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 January 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) by January 3rd, the date Congress will likely take up the bill.

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,
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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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Progressive Voting Recommendations today (VOTE NO ON TWO SUPREME COURT JUSTICES) #OverturnCitizensUnited

Other (sort of) progressive vote recommendations today:

California Governor: NO VOTE (Brown signed anti-anti-GMO bill, pro-fracking)

Lt Governor: Gavin Newsom

Secretary of State: Alex Padilla

Controller: Betty T. Yee

Treasurer: John Chiang

Attorney General: Kamala D. Harris

Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones

State Board of Equalization: Jerome E. Horton

US Representative 37th District: Karen Bass

State Senator: Sandra Fluke (she is transformational; her opponent is part of the machine)

State Assembly 50th District: Richard Bloom

West Basin Water Board: Jeff Ebenstein (a Koretz disciple)

Supreme Court Justices:

NO on Goodwin Liu (who threw out Ballot Measure 49 to overturn Citizen’s United ruling)

NO on Kathryn Mickle Werdegar (who threw out Ballot Measure 49 which would have established California’s position to overturn Citizen’s United ruling.

Rest of the Judges are fine as far as I’ve been able to find out.

Superior Court Judge, Office 61: Dayan Mathai

Superior Court Judge, Office 87: Andrew M. Stein

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tom Torlakson

County Assessor: Jeffrey Prang

Sheriff: Jim McDonnell

County Supervisor, 3rd District: Sheila Kuehl

STATE MEASURES

1 – Water Bond: Yes (2/3rds good; 1/3rd horrible, but we need the frickin’ water worse than I can tell you)

2 – State Budget Stabilization: Yes

45 – Healthcare Insurance: Yes

46 – Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors: No

47 – Criminal Sentences: Yes

48 – Indian Gaming: No (I will always vote no on casinos)

COUNTY MEASURE

P – Parks funding – NO (Sierra Club says it “claims to be a parks protection measure, but has troubling provisions that do not support environmental justice or sufficient safeguards for genuine acquisition and protection of greatly-needed park and natural open spaces in one of the country’s most dense population areas.”)

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URGENT: Create GMO-Free LA on Food Day (October 21st)

Make LA GMO-Free Zone

We said we wanted the Right to Know in CA.

They spent $48 million to deny it to us.

We said Yes on 522!

They spent $22 million to deny it to Washington State.

We said Yes on SB-1381!!

They bought the last two votes in the CA State Senate to kill it.

We are back.  

We will not be denied again.

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mitch O’Farrell introduced a motion to curb the growth and proliferation of GMO seeds and plants within the city, to protect local gardens and city-grown food from current future contamination from GMO seeds.

Last October, over 90 scientists from the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility released a statement saying:

“As scientists, physicians, academics, and experts from disciplines relevant to the scientific, legal, social and safety assessment aspects of genetically modified
organisms (GMOs), we strongly reject claims by GM seed developers and some scientists, commentators, and journalists that there is a “scientific consensus” on
GMO safety and that the debate on this topic is “over.” We feel compelled to issue this statement because the claimed consensus on GMO safety does not exist.”

WE NEED YOUR HELP

The motion has been scheduled in the Arts/Parks Health Committee THIS MONDAY, October 20th, 3pm, LA City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 1060.

Then, should it be approved by committee, it will be heard before the full City Council THE NEXT DAY, Tuesday, October 21st, 10am, LA City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 340.  (aka, Food Day/LA).

We need phone calls or emails in the next three days to Councilmembers Gil Cedillo, Paul Krekorian, Nury Martinez, Bernard Parks, Curren Price, Mitch Englander, and Joe Buscaino, to let them know how important it is for Los Angeles to be a GMO-Free Growing Zone.

