LOS ANGELES: Stop Fast-Track of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), #TPP, #NoFastTrack

Koretz sez stop the TPP

CAN WE MAKE LOS ANGELES NEXT?

Companies who abuse workers or frack or grow genetically-modified food or pollute the climate are trying to undermine Democracy by slipping this through…

By a unanimous vote, today the Seattle City Council approved a resolution opposing Trade Promotion Authority (“Fast-Track”) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

Fast Track legislation would establish a process that allows Congress no amendments and limited debate on pending trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

“Trade and the massive 12-country TPP will impact every resident in Seattle in when it comes to our future labor rights and environmental sustainability,” said Dave Freiboth, Executive Secretary of the King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO. “We applaud the Seattle City Council for saying ‘no’ to Fast Track and saying ‘yes’ to open debate about a different trade policy that will balance trade, combat income inequality and lift standards around the world.”

The New York Times reports that under the TPP, cities like Seattle [and Los Angeles] are at risk of having local environmental and labor standards challenged by multinational companies who could bring lawsuits outside the U.S. judicial system as a means to seek damages. This approach could give extrajudicial tribunals authority to effectively override local, state and federal regulation. This trade agreement could specifically jeopardize Seattle’s paid sick leave, $15 minimum wage and local hire policies giving foreign companies potential legal standing to sue local jurisdictions over labor and environmental policies.

“Seattle’s deep-rooted values in democracy and environmental sustainability, and its recognition of the urgent need to act on climate change, are inconsistent with fast tracking a massive trade agreement like the TPP,” said Selden Prentice of 350 Seattle, an organization fighting for climate justice which encouraged the city council to pass the resolution.

A diverse coalition of more than 50 Seattle-area organizations representing labor unions, community organizations and faith, immigrant and public health groups joined together in support of the Seattle City Council resolution that opposes “Fast Track” trade authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

WE CAN MAKE LOS ANGELES NEXT, BUT WE HAVE TO MOVE FAST

Last year, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz held a big press conference with the Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch, the Teamsters, and “Expose the TPP,” then introduced a similar resolution to oppose Fast-Track and received a LOT of push-back inside City Hall.  The resolution is still viable, we just need to move it out of the Rules/Inter-Governmental Relations Committee, get it before the City Council for a vote, and then get it signed by the Mayor.  All of these will be a challenge and the lobbyists for all the bad-actor corporations will be working against us, including Monsanto, the American Chemistry Council, Exxon, FreePort McMoran, Philip Morris, Halliburton, and their ilk.

FIRST, CALL OR EMAIL MAYOR GARCETTI (yes…) (talking points below):

Mayor Eric Garcetti – (213) 978-0600

mayor.garcett@lacity.org

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NEXT, CALL OR EMAIL THE COUNCILMEMBERS ON THE RULES/INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE:

Herb Wesson - Council District 10 – (323) 733-8233

councilmember.wesson@lacity.org

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Jose Huizar - Council District 14 – (213) 473-7014

councilmember.huizar@lacity.org

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Tom LaBongeCouncil District 4 - (213) 485-3337
councilmember.labonge@lacity.org

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Especially if you live in any of their districts, please contact them immediately and tell them you “want them to put Councilmember Koretz’s City Council resolution opposing Fast-Track of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the Rules Committee agenda for a vote and for them to support it.”  Even if you live in another district, since this is a committee, please call and voice your support.

TALKING POINTS:

– the Seattle City Council voted on March 30th to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying that it could compromise Seattle’s strong stance on the environment and on workers’ rights.  We also need to prevent Los Angeles from being compromised.

