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Petitioning California State Senate

Pass the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act

We’re concerned that single-use plastics are wreaking havoc on our neighborhoods and natural environments. California representatives introduced Senate Bill 54 and Assembly Bill 1080 earlier this year to drastically reduce plastic waste for generations to come. Known as the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, the bills come as widespread concerns are being raised about single-use plastic pollution and its impact on water quality, our food supply, marine ecosystem health, and our carbon footprint. An unchecked plastic waste stream is a global threat. We are now finding plastics everywhere they shouldn’t be: our drinking water, seafood, table salt, and even in our soil. Exposure to plastics and associated toxins has been linked to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption, and other serious health issues. Sign this petition urging the California Senate and Assembly to fast-track the approval of the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. The bills set the framework for a 75% reduction of all single-use plastic packaging and products sold in California by 2030, with the rest being effectively recyclable or compostable. As a trusted ocean and watershed water quality watchdog, Heal the Bay is guided by the best science, not emotion. Over the last 34 years, our nonprofit organization has seen first-hand how plastic pollution has wreaked havoc on animals and the outdoor places we all cherish. We've hosted thousands of public beach cleanups in Los Angeles County, California with volunteers, and together we’ve removed over 3.9 million trash items. Nearly 70% of this waste is plastic. We’re not the only ones doing cleanups. Communities around the world are joining forces and volunteering to remove waste from the natural environment. While beach cleanups are helping to eradicate what’s on shore, there are still 8 million tons of plastic being dumped into our oceans every year. That’s equivalent to one garbage truck-full every single minute. And with an expected 20% increase in plastic production predicted over the next decade, the problem is only getting worse. Cleanups can be costly. This tactic alone can’t keep up with the production of plastics. Existing recycling infrastructure can’t keep pace either. Less than 9% of plastic is recycled, and that percentage is dropping since the implementation of new policies in India and China, which severely restrict the amount of waste they can accept from the United States. We need to take urgent action to stop this toxic waste stream from continuing to build up. Unlike natural materials that biodegrade, nearly every piece of plastic ever produced still exists. As these items fragment into smaller particles, known as microplastics, they concentrate toxins and become impossible to remove from the natural environment. If we continue on our current course, scientists have estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by mass. Upstream incentives that tackle plastic packaging and distribution at the source are the only solutions left. Heal the Bay and Plastic Pollution Coalition advocate for the urgent approval of the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. Tell our elected officials to implement strong, comprehensive environmental policies so California can lead the United States away from single-use plastics and disposables for good.

Heal the Bay
193,763 supporters
Petitioning California Governor, Nancy Pelosi, Raul Ruiz, California State Senate, California State House

Justice for Krystil & Avalynn Kincaid

On September 9, 2018 a man chose to drink and drive. In this choice he ended up speeding into an 8-month-pregnant woman who lost her life and her daughter's life in this accident.  Since Avalynn was killed prior to being born she is not considered a victim of this accident.  So now the drunk driver, whose name I am choosing not to mention because he does not deserve to be known, will only face 10 years MAXIMUM for killing Krystil and her daughter Avalynn.  A 29-year-old woman will miss the rest of her life and the lives of her 2 sons, her daughter, and step daughter, and Avalynn will miss any opportunity at life. Ten years would not be enough to bring justice to this family when the man walked away from this crash uninjured, he posted video on Facebook live after the accident where he blamed Krystil, and never once did he go to check on her or see if he could help her.  Why should the system not have a reasonable opportunity to charge this man with a sentence that would bring this family some justice since they no longer have their wife, mother, daughter, and friend?   Words from Krystil’s husband and Avalynn’s father: "A drunk driver speeding down a two lane highway at 85+mph in the wrong lane around a blind corner destroyed my family. The max sentence for killing my wife and daughter is 10 years. The state of California doesn't think there was intent, but I know driving recklessly in that manner, he didn't intend anything good.... my daughter's due date was October 9th, a 36-week-old fully developed baby isn't considered a person in the state of California. How do I explain to my children this injustice. My children and I have never felt so disposable... Look at the devastation left behind that is my family and tell me it isn't time for change....imagine if this was your family... Who will fight with me for change? Who will spread this like wild fire? Who will write their representatives and demand change?? We cannot as a society look the other way any longer. Driving drunk is intent."

Sarah Bonillas
189,206 supporters
Petitioning Jerry Brown, California State Senate, California State House

Reduce Sentences for Prisoners Fighting California Fires.

