Category: California

Today Is California’s Last Day To Register To Vote in the 2018 Election

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If you aren’t registered to vote by Monday night, you’ll have no say on the gas tax, daylight savings time, the governorship, or Congress.

Monday is the deadline to register to vote in California, and here are just some of the ways the Nov 6. Election will affect you: it will determine whether you have to change your clocks twice a year and set your alarm earlier, how much you pay at the gas pump, and whether or not your city can enact rent control. It’s also going to determine which party controls the U.S. House of Representatives. California voters will have a major say in the matter because this year, the Golden State holds the key to the House.

You can register to vote here before the Monday deadline at 11:59:59 p.m. — it only takes a minute. If you aren’t sure if you’re registered at your current address, you can check the status of your voter registration here.

State and SoCal Gas Settle Over Aliso Gas Leak for $119.5 Million

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The news of an tentative settlement between state officials and SoCal has many residents involved in a class action suit nervous.

A $119.5 million settlement agreement was announced Wednesday to resolve claims by several governmental bodies stemming from the massive Aliso Canyon methane leak — the biggest in U.S. history — that sent more than 100,000 tons of natural gas into neighborhoods around Porter Ranch.

According to a statement released by Southern California Gas Co. just before the start of a news conference to detail the agreement, the settlement with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, the County of Los Angeles, the California Attorney General’s office and the California Air Resources Board resolves “all outstanding claims by those government bodies against the company related to the 2015-2016 natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility.”

“Under the terms of the $119.5 million settlement agreement, SoCalGas will, among other things, reimburse city, county and state governments for costs associated with their response to the leak; establish a program with the California Air Resources Board to mitigate the methane emissions from the leak; and fund local environmental benefit projects to be administered by the government parties,” according to the statement.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilman Mitch Englander and county Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda Solis were scheduled to discuss the settlement at a 10 a.m. news conference.

The gas stemmed from an underground storage facility owned by the company.

Officials said the invisible gas was flowing for about four months in what is being called the worst methane leak in history. An estimated 8,000 residents evacuated their homes, and people from the area said they experienced health issues such as headaches, nosebleeds and nausea.

A class-action suit involving around 9,000 plaintiffs has been filed again SoCalGas. People affiliated with the suit said they resented reports of a settlement since it indicated that a state investigation of the leak will end even though, they claim, the leaking has not stopped.

Bret Lane, the utility’s president and chief operating officer, said SoCalGas “is delivering on our commitment to the governor and the people of California to fully mitigate the methane emissions from the leak at our Aliso Canyon facility.”

“The settlement will also help California meet its ambitious climate goals by advancing projects that capture methane from dairy farms and waste and convert that energy into renewable natural gas for use in transportation,” he said. “SoCalGas is pleased to have worked with the Attorney General’s Office, the Air Resources Board, the Los Angeles City Attorney and the County of Los Angeles to resolve these matters for the people of California.”

The gas leak, which was discovered in October 2015 and continued emanating methane until February 2016, poured an estimated 109,000 tons of methane into the air and forced an estimated 15,000 residents to temporarily relocate.

Limited operations resumed at the facility in late July 2017 with the blessing of state regulators. Efforts by Los Angeles County officials to block the resumed operations failed in court.

Last year, SoCalGas reached an $8.5 million settlement with South Coast Air Quality Management District over the leak, which included $1 million in funding for an SCAQMD-sponsored health study on the impacts of the leak, although county health officials said that $35 million to $40 million would be needed for an adequate study.

Supervisor Barger: Call to Action! Monthly Meeting WEDNESDAY, 2/7 at 7pm

L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger

Call and Email L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger TODAY!

It’s time for Supervisor Barger to do more, and call on Gov. Jerry Brown to shut down Aliso Canyon before he leaves office.
CALL her TODAY! (213) 974-5555

Supervisor Barger has agreed that:

  1. Aliso Canyon is not safe
  2. Residents are too sick
  3. AND we don’t need it for energy reliability.

She worked to keep Aliso Canyon closed to gas injections when Governor Brown push to open it. Now we need her to make a final stand in Brown’s last year. Call on Governor Brown to use his authority to shut down Aliso Canyon now, not in ten years!

