A coalition of 19 state-wide groups recently formed the California Food Policy Council to push for critical food and farm legislation. Three issues are on the group’s legislative front burner: climate change, the economics of agriculture and equitable access to healthy food.
“Not only is it important to make sure that we effectively distribute resources,” says D’Artagnan Scorza with the Los Angeles-based Social Justice Learning Center. “But we need to be good stewards of those resources as well, especially in light of what we’re seeing all throughout the country.”
People involved with agriculture say California’s water shortage will be a big problem in 2014. They say greater water conservation, better storage and more efficient distribution efforts will be needed to handle this and future dry years.
Railroads plan to increase their shipments of crude oil by train throughout California. One lawmaker wants to make sure emergency planners can protect communities from potential train accidents.
Money generated from California’s cap-and-trade program would go to mass transit, sustainable affordable housing and high speed rail under a proposal by Senate leader Darrell Steinberg. Steinberg is backtracking from his previous proposal.
California and federal agencies have released a plan about how they’ll operate the state and federal water projects during the drought. The plan does not change water allocations.
A federal court has ruled in favor of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in a dispute over development around Lake Tahoe.
A bill, up for discussion this week, would make the practice of mislabeling fish or shellfish illegal in California.