As fires ripped through Northern California burning down over 8,000 homes and other buildings, and killing over 40 people, 1,700 of those fighting fires on the front lines have been California state prisoners. In fact, 30% of California’s forest firefighters, nearly 4,000, are prisoners. While it’s a long standing practice for prisoners to work while incarcerated as a form of rehabilitation, we would be better served by rewarding prisoners who have demonstrated exceptional conduct in prison with a sentence reduction. I was a first time nonviolent drug offender who served 9 years of a 24 year sentence before President Clinton granted me clemency. I can think of no group that deserves a second chance more than those who, serving time for minor crimes, choose to risk their lives to save others by fighting fires.  In February 2016, 22-year-old Shawna Lynn Jones, was killed when she was struck in the head by a falling rock while fighting fires in Malibu. She was serving time for violating probation for a drug offense and was scheduled to be released just two months later. Over the last year, at least two other prisoners have died while performing firefighting duty. One man was crushed by a tree, another accidentally cut a femoral artery with a chainsaw.   Prisoners earn approximately $2 a day, or up to $1 an hour if fighting an active fire, through a program with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. There are 43 conservation camps in California where adult offenders work. These prisoners are screened and anyone with violent tendencies or attitude problems is not allowed into the program. Around 30 to 40 percent work 24-hour shifts, then get 24 hours of rest. At most, prisoners can earn up to two days off for each day they’re in the conservation camps. This program is estimated to save the state $124 million a year, amounting to 3 million hours of labor to fight or prevent fires. We can do better for people who clearly pose no threat to society. Please sign my petition asking California Governor Jerry Brown to exercise his clemency privilege toward prisoners who have risked life and limb to save the homes and lives of countless California citizens, animals, and hundreds of thousand of acres of forestry.   Thank you, Amy PovahCAN-DO Foundation  

Amy Povah, CAN-DO Foundation
104,591 supporters
Petitioning California State Senate

Allow California's Prisoner Firefighters to Work Professionally After Release

This year California saw its largest fire in state history, and more than 2,000 state prisoners volunteered to fight the flames. Paid just $1 an hour, the state encourages low-level prisoners to risk their lives and serve alongside professional firefighters. But once inmates leave prison, they often can’t work as firefighters because of their criminal records. Despite their frontline experience, most counties in California require firefighters to become licensed emergency medical technician (EMTs) — and that credential is often denied to anyone with a criminal record. Nearly 4,000 of California’s firefighters are state inmates, carefully selected to participate in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation CAL FIRE program. At least three inmates have died fighting these fires. It’s simply wrong to deny these men and women the ability to become firefighters after they have served their time. A steady job is one of the best ways to prevent re-offending. Restoring the right to earn an honest living is crucial for ex-offenders to regain a sense of hope and a new chance at redemption. Since 2015, at least 16 states that have already eased or eliminated licensing barriers for Americans with criminal records. Sign our petition asking California to join them and make it easier for formerly incarcerated people to become firefighters and EMTs after serving their time.

Institute for Justice
95,848 supporters
Victory
Petitioning California Governor

Do not repeal any provisions of the Hayden Law

The Hayden Law was passed in California in 1998 and provides the nation's most comprehensive laws to protect shelter animals. Governor Jerry Brown is considering a repeal of a number of provisions of the Hayden Law citing budget concerns. With the Hayden Law, California was at the forefront of animal shelter regulation and many states have been following that lead ever since. Some of the provisions that are subject to repeal would mean permanently reducing the required holding period for animals to 72 hours prior to euthanasia, eliminating the requirement to provide veterinary treatment for shelter animals, and eliminating the requirement to keep records for animals impounded by shelter personnel, which would only make it more difficult to locate lost animals or those available for adoption. The situation for shelter animals is bad enough now. Why ensure that it remains that way in the future as well? There is no justification, budgetary or otherwise, for making these changes permanent. The provisions in question have already been suspended since July 2009, and are currently not imposing additional costs on the state. California's homeless animals deserve better. Repeal of any of the provisions of the Hayden Law would be a giant step backward for the animals of California when other states are continuing forward with animal protection laws. Further information is available here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/14/4186863/jerry-browns-budget-plan-would.html The bill is already being re-written and the Hayden Law provisions in question have been revised or stricken entirely:   http://www.dof.ca.gov/budgeting/trailer_bill_language/corrections_and_general_government/documents/%5b301%5d%20Repeal%20Make%20Permissive%20Specified%20Mandates.pdf

