Action Items re: Las Vegas Massacre:
1) Text from your phone “Love Vegas” to 877-877 to speak to your member of Congress and urge them to support responsible gun laws.
Tell Reps. LaMalfa and McClintock that the NRA has gone too far. Ask them to speak out against “bump stocks”, devices that harnesses the recoil of a semiautomatic firearm to fire several shots in succession, mimicking automatic gunfire and effectively turning a weapon into a machine gun. And tell them that you support background checks for ALL gun sales.
2) Go to our website www.bradycampaign.org and sign our card and add a message of support for the people of Las Vegas. Our team will deliver the signatures.
3) Donate blood today to help the victims. Schedule your appointment today. Go to this website in order to find a place near you: http://www.redcross.org/give-blood
4) Call California Governor Jerry Brown today at 916-445-2841 to urge him to sign two gun bills on his desk:
AB 785 The Disarm Hate Act – Prevents criminals convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from possessing firearms.
SB 536 Firearm Violence Research – Allows the Department of Justice to make its records available for gun-violence prevention research
#PrayforVegas #ENOUGH #DisarmHate
Becca, Amanda and Anke
Sacramento Valley/Nevada-Placer/Yolo Chapters
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
AADC and Placer County Democratic Party hosted the first annual “Be the Change” Youth Talent Show at the General Gomez Arts & Events Center on Saturday, September 23rd to a standing room only crowd. Master of Ceremonies J Ross Parrelli did a fabulous job of engaging the audience and performing. Talent from all over the area (ages 13 to 25) amazed the audience with their performances around the theme “Be the Change” – from the Ghandi quote “Be the change you want to see in the world”.
1. Oppose HR 38 (Arm Anyone) and Town Halls
The current congressional recess is a good time to pressure our U.S. Representatives to oppose HR 38 (Arm Anyone Concealed Carry). The bill would force California to recognize permits to carry loaded, hidden guns issued by other states, even by those states with virtually nopermitting standards and weak gun laws. HR 38 would undermine California’s strong gun laws. Recognizing this, the Calif. Police Chiefs Association and the Calif. State Sheriffs’ Association are opposing the bill. If you are attending a Town Hall, be sure to ask about gun issues and HR 38. Representatives LaMalfa, McClintock and Bera need to hear our opposition to HR 38!
You can read Brady’s Policy Fact Sheet opposing this dangerous bill here. A flyer and Town Hall cards with sample questions are attached.
Read more about concealed carry:
2. State legislation Update
The California legislature is still on summer recess but things will ramp up quickly when the legislature reconvenes next week. Stay tuned for action alerts on our priority bills, including the Disarm Hate Act.
3. We are saddened by the violence in Charlottesville. Among many important issues, the protests highlighted the problem of armed activists:
Amanda Wilcox, Nevada-Placer Chapter Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Pushing the State to Buy Clean for the Climate
An innovative proposal that would add another tool to California’s toolbox for cutting climate pollution is approaching its last critical vote in the legislature.
Assembly bill 262, the Buy Clean California Act, by Rob Bonta (D-Alameda), is designed to get the state to use its purchasing power in a way that’s consistent with state goals to reduce climate-disrupting pollution.
The bill would require that state agencies that contract for big infrastructure projects, plus the University of California, and the California State University System, take into consideration the greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain when specifying materials to be used in those construction projects.
It combines information disclosure and purchasing requirements to recognize manufacturers who have invested in cutting their climate pollution while making while making any of four common construction materials: steel rebar, structural steel, glass and insulation.
The bill passed in the Assembly with 68 votes in June and has cleared two policy committees in the Senate. It is expected to reach the Senate floor in early September.
The support list reads like a who’s who of environmental and environmental justice groups, labor unions and even manufacturers. The main proponents of the bill are Sierra Club California and the Blue Green Alliance, which is a coalition of labor unions and environmental groups.
More information about the effort is available athttp://www.buycleancalifornia.org. If you want to get involved in in-district lobbying for the Buy Clean bill, contact Meg Gunderson at Sierra Club at Meg.Gunderson@sierraclub.org.
While Trump and Republican Congressmen made lots of promises, their 2018 proposed budget funds massive tax breaks for the richest 1% of Americans and corporations and slashes programs that help working families. Is this what Trump voters believe will make America be great again? It seems it will only make the richest filthy rich again and further destroy America’s middle class.
