California’s environmental regulators have been on the loose lately. Late last month, the California Air Resources Board introduced a new rule Banning the sale of new petrol cars in California starting in 2035.
This week, the board directed its regulatory look at the state’s large rig fleet.
As CalMatters environmental correspondent Nadia Lopez writes, California aims to make this happen Phasing out the use of burning fossil fuels Medium and heavy trucks. Deadline: 2040.
Transportation is the responsibility of the state biggest source Of global warming emissions on the planet, trucks make up about a quarter of those emissions from the tailpipe nationally. In addition, it is also a major source of Smog and asthmatic particles who – which It disproportionately suffocates the air of low-income neighborhoods in California.
California is proud to be the first to introduce strict climate policies and these are the first of their kind worldwide. This worries truck drivers.
- Chris Shimoda of the California Trucking Federation: “We’re delving into some key questions about the practical application of this rule.”
Not that California lacks aggressive climate policies. Today, Newsom says he will sign a package of bills that a press release referred to as “some of the most aggressive climate measures in history.”
The signing ceremony in Solano County will be “clean energy,” no less.
- AB 1279 will put into state law the current policy goal of reaching “carbon neutrality” at the state level by 2045.
- SB 1020 will set the standards that the state electricity grid must reach before getting all of its energy from renewable sources by 2045.
- SB 905 will require the Air Resources Board to establish regulations for projects that capture, reuse and store carbon emissions.
- SB 1137 will prohibit the drilling of any new oil and gas wells within 3,200 feet of homes, schools, nursing homes and hospitals, effectively banning activity from most developed areas of the state
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The end result of the Corona virus: As of Tuesday, California was 10,354,899 Confirmed cases (+0.1% from previous report) And the 94,747 death cases (+0.2%)to me Country data Now it is updated only once a week on Thursdays. CalMatters also tracks Hospitalization from Corona virus by province.
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Eighteen billboards outside Sacramento, California
But on Thursday, Governor Newsom launched an entirely different kind of state tourism crackdown: In seven states with total or near-total abortion bans, the governor rented 18 billboards Promote California as a reproductive health care haven.
- The message in a single billboard ad: “Do you need an abortion? California is ready to help.”
The billboards then direct drivers in Indiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas to visit a new hub. Country website Includes information on how to find a provider in California.
Side note: It appears that there are no plans to set up a 19 billboard in Temecula, despite a member of the city council Suggest a ban on abortions in the city of Riverside County Tuesday.
These billboards are not funded by the taxpayer, but by the Governor’s Reelection Commission. Newsom’s campaign spokesperson, Nathan Klick, said the total cost is roughly $100,000.
The governor is clearly not particularly concerned about his reelection chances. A statewide poll conducted this week showed he is ahead of his Republican opponent, Senator Brian Daley 27 percentage points.
When news of this maneuver broke on the billboard Thursday, the California press was as surprised as no one else. The Washington Post, a newspaper with a nationwide readership, I got exclusive.
Although the governor’s critics might call this greatness, at least the governor was putting up billboards in other states only and not humans.
This week, Republican governors. Ron DeSantis from Florida And the Greg Abbott from Texas He took credit for sending immigrants from South America into liberal enclaves in the North in an apparent attempt to punish self-styled “sanctuary” jurisdictions like Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.
No such buses or planes have yet arrived in California, although it may only be a matter of time. Newsom responded by calling on US Attorney Merrick Garland to investigate his Republican counterparts over kidnapping, extortion and civil rights abuses.
- Newsom: “It is clear that moving families, including children, across state borders on false pretenses is morally reprehensible, but it may also be illegal.”
‘Striking’ health costs
From Anna B. Ibarra, CalMatters Health Correspondent:
Health care advocates headed to Covered California’s board meeting Thursday to express their displeasure with Gov. Newsom’s veto. Bill aims to expand financial aid For people who buy health insurance from the state market.
On Tuesday, Newsom rejected a bill by state Senator Richard Ban of Sacramento that would have required the state to use about $304 million to reduce cost-sharing, such as deductions and co-costs, for people enrolled in a Covered California plan.
Anthony Wright, CEO of Health Access California, one of the bill’s sponsors, said some Californians who buy a Standard plan could see their annual deductibles rise by $1,000 to a total of $4,750 in 2023.
- I have seen: “That’s an astonishing number…what that means is that someone who needs a hospital stay has to pay close to $5,000 before their coverage starts.”
James Scolari, a spokesman for Covered California, said that in Covered California’s plans, deductions only apply to admissions to hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, not to primary care or specialist visits.
Ban’s bill would have directed the state to withdraw the $304 million currently in a reserve fund created in case the federal government did not renew it. Enhanced Premium Support. but with Passing the Inflation Reduction ActThose federal subsidies were closed for another three years.
It also means that the government support reserve will not be used. In his veto messageNewsom said the purpose was “a tribute,” but said this new use of the money would not be sustainable in the long term.
- Newsom: “Instead, the money should be kept to ensure that government premium subsidies are only available again when they are most needed.”
However, advocates say that because California requires people to be insured — or face a tax penalty — the state must seize every opportunity to make coverage affordable.
More health news: If there’s an upside to living in a pandemic, it’s that it makes us all better prepared for the next highly contagious disease — at least in theory. As Mallika Seshadri of CalMatters University Press Network explains,California colleges are applying the hard-earned lessons of COVID-19 to keep monkeypox in check on campus.
No deal, no deal
The governor, the state’s major ports, and anyone who relies on rail freight (almost everyone) can rest a bit now that major rail companies and rail workers’ unions have reached Tentative deal on Thursday.
This avoids – at least for now – a labor action shutting down the economy that would clog California’s already constrained supply chains.
At last count in the Port of Los Angeles, 28,000 containers of train are now waiting, of which 16,000 have been waiting for more than nine days, The Long Beach Post reported.
The state of industrial relations is not quite cumbaya in Northern California. Negotiations between Kaiser Permanente and mental health workers resumed Wednesday after nearly a month of brinkmanship.
They collapsed almost immediately.
According to the National Federation of Health Care Workers, which represents the striking Kaiser employees, the health care giant declined to consider its proposal to increase staffing, reduce the caseload for therapists and reduce the time patients spend waiting for a follow-up appointment.
In a statement, Kaiser said it had offered wage increases and revised workload rules, but called the union’s core demands unrealistic.
- Kaiser Permanente: “The union has never made a formal proposal that would prove a move from its original position of requiring therapists to spend less time seeing patients.”
Today marks the thirty-second day of the strike. This predicament has left patients throughout the Bay Area and the Central Valley unable to do so Behavioral health care appointments.
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