Marla Tauscher
63,786 supporters
Victory
Petitioning California Governor

Protect the California Plastic Bag Ban for the Sake of Ocean Wildlife

California is endowed with the nation’s largest network of marine protected areas (MPAs) off its coast, including the Gulf of the Farallones Hope Spot. These underwater parks are critical in giving ocean wildlife refuge from exploitative practices including commercial fishing. However, other environmental stressors still continue to pervade the boundaries of California’s MPAs and harm these precious ecosystems. One such scourge is plastic bag pollution. Luckily, Californians have the chance to deal plastic bag pollution a deathblow on November 8th, 2016. Dr. Sylvia Earle, Founder of the Sylvia Earle Alliance / Mission Blue and Explorer-in-Residence of the National Geographic Society, urges everyone to learn about plastic pollution and act to stop it:  "The amount of plastic that washed ashore in the year 2010 alone was enough to cover every inch of coastline on Earth. That doesn’t even include 99 percent of the plastic that ends up in the ocean every year. Now we know. Ignorance is the biggest problem of all for the ocean – and many other things as well. Now that we know the astonishing amount of plastic that enters the ocean each year, we can act. People around the globe can stand up, armed with knowledge, and demand an end to disposable plastic and mismanaged waste. All countries around the globe have a responsibility to contain whatever plastic they create and consume. It’s up to individuals – scientists, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, kids! – to find creative solutions to plastic pollution and ignite that sense of urgency to cause change." You may remember that in 2014 the California State Legislature passed a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags known as Senate Bill 270 (SB 270). That crucial ban is prevented from taking effect – thanks to millions of dollars in out-of-state funding from plastic manufacturers – until California voters weigh in on a ballot referendum this November 8th, 2016. A “YES” vote means upholding the bag ban. A “NO” vote would overturn it. Mission Blue believes a “YES” vote is the right path forward to a healthier ocean, healthier planet and healthier people. Especially considering that every day California’s statewide plastic bag ban is delayed 17 million more plastic bags are sold in the state, the time to act is now.

Mission Blue
49,468 supporters
Closed
Petitioning California State House, California State Senate, Kevin McCarthy, Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, Anthony Rendon, Kevin Mullin, Ian Calderon, Brian Dahle, Dante Acosta, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Travis Allen,...

Save Youth Football in California

California Assembly members Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) are sponsoring the “Safe Youth Football Act” which will establish a minimum age to play in organized tackle football programs in California.  Youth athletes (ages 5-14) will NOT be able to participate in any form of organized tackle football until the 9th grade.  The impetus behind this bill is to prevent young athletes from sustaining long-term brain damage caused by repetitive tackling, hitting and blocking; however, no research has definitively linked long-term brain damage or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) to participation in youth tackle football. Young athletes who are prevented from participating in youth tackle football programs are placed at a much greater risk for future injuries of all types, especially concussions, brain damage and CTE, as they would be prevented from years of training and instruction in proper tackling and blocking techniques that are provided at the youth level. Youth athletes are slower and smaller in weight & stature then their high school counterparts, which results in collisions and impact forces substantially less in youth tackle football then those associated with high school football.  Youth athletes are therefore less likely to experience long-term brain injuries when participating in youth tackle football while learning and executing basic tackling and blocking techniques; however, as athletes progress into high school, the increased body mass and speed of high school athletes can result in collisions and impact forces which have the potential of injury on any given play, especially when the athlete does not have the benefit of years of prior training in the safe execution of these techniques. Additionally, under AB 2127 signed into law in 2014, high school football programs are now limited to no more then 90 minutes of full-contact practice per day, and limits the number of full-contact practices during the season to only (2) per week.  With a maximum of (3) hours per week of full-contact drills, the ability of high school coaches to teach the basic fundamentals of full-contact blocking and tackling is severely limited, especially when coaches have also been limited by the California Interscholastic Foundation (CIF) to a maximum of (18) hours per week of total practice, to include "any school or team or individual activity organized by the coach intended to maintain or improve a student-athlete’s skill proficiency in a sport. This includes skill drills, game situation drills, intrasquad scrimmages or games, weight training, chalk talks, film review, meetings outside of school time that are implicitly or explicitly required by the coach."  Three hours for game time is also factored into this rule, reducing the total weekly practice time to only (15) hours per week, simply not enough time for high school football programs to adequately teach basic blocking and tackling skills that youth athletes are traditionally taught from ages 5-14.  Finally, the importance of organized youth football participation in the lives of hundreds of thousands of youth throughout California each year cannot be overlooked.  Many youth athletes use football as a means to escape communities overwhelmed with poverty, crime, drug abuse and minimal family structure.  The bonds built within youth football programs between players can last a lifetime and the mentoring relationship between players and coaches can ultimately assist players to rise beyond their surrounds to excel in society and life.  By denying youth athletes access to such positive influences during their most formative years of emotional and social development is more traumatic they any possible injury that may suffered on the field of play. Please join myself and youth athletes, coaches and parents throughout California in preventing the passage of this proposal and keeping youth contact football an option for all youth athletes in our great State!