– the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being negotiated in secret, without any consultation with the Los Angeles City Government, nor through the National League of Cities, nor the U.S. Conference of Mayors;

– reports on the substance of the TPP indicate it would have direct, potentially undesirable consequences for our City’s residents, local businesses, local jobs and the environment;

– the U.S. would agree to waive “Buy American” or “Buy Local” requirements aimed at enhancing our local economy and creating local jobs, which have been previously adopted by the City of Los Angeles;

– U.S., state and local food safety rules could be challenged by foreign corporations as “illegal trade barriers” if found to be more stringent than standards in the TPP, thus threatening the health of our residents and potentially raising health care costs;

– the City of Los Angeles would have no right or ability to represent its interests before the foreign tribunals which would have the authority to hear cases brought by corporations under the TPP;

– two dozen environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment America, Oceana, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Earth.Justice and the League of Conservation Voters, have already officially expressed concerns that the TPP must contain a strong, binding, enforceable environment chapter to encourage marine conservation, protect fisheries, prevent illegal logging and associated trade, and protect biodiversity by preventing wildlife trafficking, and yet many TPP countries are opposing such rules;

– “Fast Track” procedures make it impossible for our elected representatives to adequately study and assess the Trans-Pacific Partnership Treaty presented to them in order to determine if this proposed Agreement is in the best interests of the American people, in general, and the people of Los Angeles, specifically;

– using similar rules in other free trade agreements, corporations such as Exxon Mobil and Dow Chemical have launched more than 500 cases against 95 governments — many attacking common-sense environmental laws and regulations, such as regulations to protect communities and the environment from harmful chemicals or mining practices;

-the Los Angeles City Council regularly takes actions to improve the lives, health, well-being and environment of the people of Los Angeles, whether or not those decisions impact Trans-National Corporations and we do not want to lose that ability;

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NEXT, CALL THE REST OF THE CITY COUNCIL:

Here’s contact info for all the Councilmembers you need to call or email (you can cut and paste the whole lot of them at the bottom):

Please note:
If you live in the City of LA, it is much more effective to call.
If you live in LA, please call all of them (email is fine, but calling is better).
If you live outside LA, please ONLY call and email Councilmember Buscaino.
Click here to find out who represents you.

Councilmember Felipe Fuentes
(213) 473-7007
councilmember.fuentes@lacity.org

Councilmember Gil Cedillo
(213) 473-7001
councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org

Councilmember Nury Martinez
(213) 473-7006
councilmember.martinez@lacity.org

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield
(213) 473-7003
councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org

Councilmember Paul Krekorian
(213) 473-7002
councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org

Councilmember Bernard Parks
(213) 473-7008
councilmember.parks@lacity.org

Councilmember Curren Price
(213) 473-7009
councilmember.price@lacity.org

Councilmember Mike Bonin
(213) 473-7011
councilmember.bonin@lacity.org

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell
(213) 473-7013
councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org

Councilmember Mitch Englander
(213) 473-7012
councilmember.englander@lacity.org

Councilmember Joe Buscaino
(213) 473-7015
councildistrict15@lacity.org


Cut and paste the whole batch
:
councilmember.cedillo@lacity.orgcouncilmember.labonge@lacity.org,
councilmember.krekorian@lacity.orgcouncilmember.martinez@lacity.org,
councilmember.parks@lacity.orgcouncilmember.fuentes@lacity.org,
councilmember.price@lacity.orgcouncildistrict15@lacity.orgcouncilmember.englander@lacity.orgcouncilmember.ofarrell@lacity.orgcouncilmember.bonin@lacity.orgcouncilmember.blumenfield@lacity.orgcouncilmember.wesson@lacity.orgcouncilmember.huizar@lacity.org, mayor.garcetti@lacity.org
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We urgently need your help to stop the Fast-Track!

Please pass this along to your interested email lists.

THANK YOU

 

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THIS THURSDAY: Join Councilmember Koretz, Climate Resolve and EDF for a Methane Press Conference AND Symposium, #RoadToParis

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Please join us this Thursday at 1pm at City Hall (Spring Street steps) for a press conference with LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz, Climate Resolve, EDF, SCOPE, LAANE, and others, to announce a new push to address the LA basin’s substantial methane footprint.

