Monday, November 22, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
|Just a handful of Surfrider representatives (Bill Hickman, Joe Geever and Julia Chunn) amongst the hundreds of people who attended the meeting.|
Friday, October 22, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
This year, we have chosen to support very few bills that fit directly in line with our coastal advocacy programs, such as AB 1998 to ban single-use plastic bags. This bill directly addressed a primary source of marine debris found on our beaches. We also supported AB 1834, which is a bill that affirmed people's right to collect rainwater, consistent with the water runoff and conservation measures of our Know Your H2O program. For more information on these programs, visit www.riseaboveplastics.blogspot.com and http://www.knowyourh2o.org/
Thursday, October 7, 2010
We will be calling voters from house parties and phonebanks throughout San Diego County. There are two great ways that you can help out with the campaign:
1) by attending a phonebank at the Sierra Club office this week Mon-Thu 6-8:30 pm or Sat-Sun 2-5pm.
2) by hosting a phonebank of your own.
If you want to help call interested voters, call me at (858) 569-6005, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/sdnoon23
Or just come down to the office at 8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Ste 101, San Diego, CA 92111.
Thanks for your support!
Friday, October 1, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
California's state parks are falling apart because of decades of underfunding. State budget cuts are causing parks to 'fall behind in the system' and there is currently more than $1 billion 'backlog' of maintenance. Our state parks are struggling financially and need permanent funding to ensure they are maintained (i.e. hiking trials, campsites, bathrooms, visitor centers, kiosks, etc), AND that enough staff and personal are hired to ensure our parks are safe (i.e. lifeguards, rangers, facility managers, etc).
Last November, the Surfrider Foundation supported the California State Park and Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund Act of 2010 as a way to maintain healthy parks.
This summer, the California State Park and Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund Act officially qualified for the November ballot; now called Proposition 21. Prop 21, slated for the Nov 2 election, will create stable and adequate funding for parks. The funding would come from an annual "State Park Access Pass" surcharge of $18 per California vehicle. The surcharge will apply to California vehicles and in exchange, they would receive free day-use admission to Parks throughout the year.
The folks running the ballot initiative are looking for supporters and volunteers, please visit their website.
Please review a recent blog post about why Surfrider is supporting park protection efforts.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 409-7688 fax
El Centro, CA 92243
(760) 335-3444 fax
Coachella, CA 92236
(760) 398-6470 fax
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Please help us pass AB 1998, the California bill that reduces plastic bag litter by banning single-use grocery bags, and adding a 5 cent fee for paper bags. The general public can take action by clicking here, but we especially need them from our business community. If you live or work in their district, please consider sending a letter from your firm in support of this bill.
A sample letter is provided. Please email it to 3 places:
1) Your Senator (http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/
2) email@example.com, the staffer on the Appropriations committee
[Put this entire letter on your letterhead. Please fill in the parentheses, and feel free to change the language as you desire.]
[Insert full date here]
The Honorable [Your Senator’s Full Name Here]
State Capitol, Room [ room number goes here ]
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax : (916) [ fax number goes here]
RE: AB 1998 (Brownley) Single-Use Bag Reduction Act - Support
Dear Senator [Last Name Here]:
On behalf of [Your Business Name Here], I am writing to express our support of the Single-Use Bag Reduction Act (Assembly Bill 1998) as amended.
I am a California business owner/operator in your Senate district and I support taking immediate action to ban plastic grocery bags. I believe that this is an issue that needs to be addressed at the state level to avoid piece-meal legislation that can lead to confusion. As you know, plastic bags are the most ubiquitous consumer item designed to last for minutes but may persist in our marine environment for hundreds of years. While our community has very strong waste diversion and recycling programs, we can not reasonably recycle our way out of the problem that plastic bags cause to our local marine environment.
Despite efforts to expand recycling programs, less than 5% of single-use plastic bags are currently being recycled. The rest of these bags end up in our landfills or as litter, clogging storm drain systems, and making their way to our waterways and ocean. It is estimated that 60–80% of all marine debris, and 90% of floating debris is plastic. Plastic lasts for hundreds of years in our environment and may never biodegrade in the ocean. As a result, it poses a persistent threat to wildlife. Plastic litter, including plastic bags, has impacted over 267 species worldwide.
Paper bags are not a viable alternative to plastic bags. Paper bag production contributes to deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, and waterborne wastes from the pulping and paper making process. Even compostable plastic bags made of plant-based sources have not proven to degrade in the ocean. Instead, they require industrial composting facilities, and only a small number of cities currently support the infrastructure to collect and dispose of compostable bags properly.
As citizens of a vibrant coastal community, we pride ourselves on our beaches, as well as the healthy lagoons that border our community. Our natural environment resources are an economic benefit to our community and we endeavor to invest wisely in caring for them – and, have very dedicated volunteers who come out on a regular basis to help remove litter and marine debris, including plastic bags, bottle caps, balloons, and other plastic items. These marine debris items pose a threat to marine life, and can be an economic blight to our beach related economy.
