California…. Let’s get GREEN!
Voting in California
Your primary is on June 5, so you’re coming up super fast! Since your state has 54 representatives, it’s really important that you use your vote, because you have almost 10% of the vote in the House of Representatives.
Your primaries are unlike a lot of the rest of the US. You use a two-tier system, which means you say party lines are a thing of the past, and let the top two candidates of each district, regardless of party, progress to the general election. You’re not required to register with a party, and you can show up to vote for whoever you want as long as you’re registered to vote.
Things on the ballot this year: U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, governor, other state executive, state senate, state assembly, special state legislative, state supreme court, intermediate appellate courts, local judges, school boards, municipal government, recalls, ballot measures, and local ballot measures.
Remember, you’re only voting for one Senator!
Our pick: Dianne Feinstein – (Campaign Site)
- Incumbent since 1992
- Mayor, City of San Francisco, 1978-1988
- President, San Francisco County Board of Supervisors, 1970-1971, 1974-1975, 1978
- Summary: has a long history as a champion for the environment and a staunch supporter of programs to fight global warming.
Feinstein has a few things on her docket that make us really like her, and two of them are opposing the appointments of Bill Wheeler and Scott Pruitt. Feinstein supports taking the EPA and returning it to an agency that’s about creating a healthy environment and that supports and looks out for every American citizen. Wheeler and Pruitt both have a track record of supporting fracking, the fossil fuel industries, and rolling back environmental regulations (the opposite of what you would think the EPA should stand for). Feinstein supports restricting offshore energy production, which is super important for you Californians! You have a lot of coastline to protect, and it’s important to keep your coasts clean from fossil fuels. Feinstein always also supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions, which is pretty important too.
Here’s what Feinstein has done to help battle global warming:
- Feinstein plans on battling global warming by continuing to promote and push legislation that increases fuel economy in cars. She authorized a bill that would increase fuel economy in cars, and that means less greenhouse gas emissions produced by cars.
Here’s what she’s done to protect California’s environment
- California Desert Protection Act — In 2016, Feinstein requested that Obama designate 3 new national monuments, which protects almost 1.8 million acres in the California Desert
- Lake Tahoe Restoration Act– Added $300 million in funds to protect the Lake Tahoe basin
- Headwaters Forest Agreement — picture it… 1999, the year the Feinstein got the government to match a $250 million fund to protect the Redwoods
- National Parks and Recreation– 2005, she added 4,500 acres of land to the Golden Gate National
- Recreation Area in addition to 25,500 acres to the Redwood nation Park in Del Norte County
- Northern California Wilderness- 2006, Black Butte River gains 300,000 acres in preservation land
- San Francisco Bay Salt Ponds Restoration– 2003, wetland restoration projects along the San Fran Bay area and the Napa River. This was possible through public and private partnerships, which is pretty special by itself.
- Otay Mountain Wilderness Act– 1999, Feinstein supports a bill that saves sensitive plant and animal species in the Otay Mountains (which we think is pretty Okay…)
It’s clear that Feinstein has done a lot for California in terms of protecting the environment and promoting sustainable energy practices. Since she has such a great track record, we’re hoping she keeps up the good work and are endorsing her as our pick for the Senate seat in 2018.
Here’s our honorable mention for the Senate
Rash Ghosh (NPP) – Scientist & College Professor
- Budget must be based on eco-economics, and not just a part of the entire budget
- Replenish Depleted Aquifers to prevent further land subsidence, and protect the naturally created aquifers.
- Build Water Infrastructure where needed to create millions of jobs
- Provide low interest loans to address the global water crisis
- Demand water from Canada in exchange for processing their tar sands (1,000 to one)
- Extend Production Tax Credit to Encourage Renewable Energy
- Apply Science and Technology to generate income
Other Senator Candidates:
- Kevin de Leon (D)
- Adrienne Edwards (D)
- Pat Harris (D)
- Alison Hartson (D)
- David Hildebrand (D)
- Herb Peters (D)
- Douglas Howard Pierce (D)
- Gerald Plummer (D)
- Don Turner (D)
- Collen Fernald (NPP)
- Tim Gildersleeve (NPP)
- Michael Girgis (NPP)
- Don Grundmann (Constitution)
- Jason Hanania (NPP)
- David Moore (NPP)
- Lee Olson (NPP)
- John Parker (PFP)
- Derrick Michael Reid (Libertarian)
- Ling Ling Shi (NPP)
- Arun Bhumitra (R)
- James Bradley (R)
- Jack Crew (R)
- Erin Cruz (R)
- Rocky de la Fuente (R)
- Jerry Laws (R)
- Patrick Little (R)
- Kevin Mottus (R)
- Mario Nabliba (R)
- Paul Taylor (R)
- Tom Palzer (R) – Palzer always has some good things to say about the environment: he supports the construction of desalinization and hydro-electric plants and researching new methods of clean energy production.
U.S. House of Representatives
Find your district here and then click the corresponding link to read about your sustainable representative candidates.