WHEN: THIS Thursday, March 12th
1pm

WHERE: City Hall
200 N. Spring Street (on Spring Street steps facing Grand Park)

THEN: Join us across 1st Street at Deaton Hall for LA’s first major Methane Symposium:

http://climateresolve.org/california-methane-symposium/

TO SOLVE THIS:  NASA has found LA Basin has a gigantic methane footprint

http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-methane-emissions-20150114-story.html

See you there!

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Paul Koretz to speak! Join us at the California Methane Symposium NEXT THURSDAY, #methaneLA

CALIFORNIA METHANE SYMPOSIUM

CALIFORNIA METHANE SYMPOSIUM

A SCIENTIFIC ASSESSMENT OF METHANE POLLUTION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS EMISSIONS

SPONSORED BY EDF AND CLIMATE RESOLVE

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015
DEATON HALL (FIRST AND MAIN STREETS ACROSS FROM CITY HALL)
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
1:30-4:30 P.M.

Spanish translation will be available/Traducción español será disponible

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that plays a significant role in California’s changing climate: pound for pound, methane traps 84 times more heat than carbon dioxide. But the methane tide may soon turn. More scientific research and technology are being dedicated to better understanding the array of sources of this powerful air pollutant. At the same time, state and local policies and strategies to control it are being developed in California and beyond.

At this symposium, climate change and methane experts from leading academic and research institutions will discuss the science behind methane as a major climate change agent and announce newly funded research. Scientists and government representatives will detail what is both known and unknown about concentrations and sources of methane in California, such as landfill emissions, oil extraction and refinement and aging gas transmission infrastructure. Finally, representatives from local and state agencies, utilities and leading organizations will describe the steps being taken to limit methane pollution and strategies for increasing their benefits.

COSPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS

SCOPE, Community Health Councils, Moms’ Clean Air Force, Communities for a Better Environment, Climate Action Reserve, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, NRDC, Pacoima Beautiful, California Interfaith Power and Light, Alliance for Climate Education

3-3 Kuehl logos

AGENDA

1:30 | Registration and Sign-in

1:50 | Introduction

Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Council, District 5

2:00 | Opening Addresses

Sofia Menemenlis, Alliance for Climate Education
Tim O’Connor, Environmental Defense Fund
Jonathan Parfrey, Climate Resolve
United States Environmental Protection Agency (invited)

2:20 | Panel # 1 – Science Panel: This panel will focus on the importance of (and science behind) methane as a climate change pollutant, and what we know about emissions sources in LA and California more broadly

Dr. Paul Wennberg, California Institute of Technology
Riley Duren, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dr. Abhilash Vijayan, California Air Resources Board
Guido Franco, California Energy Commission

3:30 | Panel # 2 – Policy Panel: This panel will focus on the public policy options for controlling methane pollution in California and beyond.

Ryan McCarthy, California Air Resources Board
Tim O’Connor, Environmental Defense Fund
Deanna Haines, Southern California Gas Company
Omar Moghaddam, City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Sanitation
JB Tengo, Blue Green Alliance
Rachel Tornek, Climate Action Reserve

MODERATOR

Jonathan Parfrey, Climate Resolve

Tickets
Free, but registration is required and space is limited

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Just added MARIO VAN PEEBLES: Join Us TONIGHT to Support LA City Council’s Next Environmental Champion #CD8, @marq4cd8, @MarioVanPeebles

Friends of the environment,

We have a great opportunity for change in South Los Angeles in Council District 8 this coming election on March 3rd, 2015.

This opportunity comes at a time we are in acute need of another pro-environment voice on the City Council.  Marqueece Harris-Dawson is that voice.

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The LA Times calls Marqueece Harris-Dawson “a thoughtful and principled leader,” who has emerged from being President & CEO of the Community Coalition well-prepared to lead not only the Council District 8 community, but the city as a whole.

Upon speaking with him, one finds that Marqueece knows well that while, disproportionately, the burden of dirty energy is born by low-income and front-line communities, he understands that a truly equitable expansion of clean energy presents the potential for an unprecedented investment in these same communities.