San Francisco, Malibu, Fairfax, and Palo Alto have banned plastic bags and at least 20 more cities in California are considering this approach. Rather than taking a piecemeal city-by-city approach, AB 1998 will create one uniform policy for addressing all types of single-use bags to encourage consumers to use reusable bags, the most sustainable alternative. This is a matter of statewide importance and we strongly support the effort being put forth through AB1998 to ban plastic carryout bags and no longer allow free paper carryout bags.
California has a critical role to play in becoming a true leader in eliminating plastic bag waste and preventing the proliferation of plastic pollution in our communities. The passage of AB 1998 will be a major step in breaking our addiction to single-use bags and will protect our coasts and beaches from unsightly and costly pollution caused by single-use plastic bags.
cc: Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter
Thursday, June 3, 2010
ASSEMBLY BILL 1998
Single-Use Bag Reduction Act
WHAT THE BILL WOULD DO:
Existing law requires an operator of a store, as defined, to establish an at-store recycling program that provides to customers the opportunity to return clean plastic carryout bags to that store. This requirement is repealed on January 1, 2013.
This bill would repeal those at-store recycling program requirements on January 1, 2011, and would instead, on and after January 1, 2012, prohibit a store of a certain size (July 1, 2013 for smaller stores), as defined, from providing a single-use carryout bag to a customer and mandate that the store offer reusable bags or recycled paper bags (at 5 cents each) for sale.
WHY THE BILL IS NEEDED:
- To reduce the ever increasing amount of marine debris in our oceans and waterways. According to the California Coastal Commission, the majority of marine debris is composed of plastic materials; 60 to 80 percent overall and 90 percent of floating debris
- To stem the pollution resulting from an low recycling rate of 5% with bags ending up in our landfills or the environment
- To recognize that The North Pacific Gyre in the Pacific Ocean is home to the largest accumulation of plastic pollution, now estimated to be the size of the United States and is increasing rapidly.
- To address the threat to 267 species of wildlife, from marine debris through ingestion or entanglement, including sea turtles, fish, marine mammals, and various species of sea birds.
- Plastics made from bio-based sources that are marketed as "compostable" or "biodegradable" are not environmentally sound alternatives to plastic carryout bags because they have not been shown to degrade in aquatic environments and require conditions only available in composting facilities to rapidly break down into constituents that assimilate back into the environment. Most Californians lack access to composting facilities capable of accepting compostable plastic bags.
- Paper bags made from virgin materials are not environmentally sound alternatives to plastic carryout bags because the production of these types of bags contributes to deforestation, natural resource depletion, greenhouse gas emissions, and waterborne wastes.
- Recycled content paper carryout bags are recyclable and have fewer negative impacts than virgin paper bags, recycled content paper carryout bags are not environmentally sound alternatives to plastic carryout bags, because the production of these types of bags contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and waterborne wastes.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Ride With Us on a Charter Bus To Protect Drinking Water!
Gregory Canyon Landfill Army Corps of Engineering Hearing
June 3, 2010 6:00pm
City of San Marcos Senior Center (Horizon Room)
111 Richmar Avenue
4:30 PM -- Bus departs Sierra Club office
8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego
Return, leave Senior Center between 8:30 and 9:00
** Snacks and Water, will be provided
LET US DO THE DRIVING!
Call 858-569-6005 to save your space!
Please ATTEND the public meeting and tell the Army Corps of Engineers to protect our aquifers, the San Luis Rey river basin, the wildlife and precious drinking water supplies that come from this region! We need to make a bold statement; the more people who attend the meeting, the louder the message will be to the Corps.
It is important that the Army Corps get the message loud and clear that placing a garbage dump in a river basin makes NO SENSE! Garbage and water is a recipe for disaster.
For more information contact Ed Kimura at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-569-2025; or Pam Epstein at pepstein@
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Our last blog post explored new efforts to protect our State Parks (the "State Park Access Pass" ballot initiative)...and (unfortunately) this blog post explores another haphazard plan by the Governor to hold our Parks for ransom.
The Governor released a new budget scheme to fund parks through revenues generated by offshore oil drilling near Santa Barbara, CA. Never mind that the oil drilling project has been rejected twice (once by the State Lands Commission and then again in the legislative budget process).
Assemblyman Huffman summarizes the situation best: "Blackmail might be a better term for it," said Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, who chairs the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. "He's saying I'll fund the parks if you'll open up the coast to new oil drilling."The Governor's plan rubs Surfrider wrong for many reasons. First, we are partnering with other organizations to protect our state park system--aside from fighting to keep a six-lane toll road out of San Onofre State Beach, we are working to safeguard our underfunded "park system" so our members can enjoy safe and clean state beaches. Secondly, we think this 'new plan' is especially appalling because California's ocean, waves and beaches are vital recreational, economic and ecological treasures that will be polluted by increased oil drilling.
Surfrider launched a campaign: "Not the Answer". The campaign asks the fundamental question: why are decision-makers stilladvocating for environmentally harmful ways to meet oil needs, when they should be seeking a comprehensive and environmentally sustainable plan that includes conservation and alternative energy?
The answer to this question certianly doesn't reside in the Governors new plan to hold our parks ransom.
Take action and tell your elected officials the Governor's plan is not the answer!
Click here to read Surfrider's official response to the swindle.