State of California Archives: on Environment
$25B for water-shortage farmland
The governor wants to see long-term solutions to the state's water shortage, possibly in the form of two 35-mile tunnels running under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a $25 billion project that would eventually move water to a parched area of farmland.
And this year, he will back a proposed ballot initiative that would direct state dollars into a rainy-day fund, money that could help the next governor deal with the next recession.
"I'm not interested in a Jerry Brown legacy, whatever the hell that might be," Brown said. His initiatives, he said, will help cope with an influx of millions of new residents over the forthcoming decades. "We're not a homogenous state where it's
easy to have 60% or 70% of the people agree on things. There are divisions," he went on. "These are longer term, serious, societal commitments that help knit us together as a people."
Source: Washington Post on 2014 California gubernatorial race
Feb 28, 2014
Added 669 acres of open space & 1,549 miles of bikeways
To mark his time as mayor, his staff put together a 60-page book, titled "Straight from the Heart of L.A." that details his accomplishments over the past eight years. Among the accomplishments:
Source: Huffington Post on 2014 California Governor race
Jun 23, 2013
- 20% of energy coming from renewable sources
75% increase in recycling
- adding 669 acres of open space
- adding 1,549 miles of bikeways
- installing LED streetlights
- reducing port emissions.
$14B to build tunnels and restore San Joaquin Delta habitat
1/6 of our water flows through the San Joaquin Delta. If because of an earthquake, a 100-year storm or sea level rise, the Delta fails, the disaster would [cause] losses of at least $100 billion and 40,000 jobs. I am going to do whatever I can to make
sure that does not happen. My proposed plan is 2 tunnels 30 miles long & 40 feet wide, designed to improve the ecology of the Delta, with almost 100 square miles of habitat restoration; [it will cost about] $14 billion. That is big but so is the problem.
Source: 2013 State of the State address to California Legislature
Jan 24, 2013
Banned shark fin harvesting to protect sharks and ocean
Governor Brown signed legislation to protect the oceans and environment. AB 376 bans the possession and sale of shark fins in California. The practice of cutting the fins off of living sharks and dumping them in the ocean is not only cruel, but it harms
the health of our oceans. Researchers estimate that some shark populations have declined by more than 90%, portending grave threats to our environment and commercial fishing. In the interest of future generations, I have signed this bill.
Source: California 2011 gubernatorial press release #17264
Oct 7, 2011
$11B for water bonds to invest in future water flow
We here in this room made history with the most comprehensive water package in nearly half a century. We brought all the stakeholders together and we got it done.
And now we must work very hard so that we pass the $11 billion in water bonds that will
be on the ballot this November. And Democrats and Republicans will have to travel up and down the state to educate the people of California why those bonds are so important.
Because some people say "how can we afford these bonds in the current economic
climate?" I say, how can we not?
It is the law that you cannot build a school or that you cannot build a factory or that you cannot build an office building or a housing development without identifying first a source of water. Our economy cannot grow
Now is exactly the time to invest in it, so that when Californians turn on that faucet there is safe and reliable and clean water coming out that tap and not just five years from now but 30, 40 and 50 years from now.
Source: California 2010 State of the State Address
Jan 6, 2010
Supports the ban on drilling oil off the California coast
California has the nation’s best environmental programs but the state is hurt by too many conflicting federal agencies and their rules. Jones supports the ban on drilling oil off the California coast and the federal government should buy out the
remaining leases, as it has done in Florida. Also, federal environmental grants should be combined into a block grant to the State, to be spent on the critical environmental needs as identified by Californians.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website JonesForCalifornia.com “Issues”
May 2, 2004
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