With his leadership in South Los Angeles, Angelenos can attain a fair, resilient and safe clean energy future.  With the increasingly worse drought situation and the worsening climate crisis, we need his leadership NOW.

We invite the environmental community of Los Angeles to celebrate and support the election to Los Angeles City Council of Marqueece Harris-Dawson this weekend.  Three ways to be supportive: Show up.  Donate.  Stick around and make some phone calls for him.

If you cannot attend the celebration, please consider making a donation to this vitally important campaign, and be sure we get another environmental voice on the City Council. 

DONATE HERE

RSVP HERE

WHEN

TONIGHT! SUNDAY: February 22, 2015 at 5pm – 6:30pm

WHERE

Marqueece Harris-Dawson Campaign Headquarters
5870 Crenshaw Blvd (at 59th St
Los Angeles, CA 90043
United States
Google map and directions

HOST COMMITTEE:  Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin, Sierra Club Angeles chapter, Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters (LALCV), Aura Vasquez, Andy Shrader, Martin Schlageter, Susana M. Reyes, Jorge Madrid, Andrew Douglas, Sean Arian, Mario Van Peebles, D’Artagnan Scorza, and environmental friends of MHD for CD8.

CONNECT WITH MHD:
www.facebook.com/mhd2015

www.marqueece.com

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Urgent: Join Us Sunday to Support LA City Council’s Next Environmental Champion #CD8, @marq4cd8

Friends of the environment,

We have a great opportunity for change in South Los Angeles in Council District 8 this coming election on March 3rd, 2015.

This opportunity comes at a time we are in acute need of another pro-environment voice on the City Council.  Marqueece Harris-Dawson is that voice.

Marqueece-by_himself-Final2

The LA Times calls Marqueece Harris-Dawson “a thoughtful and principled leader,” who has emerged from being President & CEO of the Community Coalition well-prepared to lead not only the Council District 8 community, but the city as a whole.

Upon speaking with him, one finds that Marqueece knows well that while, disproportionately, the burden of dirty energy is born by low-income and front-line communities, he understands that a truly equitable expansion of clean energy presents the potential for an unprecedented investment in these same communities.

With his leadership in South Los Angeles, Angelenos can attain a fair, resilient and safe clean energy future.  With the increasingly worse drought situation and the worsening climate crisis, we need his leadership NOW.

We invite the environmental community of Los Angeles to celebrate and support the election to Los Angeles City Council of Marqueece Harris-Dawson this weekend.  Three ways to be supportive: Show up.  Donate.  Stick around and make some phone calls for him.

If you cannot attend the celebration, please consider making a donation to this vitally important campaign, and be sure we get another environmental voice on the City Council. 

DONATE HERE

RSVP HERE

WHEN

THIS SUNDAY: February 22, 2015 at 5pm – 6:30pm

WHERE

Marqueece Harris-Dawson Campaign Headquarters
5870 Crenshaw Blvd (at 59th St
Los Angeles, CA 90043
United States
Google map and directions

HOST COMMITTEE:  Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin, Sierra Club Angeles chapter, Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters (LALCV), Aura Vasquez, Andy Shrader, Martin Schlageter, Susana M. Reyes, Jorge Madrid, Andrew Douglas, Sean Arian, Mario Van Peebles, D’Artagnan Scorza, and environmental friends of MHD for CD8.

CONNECT WITH MHD:
www.facebook.com/mhd2015

www.marqueece.com

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Join us to celebrate City Hall Enviro Champ, Jose Huizar, TOMORROW (Thurs, 4:30pm in Eagle Rock), #ElectClimateLeaders

Jose Huizar at climate march

Hi all,

It is vitally important to support our environmental champs at city hall, especially in a close election. Jose Huizar, and his amazing legislative director, Martin Schlageter, have led the way on getting the city moving off of coal power, banning plastic bags and overhauling the commercial waste system toward zero waste, among many others.

