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Bauer-Kahan introduces climate change and gender equity legislation

Trio of bills focus on excess power supply, pollution data, gender-neutral language

A trio of bills from local Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) were introduced in the State Legislature last week, two focusing on climate change and the other addressing gendered language in the California Government Code.

Rolling blackouts left more than 800,000 California homes and businesses without power during a record heatwave last summer. As a result, Bauer-Kahan drafted Assembly Bill 427, which requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to create guidelines for the state to purchase excess power stored in solar-powered home batteries and electric cars.

"We owe it to Californians to use every tool available in our clean energy arsenal to mitigate these blackouts, while at the same time reducing the state's dependence on fossil fuels," Bauer-Kahan said. "Figuring out appropriate guidelines to tap this massive unused energy source is simply common sense."

The excess clean energy in consumers' homes and cars "could have filled gaps in supply, during these times of high demand for power, by being aggregated and sold to the grid -- helping to prevent devastating outages," Bauer-Kahan said.

AB 426, known as the "Air Quality Analysis Act," which allows local air districts to collect data from "indirect" pollution sources like warehouses and distribution centers, was also introduced by the Tri-Valley representative last week. The districts would also be allowed to evaluate the health impacts of the pollution sources on surrounding communities, thereby helping "look for innovative ways to reduce toxic air contaminants and make our air more breathable."

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"Every community deserves safe and breathable air," Bauer-Kahan said. "Communities should not have to be forced to choose between affordable housing and clean air. We should be doing everything in our power to find the sources of these harmful pollutants so we can in turn find solutions for communities."

Jack Broadbent, executive director of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, said the district is "grateful" for AB 426's introduction and "proud to sponsor this important bill."

"In addition to causing regional pollution impacts, emissions from transportation and goods movement can cause significant local public health impacts to people that live near large facilities such as warehouses and distribution centers," Broadbent said. "AB 426 would allow the Air District to better understand these local emission impacts and work with facilities and local communities to improve local air quality."

The Tri-Valley legislator also teamed up with Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis in introducing AB 378, or the "Gender Equity in Leadership Act," on Feb. 1.

AB 378 "seeks to update woefully outdated and gender-specific code sections relating to the offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Controller, Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner, and Board of Equalization," and make all references to the office holder's gender be neutral.

"Current language in our law that assumes our Governor or our constitutional officers could only ever be a 'he' plays into the sexist bias that we in California have been fighting" Bauer-Kahan said. "Gendered language is neither precise nor accurate. Gender-neutral language reflects that anyone, regardless of gender identity, can serve at the highest levels of California government."

Bauer-Kahan continued, "In 2021, we have our first elected female Lieutenant Governor, a female Controller, Treasurer, and Secretary of State. The majority of California's constitutional offices are held by women, yet the California Government Code refers to those office holders as men."

The bill would "systematically" go through the Government Code, "eliminating gendered language in reference to government officers, as well as other members of government and the public."

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Bauer-Kahan introduces climate change and gender equity legislation

Trio of bills focus on excess power supply, pollution data, gender-neutral language

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Mon, Feb 8, 2021, 4:58 pm

A trio of bills from local Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) were introduced in the State Legislature last week, two focusing on climate change and the other addressing gendered language in the California Government Code.

Rolling blackouts left more than 800,000 California homes and businesses without power during a record heatwave last summer. As a result, Bauer-Kahan drafted Assembly Bill 427, which requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to create guidelines for the state to purchase excess power stored in solar-powered home batteries and electric cars.

"We owe it to Californians to use every tool available in our clean energy arsenal to mitigate these blackouts, while at the same time reducing the state's dependence on fossil fuels," Bauer-Kahan said. "Figuring out appropriate guidelines to tap this massive unused energy source is simply common sense."

The excess clean energy in consumers' homes and cars "could have filled gaps in supply, during these times of high demand for power, by being aggregated and sold to the grid -- helping to prevent devastating outages," Bauer-Kahan said.

AB 426, known as the "Air Quality Analysis Act," which allows local air districts to collect data from "indirect" pollution sources like warehouses and distribution centers, was also introduced by the Tri-Valley representative last week. The districts would also be allowed to evaluate the health impacts of the pollution sources on surrounding communities, thereby helping "look for innovative ways to reduce toxic air contaminants and make our air more breathable."

"Every community deserves safe and breathable air," Bauer-Kahan said. "Communities should not have to be forced to choose between affordable housing and clean air. We should be doing everything in our power to find the sources of these harmful pollutants so we can in turn find solutions for communities."

Jack Broadbent, executive director of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, said the district is "grateful" for AB 426's introduction and "proud to sponsor this important bill."

"In addition to causing regional pollution impacts, emissions from transportation and goods movement can cause significant local public health impacts to people that live near large facilities such as warehouses and distribution centers," Broadbent said. "AB 426 would allow the Air District to better understand these local emission impacts and work with facilities and local communities to improve local air quality."

The Tri-Valley legislator also teamed up with Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis in introducing AB 378, or the "Gender Equity in Leadership Act," on Feb. 1.

AB 378 "seeks to update woefully outdated and gender-specific code sections relating to the offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Controller, Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner, and Board of Equalization," and make all references to the office holder's gender be neutral.

"Current language in our law that assumes our Governor or our constitutional officers could only ever be a 'he' plays into the sexist bias that we in California have been fighting" Bauer-Kahan said. "Gendered language is neither precise nor accurate. Gender-neutral language reflects that anyone, regardless of gender identity, can serve at the highest levels of California government."

