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Bill to Extend Solar Thermal Program Passes Assembly

The Assembly passed AB 797 (Irwin) by a vote of 48 to 22 yesterday afternoon. The bill would extend consumer incentives for solar thermal technologies that reduce natural gas use in homes and buildings. The bill is part of the state’s ongoing efforts to reduce natural gas use, meet greenhouse gas reduction goals, and support economic development

San Diego Ranks Eighth Nationally in Clean Power Production

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked the City of San Diego as the eighth largest green power user in the country in its annual list recognizing agencies for generating power from alternative energy sources, including solar, landfill gas, hydro-electric and wastewater methane energy systems

Historic Snowpack Means Higher and Colder Water Flows, Warns PG&E and Division of Boating...

California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) warn water enthusiasts of colder and higher river stream flows this spring and summer. Higher flows from record rainfall in many parts of the state and continuing snowmelt this spring, are expected to last longer and be higher than in several years

Environment America and EnergySage announce partnership to help more Americans adopt solar power

In an effort to help more Americans research and adopt solar energy for their homes and businesses, Environment America and EnergySage announced a new partnership today. Environment America will encourage its members and the general public to use the EnergySage platform to find the right solar installation option in their area.

Coastal Commission Renews Water Treatment Plant Permit Saving San Diego $1.8 Billion

The City’s plan to develop a sustainable water supply and divert wastewater flows from the Pacific Ocean came one step closer to reality today when the California Coastal Commission unanimously gave its approval for a modified permit for the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant

Congressman Lowenthal Helps Introduce The Equality Act to Protect LGBT Community From Discrimination

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today joined with 195 House Members and 46 Senators to introduce the Equality Act—comprehensive legislation to ban discrimination against LGBT individuals in public accommodations, housing, employment, and other core areas of daily life

Rep. Peters Introduces HYPE Act to Cut Red Tape for Hydropower Projects

U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) announced the Hydropower Permit Extension, or “HYPE” Act, to cut red tape in the construction permitting process for hydropower projects and incentivize greater investment in carbon-free hydropower. The bill gives already-approved hydropower projects an extra year on their initial permit to begin construction.

Homebuyers Can Now Use Income from ADUs to Help Qualify for CalHFA First Mortgages

The California Housing Finance Agency has revised its guidelines so first-time homebuyers may apply rental income from an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) toward loan qualification. This update follows the guidelines of Fannie Mae and the Federal Housing Administration and will take effect on May 1, 2017

CalHFA Contributes Vital Funds to Complete Ocean View Rehabilitation

A collaboration between the California Housing Finance Agency, local and federal partners, nonprofit developer BRIDGE Housing Corporation and other contributors has resulted in a sparkling renovation of Ocean View Senior Apartments in the Bay Area community of Pacifica

Rep. Susan Davis: Earth Day takes on new significance with Environmental Protections Being Rolled...

Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), a member of the Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition, released the following statement for Earth Day 2017.

DWR Update on Oroville Spillway Repair Activities

The following is an update from the Department of Water Resources (DWR) on construction-related activities on the Oroville Spillway Recovery project. DWR is committed to informing the surrounding communities and the general public about the work being done to repair the damaged spillway and related impacts to roads, recreation, public access and surrounding infrastructure.

Northern California Real Estate Investor Convicted of Rigging Bids at Public Foreclosure Auctions

A federal jury convicted real estate investor Glenn Guillory for his role in a conspiracy to rig bids at public foreclosure auctions held in Contra Costa County, California, the Department of Justice announced today

Attorney General Becerra Intervenes in Lawsuit To Defend Energy Efficiency Standards

Building on his recent actions to protect federal energy efficiency standards, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, with the California Energy Commission and six Attorneys General, filed a motion late yesterday to intervene in a lawsuit in order to defend energy saving light bulb regulations. In March, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) challenging energy efficiency regulations for lamps (light bulbs).

Pelosi Remarks at Hunters View Community Commemoration Ceremony

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Board of Supervisors President London Breed, Supervisor Malia Cohen and community leaders to honor the newly opened Hunters View Community Housing. Below is a transcript of the Leader’s remarks

Valadao Releases Statement on Updated Water Allocation

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced an update to the 2017 water allocation for San Joaquin Valley agricultural service contractors who receive water through the Central Valley Project (CVP).

Congressman Sherman Introduces Legislation to Provide Consumer Protections to Homeowners that ‘Go Green’

Congressman Brad Sherman, a senior member of the Financial Services Committee, joined Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) in introducing legislation to increase transparency for homeowners who take out loans to make environmentally-focused home improvements

DWR Awards Contract for Oroville Spillways Repair

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today awarded a contract to Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., for repair work on Oroville Dam’s spillways. Repairs are scheduled to begin immediately to have the system operational by November 1, the traditional start of the winter rainy season.

April is Fair Housing Month: Fair Housing Equals Opportunity

Each year in April, REALTORS®® join the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and rest of the nation in recognizing April as Fair Housing Month. On April 11, 1968, 49 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark U.S. Fair Housing Act, Title VII of the Civil Right Act of 1968, which strives to ensure equal housing opportunity for all and prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and family status.

California Twice Convicted Felon Sentenced to Prison for Operating Fake Law Firms That Promised...

An Orange County, California man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California to serve 109 months in prison including the last 12 months in a halfway house for his role as the owner and operator of a multi-million dollar fraudulent mortgage modification scheme that posed as a successful law firm, the Justice Department announced.

Federal Court Permanently Bars California Man From Preparing Property Appraisals

A federal court in Helena, Montana permanently barred Ron Broyles of San Rafael, California from preparing - or assisting others in preparing - any property appraisal that will be used in connection with federal taxes, the Justice Department announced. Based upon evidence the government submitted to the Court in support of a request to bar Broyles, the Court found that Broyles assisted in the organization of a timeshare donation scheme, directly participated in and promoted that scheme, which resulted in timeshare owners claiming improper federal tax deductions for donating their timeshares

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Huffman, Polis, Grijalva, Jayapal, introduce nationwide roadmap to get U.S. to...

Reps. Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) unveiled climate legislation that would transition the United States to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2050.

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Says EPA Water Infrastructure Loan Could Help Millions in Orange County

Rep. Mimi Walters released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inviting the Orange County Water District (OCWD) to apply for a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan.