Clean ride: Would California’s new electric ridesharing bill kill public transit?

By Michael Mott

March 1, 2018

Sacramento News and Review

As Uber and Lyft outrun public transit, more carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases get pumped into the air. It’s part of a wider commuting trend that is giving the capital region the eighth-worst air quality in the country, according to the American Lung Association. One state senator is convinced it’s time to turn ride-hailing services fully electric.

Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Berkeley Democrat, introduced legislation that sets a target for companies like Uber and Lyft to replace their fleets with clean-burning vehicles over the next 10 years. The bill would try to accomplish this by setting aside $300 million from the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program.

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California Officials Set Up Invasive Swamp Rodent Hotline

By Vanessa Romo

February 12, 2018

National Public Radio 

California has a giant rodent problem.

To clarify, it’s not that California has a huge problem with run-of-the-mill rats, it’s that the state has an emerging problem with jumbo-sized critters.

Nutria, otherwise called Myocastor coypus, were thought to have been eradicated from the state’s wetlands and rivers as far back as 1965, but they have mysteriously reappeared in three counties over the past year, California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Peter Tira told NPR.

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ECOS Board Meeting – Jan. 23rd, 2018

Location: Sierra Club California Conference Room, 909 12th Street, Sacramento (2nd floor)
 
Join the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) for our January 2018 ECOS Board Meeting! Everyone who is interested is welcome. Bring a friend!
 
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
 
5:30 pm Reception
Please come and meet and socialize with ECOS Board Members and guests. Light appetizers and refreshments served. Feel free to bring something to share.
 
6:00 pm Meeting Begins
 
Presentations:
  • Sustainable and Zero Net Energy Housing
    Bryan Dove, Director of Asset Management of Mutual Housing California, a member organization of ECOS
    (10 minutes)
  • Sacramento’s Housing Crisis, Gentrification, and What We Can Do About It
    Veronica Beaty, Policy Director of Sacramento Housing Alliance, a member organization of ECOS
    (10 minutes)
  • Discussion/Question and Answer session (10-15 minutes)
As usual, ECOS Committees will report on their current business. Announcements from members and attendees are welcome at the end, as time allows.
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