Tomorrow, Ed Begley, Jr., Sierra Club and the LALCV are hosting an enviro party to support him. Please come for a little while if you can and bring a friend:

Time: Thursday, Jan 22, at 4:30 PM

Who:
Ed Begley, Jr.
Councilmember Huizar
LALCV Board
Sierra Club

Location: Huizar campaign office, 2012 Colorado Boulevard, in Eagle Rock

Activism! Following the event, we’ll do some phone calling to make sure voters, whatever their shade of green, are informed and ready to support the clear environmental choice for Council District 14.

Here’s his excellent speech from the Forward on Climate Rally:

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URGENT: Cities United Against the Keystone XL Pipeline, #CitiesAgainstKXL, #KXL, #ObamaNoKXL

JOIN THE CITIES UNITED
AGAINST
THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

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TransCanada is trying to build the Keystone XL (KXL), an 875-mile pipeline that would transport up to 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands crude from Alberta, Canada. This pipeline is part of an effort by the oil industry to export millions of barrels per day of tar sands from Alberta through the United States to international markets. Yet, extracting tar sands is one of the most destructive and polluting projects on earth. Reliance on tar sands oil hinders our ability to reduce greenhouse gases in time to avoid runaway climate destabilization.

On November 14th, 2014, the Los Angeles City Council, led by Councilmember Paul Koretz, unanimously approved a resolution establishing the city’s position to oppose the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline on the grounds that ” it will carry one of the world’s dirtiest fuels, tar sands oil, [it] could devastate ecosystems and pollute water sources along its route, including lands inhabited by Indigenous Peoples; and that Keystone XL will contribute dramatically to climate change given that tar sands fuel is
up to 19% more greenhouse gas intensive than conventional fuel.”

The latest United Nations International Panel on Climate Change reports says that to avoid warming of more than two degrees, the world needs to stop greenhouse gas emissions rising to more than 50 gigatonnes in 2030.  A rise of more than two degrees will likely set off runaway climate destabilization, resulting in more frequent and extreme weather events, like those which have resulted in hundred year floods, fires, California’s thousand-year drought, severe property damage, and increasing loss of life around the globe.  The Norwegian Refugee Council found that 22 million people were displaced by extreme weather-related disasters in 2013, three times more than were displaced by conflict; that’s 22 million climate change refugees looking for a new place to live.  The construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, the subsequent expansion of the tar sands oil market and the burning of all that fuel will likely freeze us on a path well above two degrees heating.

Given that the new Republican-led Congress has already announced its intentions to attempt to approve the project early in 2015, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz has issued a challenge to other city councilmembers and mayors throughout the United States to join him and the Los Angeles City Council in opposing the pipeline:

Our goal is to sign on councilmembers and mayors from 15o cities (3 per state) to support President Obama’s veto of KXL.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

1) If you are a councilmember or mayor**, introduce a city or town resolution opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline, like the resolution approved by the Los Angeles City Council.

                                  **If you are not a councilmember or mayor, reach out and ask or help your elected officials to do so.

2) Post and link your resolution to the “Cities Against the Keystone XL Pipeline” Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/CitiesAgainstKXL

3) FOR ANYONE, ELECTEDS OR NOT: And/or simply post a photo of yourself holding a sign, large or small, with the name of your city and the hashtag #CitiesAgainstKXL

3) For extra impact, shoot your own quick video and link it to the Facebook page.  Go to tinyurl.com and create a personalized link with your name or city’s name like KoretzStopKXL: https://www.facebook.com/CitiesAgainstKXL

4) Tweet about it with the hashtag: #CitiesAgainstKXL

Tools for City Councils to use:

Resolution to oppose the KXL:
Keystone XL Pipeline Resolution

Councilmember Koretz’s press release:
Koretz release — City Council opposes controversial Keystone XL Pipeline

More info and sign Sierra Club’s Petition to Oppose KXL:
http://content.sierraclub.org/beyondoil/keystone-xl

As Councilmember Koretz says, “California’s drought [the worst in a millennium], which is getting more severe by the day, puts Los Angeles on the front lines of the climate crisis.  We must stop building fossil fuel infrastructure that only makes matters worse. This is a defining moment for our generation and we must stand strong.  The City Council took a unanimous stand to prevent further climate destabilization and give President Obama our support to veto any Keystone XL Pipeline legislation that makes it to his desk.  I urge you to join us in this vitally important endeavor.”

