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Petition to California State House, California State Senate, California Governor, Ben Allen, Steven Bradford, Al Muratsuchi, Joe Buscaino, Dr. Clark Parker Sr., William Burke

Take Action to ban hydrofluoric acid in CA refineries - Please FWD

As a critical and time-sensitive public safety issue, we call on California lawmakers to vote in favor of AB 1645 and AQMD Board Members to adopt Rule 1410 to BAN and REPLACE MHF and HF alkylation at California refineries. We recommend a deadline of 2022 for elimination of MHF/HF alkylation, to be replaced with an alternative of the refinery’s choice. Commercially available options include sulfuric acid, ionic liquid, and solid acid catalyst. The industry is mounting massive lobbying and PR campaigns to thwart both efforts. Don’t listen to the industry’s misleading economic scare tactics. The community must rise up to show massive support for AB 1645 and Rule 1410. If we do, we can win this battle. We survived the Torrance refinery shut down; a MHF transition should be shorter and have less impact. After signing this petition visit TRAASouthBay.com to send letters of support to the SCAQMD board and CA legislators and sign up for TRAA’s twice-a-month newsletter to COORDINATE with us and follow the news. For a lawn sign, write to LawnSigns@TRAASouthBay.com. You can donate online at TRAASouthBay.com. “LIKE” Torrance Refinery Action Alliance on Facebook and like and share our posts. fb.me/BanMHF  Learn more on the website. TELL YOUR FRIENDS. Come to a TRAA meeting to work with your neighbors on this cause, the 1st and 3rd Monday each month (except holidays) 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sizzler 2880 Sepulveda Blvd, Torrance. Back room. Or email TRAASouthBay@gmail.org to offer help. 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. BACKGROUND During the February 18, 2015 explosion at the Torrance refinery, a flying 80,000 lb. piece of equipment slammed down at 60 MPH just 5 ft. from a tank with 50,000 lb. of modified hydrofluoric acid (MHF). Federal safety officials say the surrounding communities "dodged a bullet.” The Chemical Safety Board says that accident could have been catastrophic.  One of the world’s most dangerous industrial chemicals, hydrofluoric acid (HF), is used in massive quantities in only two California refineries, Torrance and the Valero in Wilmington. The eight other CA refineries with alkylation units use a much safer alternative — sulfuric acid. HF refineries claim an additive mixed in with the HF makes it safe. But with only one or two additive molecules per hundred molecules of MHF, it’s too little to make a difference. “Modified” HF (MHF) is just as deadly as HF. If released, it forms a ground-hugging cloud that can drift for miles, causing death and injury. The refineries’ other mitigation measures, like water sprays and barriers, are also ineffective. Mass casualties can result from an MHF release — wind direction determines who dies.  The US EPA has conducted a preliminary investigation into MHF http://bit.ly/2poBJro. The AQMD has reviewed innumerable technical documents from the refineries. (Chart 5, http://bit.ly/2wBHeUh)   Both this preliminary EPA inspection report and the initial AQMD staff recommendations were that MHF risk is assumed identical to HF risk. The US Chemical Safety Board and Department of Justice have sued ExxonMobil to get proprietary information on MHF.  The 2015 accident could have created an HF plume large enough to cause 16 miles of serious irreversible injuries. Death would be possible within the first 8 miles. In 2015 the air was moving to the WSW so the plume would have headed out to sea. People would have died all the way to the Redondo Beach pier. Twenty three schools lie within the main debris field left by the explosion. Even if emergency systems kept 90% of the tank’s acid from escaping, the remaining 5,000 lb. acid plume would have been large enough to kill people nearly all the way to the beach. The EPA's, CSB’s, and AQMD’s MHF investigations are due to activism and scientific sleuthing by local residents, who joined forces in the Torrance Refinery Action Alliance (TRAA). Local scientists on our Advisory Panel discovered MHF is over 98% HF by molecule count and behaves exactly like HF at normal refinery operating temperatures and pressures. http://bit.ly/2p6dPCn The industry has been lying to us for 27 years. MHF is no safer than HF. Yet, industry is still lying.  It’s up to us, the residents. The South Bay must not accept the status of “sacrifice zone” to benefit PBF in Torrance and Valero in Wilmington, or to avoid a short one-time disruption during the transition. How much are more than a half-million Californians worth?  See our website to write to legislators and AQMD board members. TRAASouthBay.org  You can also call or fax! California Governor Jerry Brown Phone: (916) 445-2841 Fax: (916) 558-3160 email: https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/index.php California State Senator Ben Allen  Capitol Office (916) 651-4026 District Office (310) 318-6994 email http://sd26.senate.ca.gov/contact/message California State Senator Steven Bradford  Capitol Office (916) 651-4035 District Office (310) 514-8573 email http://sd35.senate.ca.gov/contact California State Assembly Al Muratsuchi Capitol office (916) 319-2066 District Office (310) 375-0691 email: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD66  

