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We won permanent protection for Stornetta Public Lands.

President Barack Obama has expanded the California Coastal National Monument, permanently protecting California’s Stornetta Public Lands. The monument expansion will save over 1,600 acres of beach, wetlands, dunes, and waterways along northern California’s scenic coastline. Environment California's Nathan Weaver attended the dedication event.

News Release | Environment California

Feinstein, Costa Introduce Bill to Expand Yosemite

Washington, DC – Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representative Jim Costa (D-CA) have introduced a bill to add 1,600 acres of soaring, conifer-studded hillsides and alpine meadows to Yosemite National Park. The land was originally part of Yosemite, but Congress stripped its protection in a 1906 concession to industrial interests. Feinstein and Costa’s bill would remove legal barriers to righting this historic wrong.

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News Release | Environment California

California Senate Votes 36-0 to Expand Yosemite

Sacramento, CA – The California Senate voted 36-0 to pass SJR 5, a resolution in support of adding 1,600 acres of soaring, conifer-studded hillsides and alpine meadows to Yosemite National Park. The land was originally part of Yosemite, but Congress stripped its protection in a 1906 concession to industrial interests. The resolution would help remove legal barriers to righting this historic wrong.

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Sen. Alex Padilla's Plastic Bag Ban Bill Moves Ahead

Sacramento – Legislation to ban single-use plastic bags across California took another step toward becoming law. The Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee voted this morning to approve SB 405, moving the legislation closer to a final vote on the Senate floor later this session. Written by Alex Padilla (Pacoima), the bill would ban single-use plastic checkout bags in grocery, drug, and convenience stores.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Sacramento Ocean Day draws citizens from across the state

On Tuesday, April 16, ocean conservation advocates and experts from across California will convene at the California State Capitol for Ocean Day. Efforts to lessen sea level rise impacts, reduce marine debris, and implement the Marine Life Protection Act have created a groundswell of support for smart and science-based ocean policy. Residents and activists will meet with legislators to send the message that marine conservation should continue to be a priority for the state. With California’s ocean economy driving $43 billion in revenue and nearly 400,000 jobs each year, sustainable management is a wise investment.

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With Help From Nature, a Town Aims to Be a Solar Capital

 “Lancaster is breaking new ground,” said Michelle Kinman, a clean energy advocate at Environment California, a research and lobbying group. Ms. Kinman, who tracks the growth of solar energy in the state, calculates that the city tripled the number of residential installations in the past 18 months.

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