State of California Archives: on Environment

Antonio Villaraigosa: 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

Jerry Brown: $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

Jerry Brown: 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

Arnold Schwarzenegger: $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 without water.

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

Bill Jones: 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 “Issues” May 2, 2004

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2012 Presidential contenders on Environment:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
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Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
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Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
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