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Alameda, Contra Costa County, CA November 4, 2008 Election
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Assemblymember Loni Hancock on the Environment: Solving our Climate Crisis, Protecting our Natural Resources

By Loni Hancock

Candidate for State Senator; District 9

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As Chair of the Natural Resources Committee for the past 3 years, Loni has helped create innovative solutions, improve standards, expand protections and adopt smarter policies that tackle the complex issues facing California's environment.

  • Co-authored AB 32, landmark legislation to create an enforceable cap on greenhouse gases making California a leader in the fight against climate change; has held important oversight hearings on implementation of the law.

  • Named Assemblywoman of the Year by the California Association of Local Conservation Corps in 2006.

  • Named Legislator of the Year by Californians Against Waste in 2005.

  • Authored committee legislation expanding recycling of glass and plastic.

  • Authored legislation creating the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail to increase recreational opportunities throughout the Bay Area.

  • Authored legislation encouraging building green schools, and secured funding in the 2006 statewide school bond to provide $100 million to school districts to finance building schools meeting CHIPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards.

  • Helped secure millions of dollars for East Shore State Park improvements.

  • In concert with Save the Bay, secured money in the state budget for a beach pollution monitoring program of bayside beaches around the San Francisco Bay.

  • Authored legislation to help our local environmental groups by allowing volunteers to work on creek restoration and other non-profit projects.

  • Passed legislation expanding State loans to companies that invest in recycled product development and waste reduction technologies.

  • Led the fight to stop a housing development project slated for a former chemical manufacturing site that had not been adequately cleaned up, and followed up by passing legislation that will keep similar situations from happening in other places.

  • Understanding the importance of building housing near transit hubs, authored legislation that expanded opportunities for cities with transit-oriented development to take advantage of transit village incentives.

  • Working with the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), carried legislation requiring government agencies to adopt transportation plans that accurately reflect the impacts of sprawl and infill development and transit opportunity to get information leading to improved planning to reduce air pollution and global warming emissions.

  • Helped secure $850 million in the Housing Bond for infill housing incentives and brownfield cleanup.

  • Has introduced legislation expanding incentives for solar power installation.

  • Authored legislation to address the global warming problems associated with urban heat islands by requiring the use of advanced technologies like cool roofs, pavement and paints.

  • As Chair of Natural Resources Committee, worked to pass landmark laws on the recycling of electronic waste; and creation of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and container fees dedicated to port clean-up.

  • Authored legislation sponsored by Californians Against Waste that addressed the growing problem of electronic waste by prohibiting the mass mailing of unsolicited CDs and DVDs.

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