California

Your Vote is Your Voice - General Elections Endorsements in California

Please Vote on Tuesday, November 4
  • Proposition 1 – Water Bond - YES
  • San Jose Mayor – Sam Liccardo
  • East Bay Municipal Utilities District Ward 3 -  Marguerite Young
US House of Representatives
  • District 2 – Jared Huffman
  • District 11 – Mark DeSaulnier
  • District 17 – Mike Honda
CA State Senate
  • District 2 – Mark McGuire
  • District 6 – Roger Dickinson
CA State Assembly
  • District 2 – Jim Wood
  • District 7 – Steve Cohn
  • District 10 – Marc Levine
  • District 15 – Tony Thurmond
  • District 16 – Tim Sbranti
  • District 25 – Kansen Chu
On Tuesday, November 4, California voters will go to the polls to select their candidates for hundreds of federal, state, and local offices.  Voters will be choosing between the top two vote-getters from the June primary. In some cases, the candidates facing off may come from the same political party.  

Clean Water Action does not endorse in every race, but reviews each race and determines where to make endorsements based on a variety of factors.

Here's how we made these endorsements:

Clean Water Action reviews candidates’ records and contacts them for additional information. We consider candidates regardless of party and support those who demonstrate a commitment to the environment and our communities.

Based on these and other factors, Clean Water Action makes the following recommendations for November 4.

Yes on Proposition 1 - Water Bond

Clean Water Action has worked for many years to ensure that needed investments in water infrastructure reflect the needs of California.  We support the $7.54 billion water bond on the November ballot because it makes those investments, including

Making Oil and Gas Play by the Same Rules

SB 1281 Will Provide the Tools California Needs to  Manage Water Use by the Oil and Gas Industry

Oakland - Yesterday the Legislature passed SB 1281 (Pavley), which requires disclosure and reporting of water use by oil and gas drilling companies. The bill also requires the reporting and disclosure of wastewater disposal locations and methods.  As the third largest oil producing state, and home to 17 refineries, California faces significant threats from drilling, fracking, and the transport of crude oil by rail. The passage of SB 1281 is one more step by the Legislature to protect California's families and communities from the impacts of fracking and other unconventional methods of oil extraction. Clean Water Action applauds Senator Fran Pavley for her leadership and urges Governor Brown to sign SB 1281 as soon as possible.

Update 9/26/14: Governor Brown signed SB 1281 into law on September 25. Thank you Governor for putting this important measure into place.

Miriam Gordon, Clean Water Action's California Director, released the following statement.

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08/29/2014 - 14:24

Oil, Gas and Fracking in California

LATEST NEWS: SB 1281 Passes with Bipartisan Support

On August 28, the Legislature passed SB 1281 (Pavley), which requires disclosure and reporting of water use by oil and gas drilling companies. The bill also requires the reporting and disclosure of wastewater disposal locations and methods. Click here to read our full release.

Despite greater oversight on the oil industry, we still need more protections. Click the "Stop Fracking" button to take action today and send a message to Governor Brown to support a moratorium on fracking in California! 

Stop Fracking with California!

Clean Water Action is working to protect California from the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), acidizing and other risky methods of oil drilling. Across the country, communities are suffering from health and environmental impacts related to oil and gas production, including: contaminated drinking water and polluted air, degradation of local waterways, and decreased property values. In most states, fracking operations are designed to extract natural gas reserves. In California, it’s all about oil.

California Currents - Fall 2014

California Currents

Fall 2014 Edition 

Bag Ban Victory

On September 30, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the first state legislation banning single use plastic bags — a huge victory for the environment! Hawaii has a defacto statewide ban as each island has passed a local ordinance banning single-use plastic bags.

Over the last nine years, similar measures failed to pass in California, but steady growing support organized by Clean Water Action and allies made the winning difference this time. The 121 local bag ban ordinances enacted around the state — many with Clean Water Action’s assistance — combined with grassroots pressure on state lawmakers to push the measure through, finally. Other states are now likely to follow California’s lead, passing their own bag bans. Read more

Oil and Gas Wastewater Disposal: Unlined Pits

Click here for printable fact sheet on unlined pits

The oil and gas industry  uses unlined percolation and evaporation ponds to dispose of millions of gallons of oil and gas wastewater in California every day. Unlined pits are designed to percolate oil and gas wastewater into the ground and evaporate it into the air. This disposal method presents immediate threats to groundwater and air quality.  Wastewater that percolates from surface pits can migrate to underground aquifers used for drinking and irrigation and the evaporation of produced water off-gases climate harming methane, volatile organic chemicals, benzene, and other hydrocarbon-associated air contaminants.

Underground Injection: Enhanced Oil Recovery and Disposal by Injection

The majority of oil and gas wastewater in California is injected into the geology beneath our feet. There are roughly 42,000 injection wells in California with the vast majority (roughly 40,000) used to employ enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques such as steam flooding, cyclic steam injection, and water flooding. These techniques utilize a varying combination of freshwater and produced water (the wastewater from oil and gas production) depending on the quality of the wastewater from each formation or field.

California Unlined Pit Report Supporting Documents

We Bagged It!

After 6 years of advocating for a state-wide bag ban, and 121 local bag bans, Clean Water Action and our allies finally succeeded in passing a state-wide bag ban. That makes California the second state in the nation to ban single use plastic grocery bags.  SB 270 (Padilla and DeLeon) passed on August 29, 2014 and now it goes to Governor Brown’s desk for signature. It's a great win for California. Tell Governor Brown to sign this bill into law!

Championing Your Right to Know!

One of reasons both people and the environment continue to be exposed to toxic chemicals is because their presence is hidden, often intentionally, from consumers, employers, and even the government.  This year Clean Water Action helped pass a number of bills that promote more chemical transparency and ensure the public and state’s right to know about chemicals in products, schools, and workplaces.

California Legislature Sends a Bumper Crop of Environmental Legislation to Governor Brown

As Legislative Session Closes, Groups Applaud Passage of Groundbreaking Policies to Protect Public Health and Environment, and Bills Addressing the Drought

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (August 30, 2014) – Californians can breathe easier today knowing that the state legislature passed groundbreaking policies to protect public health and clean up our environment.
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09/02/2014 - 09:40
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