MODIFIED HYDROFLUORIC ACID RISK
9,328 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Senator Henry Stern, Retired Senator Fran Pavley, CHP Coastal Division Assistant Chief Sean McRae, CHP Coastal Division Chief Reginald Chappelle, CHP Southern Division Chief Chris O’Quinn, CHP Southern Division Assistant Chief Omar J. Watson, LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, LA County Undersheriff Jacques La Berge, LA County Assistant Sheriff Bobby Denham, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean, Ventura County Undersheriff Gary Pentis, Ventura County Assistant Sheriff Bill Ayub, Ventura County Assistant Sheriff Eric Dowd, Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett, Ventura Country Supervisor Linda Parks, Ventura County Supervisor Kelly Long, Ventura County Supervisor Peter C. Foy, Ventura County Supervisor John C. Zaragoza, LA County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn

End Obnoxious Motorcycle Noise by Enforcing Muffler Laws

Your baby is sleeping at home when suddenly disturbed, awakened and starts crying by what sounds like a squadron of Apache helicopters rumbling over your house.  You are sitting on the patio of a nice street-side café when it becomes impossible to hear your friend, or think about anything else other than what sounds like twenty World War 2 tanks rolling down the street. You are getting married at a nice hillside venue just outside of Los Angeles when all of the sudden it sounds like an earthquake and a raging mudslide combined rolling down the hill. These are a few examples of precious life moments ruined by illegally modified motorcycle mufflers. The 17-time Emmy award winners, multiple Tony award winners behind the 'Book of Mormon', and grammy recipients, and creators of the the television cartoon South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, captured what every single one of us thinks when motorcycles come rumbling through town. Here is the opening clip, http://southpark.cc.com/clips/254812/getting-away-from-it-all#source=473fef35-48a7-434c-afc6-207874c7f1a3:22968a5a-ed01-11e0-aca6-0026b9414f30&position=1&sort=playlist  --------------------------------------------------------------- We, the citizens of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, have nothing against LEGAL motorcycles, we are simply asking that Law Enforcement enforce the already existing muffler laws (VC 2510 & SB 435).   If you are sick of being disturbed by what sounds like a warzone, the obnoxious noise pollution from illegal motorcycles, then please sign this petition.  And most importantly, if you believe that no one is above the law then please sign this petition.    --------------------------------------------------------------- FAQ Are there any existing laws that give law enforcement the authority to cite obnoxiously loud motorcyclists? Yes.  VC-27151 and SB 435 make it illegal to ride an obnoxiously loud motorcycle.  What type of enforcement shall be taken against vehicles emitting excessive noise?  From CHP Bulletin 98-100: “Providing none of the disqualifying conditions listed in 40610 (b) are present, the use of CHP 281, “Notice to Correct,” or checking the Dismissible Violation “Yes” box on the CHP 215, “Notice to Appear (Arrest Citation),” would be appropriate for these violations.” CHP Bulletin 98-100: http://www.bobsmuffler.com/chp.htm Why are some motorcycles so loud and others are not?   All newly manufactured motorcycles leave the dealer’s lot with an EPA certified muffler that is both state and federally required to limit exhaust emissions to 80 decibel levels.  But some motorcycle owners decide to then illegally modify their muffler to obnoxiously loud levels. Why were the EPA, Federal and State Laws created in the first place?   There are thousands of noise laws across the country for good reason. Because it’s a quality of life issue. Those laws protect us from noise. For those who remember when smoking was allowed in airplanes and restaurants - this was an accepted form of pollution that has been eradicated. So, let’s enforce noise pollution laws too.  It is not "delusional" to complain about hearing the roar of motorcycles, just like it’s not “delusional” to complain about being stuck on a plane with the overpowering smell of cigarette smoke or second-hand smoke while you eat your lunch. Why do police say that they can’t do anything about it? "I do know that vehicular noise enforcement is NOT complicated and I have a 99.8% conviction rate for all noise citations coming before me for adjudication. Police Officers simply have to get off their butts and do their job...problem solved!!!" - Rick Holtsclaw, a retired Houston Police Officer.   But law enforcement says that they need a decibel (DB) meter to pull over a motorcycle and they don’t have DB meters? CHP Bulletin 98-100, VC 27151 and SB 435 do not mention the requirement of a DB meter to pull over a motorcycle.  