THANK YOU FOR JOINING THE TEAM!!

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GMO-Free LA Lives to fight another day (just not this one…), #WeWillBeBack

The fix was in at City Council today.  Three highly-paid lobbyists representing the pesticide industry got to a number of the Councilmembers and stopped the bill from moving forward today.

BUT… they weren’t able to kill it.

Once the state bill is amended, we will be back.

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GAME ON: GMO-FREE LA is HERE! (But only if you help us get it passed…) THIS Tuesday at City Council

WE ARE BRINGING ON A WAR WITH THE PESTICIDE INDUSTRY TOMORROW
BE THERE!!!!!

 
(logo from: http://drwillcole.com/400-companies-that-are-gmo-free/)

In October, the Los Angeles City Council, led by Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mitch O’Farrell approved a motion calling to make the City of Los Angeles a GMO-Free growing and seed zone.

Meanwhile, in Sacramento, the pesticide industry snuck through
a poison pill state bill attempting to deny LA its right

to protect its seeds and urban agriculture,
unless we can get it done before 2015!

The Los Angeles City Attorney heard the news and rushed to finish the Los Angeles GMO-Free ordinance.  He did a fantastic job!

The pesticide industry has reached out its tentacles to
LA City Councilmembers
in a big corporate money attempt
to change their minds.

We need your help to finish this!

We need to pack the Council Chambers with supporters.

We also need your phone calls or emails TONIGHT AND TOMORROW MORNING TO: 

Councilmember Gil Cedillo 

Councilmember Paul Krekorian

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield 

Councilmember Tom LaBonge

Councilmember Felipe Fuentes

        Councilmember Nury Martinez

Councilmember Bernard Parks 

Councilmember Curren Price 

Councilmember Mitch Englander

Councilmember Joe Buscaino

Let them know how important it is for Los Angeles to be a GMO-Free Growing Zone.  Details about why we’re doing this.

What To Do:

1) Call, visit or email your Councilmembers and ask them to vote yes on the Koretz/O’Farrell GMO-Free LA motion.  Contact info here.

2) Show up THIS Tuesday, Dec. 9th, at the full City Council meeting.

10am
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, Room 340

For Details and Talking Points:

– FAQs About GMO-Free LA

– Graphic explanation GMO-Free LA

– 21 Reasons We Need a GMO-Free LA

– Addressing 13 Myths about GMO-Free LA

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Here’s contact info for the Councilmembers you need to call or email (in the next three days) (you can cut and paste the whole lot of them at the bottom):

Please note:
If you live in the City of LA, it is much more effective to call.
If you live in LA, please call all nine (email is fine, but calling is better).
If you live outside LA, please ONLY call and email Councilmember Buscaino.
Click here to find out who represents you.

You can find talking points and how-to for your phone call right here.

Councilmember Felipe Fuentes
(213) 473-7007
councilmember.fuentes@lacity.org
Tell him this is an important step in protecting AB-551, the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones, which he has co-presented a motion about.

Councilmember Gil Cedillo (he tried to kill it in committee today)
 (213) 473-7001
councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org

Councilmember Tom LaBonge (he tried to kill it in committee today)
(213) 473-7004
councilmember.labonge@lacity.org

Councilmember Nury Martinez
(213) 473-7006
councilmember.martinez@lacity.org

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield
(213) 473-7003
councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org

Councilmember Paul Krekorian
(213) 473-7002
councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org

Councilmember Bernard Parks
(213) 473-7008
councilmember.parks@lacity.org

Councilmember Curren Price
(213) 473-7009
councilmember.price@lacity.org
Tell him this is an important step in protecting AB-551, the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones, which he has co-presented a motion about.

