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Petition to California State House, California State Senate, California Governor, Ben Allen, Steven Bradford, Al Muratsuchi

PREVENT Mass Casualties in the South Bay - Please Forward

ALERT: This affects residents in Torrance, Redondo Beach, Gardena, Carson, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Wilmington, L.A., Lomita, Rolling Hills, San Pedro, Palos Verdes Estates, West Rancho Dominguez, and Long Beach, California. Torrance Refining Company (formerly ExxonMobil ) in Torrance and Valero in Wilmington are the only two refineries in CA that use toxic and volatile forms of hydrofluoric acid (HF) which can have deadly cloud-forming behavior. All other CA refineries use a much safer alternative — sulfuric acid. PBF and Valero must stop using HF and switch to a safer alternative. This can be mandated by an AQMD rule or state law.  A refinery shutdown is not required.   According to an EPA "worst case" scenario previously prepared by ExxonMobil prior to the refinery sale, the release of 50,000 lbs of their "Modified" HF (MHF) could result in a ground-hugging HF cloud drifting with the breeze 3.2 miles into surrounding areas at concentrations high enough to cause serious and irreversible injuries with short term exposure (and possibly fatalities). If released in an explosion, fire, earthquake, or terrorist attack, MHF could cause mass casualties in surrounding communities.    Alarmed?  It gets worse.  * The Torrance refinery doesn't have 50,000 lbs. They have 250,000 lbs of MHF. Furthermore, ExxonMobil's estimated 3.2 mi. toxic distance is too low because they gave too much “credit” to MHF’s supposed ability to reduce HF cloud size. The actual risk zone is 15 miles. Thanks to an analysis by the local citizens group Torrance Refinery Action Alliance (TRAA), the EPA is now investigating ExxonMobil's scenario, and the SCAQMD is considering the adoption of a rule to ban it.  * During the February 18, 2015 explosion at the Torrance refinery, a flying 80,000 lb. piece of equipment hit just 3 ft. from a tank containing 50,000 lb. of MHF. Federal safety officials said the surrounding communities "dodged a bullet."  * On Sept 6, 2015, a leak of MHF from the Torrance refinery occurred. No sirens sounded, and the Torrance Fire department was notified only later by email.   * A key volunteer, Dr. S. Hayati with the grassroots Torrance Refinery Action Alliance (TRAA), recently uncovered the fact that in 1998, Mobil officials, Torrance Fire Department Chief R. Scott Adams, and possibly other city officials secretly approved  the reduction of a key safety chemical that was supposed to make deadly HF safer in case of an accidental release. Thanks to the hard work of Dr. Hayati, the Chemical Safety Board has stated its intent to investigate MHF. The South Bay should not accept the status of “sacrifice zone” for the benefit of PBF in Torrance and Valero in Wilmington. How much are more than a half-million Californians worth?   As a critical and time-sensitive public safety issue, we call on California lawmakers to immediately introduce legislation to BAN and REPLACE the use of MHF and HF at California refineries! California Governor Jerry BrownPhone: (916) 445-2841Fax: (916) 558-3160email: California State Senator Ben Allen Capitol Office (916) 651-4026District Office (310) 318-6994email California State Senator Steven Bradford Capitol Office (916) 651-4035District Office (310) 514-8573email California State Assembly Al MuratsuchiCapitol office (916) 319-2066District Office (310) 375-0691email: Join your concerned fellow citizens:

8,421 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to Senator Kevin DeLeón, Senator Richard Pan, Jerry Brown

Remove Senator Richard Pan from CA Senate Select Committee on Children with Special Needs

