Preserving California

Preserving California

 

Thanks to Beall’s efforts, thousands of acres of watershed in the Santa Cruz Mountains can be saved for public access. To help fund public acquisition of the watershed, he co-authored a $4 billion bond measure on the June 2018 ballot that also addresses park access, water quality and flood protection statewide.

Recorded a perfect 100 percent from the Sierra Club California’s 2017 legislative scorecard.

Successfully navigating SB 492 through the Legislature, Beall set the stage for 1,100 acres of redwoods to be saved from logging and for public control of 6,500 acres of fragile watershed in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The bill culminated a decade’s work by Beall to bring the San Jose Water Company, owners of the property, to the table with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. The bill enables the open space district to use its traditional purchasing process to speed up a possible acquisition. Signed.

Beall co-authored SB 5, a $4 billion bond measure for the November 2018 ballot to fund California parks, water and flood control infrastructure. Proposal includes $3 million that can used by the Midpeninsula  Regional Open Space District for its proposed purchase under SB 492. Signed.

Supported SB 5 (de León), the first bond measure in state history that focuses on social equity. The bill targets water and flood control investments for areas with the highest unmet needs, such as San Jose’s Coyote Creek channel.

With Beall’s support, the state’s continued historic investment to clean air advanced with the passage of AB 109 and AB 134 to extend the Cap and Trade program until 2030 to advance zero-emission technologies in the transportation sector.

Fostering the growth of clean-burning hydrogen vehicles, Beall successfully lobbied for a $1.9 million California Energy Commission grant to fund a hydrogen fueling station on San Jose’s Blossom Hill Road to expand the state’s network of fueling stations.

Helping communities that were either parched by the drought or endangered by flooding, Beall voted for budget earmarks of $85 million for drought mitigation measures and $111 million to speed up flood control programs.

Organized the Los Gatos Creek Cleanup at Campbell Park to keep this fresh water corridor pristine for wildlife and aquatic life.  Over 120 volunteers filled more than 80 bags with garbage.

As the chairman of the Transportation and Housing Committee, Beall supported bills to advance clean air. Among them:

SB 498 (Skinner) requires half of the State of California vehicle fleet to be electric and other zero-emission technology by 2024.

SB 802 (Skinner) creates a state advisory task force to recommend policies regarding autonomous vehicles to make their use environmentally friendly, safe, and to reduce congestion.

AB 1239 (Holden) requires apartments and condos to install electric vehicle charging stations when they are reconstructing their parking lots.

 

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