Jason Ingman
46,171 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Bijan Sartipi

Caltrans, USFWS, California Department of Fish & Wildlife: Take down the bird-killing netting under the Petaluma River Bridge

Click here for wildlife photographer George Eade's documentation of trapped and dying birds. KTVU's news coverage showing trapped birds. The California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) has placed exclusion netting underneath the Petaluma River Bridge. The purpose of the netting is to stop migratory Cliff Swallows from nesting at a site they have flown 6000 miles to reach. A site where they have nested for generations. The birds become caught in the netting and die a slow death as they struggle to get free. The subcontractor, C.C. Myers, Inc., who put up the netting, and CALTRANS, are violating the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty which forbids the killing of migratory birds. Sadly, the agencies tasked with enforcing this law have chosen to "look into it" instead of requiring the removal of the netting while a new solution is worked on. Over 100 birds are known dead, as of April 29, 2013. Many more have died and not been counted because every night the C.C. Myers company uses a "snooper" truck to send its workers out over the Petaluma River, up 100', to remove the bodies and reattach the netting. This is destruction of evidence in a criminal case that they should be charged with. We demand that CALTRANS TAKE DOWN THE NETS NOW! Watching a bird struggling in a net, while surrounded by its dead flock mates, is a heart wrenching sight, and an act of animal cruelty, in addition to the violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty. All attempts to contact CALTRANS have been met with a wall of silence, our enforcement agencies, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, and US Fish & Wildlife Service have the power to make this stop and have chosen not to do so. We demand an end to the killing of these beautiful birds who benefit all of us by their copious consumption of flying insects, such as mosquitoes. A lawsuit has now been filed by a coalition of groups as Caltrans has refused to budge on this issue. The document can be reviewed at www.nativesongbirdcare.org. It is the wrong material for the wrong structure in the wrong environment for the wrong purpose. Do something right, remove the netting!

Maggie R
33,571 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Veterans Affairs, Alabama State Senate, Alabama State House, Alabama Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Flo...

Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families!

I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy veteran, who served for 10 years, one-third in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand that I first encountered amerasian children, and descendants, of U.S. service members and civilian contractors previously stationed overseas. Filipino Amerasians are abandoned and neglected biracial children of Filipino mothers and American fathers (mostly members of the US armed forces). In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were born and left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t legally recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. The Philippine Embassy won't help them either. As a former US colony between 1898 and 1946, the Philippines was home to millions of US soldiers and their dependents, even after its independence. Until 1992, the country hosted two of the largest US military facilities outside the US – Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, which played major roles during the Vietnam and first Gulf wars. In 1982 US Public Law 97-359, or the Amerasian Act of 1982, allowed children from Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand to move to the US and eventually become American citizens, but those who were from the Philippines were excluded from the law, an exclusion which was upheld by the US Senate on the basis that many Filipino Amerasians were “conceived from illicit affairs and prostitution”, and were born during peacetime. Today, there are estimated to be more than 250,000-plus children. Many amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. service members who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John Haines is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to unite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. service members. Today, all John wants is to be united with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to unite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2018, HR 1520, creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Currently, blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to connect, or in some cases, reconnect with their own children. John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently unite with her father. There is a PBS documentary, "Left by the Ship" (2010), documenting a day in the life and the personal struggles as a Filipino amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggles to connect to their American military families. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2017, HR 1520, now!

Jenifer Bass
33,482 supporters
Victory
Petitioning California Governor

Eliminate the "personal belief" vaccine exemption that's putting sick California kids at risk.