Bauer-Kahan continued, "In 2021, we have our first elected female Lieutenant Governor, a female Controller, Treasurer, and Secretary of State. The majority of California's constitutional offices are held by women, yet the California Government Code refers to those office holders as men."

The bill would "systematically" go through the Government Code, "eliminating gendered language in reference to government officers, as well as other members of government and the public."

Comments

MichaelB
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 9, 2021 at 7:12 am
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Feb 9, 2021 at 7:12 am

"We owe it to Californians to use every tool available in our clean energy arsenal to mitigate these blackouts, while at the same time reducing the state's dependence on fossil fuels," Bauer-Kahan said."

We wouldn't have blackouts in the first place if Bauer-Kahan and members of her party were not obsessed with getting rid of fossil fuels to "save the planet". Natural gas is plentiful, burns cleaner, and has already resulted in significant emissions reductions in the United States. Naturally, the so called "progressives" want it done away with - regardless of the disruptions/costs to businesses and customers.


Pleasanton Parent
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Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 9, 2021 at 9:13 am
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Feb 9, 2021 at 9:13 am

Glad we're focused on the "right things" first......homelessness, fires, sustainable energy (for consumers), an energy plan for the state inclusive of clean energy, bloated unions, education tanking....but hey, lets put some time into a search and replace for every instance of "he" or "she" in reference to anything......so we can be performative and woke.


Jake Waters
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Birdland
on Feb 9, 2021 at 9:19 am
Jake Waters, Birdland
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on Feb 9, 2021 at 9:19 am

These Climate Change advocates are the same Sierra Club hysterics that gave us unmanaged forests. We know how that worked out. I ask them: At what cost to the environment do you want to go for an ‘idea’ that is unproven. Large swathes of land are required to build inefficient solar and wind power farms that are destroying landscapes and wildlife in their pursuit. Five rare earth metals are needed to build these things: lithium, cobalt, cooper, iridium, and dysprosium. Most of it comes from other countries like China. The labor laws are not to kind to the kids that are involved in the process. Those solar panels on top of your roof are and will continue to present disposal problems that are going to impact us and the environment. Why are we going in this direction? Because for the rich elites it means more money and power. Yes, at dinner parties without their masks on they feel good talking about how they are saving the planet.

Follow the money. Look it up. They are making us invest in something that is a total waste of time, but they are enriched.


MichaelB
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 9, 2021 at 10:06 am
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Feb 9, 2021 at 10:06 am

"AB 426, known as the "Air Quality Analysis Act," which allows local air districts to collect data from "indirect" pollution sources like warehouses and distribution centers, was also introduced by the Tri-Valley representative last week. The districts would also be allowed to evaluate the health impacts of the pollution sources on surrounding communities, thereby helping "look for innovative ways to reduce toxic air contaminants and make our air more breathable.""


As if the state does not have enough environmental regulations already. Let me take a wild guess as to what the "innovative" (coercive) ways will be: more mandates/regulations so that warehouses and distribution centers will find it more costly and/or legally prohibitive to operate in their current communities (or the state)? Any business trying to open a warehouse or distribution center being told they can't - or sued if they try to? How about the health impacts of fewer people being employed?


Hotslide
Registered user
Oak Tree Acres
on Feb 9, 2021 at 12:44 pm
Hotslide, Oak Tree Acres
Registered user
on Feb 9, 2021 at 12:44 pm

There is an opportunity here for the green jobs that Biden was talking about. Dozens of people walking around warehouse and distribution center docks with large turbo-vacs strapped to their backs, sucking in cubic yards of air, filtering it, and blowing it back out to be reloaded with diesel exhaust again. The perfect never ending green job that will give the workers goosebumps just thinking about how they are contributing to cleaning the air. Very rewarding and woke to the max. Particulate laden filters could be amalgamated and used to resurface our roads. Jobs reimagined.


MichaelB
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 10, 2021 at 8:57 am
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Feb 10, 2021 at 8:57 am

"Glad we're focused on the "right things" first......homelessness, fires, sustainable energy (for consumers), an energy plan for the state inclusive of clean energy, bloated unions, education tanking....but hey, lets put some time into a search and replace for every instance of "he" or "she" in reference to anything......so we can be performative and woke."


There are no new (ineffective) "gun safety" measures from Bauer-Kahan? The last time we were told we "needed" background checks for people taking possession of firearms from trusts/wills. Who would have thought that all of the bad guys on the streets were getting their guns from their grandfather's gun collection - and would promptly line up for a background check before doing anything wrong?


DKHSK
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Bridle Creek
on Feb 11, 2021 at 3:44 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Feb 11, 2021 at 3:44 pm

"We owe it to Californians to use every tool available in our clean energy arsenal to mitigate these blackouts, while at the same time reducing the state's dependence on fossil fuels," Bauer-Kahan said."

Either they know that their shift to "clean" energy and away from clean fossil is what's causing capacity issues leading to blackouts, making them evil.

Or they don't know, making them stupid.

There are only two choices. Take your pick.


Mica
Registered user
Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 11, 2021 at 4:02 pm
Mica, Alisal Elementary School
Registered user
on Feb 11, 2021 at 4:02 pm

Feels sometimes like we are starting to live in a 3rd World Country. Blackouts, other infrastructure deterioration, shortages of paper products, having to wait in lines and etc. I’d add difficulty in securing university enrollment, having to make reservations for everything, and more. Maybe our population and economic growth has out paced our resources.


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