Details:

Here’s the LA City Council motion we want them to support:

http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=13-1374

Talking Points:

1) Making LA a GMO-Free Growing Zone is vital to protect the economic interests of LA’s vital urban agriculture and homemade food movements; to protect the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones Act created last year by the approval of AB-551; to protect home, school and community gardens and their seeds from contamination by the pesticide industry; and to protect fruit and vegetable varieties with cultural heritage, or heirloom/historic varieties (like Native American corn) from potential cross-pollination from GE varieties.

2) The Los Angeles City Council has already voted to protect bee populations.  Agrichemicals in the pesticides and herbicides used on GMO crops are being blamed for “colony collapse disorder.”  This is an essential step in creating a healthy bee safety zone.  Butterflies are also being devastated by herbicides used in growing GM crops and need protection.

3) A GMO-Free LA will encourage the economic development of sustainable and organic urban agriculture in Los Angeles.  As awareness of the issue of GMO contamination of non-GMO and organic foods continues to grow, local growers and food producers can promote their products as “GMO-Free” and reap the benefits of this rapidly growing and lucrative market.

4) GE contamination has already jeopardized millions of dollars in exports for American farmers, including exports through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, where goods are shipped to international markets, especially markets in Asia.  These countries already have laws on the books that prohibit the sale of GE products.  By taking a public stand, Los Angeles is also declaring protections for its port exports and port jobs.

5) If GMO crops are safe, why have over 60 countries around the world taken some form of action to label or prohibit the growth of GM crops?

6) This initiative stands the potential to have significant long-term positive impacts on food security by protecting the diversity of vegetable and fruit plants.  That diversity is desperately needed for humanity’s survival on a climate-changed planet.

7) The City Council has previously shown strong leadership on GMOs by voting unanimously to support GMO labeling bills, Proposition 37 and SB-1381 (Evans), to oppose HR 933 (Section 735), the Monsanto Protection Act; and to oppose the approval of GM Salmon.

8) The City Council should take a strong stand now to protect the best interests of eaters, backyard gardeners, and farmers who source food to the City, before the next generation of genetically-engineered seeds and crops comes online.

For more info, click here:
http://gmofreeusa.org/gmos-are-top/

                       http://www.seedfreedomla.blogspot.com/

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Here’s contact info for the Councilmembers you need to call or email (in the next three days):

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

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

Councilmember Nury Martinez
(213) 473-7006
councilmember.martinez@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 Mitch Englander
(213) 473-7012
councilmember.englander@lacity.org

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


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Here is additional contact information for all Councilmembers:
http://www.lacity.org/government/ElectedOfficialOffices/CityCouncil/CouncilDirectory/index.htm?laCategory=1820

And here’s where you find out who represents you specificallyhttp://neighborhoodinfo.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 COUNCILMEMBER KORETZ JOINS BI-COASTAL CLIMATE CRISIS PROTEST, #ClimateActionNow, #350action

Great March w Aura

Join us THIS SATURDAY for the Southern California Climate Protest Press Conference:

Launched by Converging Storms Action Network, the Building Blocks Against Climate Change action is planned in solidarity with Sunday’s historic People’s Climate March in New York City, which aims to impact next week’s UN summit on the climate crisis and support UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s effort to put together an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution and thereby reduce climate disruption.

WHO: Councilmember Paul Koretz; Members of the SoCal 350 Climate Action Coalition, Sierra Club, NRDC, California Nurses Association and Progressive Christians Uniting.

WHAT: Press Conference to support the United Nations taking collective action next week to address the climate crisis

WHEN: 2:30p.m., Saturday, September 20, 2014

WHERE: 3470 Wilshire Blvd forecourt (a few steps south of Wilshire and Normandie)

MORE DETAILS ON THE GENERAL EVENT: http://againstclimatechange.org/2014/08/05/southern-california-climate-protest-september-20-2014/

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And Now LADWP Enables Deforestation… Really? #DeforestationBegins@Home, #DrawTheLine, #ClimateZombies

 

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In the past few years, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) has made remarkable strides towards a positive and sustainable future.  Last week, the DWP Board approved a 15% energy efficiency target by 2020, marking a huge step forward.  Last year, the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign succeeded, with DWP setting groundbreaking targets to get out of its two coal-fire power plants — the Navajo Generating Station by 2015 and the Intermountain Power Project by 2027 at the latest.