When he was only two-and-a-half years old, our son Rhett was diagnosed with leukemia. For a long time, his immune system was so compromised that he wasn't healthy enough to be immunized against diseases like whooping cough and measles. Because he couldn't be vaccinated, Rhett relied on his classmates being immunized (what’s known as “herd immunity”) to keep him safe. But in our home state of California, parents can send their unvaccinated children to school if they don’t think immunization is necessary, or simply don’t want them to be immunized. Thankfully, right now, the California legislature is considering SB277, which wouldn't let parents opt out of immunizing their kids just because it's their "personal belief" they should leave their children -- and kids who can't get vaccinated -- vulnerable to dangerous, contagious diseases. The bill is picking up support, but it’s important that we maintain momentum. Kids should be vaccinated if they're going to go to school with others. Sign this petition and tell California’s elected leaders that they should protect kids with compromised immune systems by passing Senate Bill 277 into law.  After bravely going through rounds of chemotherapy and a year in remission, Rhett is finally well enough to be immunized. Let’s send the message that the expecting mothers, babies, and hundreds of other kids with suppressed immune systems throughout California deserve to be kept safe from dangerous contagious diseases too.

Carl and Jodi Krawitt
32,721 supporters
NO Toll Roads Through South OC, which includes San Onofre State Park and Beltway!!!

Thank you for your messages regarding proposed toll road extensions that could go through San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch and/or Rancho Mission Viejo. I appreciate hearing from you. After reviewing the proposals put forth by the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) and listening to and consulting with many residents and stakeholders regarding this issue, I believe that the proposed alignments could irreparably harm the quality of life of affected communities. Therefore, I oppose those proposed extensions. While the proposed toll road extensions are still that – proposals – it is important for you and your neighbors to share your concerns and get your questions answered. To learn more and get involved, visit www.GetMovingOC.com. Transportation planning officials need to hear from residents directly in order to completely understand how and why many residents strongly oppose the proposed extensions that would cut through communities and have a detrimental impact on established neighborhoods and schools. As you know, transportation agencies including the TCA, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are working together to address traffic concerns by asking the public for their ideas. As residents of the 36th Senate District, we are disproportionately affected by traffic congestion and need to be involved in this decision-making process, as the TCA begins analyzing several traffic relief ideas to determine their costs and impacts on affected communities. Given the traffic congestion in South Orange County, I empathize with regional transportation leaders and other decision-makers about their responsibility to balance numerous demands from various communities. However, South Orange County residents must have a voice. While I support a process that is fair, transparent and inclusive, I oppose toll road extensions that would tear communities apart. Sincerely, PATRICIA C. BATES Senator, 36th District www.senate.ca.gov/bates

2 years ago
NO Toll Roads Through South OC, which includes San Onofre State Park and Beltway!!!

Thank you for your messages regarding proposed toll road extensions that could go through San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch and/or Rancho Mission Viejo. I appreciate hearing from you. After reviewing the proposals put forth by the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) and listening to and consulting with many residents and stakeholders regarding this issue, I believe that the proposed alignments could irreparably harm the quality of life of affected communities. Therefore, I oppose those proposed extensions. While the proposed toll road extensions are still that – proposals – it is important for you and your neighbors to share your concerns and get your questions answered. To learn more and get involved, visit www.GetMovingOC.com. Transportation planning officials need to hear from residents directly in order to completely understand how and why many residents strongly oppose the proposed extensions that would cut through communities and have a detrimental impact on established neighborhoods and schools. As you know, transportation agencies including the TCA, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are working together to address traffic concerns by asking the public for their ideas. As residents of the 36th Senate District, we are disproportionately affected by traffic congestion and need to be involved in this decision-making process, as the TCA begins analyzing several traffic relief ideas to determine their costs and impacts on affected communities. Given the traffic congestion in South Orange County, I empathize with regional transportation leaders and other decision-makers about their responsibility to balance numerous demands from various communities. However, South Orange County residents must have a voice. While I support a process that is fair, transparent and inclusive, I oppose toll road extensions that would tear communities apart. Sincerely, PATRICIA C. BATES Senator, 36th District www.senate.ca.gov/bates

2 years ago
Stop TCA Toll Road Routes #9/#18, also known as The Beltway Option, in South Orange County

Thank you for your messages regarding proposed toll road extensions that could go through San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch and/or Rancho Mission Viejo. I appreciate hearing from you. After reviewing the proposals put forth by the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) and listening to and consulting with many residents and stakeholders regarding this issue, I believe that the proposed alignments could irreparably harm the quality of life of affected communities. Therefore, I oppose those proposed extensions. While the proposed toll road extensions are still that – proposals – it is important for you and your neighbors to share your concerns and get your questions answered. To learn more and get involved, visit www.GetMovingOC.com. Transportation planning officials need to hear from residents directly in order to completely understand how and why many residents strongly oppose the proposed extensions that would cut through communities and have a detrimental impact on established neighborhoods and schools. As you know, transportation agencies including the TCA, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are working together to address traffic concerns by asking the public for their ideas. As residents of the 36th Senate District, we are disproportionately affected by traffic congestion and need to be involved in this decision-making process, as the TCA begins analyzing several traffic relief ideas to determine their costs and impacts on affected communities. Given the traffic congestion in South Orange County, I empathize with regional transportation leaders and other decision-makers about their responsibility to balance numerous demands from various communities. However, South Orange County residents must have a voice. While I support a process that is fair, transparent and inclusive, I oppose toll road extensions that would tear communities apart. Sincerely, PATRICIA C. BATES Senator, 36th District www.senate.ca.gov/bates

