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In honor of Public Schools Week, Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) today introduced the Investing for Tomorrow’s Schools Act of 2018 to help repair and improve America’s school buildings and public libraries, upgrade broadband infrastructure, and cut energy and maintenance costs.
Rep. Juan Vargas Leads Bipartisan Effort to Fund the U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program
Rep. Juan Vargas is leading a bipartisan effort to request funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) U.S. – Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program and the EPA's Office of International and Tribal Affairs, which supports vital programs such as the Border 2020 environmental program. These programs are integral to making improvements on both sides of the border to protect public health and improve wastewater infrastructure
As Electric Cars Revolutionize the Vehicle Market, New Study Helps California Cities Address Infrastructure...
With electric vehicles (EVs) hitting California streets in record numbers, a new study by Environment California Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group highlights best practices to help local officials make their cities as EV-friendly as possible.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed his strong opposition to the Trump Administration’s illegal attempt to suspend for two years the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which would protect California’s lakes, rivers, and streams from pollutants.
Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner failed to respond to a letter from Rep. Lieu and 12 Members of Congress about whether he has leveraged his position to acquire financial support for 666 Fifth Avenue.
EPA requires Granite Rock to control stormwater runoff, improve oil spill prevention at California...
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with Granite Rock Company over Clean Water Act violations at three of its road materials manufacturing and recycling facilities in Northern California. The agreement requires the company to pay a $102,051 penalty to address stormwater discharge violations at two of its Redwood City facilities and oil pollution prevention violations at a facility in Aromas. Granite Rock will also complete a watershed cleanup project as part of the settlement.
Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs reversed its decision to change the funding scheme for programs that benefit homeless veterans. This reversal comes after Rep. Lieu and 11 Members of Congress sent a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin urging him to reconsider the decision, which would have jeopardized the VA’s ability to meet the needs of homeless veterans
Wilson, a global real estate investment and services firm, announced today that it has represented the landlord in one of the largest restaurant leases in Downtown Los Angeles this year, bringing the ground-floor retail space at mixed-use development 1000 Grand by Windsor to 100 percent occupancy. Kennedy Wilson’s Lee Shapiro, executive vice president of brokerage, and Justin Weiss, vice president of brokerage, were the exclusive leasing agents for the retail portion. The duo secured a 10-year, 5,210-square-foot lease with Genwa, a high-end Korean barbeque restaurant with two other locations in Los Angeles
Palm Springs – With solar power on the rise around the country, a national network fossil fuel and utility-backed organizations have joined forces to put the brakes on this fast-growing pollution-free energy resource. Trade groups and think tanks backed by deep-pocketed anti-clean energy ideologues and fossil interests are bankrolling campaigns, promoting model legislation and media campaigns to provide cover for anti-solar campaigns across the country said a new report released by Environment California Research & Policy Center.
Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands) led a group of 78 Members calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to invest in resilient energy infrastructure during Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. The Members urged FEMA to invest in renewable energy technology in hard hit areas like Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where outdated electrical grids have hindered expedited rebuilding efforts
Activists will rally outside the Bank of America Building at noon Monday to oppose President Trump’s expected announcement that he’s making significant cuts to at least two national monuments. Trump is part-owner of the building.
The U.S. Senate is voting on a tax bill that would open America’s unspoiled Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling and maintains billion in tax breaks for fossil fuel producers while stifling the growing renewable energy sector. Environment California issued the following statement in response
Two Real Estate Investors Sentenced For Rigging Bids at Northern California Public Foreclosure Auctions
Two real estate investors were sentenced yesterday for their role in a conspiracy to rig bids at public foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced. Gregory Casorso and Javier Sanchez were charged on Nov. 19, 2014, in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in the Northern District of California.
REP. AMI BERA LEADS DISCUSSION ON JOBS, EXPANDING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES WITH SMUD DIRECTOR JASON...
Rep. Ami Bera (D–CA) welcomed Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Director Jason McAlister to Washington last week to help lead a discussion with Members of Congress on jobs, education, and vocational training. As the Co-Chair of the Access to Jobs Task Force, Rep. Bera invited Director McAlister to share his expertise leading SMUD’s premier training program.
A California resident was sentenced to 54 months in prison today for conspiring to file false claims for tax refunds, submitting false claims for tax refunds, mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Brian J. Stretch for the Northern District of California
Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced today that USDA is making resources available to help rural people and communities recover from the effects of California wildfires.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development today announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of California and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to wildfires.
A federal grand jury in Sacramento returned an indictment yesterday charging a California real estate investor with bid rigging at public real estate foreclosure auctions, the Department of Justice announced.
U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) announced California’s Twenty First Congressional District has received nearly $29 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to increase the supply of affordable housing, reduce homelessness, and expand economic opportunity for families throughout California’s Central Valley.
Program Run by Nonprofits is Being Expanded to Accommodate More Vehicles, Hundreds More People in Two LocationsSan Diego – As another strategy to reduce homelessness in San Diego, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today announced a safe parking program that will allow individuals and families who are currently living out of their vehicles a safe and secure place to park at night, with case managers and a housing specialist to help them find permanent homes