In the meantime, however, both of DWP’s coal plants continue to contribute significantly to what is fast becoming a changed planet.  Global warming is no longer some kind of boogey-man way out there in the future.  The climate crisis is here, it’s real, and it is up to us to face it and fix it, or subject ourselves to ever more extreme weather events like: the two Super-Typhoons which have hit Japan in the past two months.  Or the freak lightning storm which killed a surfer at Venice Beach.  Or the tornado which touched down, not in the Midwest, but in Boston.  Or the hundred-year floods which seem to strike the Midwest almost monthly.  Or the wildfires burning across California, Oregon and Washington.  Or our historic drought which gets worse by the day as we use up our water reserves, with no rain in the current two-year forecast.

Which made it all the harder to swallow last week when DWP brought to the LA City Council Energy & Environment Committee its contract with Staples to provide paper for the bills it sends out to DWP customers on a bi-monthly basis.  As we looked into the report, we found that the billing paper is made from 1% recycled paper.  Which means 99% virgin paper.  Which means trees are cut down to produce paper that is turned into the bills which DWP sends to nearly a million customers across Los Angeles.  Which people look at once, rip along the dotted line, and otherwise throw in a file.  Single-use.

To make matters worse, DWP will soon begin sending out its bills MONTHLY.  Which means the amount of paper used will double.  Which means the number of trees which will be toppled will double.  And, DWP testified [boasted] in the Committee hearing that other utilities are taking a close look at DWP’s new billing system and considering following their lead.  Which means the number of trees being toppled could increase exponentially.  Rain Forest Alliance certified or not, these are still trees, which, through the natural process of photosynthesis, absorb the prime greenhouse gas pollutant, CO2, store the carbon and emit pure oxygen.  Deforestation undermines this important carbon sink function.  It is estimated that 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions are the result of deforestation.

Adding insult to injury, DWP is asking for the City Council to allow an increase the maximum contract limit from $3,456,375 to an amount not to exceed $10,451,419 (budgeted).  Approximately 70 percent of the total increase is in anticipation of the additional paper required for monthly billing.  LA DWP ratepayers are, in essence, funding deforestation without their knowledge, nor their permission.

When questioned about the paper, DWP said that recycled paper isn’t strong enough for their printing machines and that they spent eight months to find that out.  It’s time to let them know that the way they need to do things on a climate-urgent planet is this: DWP should have started out with recycled paper as a requirement and found machines that could use it successfully, rather than vise versa.  This type of thinking is, by the way, already embedded in the City’s purchasing policies.  Policies to which DWP — only one of two City department holdouts — does not subscribe.

Since 1992, the City of Los Angeles has had a Recycled Products Purchasing Program in place, emphasizing that the City Departments purchase products made of recycled materials.  The DWP testified on August 6, 2014, that only 1% of its billing paper includes recycled content.  This does not match the spirit, nor the intention of the ordinance.

The program has been updated at various times, including “Buy Recycled 2000” and the establishment of an Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy.  Recycled paper has been part of the program since the very beginning in 1992.

Reportedly, each City Department, including one of the three proprietaries — the Port of Los Angeles — have adopted the Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy.  As of today, twenty-two years after Mayor Tom Bradley signed the first ordinance, DWP has not yet adopted the Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy.  [LAX is the other.]

The Energy & Environment Committee allowed the contract to move forward to the full City Council last week, but it has gnawed at me and my City Councilmember boss to the point where Councilmember Paul Koretz now strongly opposes LADWP’s using this paper.  He asks for you to join him in advocating for LADWP to change its bill printing system so that a high percentage recycled paper can be used.