2 years ago
ERICA'S LAW SB 1088

Thank you for your dedication to seeking justice for Erica Alonso! I stand with you! Erica was a Laguna Hills constituent who lived in the Senate district that I represent. Her death last year was tragic and disturbing, and her body did not deserve to be dumped. Unfortunately, body dumping is a crime punishable only by a misdemeanor. That is why I have co-authored Senate Bill 1088 with Senator Janet Nguyen to strengthen the penalty for body dumping if a judge believes the circumstances warrant it. Like any other bill, SB 1088 must go through a long legislative process if it is to become law. No matter how much a bill might make sense, success is not guaranteed. SB 1088 is currently pending in the Senate Public Safety Committee. I encourage you to go to http://spsf.senate.ca.gov to contact members of the committee to express your support. Working together, we can pass SB 1088 and ensure some measure of justice for Erica. Sincerely, PATRICIA C. BATES Senator, 36th District Website: www.senate.ca.gov/bates Twitter: www.twitter.com/senatorpatbates Facebook: www.facebook.com/senatorpatbates

3 years ago
DUMPING DEAD BODIES TO BE A FELONY NOT JUST A MISDEMEANOR

Thank you for your dedication to seeking justice for Erica Alonso! I stand with you! Erica was a Laguna Hills constituent who lived in the Senate district that I represent. Her death last year was tragic and disturbing, and her body did not deserve to be dumped. Unfortunately, body dumping is a crime punishable only by a misdemeanor. That is why I have co-authored Senate Bill 1088 with Senator Janet Nguyen to strengthen the penalty for body dumping if a judge believes the circumstances warrant it. Like any other bill, SB 1088 must go through a long legislative process if it is to become law. No matter how much a bill might make sense, success is not guaranteed. SB 1088 is currently pending in the Senate Public Safety Committee. I encourage you to go to http://spsf.senate.ca.gov to contact members of the committee to express your support. Working together, we can pass SB 1088 and ensure some measure of justice for Erica. Sincerely, PATRICIA C. BATES Senator, 36th District Website: www.senate.ca.gov/bates Twitter: www.twitter.com/senatorpatbates Facebook: www.facebook.com/senatorpatbates

3 years ago
Senator Beall please extend the grant for Willow Glen Parks!

Thank you for sending me your support for the grant extension. The City of San Jose received a grant from the State of California in 2002. In 2012, Senator Beall was able to secure an extension for this grant from the State of California within the State Budget Process. The current grant deadline is Summer 2015. If the deadline is not met the City will have to return the funding to the State of California. The Senator will work to extend the grant again this budget session. The budget must be completed in June 2015. There is no guarantee that the extension will be granted by the legislature or the Governor. Thank you for your interest in this critical funding for the three creeks trail. If you have additional questions please feel free to contact me. Sincerely, Frances Herbert Senior Representative Senator Beall frances.herbert@sen.ca.gov (408) 558-1295

4 years ago
Support Senator Beall's Mental Health Parity Enforcement Act

Take Action We are approaching the fiscal finish line but there is still more work ahead to make parity enforcement a reality in California. Please call or fax Governor urging him to approve the Legislature’s budget to add 10 positions in Department of Managed Health Care and 5 positions in the Department of Insurance to enforce mental health parity in California. Please call, email or fax Governor Brown NOW and urge him to do the right thing and approve the Legislature’s budget bill to add enforcement staff to the Department of Managed Care and Department of Insurance: Click below to email Governor Brown Sample support letter Governor Jerry Brown State Capital, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 I support the Legislature’s budget trailer language to add 10 positions in Department of Managed Health Care and 5 positions in the Department of Insurance to enforce mental health parity in California. If we do not take additional budget action now to add enforcement staff we can face lawsuits later. Sincerely, NAME Phone: (916) 445-2841 Fax: (916) 558-3160 https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php

5 years ago