The enforcement guidelines of CHP Bulletin 98-100 are as follows: “The only drivers who should be cited are those whose vehicles: 1)    are not equipped with a muffler 2)    clearly emit an offensive, harsh, excessive noise, or; 3)    have a clearly defective exhaust system (holes, leaks, etc.)” The bulletin goes on to instruct its officers to listen to the vehicle: “Do I actually have to listen to a vehicle to cite it for a violation of either Section 27150 or 27151? Yes.  Drivers of vehicles should not be cited for violation of either Section 27150 or 27151 VC unless the officer has personally listened to the vehicle in operation.  This can be either under actual driving conditions or with the vehicle stationary and the engine running.  Even if the officer has inspected the exhaust system and does not see a muffler present, the officer should listen to the vehicle.”  What about SB 435, the Motorcycle Anti-Tampering Act passed in 2010?   Whereas VC 27151 gives offers Law Enforcement Officers the ability to pull over a motorcycle if it sounds obnoxiously loud (“clearly emitting an offensive, harsh, excessive noise”), and then cite them with a fix-it-ticket, SB 435 adds more teeth to the citation.  Prior to SB 435 an officer could pull over a motorcyclist if the officer think’s the exhaust is too loud, and cite them as long as one of the following is true: 1)    not equipped with a muffler 2)    clearly emitting an offensive, harsh, excessive noise, or; 3)    have a clearly defective exhaust system (holes, leaks, etc.) and thanks to SB 435, a fourth law can now be added: 4)    not equipped with a readily-visible EPA stamp that certifies federal emissions compliance (for motorcycles or after-market exhaust system equipment manufactured after 2013) If the EPA muffler is in fact there, then the motorcyclist only gets cited for a fix-it-ticket for one of the other three above mentioned laws.  Is there a big motorcycle lobby changing the noise laws so that they can have maintain and have louder motorcycles? Yes, and they are dangerously powerful enough to change our state’s laws.  Before 1980, ANY modifications that made the factory equipped motorcycle louder were ILLEGAL, but the motorcycle lobby succeeded with a small text change and limited the efficacy of the law. Instead of Section 27151 VC prohibiting all modifications that increase the noise level of the exhaust system over that of the factory-installed motorcycle exhaust system (as it did until 1980) Section 27151 VC was changed to only prohibit the modification of the exhaust system to amplify or increase the noise emitted by the vehicle….. making the vehicle not in compliance with section 27150 VC or exceeding the noise limits established in Sections 27201-27206 VC. It’s just a small text change, but one that allows the motorcyclist to defraud the court in the following way: The motorcyclist gets pulled over and cited for a) clearly emitting an offensive, harsh, excessive noise, or b) lack of a muffler, or c) a clearly defective exhaust system, and is cited with a fix-it-ticket to correct the deficient exhaust system.  Then the violator will correct the deficiency by simply reinstalling the factory installed muffler, get the fix-it-ticket signed off, and then simply reinstall the illegal equipment that got them the ticket in the first place…. and then measure the decibel level with a DB meter and get it dismissed in court.  Then, the violator will simply reinstall the illegal equipment that got them the ticket in the first place.    Furthermore, the motorcycle lobby cut the funding for the Muffler Certification and the Licensed Muffler Certification Station Programs in 1979.  More recently, Senator Fran Pavley submitted her bill SB 435, the Motorcycle Anti-Tampering Act, but the motorcycle lobby watered down the original bill, which had teeth.  The original bill made it a violation to not have a readily-visible EPA stamp that certifies federal emissions compliance for all motorcycles manufactured after 1985 (this is the year the EPA made it a law that all manufactures must certify that their mufflers do not exceed a decibel level over 80 dBa).  Instead, the motorcycle lobby was successful in changing it to “motorcycles manufactured after 2013” – exempting the majority of motorcycles on our highways.  In addition, the motorcycle lobby was successful in reducing the ticket from a proposed $300 fine to a $50 fine, and removing the moving violation that goes as a point against your driving record to a simple fix-it-ticket and lastly removing the biennial smog-check for motorcycles. According to the Air Resources Board, which backed the smog-check version of SB 435, motorcycles account for less than 1% of vehicle-miles traveled in the state yet account for 10% of passenger vehicles' smog-forming emissions; swapping a compliant tailpipe equipped with a catalytic converter for one without emissions controls can emit as many as 10 times more smog-forming pollutants per mile. Senator Fran Pavley should be commended for at least getting SB 435 signed into law despite the powerful motorcycle lobby successfully weakening the bill.  At least someone is sticking their neck out against the powerful lobby and moving the ball forward.  