In the Fall of 2015, Senator Kevin De Leon appointed Senator Richard Pan as Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Children with Special Needs.  Since that time, the Select Committee has had TWO informational meetings (12/1/15 and 4/5/16). Senator Richard Pan has proven time and time again that he is no advocate for children with special needs in California.  He repeatedly refuses to meet with his own constituents, let alone California residents outside of his constituency, to discuss issues related to children with special needs.  He holds private town hall meetings where only those who hold the 'golden ticket' are permitted to attend. His staffers are defensive and discourteous to California voters who call his office hoping to get answers. The last straw!  On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, a study was released in the American Journal of Public Health that says children with autism are 40 times more likely to die from injury!  It goes on to say that people diagnosed with autism die at an average age of just 36! (Life expectancy for the average person is 72) http://ajph.aphapublications. org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2017. 3036 The situation in California has reached critical mass and word from Senator Pan's office is that the Senate Select Committee on Children with Special Needs has no plans to meet, at least through September of this year!  That is 17 months of inactivity from this Select Committee!  Our children deserve better!  Senator Kevin De Leon should act swiftly to appoint a new chair to this committee.  One who will conduct himself with integrity and concern for our children.  One who responsively engages with his constituents ,and beyond, to find REAL solutions for California's children. Our requests are simple: 1)Replace Senator Richard Pan as Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Children with Special Needs. 2)Schedule a meeting of the Senate Select Committee on Children with Special Needs ASAP - one in which concerned parents can participate.

Parents United 4 Kids
416 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Jerry Brown

Stop the taxation of necessary feminine hygiene products (Tampons, pads, menstrual cups)

Did you know that in California, pads and tampons are taxed because they are not deemed “necessities” by state law? Other items like food, are excluded from sales tax, because they are necessary for most people to live comfortably. But people who have periods know that menstrual products are absolutely necessary. That’s why we are asking that California stop taxing tampons and pads. Will you sign our petition and join us? In California, women and people with periods are forced to pay a sales tax for these totally necessary products. This is a problem, because women are more likely than men to live under the poverty line. Especially for households with multiple women/people with periods, those who live under the poverty line, and those with heavier flow for menstrual cycles (and those who have periods multiple times a month), paying an additional tax on top of already mounting costs for tampons, pads, and menstrual cups becomes burdensome. Half of the population should not be financially penalized for something that occurs naturally in the human body.  Already, campaigns like this one have pushed Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Minnesota, Maryland and the whole country of Canada to exempt tampons and pads from sales tax. California has a history of stepping up against sexism: in 1995 it was one of the first states to pass a bill that prohibited business establishments from basing the price of services and products on a person’s gender. Now it’s time that our state’s tax laws did the same. Luckily, some of our lawmakers agree with us. Partially inspired by our petition, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia has introduced a bill that would remove this sales tax – and we need to help her build pressure to pass it! Sign our petition and ask Governor Brown to stop the “pink tax” in California and exempt tampons and pads from sales tax.

Rachel & Helen Lee
26,127 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to California Department of Pesticide Regulation

California, Protect Children From Toxic Pesticides Sprayed By Agricultural Businesses

The purpose of this petition is to request the California Department of Pesticide Regulation protect children in their homes, childcare centers, family childcare homes, private and public schools by creating a 1/4 mile buffer zone between them and toxic chemicals and pesticides used by agricultural businesses. California has many laws and regulations to protect its citizens, wildlife, aquatic life and water sources from the short and long-term effects of toxic chemicals. California regulation DPR 16-004, which goes into effect Sept 2017, stops the use of agricultural pesticides within 1/4 mile from public K-12 schools and child day-care facilities Mon-Fri, 6am-6pm.  It is a great start but does not go far enough. What about where our children live?  Toxic chemicals should not be sprayed by agricultural businesses near our homes or schools. We ask Director Brian K. Leahy and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to expand the regulation to completely stop the use of all toxic agricultural pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc. within 1/4 mile of all residences, public and private schools, and child centers and family child care homes.  This buffer zone will help protect our children from these toxic chemicals. We also ask the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to form a public forum, publicized open meetings and a website presence to discuss the use of non-toxic alternatives instead of toxic chemicals and pesticides used in agriculture and ways to support farmers and companies in implementing changes.  The public has shown support for organic farming and produce. As taxpayers and concerned citizens, we believe toxic chemicals for agricultural farming have no place close to children or in the food they eat. Please sign our petition and protect homes and schools throughout California.

John Bottorff
18 supporters