Here’s contact info for the Councilmembers and the Mayor: please call and tell them you oppose Item #10 on the Tuesday, August 19th, City Council agenda: the DWP contract with Staples for billing paper.

Talking points:

1) With its two coal-fired power plants, LADWP has already contributed enormously to the greenhouse gas emissions which are causing the worldwide climate crisis, which is affecting Los Angeles in the form of California’s historic and severe drought.

2) The contract with Staples is essentially for virgin paper which will be used to send bills to over a million customers.  This means that, in addition to its coal emissions, DWP is enabling deforestation.  This is especially significant because DWP will soon be moving to monthly billing, which means the amount of paper they use will double.

3) DWP testified in Energy & Environment Committee that other utilities from around the country are examining and considering adopting a similar bill-printing system.  Which means DWP’s policies will be causing the destruction of even more trees.  Despite the fact that DWP reportedly uses Rainforest Alliance-certified paper, there is no way to prevent other utilities from using paper sourced from even more damaging types of deforestation.

4) The City of Los Angeles adopted a Recycled Products Purchasing Policy in 1992, over twenty years ago, requiring City Departments to purchase products — paper included — made from recycled materials.  Nearly all of the other City Departments has implemented that policy, including the Port of LA.  Why hasn’t DWP, one of the worse contributors to the climate crisis, implemented it as well?

5)  I urge Councilmember ____ to oppose Item #10 until such time that DWP redesigns its billing system to adhere to the City’s Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy.

Council President Herb Wesson (213) 473-7010

Mayor Garcetti (213) 978-0600 or (213) 978-0721 or mayor@lacity.org

Councilmember Gil Cedillo (213) 473-7001

Councilmember Paul Krekorian (213) 473-7002

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield (213) 473-7003

Councilmember Tom LaBonge (213) 473-7004

Councilmember Nury Martinez (213) 473-7006

Councilmember Felipe Fuentes (213) 473-7007

Councilmember Bernard Parks (213) 473-7008

Councilmember Curren Price (213) 473-7009

Councilmember Mike Bonin (213) 473-7011

Councilmember Mitch Englander (213) 473-7012

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell (213) 473-7013

Councilmember Jose Huizar (213) 473-7014

Councilmember Joe Buscaino (213) 473-7015
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Here’s where you find out who represents you specifically and additional contact information for all Councilmembershttp://www.lacity.org/government/ElectedOfficialOffices/CityCouncil/CouncilDirectory/index.htm?laCategory=1820

As we’ve seen just in the past week when phone calls helped push Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas to be the final supporting vote to get SB-270, the state plastic bag ban bill, out of Appropriations Committee, strong advocacy works!  Your call will make a difference.

Thank you!  

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TOMORROW: LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz to introduce significant climate change legislation, #ClimateActionNow, #350action

Climate rally w Ed Bagley & David Haake

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz will be hosting a press conference tomorrow to celebrate the anticipated passage by the City Council of his resolution supporting President Obama’s new carbon rules, and to announce the introduction of his motion calling for the City to adopt a citywide 80% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050 (and 80% by 2030 for DWP).

WHO: Councilmember Paul Koretz; Members of the LA Clean Energy Coalition

WHAT:  Councilmember Koretz will be introducing a motion calling for an 80% Greenhouse Gas Reduction in Los Angeles by 2050, then marching inside to the City Council meeting for a vote on a resolution supporting the President’s new carbon rules.

WHEN: 9:30a.m., Friday, June 27, 2014

WHERE: Outside City Hall, Spring Street Forecourt – 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles 90012

Hope you can make it!

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Vote for Bee-Protectors, HoneyLove! #yaybees

I’m proud of our bee-protectors, HoneyLove, who have pushed Los Angeles into being a bee-protected zone.

Please vote for their being awarded as an “organization that is having a profound impact on the communities in which it operates:”

http://honeylove.org/zipcar-contest/

 

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