For Immediate Release
Anti-Sprawl Bill Passes California Legislature, Next Stop is Governor's Desk
Legislation aims to curb sprawl and global warming pollution
SACRAMENTO - Saturday, the California State Senate passed Senate Bill 375, a bill
designed to reduce global warming pollution through improved land use
and transportation planning. The bill passed the state assembly on
Monday August 25, by a 49-22 bipartisan vote. By sending this bill to
Governor Schwarzenegger, the legislature is sending a strong message
that it is determined to maintain California's momentum to curb global
warming pollution 30 percent by 2020. State Senator Darrell Steinberg,
incoming president pro tem, introduced the bill, cosponsored by the
California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) and the Natural
Resources Defense Council (NRDC), last year to provide local
governments across the state with incentives to align smart growth and
transportation planning. Steinberg's leadership brought diverse
constituencies together including builders, local governments,
affordable housing advocates and the environmental community.
Following is a statement by Ann Notthoff, NRDC California Advocacy Director:
"We need to get Californians beyond being stuck in our cars, sitting in
traffic. S.B. 375 will help get us moving again and cut global warming
pollution at the same time. We look forward to working with the broad
coalition that came together to support this bill to make sure it is
implemented effectively and will urge Governor Schwarzenegger to sign
S.B 375 into law."
Following is a statement by Tom Adams, CLCV Board President:
"S.B. 375 is not just another example of California's national
environmental leadership. That the cradle of car culture is the first
to tackle the global warming problem of long commutes is a watershed
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