Compiled by RADC Members - Tracy Wise and Jeff Poggi
1. California Legislation: Healthcare for All – CA#1400
CalCare, or AB1400, is coming up for a vote in the California Assembly. “AB 1400 sets in motion a single-payer health care coverage system in California for all residents, regardless of citizenship status. By streamlining payments and lowering per-capita health care spending, CalCare guarantees quality health care and long-term care without creating barriers to care or out-of-pocket costs.”
Go to their website https://www.nationalnursesunited.org/calcare to:
- Sign a petition in support of this vital legislation;
- Sign up for upcoming phone banking opportunities; and/or
- Sign up for additional ways that you can help.
2. California Legislation: Solar Incentives
The California Public Utilities Commission has a proposal to slash incentives for rooftop solar. Governor Newsom has not included rooftop solar in his recent budget proposal and has stated: “[The Commission’s] draft plan was recently released. I just had a chance to review and I’ll say this about the plan: We still have some work to do…. Do I think that changes need to be made? Yes, I do.” (LA Times on Sunday, January 16, 2022; more info on California climate initiatives at: https://www.latimes.com/environment/newsletter/2022-01-13/heres-how-california-plans-to-spend-22-billion-fighting-climate-change-boiling-point
Here is the link to the CPUC proposal: https://votesolar.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/NEM-Proposed-Decision-Dec.-13.pdf?emci=4bdeed57-c45e-ec11-94f6-0050f2e65e9b&emdi=2e39dc91-775f-ec11-94f6-0050f2e65e9b&ceid=103271
Please EM or CALL Governor Newsom regarding rooftop solar initiatives in our state.
Thank you for agreeing that more work needs to be done on the California Public Utilities Commission’s draft regarding rooftop solar. The goal needs to be not only continuing to encourage and support rooftop solar but expansion to open up this vital climate initiative to lower as well as middle-income households in our state. Any plan which cuts access for middle-income households, doesn’t expand to lower-income household (or does so at the cost of middle-income households), and which largely benefits fossil fuel interests is immediately suspect. Resources should also not be diverted to the top 1% of California residents.
Please continue to press for policies that grow energy resilience for California’s households and for our state.
3. January 22, 2022 #StrikeForChoice in front of SCOTUS
Protesters will be gathering in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday, January 22, 2022 to speak out for women’s bodily autonomy as fully equal citizens under the law in our nation. Thisdate is the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade which SCOTUS continues to undermine.
For those of us who can’t travel to Washington, DC on that day, here are actions you can take:
- Sign the petition at https://riseup4abortionrights.org/
- Contact California’s senators to pass abortion rights legislation ASAP;
Dear Senator Feinstein / Senator Padilla—
With the long-standing Constitutional right of access to safe medical care for women under threat from SCOTUS, it is time for the Senate to act and pass abortion rights legislation. It is 49 years since Roe v. Wade was passed by SCOTUS to allow all women their own bodily autonomy as equal citizens under the law so that they could decide, with a medical professional’s assistance, on whether to terminate a pregnancy.
Please act as soon as possible. Lives are literally at stake and have already been lost.
Senator Diane Feinstein, 11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 915, Los Angeles, CA 90025 - (310) 914-7300 or https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me
Senator Alex Padilla, 11845 West Olympic Blvd., Suite 1250W, Los Angeles, CA 90064 - (310) 231-4494 https://www.padilla.senate.gov/
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- Redlands City Redistricting: Our Congressional maps have been set, but the City of Redlands is just beginning its process of reviewing and potentially re-drawing the City’s five districts. Between now and April, the City Council will look at submitted maps and will make a final decision.
IF YOU WANT TO JOIN WITH FELLOW DEMS TO HELP DRAW MAPS, EMAIL [email protected]
Residents are invited to submit proposed City Council district boundaries by visiting https://drawredlands.org/draw-a-map . The deadline is January 31, 2022, and maps can be sent to [email protected] in person at Redlands City Hall, 35 Cajon Street, Suite 2, Redlands.
Upcoming City of Redlands public meetings are scheduled:
- February 15, 2022 (6:00pm, City Hall)
- March 1, 2022 (6:00pm, City Hall)
- April 17, 2022 – the adoption of the final maps
More detail on the specific agendas for each meeting can be found at: https://drawredlands.org/schedule/
- The Rittenhouse trial demonstrated to us that judicial elections are incredibly important. Let us pledge together to become better informed prior to the next election where judges are on the ballot to ensure that we are electing qualified, non-partisan members of the bench to serve the judiciary in our region. #NoRittenhouseJudgesHere
- Laws taking effect in California in 2022:
- The Los Angeles Times has a recent story on 43 of the new laws and how they may impact us. You can find the story here: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-12-30/new-2022-california-laws-covid-19-housing-policing
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