Councilmember Joe Buscaino (he tried to kill it today in committee)
(213) 473-7015
councildistrict15@lacity.org


Cut and paste the whole batch
:
councilmember.cedillo@lacity.orgcouncilmember.labonge@lacity.org,
councilmember.krekorian@lacity.orgcouncilmember.martinez@lacity.org,
councilmember.parks@lacity.orgcouncilmember.fuentes@lacity.org,
councilmember.price@lacity.orgcouncildistrict15@lacity.org,
________________________________________________

We urgently need your help win the day!

Please pass this along to your interested email lists.

THANK YOU

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LA City Council, led by Paul Koretz, votes to oppose Keystone XL Pipeline, #350orBust, #KXL, @BarakObama

November 14, 2014                                                                      Contact:  Paul Michael Neuman
MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                    paul.neuman@lacity.org, 213-473-7005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Koretz Resolution, adopted today by City Council, opposes controversial Keystone XL Pipeline

The Los Angeles City Council today went on record strongly condemning the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.

The Council unanimously approved a Resolution authored by Councilmember Paul Koretz opposing the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and its transport of tar sands oil “given its harmful impact on the ecosystem.” The Koretz Resolution was seconded by Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield, Jose Huizar and Mitch O’Farrell.

Councilmember Koretz said, “California’s drought, which is getting more severe by the day, puts Los Angeles on the front lines of the climate crisis.  We must stop building fossil fuel infrastructure that only makes matters worse.  The President’s historic climate agreement with China this week must not be undermined by a reckless Congressional vote.  This is a defining moment for our generation and we must stand strong.  The City Council took a unanimous stand today to prevent further climate destabilization and give President Obama our support to veto any Keystone XL Pipeline legislation that makes it to his desk.”

Earlier in the day, the Republican-controlled United States House of Representatives voted 252-161 its approval of the controversial pipeline.  The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on this matter next week, possibly on Tuesday (Nov. 18), which is why the City Council took up the Koretz Resolution on an expedited (“Special”) basis.   At least sixty U.S. Senators will have to vote in favor of the project’s construction in order for that Congressional body to grant its support at this time.

The Koretz Resolution urges President Barack Obama to veto any such legislation, and also urges the U.S. Department of State to deny any permits granting the completion of Keystone XL.   With the expected concurrence of the Mayor, this Resolution gets included in the City’s 2013-2014 Federal Legislative Program.

The Keystone XL Pipeline seeks to transport petroleum products from Canada and the northern United States to refineries in the Gulf Coast of Texas.  Environmentalists in the U.S. and worldwide have been among the harshest critics of the project.  The Koretz Resolution notes that:

  • If the KXL is constructed, it will carry one of the world’s dirtiest fuels, tar sands oil, and could devastate ecosystems and pollute water sources along its route, including lands inhabited by Indigenous Peoples.
  • Keystone XL will contribute dramatically to climate change given that tar sands fuel is up to 19% more greenhouse gas intensive than conventional fuel.
  • Total carbon pollution impacts of Keystone XL are the equivalent of putting 9 million cars on the road.
  • Contrary to claims made by supporters of Keystone XL, the pipeline could end as many jobs as it creates with toxic spills in farmland or water resources
  • The completion of the Keystone XL will only lead to an increase in the amount of harmful toxic pollutants in the atmosphere.

Councilmember Koretz is also releasing a YouTube video challenging other city council representatives across the country to join him in actively opposing the pipeline.  The video can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/KoretzStopKXL.

Tools for City Councils to use:

Resolution to oppose the KXL:
Keystone XL Pipeline Resolution

Councilmember Koretz’s press release:
Koretz release — City Council opposes controversial Keystone XL Pipeline

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