In July and August we met with several city council members to discuss possibilities for a city ZERO CARBON Goal – municipal operation by 2025, entire city by 2030. Request included suggested changes in the city strategic plan  June 18_19 STRATEGIC PLAN REVISIONS (1)

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GREAT NEWS Jimmy Panetta has an excellent new Carbon Capture Bill – HR4051

Summary  To create a Climate Action Rebate Fund in order to efficiently reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide a monthly rebate to the American people, encourage innovation of clean energy technologies and create new economic opportunities, ensure the resiliency of our infrastructure, assist with the transition to a clean energy economy, and leave a healthier, more stable, and more prosperous nation for future generations and promote carbon capture via improved agricultural practices.

Brief Details Carbon fee Rate $15/ton starting 2020, with yearly increases of $15, unless reduction target are missed in which case it increases by $30.

Goal is 55% reduction in Greenhouse Emissions by 2030, and 100% reduction by 2050, relative to 2017 levels.

Fund Use  70% monthly dividends to low- and middle-income households (joint filers with adjusted gross income under $130,00, single filers under $80,000

20% highways, mass transit, innovative transportation, rail, e-charging  & others.

5% research on energy storage, carbon capture, grid modernization, sustainable transportation and many others.

5% transition assistance for affected workers including retraining.

Link to the full 49 page pdf  https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr4051

Please contact Panetta’s office to show support. (Plan to add a support petition soon)

Phone: 831-429-1976         https://panetta.house.gov/contact/email            added 8/11/19      ————————————–

July 18th we met with congressman Panetta’s aide . He was happy to tell us that Jimmy has already signed on to the Climate Emergency declaration recently started by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes. Twenty one local people were there representing SC CAN, Sunrise, XR, CCL, Wilpf and SC4Bernie. 

Great new video from the Climate Mobilization

San Luis Obispo new Climate ActionPlan 2019 

includes a goal of CarbonNeutrality by 2035 and addresses all the following   Green Energy , Active & Clean Transportation , Green Buildings ,                               Zero Waste , Open Space & Sequestration

Resilient Coast Santa Cruz Initiative

New program by Santa Cruz Climate Action – includes materials in Spanish and English

Hoboken Climate Mobilization Plan signed.

Santa Cruz City Council 2 year Work Plan (2017-2019) (very little on Climate Change!)

New plan and Goals in Missoula

Update on Santa Cruz progress on existing Climate Action Plan

Overall not great!   Good  – Community Greenhouse Gas reduced due to Monterey Bay Community Power. 5/19/19

Letter requesting new policy directives from council to city management to swiftly address moving to zero carbon   5/16/19

Letter to City requesting formation of a Climate Commission 3/26/19

Letters to City County to suggest a swifter way for local governments to tackle CLIMATE CHANGE  3/25/19

Letter to the County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) suggesting a new look at how to improve the Hwy 1 commute3/25/19

The Santa Cruz County Climate Emergency Resolution passed unanimously. You can read it HERE.     1/29/19cosuccess Celebrating outside the building with Romero people.

Excellent Climate Plan from Lancaster, Calif  and more from other cities 2/1/19   

The City of Los Angeles  has set up a new department to oversee their Climate Mobilization. Santa Cruz needs something similar. Links to detailed documents.1/4/19

The City of Santa Cruz Climate Emergency Resolution passed unanimously. You can read it HERE.   11/27/18

KSBW news piece.  Also see Facebook        Sentinel article on Resolution

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Thanks to all who signed the petition on Line or on paper. All given to the council.

Please view of brief summary of the new IPCC report (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Oct 2018

On Sept 11th we sent an update to council including this letter  (Letter2) and a copy of this new overview from the Cal 4th Climate Assessment.

More details at our Climate News page

Here’s the city Climate Adaptation Plan written in 2017 and adopted 2018

ClEmPhotos  Submitted to council with original draft

What we really need is a detailed plan similar to this one from Montgomery County ClimateMobilizationReport (1)    but that will need to come a little later.

Summer 2018    Berkeley Ca led the way in Ca and has just been joined by Richmond,Ca.

Lots of excellent ideas in this Climate Mobilization paper especially the charts showing the difference between NORMAL and EMERGENCY modes of government.

World-wide the Australian city of Darebin has made great strides, starting 2 years ago. Here is a paper – Local First – by the leader Philip SuttonScreen Shot 2018-01-21 at 3.36.00 PM

See our slide show at  Rise for Climate rally on Sep 8