of new jobs at the same time.”
Created: Friday, 24 January 2014 16:15
SACRAMENTO – In this week’s Democratic Radio Address, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) discusses California’s drought crisis and the Assembly water bond, which will include funding storage projects that will help protect California in the event of a future drought. Assemblymember Rendon has put forth Assembly Bill 1331, the Clean and Safe Drinking Water Act of 2014, putting the Assembly’s water bond on the November 2014 ballot.
This week’s radio address is 2:27.
“This is the Democratic weekly address from the Assembly Democratic Caucus.”
Assemblymember Anthony Rendon:
“This is Assemblymember Anthony Rendon.
California’s water system serves over 30 million people and irrigates 6 million acres of farmland.
2013 became the driest year on record in California. Almost 99% of California is considered abnormally dry or worse…almost two-thirds of the state is in extreme drought. Our Sierra snow packs that deliver a third of our fresh water are only one-tenth to one-fifth of normal.
Even without a drought, experts believe that we will be short 2 trillion gallons of water per year by 2020.
Many parts of our water infrastructure are well beyond design life and need upgrading or replacement. Federal water quality standards are not being met on over half of California's 3 million acres of lakes, bays, wetlands and estuaries. 30,000 miles of the state’s shoreline, streams and rivers do not meet federal water quality goals.
Right now there are many places in California where residents rely on bottled water because their water is not safe to drink.
The water crisis also threatens California’s multi-billion dollar agricultural industry that relies on 80% of the state’s water supply.
The aquifers in the Central Valley that serve millions of acres of farms are dangerously close to collapsing as a result of overuse and contamination.
Our efforts to protect our water, our residents, and our economy must include passing a responsible water bond.
That is why the state Assembly has spent the last year developing a new water bond.
We’ve convened 8 public hearings throughout the state to hear from Californians about what they need in their communities.
From these hearings, we’ve written a water bond based on a clear set of principles and a framework to responsibly guide our spending priorities, increase accountability, and equally address the needs of communities across the state.
As a result, we have a cleaner and more affordable water bond that is finely tailored to meet the needs of every region in the state.
This bond includes funding for improving drinking water quality, protecting rivers and watersheds, improving the reliability of clean water delivery, protecting the state’s Delta water system, and funding storage projects that will protect us from future droughts.
Assembly Bill 1331 is awaiting action in the State Senate. California needs this critical and fair water bond before the voters in November.
I’m Assemblymember Anthony Rendon.
Thank you for listening.”