CALL and EMAIL:
(213) 974-5555
[email protected]

Demand:
We want Supervisor Barger to pass a resolution like LAUSD did to call on Gov. Jerry Brown to #ShutItALLDown!

Save Porter Ranch Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, February 7, 7-9pm

Are you sick of all the latest leaks? Want to do more to help us shut down Aliso Canyon? Join us at the next Save Porter Ranch monthly meeting to get more involved with our campaigns to shut down Aliso Canyon, get a health study, Dr. Nordella’s study, and more.

Mark your calendars for the first Wednesday of every month for the Save Porter Ranch monthly meeting.

And please bring your checkbook, cash or credit card so you can donate to SPR!  Ask your neighbors to help even if they can’t be at the meeting.

What: Save Porter Ranch Monthly Meeting
When: Wednesday, February 7, 7:00-900pm, social/food from 7:00-7:30, meeting from 7:30-9:00pm
Where: 9666 Lemona Ave, North Hills, CA
Bring: small dish of food to share, notebook, pen

IF YOU ARE SICK OR SMELL GAS, take these steps to report it!

SoCal Edison Investigated for its Possible Role in CA Wildfires

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Fire Investigators may be looking at the role Southern California Edison utilities could have played in the region’s wildfires.

Southern California Edison on Tuesday said it believes fire officials are investigating the company for its possible role in the catastrophic wildfires raging across the region.

About 250,000 acres have been burnt by multiple wildfires since last week, triggering some of the largest fire evacuations in the region’s history. Nearly 1,000 structures have been lost, and one person died in the fires.

The largest of the blazes, Ventura County’s Thomass Fire, continues to rage and is now the fifth largest in state history. The fires broke out during an intense Santa Ana windstorm that downed power lines across Southern California. The cause remains undetermined for most of the wildfires with the exception of Bel Air’s Skirball Fire, which investigators traced to a homeless encampment cooking fire.

In a press release, SCE officials said they believe CAL FIRE investigators are looking at the role of its utilities.

“The causes of the wildfires are being investigated by CAL FIRE, other fire agencies and the California Public Utilities Commission. The investigations now include locations beyond those identified last week as the apparent origin of these fires,” the company stated. “SCE believes the investigations now include the possible role of its facilities. SCE continues to cooperate with the investigations. The wildfire investigations may take a considerable amount of time to complete. SCE will provide updated information as circumstances warrant. ”

It’s not the first time this year that a utility has been investigated for its role in California’s wildfires. Authorities have been investigating Pacific Gas & Electric as a potential factor in the wine country fires that killed dozens of people.

California’s Smoking Age Raised to 21: Gov. Brown Signs New Laws

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The Governor also signed a bill which groups vaping into the same category— and thus restrictions— as traditional tobacco products.

It’ll soon be more difficult for California’s youth to get their hands on a pack of cigarettes or an electronic smoking device. Starting this summer, the legal smoking age in the state will be 21.

On Wednesday evening, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a handful of bills centered on tobacco laws. In a legislative update, his office announced the following had been signed:

The most recognizable bill is by Sen. Ed Hernandez, which raises the age one must be in order to Read more »

Governor Brown Issues Order on Aliso Canyon Gas Leak

Governor Brown Issues Order on Aliso Canyon Gas Leak

SACRAMENTO – Given the prolonged and continuing duration of the Aliso Canyon gas leak and at the request of residents and local officials, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation that declares the situation an emergency and details the administration’s ongoing efforts to help stop the leak. The order also directs further action to protect public health and safety, ensure accountability and strengthen oversight of gas storage facilities.

Earlier this week, Governor Brown met with Porter Ranch residents and toured the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility, including the site of the leak and one of the relief wells.

Today’s proclamation builds on months of regulatory and oversight actions from seven state agencies mobilized to protect public health, oversee Southern California Gas Company’s actions to stop the leak, track methane emissions, ensure worker safety, safeguard energy reliability and address any other problems stemming from the leak. Actions include:

  • The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services established an Read more »
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