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Los Gatos Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

Los Gatos—The Los Gatos Town Council voted tonight to ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. The ordinance, which applies to all retail stores that sell clothing, food, and personal items directly to consumers, will take effect on February 3, 2014.

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Environment California Calls on the Federal Government To Investigate Fracking Off the California Coast

Sacramento—Environment California joins a group of state lawmakers in calling for an investigation by federal regulators into reports of oil companies engaging in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, off the California coast.

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Ventura plastic bag ban moves forward

Ventura—A unanimous Ventura City Council voted tonight to draft a citywide ban on single-use plastic bags. City staff will develop an ordinance, based on a region-wide model, and return for a final vote as early as this fall. Nearly 80 California local governments have already banned plastic bags, representing nearly 1 in 3 Californians.

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New Poll Shows Majority of Californians Oppose Fracking

Sacramento—A new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California shows that 51 percent of Californians oppose the increased use of fracking in the state, the controversial drilling method used to extract oil and gas.

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Bill to Expand Yosemite Heard in Senate

Washington – The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on National Parks’ hearing today included a bill to expand Yosemite National Park. The proposal, sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein and co-sponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer, would permit adding nearly 1,600 acres to the park. This proposal enjoys both local and statewide support in California.  The Board of Supervisors in Mariposa County, where the land is located, supports adding this parcel to Yosemite, as do the current landowners.  In addition, the California State Legislature unanimously passed a resolution supporting the expansion earlier this year.

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