Johnnie Doe
104 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to California Board of Parole Hearings

Parole Block for the murderer of Lorraine Ortega

Lorraine Ortega was a loving mother, daughter, sister, tia & friend. She was the life of the party, she was the party. She had this big beautiful smile that warmed your heart. Her hugs made you feel whole. Lorraine was the friend everyone could count on. When her cousin was in a awful car accident, she was right by his side & somehow she managed to help set up a car wash fundraiser for him to help. Lorraine had a big heart. She loved her family so much. Lorraine’s son was shy of turning 3 before his mother was murdered.  On February 6, 1993, Jose Gomez entered the apartment of Lorraine with his common law wife, Cynthia. Jose tied Lorraine up with a phone cord and began to beat her, he then put her in a chokehold. When his actions had not killed her, Jose put her in the bathroom and stabbed both sides of her neck including the jugular vein letting her bleed to death in the tub. Waiting until she died, Jose & Cynthia carried her into the living room placing her badly beaten body on the love seat. He then tried to destroy evidence by placing aerosol cans into the microwave, puncturing a gas line in an attempt to blow up the apartment, & starting a fire on the stove but was unsuccessful. Jose continued to live his life for almost two years before he was arrested. During that time Jose & Cynthia would harass Lorraines family by calling in the middle of the night, at all hours, laughing at Lorraines sisters & mother in public, tormenting the family.   Jose Gomez was convicted of second degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. He will have served only 23 years when he is considered for parole. 

Vanessa Ortega
4,126 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, California State Senate, California State House, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Kevin McCarthy, Hillary Clinton, Doug LaMalfa, Connie Leyva, Donald Wagner, Donald Trump, President Donald Trump, Department of Veterans Affairs, Zoe Lofgren, Human Rights Campaign, Department of Education, Michelle Obama, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Maxine Waters, Xavier Becerra, Young Kim, Tom Young, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Kamala Harris, Melissa Melendez, Melania Trump, Karen Pence, Rex W. Tillerson, Mike Pence

Unhomeless the Homeless in California

Declare Homelessness State of Emergency in California L.A. County Homeless On any given night, there are over 135,000 homeless people in California - 23% of the entire nation’s homeless population. Counties across the state are facing a pervasive and deepening homeless crisis that imminently endangers the health and safety of tens of thousands of residents, including veterans, women, children, LGBT, youth, persons with disabilities and seniors.  Los Angeles County at least 88,000 men, women and children -- 8,000 to 10,000 in Downtown Los Angeles alone -- are without homes. There are beds for less than half of the homeless in Los Angeles county, comprehensive services are available to far fewer than half, and the county jails are routinely used as a substitution for mental health facilities. Nowhere is this more evident than in Los Angeles County at least 88,000 men, women and children -- 8,000 to 10,000 in Downtown, including more than 6,000 parents and children in the San Fernando Valley alone -- are without homes. There are beds for less than one third of the homeless in Los Angeles county, comprehensive services are available to far fewer than half, and the county jails are routinely used as a substitution for mental health facilities.  In Los Angeles county the tremendous scale of homelessness threatens the economic stability of the entire region by burdening emergency medical services and the social services infrastructure. It is time to treat this crisis like the emergency it truly is.  The increasing numbers of displaced homeless people and the lack of ongoing resources to stably re-house them require immediate and extraordinary action. That is why We in LA County are taking the lead in a statewide effort to ask Governor Brown to declare a state of emergency in California to address this growing humanitarian crisis. Please join us! Sign our petition urging to declare the homeless crisis a state of emergency and bring the concerted effort and resources needed to tackle this crisis in a meaningful way.  Homelessness, Humanitarianism, Social justice, Human Rights, Economic Justice, Homeless crisis, Affordable housing, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and the Right to Live Free of prejudice. No human in our country should be homeless. Let's take the first step together. Everyone deserves a safe place to call home.  Then Share this petition with your friends on social media to spread the word even further. Thank you for your support.

Lori Jean Siebers
219 supporters