California’s Wildfire Season Is Off to an Early Start

By Olivia Rosane | May 4, 2021 | EcoWatch

Fire season in California usually starts in summer and extends through the fall, according to The Guardian. However, the climate crisis has upended weather patterns in the state, which is now suffering from drought conditions. Much of California, including the north, is experiencing its driest wet season in more than 40 years; Sacramento experienced its driest on record in April, NWS said.

https://www.ecowatch.com/california-wildfires-2021-2652873703.html

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Sac City Building Electrification Ordinance

On May 4, 2021, the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) sent the following in an email to the City of Sacramento’s Law and Legislation Committee regarding a Building Electrification Ordinance.

Dear City Council members Eric, Katie, Jeff, and Jay,

The Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) supports the proposed New Building Electrification Ordinance, to be considered today by the Sacramento Law and Legislation Committee. ECOS believes that the proposed ordinance is necessary for the City to take appropriate action to be a leader in the development of technology that all cities will need before long, as the threat of climate change becomes increasingly obvious to all. It will benefit the City to be a leader, as we strive to develop a world-class economy.

We note that the proposed ordinance is generally consistent with the recommendation from the Mayors’ Climate Commission. It would require new buildings, with permit applications filed on or after January 1, 2023, to be all electric. Buildings that are four stories or more, with building permit applications filed on or after January 1, 2026, would be all electric. We note that staff has added time limited exemptions for food establishments for cooking equipment only, and for manufacturing process loads within a manufacturing or industrial facility. The revised ordinance also includes more detail on the process for obtaining an infeasibility waiver. We hope that the Committee agrees that, with these changes, it can support the proposed ordinance.

Ralph Propper, ECOS President


Update: Good News!

After we sent our letter, at their meeting later the same day, the Sac City Law and Legislation Committee voted to recommend that the proposed New Building Electrification ordinance move forward to the full Council. The vote was 3:1 (with Schenirer, Harris, and Guerra voting for, and Valenzuela voting against). The Committee also directed the staff to do further outreach between now and the council meeting.

We want to express a huge thank you to those of you who took the time to write support letters on behalf of yourself and your organizations. It made a big difference as the opposition is strong, especially from restaurants.

The item is tentatively scheduled for the May 25 council meeting. It’s important that we continue to express our support between now and then.


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Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke – May 13 webinar

Last fall, smoke affected your life and health. This fall……? It is likely to happen again. Why?

Learn about climate change and wildfires, the dangers of smoke and how to protect your health at home.

Join us at 6:00pm – 7:30pm Pacific Time on Thursday, May 13th

Registration and Program details: Sacbreathe.org/where-theres-fire/

Learn why we are experiencing increased smoke from wildfires in Sacramento and why it is getting worse. We’ll discuss how heat and smoke affect health. We’ll offer practical information on protecting your health from smoke, with an emphasis on what you can do at home. Finally, you’ll learn about the Sacramento County Climate Action Plan and how to contribute your ideas to keeping Sacramento a great place to live.

Speakers

  • Climate change and wildfires – Dana Nuccitelli, environmental scientist and climate journalist
  • Health impacts of climate change and smoke – Dr. Helene Margolis, epidemiologist, UC Davis
  • Mitigating smoke impacts at home – Jeff Williams Ph.D, air pollution Specialist, CARB
  • Climate Action Plans – What are they and how you can make your voice heard by the County – Michelle Manning

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