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Environmentalists Say They Were Shut Out of Talks on Building Housing Faster

Both the California builders’ lobby and the state’s largest trade union for construction workers backed Gavin Newsom’s campaign for governor. When the Democrat won in a predictable landslide in November, they proceeded with a common purpose: to knock down barriers to fast housing construction — among them the state’s primary environmental law…

California’s Drinking Water Crisis

You’re invited to a briefing on California’s drinking water crisis.

More than one million people don’t have access to safe and affordable drinking water in California [confirmed by Politifact Feb 14, 2019]. Come engage in a conversation with people working on solutions to end this crisis NOW.

Confirmed panelists include Susana De Anda, cofounder and executive director of Community Water Center; a San Joaquin Valley community leader impacted by unsafe drinking water; and other experts on the drinking water crisis. The panel is moderated by Jennifer Clary, CA Water Programs Manager for Clean Water Action.

A reception with food and beverages will follow the panel…

How California is Defying Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks

California is building walls at its borders — they’re just not the kind President Trump has in mind.

As the Trump administration continues its assault on environmental regulation, state officials are throwing up legal barriers to some high-stakes attacks.

They are preparing to strengthen safeguards for waterways that are about to lose federal protections in a major rollback of the Clean Water Act…

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, wants to create a tax on water customers to fund a safe drinking water program in disadvantaged communities. But a rival proposal by a lawmaker from his own party seeks to tap into the state’s record budget surplus instead.

One million Californians live without clean water for drinking or bathing, according to Newsom. He recently called attention to hundreds of water systems in the state that are out of compliance with primary drinking water quality standards because of contamination by lead, arsenic or uranium…

California Already Has a Green New Deal. Here’s How It Works

Republicans in the Senate uniformly voted against the Green New Deal earlier this week. President Donald Trump thinks it can help him win re-election. And conservative pundits on cable news regularly rail against it.

But 3,000 miles away, the former Republican mayor of Fresno, a conservative hub of California’s Central Valley, sounds very different…

Billionaire Environmentalist Tom Steyer Joins Eduardo Garcia to Fight for Clean Water Across California

Tom Steyer, the billionaire philanthropist and Democratic Party donor, took a break from trying to impeach President Donald Trump on Friday to visit the eastern Coachella Valley and learn about the water quality issues plaguing the region’s residents.

Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, led Steyer and a delegation of local and state leaders on a tour of areas that have, for years, lacked clean drinking water, including a Thermal elementary school whose water source is an old, unreliable well…

Valley Lawmakers Should Back New Housing Bills to Protect Low-Income Renters

Thousands of Central Valley residents live under a constant threat and wonder, “How much longer can I afford to stay in my home?”

Right now, vulnerable tenants need protection from unsustainable rent increases and displacement from their own homes and communities. We know this matter is urgent because every day we see and hear the pain and fear from residents who can’t afford rent, are facing eviction, and are trapped in substandard housing conditions by landlords who know they have little to no alternatives…

A new study revealing California’s healthiest, and least healthy, counties highlights the divide between urban and rural California as well as richer and poorer counties.

The report published last week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that Southern San Joaquin Valley residents from Merced County to Kern County are among the least healthy in the state.

Wealthier coastal counties in the Bay Area and Southern California, by contrast, have the state’s healthiest residents…

3-year old Break for Medium-Sized CAFOs Gets Challenged in D.C. court

Animal and environmental organizations, joined by several rural community activists, want a U.S. District Court judge to strike down Obama-era regulations that give a break to smaller mid-sized concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

Beryl A. Howell, chief judge for District of Columbia, is hearing the case, filed against USDA and the Farm Service Agency; along with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Farm Service Administrator Richard Fordyce…

Governor Newsom’s Clean Water Tax A ‘Moral Imperative’ To Some, A Burden To Others

Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he will introduce a tax of up to $10 a month to water customers in order to fund safe drinking water in disadvantaged communities. Valley Public Radio has reported in the past about how many of those communities are right here in the San Joaquin Valley. To learn about Newsom’s plan, we spoke to Jonathan Nelson, policy director at the Community Water Center…