Mothers Out Front South Bay sent a representative to testify at a key meeting of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in San Francisco on December 6th. BAAQMD is the agency charged with regulating air pollution and emissions in the wider San Francisco Bay Area, including those produced by the East Bay Oil Refinery Corridor.
Representing both Mothers Out Front and the Silicon Valley Climate Action Alliance, Linda Hutchins-Knowles gave a passionate speech urging the Directors to protect local frontline communities by ending pollution trading and credit programs for toxic pollutants—especially by phasing out emission trading of particulate matter PM 2.5—and by reintroducing and strengthening proposed Rule 12-16 that has overwhelming public support.
Linda reminded the Directors that “we parents are counting on you to ensure healthy air today and a livable climate tomorrow. The actions you take will impact current and future generations for years to come.”
On October 17, 2017, Mothers Out Front presented the case for Community Choice Energy (CCE) to Tustin City Council. This was the first time a community organization was asked to present CCE to a city council in Orange County!
What is Community Choice Energy?
Here’s the scoop on what Community Choice Energy does:
Cities (or groups of cities) set up a non-profit entity to purchase electricity for residents and businesses.
Empowers the community to decide where their electricity is generated.
Reduces a city’s carbon footprint by as much as half.
Stabilizes rates by introducing competition into the electricity market.
Can offer residents additional rebates on electric vehicles or invest in other programs like community solar to lower utility costs for renters
Mothers Out Front South Bay (San Jose) recently organized a very successful and creative event called Just Desserts: Discussing Climate Justice with our Local Representatives. A standing-room-only crowd of 70 people enjoyed delicious desserts while sharing with Senator Jim Beall and Assemblymember Ash Kalra their ideas for how to promote climate justice in California.
Young people in middle and high school formed a significant portion of the audience and put to good use the opportunity we gave them to ask questions first. Many of the comments reflected a deep desire for a just transition to renewable energy in a way that includes and uplifts frontline communities. Senator Beall and Assemblymember Kalra took note of participants’ ideas and committed to continuing to champion climate justice in upcoming legislative season starting in January. People with suggestions for bills are encouraged to contact Mothers Out Front South Bay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A large crowd gathers for Mothers Out Front South Bay’s Just Desserts climate justice event at a library in San Jose. Speaking in front is Assemblymember Ash Kalra and to his left is Senator Jim Beall.
Mothers Out Front South Bay team coordinators, Linda Hutchins-Knowles and Stacy Levy, recently met for coffee with Assemblymember Ash Kalra and Senator Kevin de León to discuss how to advance Senate Bill 100, the California Clean Energy Act, during the next legislative season.
Senator de León, who as Senate pro Tem is the most powerful legislator in California, authored SB 100 in order to accelerate California’s transition to 100% renewable energy. This fall, Mothers Out Front California campaigned for SB 100 by participating in a statewide call-in day, co-organizing and speaking at a press conference in San Jose, meeting with local elected officials to ask for their support, and delivering 133 “Yes on SB100” postcards from constituents to Assemblymember Evan Low. Although the bill was held up in committee last season, our determined team of mothers and youth will continue to champion SB 100 and hope to push it over the finish line next season.
Six enthusiastic members of the South Bay (San Jose, CA) Mothers Out Front team completed an intensive training in Leadership, Organizing and Action led by the Leading Change Network. Over 2.5 days, the team practiced and honed skills in sharing our stories, building committed teams, creating a shared-leadership structure, strategizing, and translating strategy into effective action. "I loved every minute!” exclaimed participant Amanda Senior. We can’t wait to put all we’ve learned into action to build an even stronger team and execute even more impactful campaigns for a livable climate. Go team!
Special thanks to Mothers Out Front's National Leadership team and to San Jose City Councilmember Donald Rocha (District 9) for providing generous grants to enable six members of our team to participate in this empowering training!
Pictured below: Leading Change Network trainer Jake Waxman with Michelle Matsumoto, Rebecca Habermann, Anne Stauffer, Linda Hutchins-Knowles, Martina Keim and Amanda Senior
What a busy week for our team!!
We’ve been campaigning hard for Senate Bill 100, the California Clean Energy Act (authored by Kevin de León). This bill will accelerate our state’s transition to renewable and zero-carbon energy, mandating 100% renewable by 2045 and 50% by 2026.
We also jumped into action over the weekend to oppose AB 726 and AB 813 which would threaten the viability of Community Choice Energy programs across the state.
Take a look at what we’ve accomplished in just five days!
Wednesday: Our kids made signs for SB 100
Check out the Mothers Out Front South Bay team at the September 8th Press Conference to push for #SB100 - more renewable energy for CA!
Here are 9 photos from the press conference (in the opposite order we spoke). Thank you to all of the awesome speakers and moderator!! And to Assemblymember Sylvia Arena’s staff for providing the pop-up tent for shade! :)
Left to right: San Jose Councilmember Sylvia Arenas, Assemblymember Ash Kaltra, CEO of SEIU 521 Riko Mendez, San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez, President of 350SV Nicole Kemeny, and South Bay Mothers Out Front Co-Lead Linda Hutchins-Knowles (2 speakers missing from photo: Laura Wisland, Senior Energy Analyst at Union of Concerned Scientists and Evan Lin, UC Davis student)
Members of South Bay Mothers Out Front (including moms Angie, Linda, Martina and Amanda plus four children) attended the August 9th San Jose (CA) City Council meeting to show our enthusiasm for San Jose Clean Energy (the nation’s largest Community Choice Energy program), our support for Mayor Liccardo's recommendation that the City affirm that we are still in the Paris Climate Accord, and our hope that the City Council will pass a resolution supporting California Senate Bill 100, the California Clean Energy Act, which will commit California to 100% clean energy by 2045 and to 50% clean energy by 2026.
The South Bay (San Jose, CA) Mothers Out Front team recently joined the Silicon Valley Climate Action Alliance (SVCAA), a broad coalition of climate change, environmental, and social justice organizations in Silicon Valley who are working as a unified force to accelerate the move to a carbon-free energy environment.
As part of this coalition, South Bay Mothers Out Front team is participating in visits with local California state Senators and Assembly members to discuss California’s recent cap-and-trade extension and to encourage them to support climate-friendly and democracy-protecting legislation, in particular Senate Bill 100 (which would commit CA to achieving 100% renewable energy by 2045) and AB 249 (the California DISCLOSE Act, which would let voters know who is REALLY paying for campaign ads by mandating that the names of the top three funders be displayed prominently).
Above: South Bay Mothers Out Front team co-lead Linda Hutchins-Knowles (left) joined fellow SVCAA members Deborah Levoy of 350 Silicon Valley (seated) and Chris Lepe of TransForm (right) in a meeting with climate champion Assemblymember Ash Kalra (center) and his District Director Stacie Shih (the photographer). They discussed plans to support 100% clean energy in California with SB 100 and to bring greater transparency to California elections with AB 249 (the DISCLOSE Act). We expressed our thanks to him for his leadership on these vital bills.