Trump and the Republicans have really conned the Trump voters and are hurting the American people. To read more details of their 2018 budget proposal CLICK HERE.
SARSAS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS OF JUNE 2017
Working with many individuals, agencies and groups, SARSAS has overseen salmon reaching Turkey Creek Golf Course where another NID dam, Hemphill Dam, blocks upstream migration.
Getting salmon some twenty-two miles up the Auburn Ravine to Hemphill Dam started with NOAA Special Agent Don Tanner working with SARSAS personnel to meet with dam owners to remind them flashboard dams must be removed no later than October 15 each year and stay down until April 15 so the Fall salmon run would have access to spawning grounds.
Working with the former General Manager Ron Nelson, in four years we were able to connect with six agencies and gather money from several sources and build a $1.2 M fish ladder over NID’s Lincoln Gauging Station in center of Lincoln, allowing the salmon two miles of spawning gravels, in which 300 salmon spawned the first year and many more each year thereafter. Nothing has been done on Auburn Ravine by NID since then.
South Sutter Water District was able to raise funds to install a fish screen over the Pleasant Grove Canal, about six miles downstream from Lincoln. This screen was installed in 2013 and, according to former SARSAS Board member Ron Ott, should prevent up to 90% of anadromous fishes returning to the Pacific from being entrained in the Canal. The dual conical, self-cleaning screen was built and installed by Daryll Hayes of ISI, Inc.
This installation means a very large percentage of Auburn Ravine smolt will be able to successfully reach the Sacramento River and swim to the Pacific Ocean to mature and return to Auburn Ravine to repeat their cycle.
NOAA Agent Tanner and SARSAS personnel met with the owners of the following dams and the owners agreed to comply to the September 15-April 15 flashboard diversions: the Coppin, Davis, Tom Glenn, Lincoln Ranch Duck Club, Aitken Ranch, Moore, Nelson Lane and the Lincoln Gauging Station.
The Scheiber Dam was removed just below Lincoln and Albert Scheiber installed a conical fish screen paying for it with his own money to prevent salmon entrainment into his canal.
Nevada Irrigation District is still stalling on installation of a fish ladder over the Hemphill Dam, in our judgment completely misusing $177K of taxpayer money granted to NID by CDFW for fish passage over Hemphill. NID submitted a grant application which was approved by CDFW to unnecessarily repeat studies already completely on Auburn Ravine and Hemphill for the sake of delaying Dam removal. SARSAS is exploring legal avenues to correct this problem.
NID is currently focused on building the highly unpopular Centennial Dam on Bear River. Even so, the NID Board of Directors voted at its June 2016 meeting to select Option 4 by Kleinschmidt Construction to remove the Hemphill Dam. The staff of NID under GM Remleh Scherzinger is now delaying saying the dam will not be removed until well into 2020. This delay is an attempt to avoid dealing with Nine Water Rights violations filed against NID by the FWN, hopefully forcing SARSAS to get FWN to remove the Nine Water Rights Protests. Scherzinger in a letter to FWN Negotiator Chris Shutes said when the Nine Water Rights violations were worked out, then NID would focus on removing Hemphill Dam.
He is deal making with taxpayer money and the lives of thousands of salmon and steelhead. Fish are prevented from reaching prime spawning gravels in Auburn Ravine while salmon and steelhead in California face extinction while NID fiddles.
Before salmon can reach Wise Powerhouse, located one mile downstream from Auburn, NID must complete work on removing Hemphill Dam and either removing or providing fish passage over its largest dam on the Auburn Ravine, the Gold Diversion Dam and its Canal.
Once these two dams are addressed, salmon can then reach the richest spawning grounds on the Auburn Ravine. Auburn Ravine, according to a fish count done by California Department of Fish and Game in 2005, has an average of 7,000 salmonids per mile, making it one of the richest streams in Northern California. Opening Auburn Ravine fully to salmon and steelhead spawning would allow thousands of spawnings each year helping to prevent salmon extinction in California.
Once NID’s two dams, Hemphill and Gold Hill, have fish passage installed, the salmon and steelhead can reach Wise Powerhouse, one mile downstream from the City of Auburn.
Once SARSAS finishes getting salmon to Auburn, it will focus its attention of Coon Creek and get the salmon at least to Hidden Falls Regional Park near Auburn.
SARSAS North Ravine Restoration Coordinator Robert Hane is doing miracle work on North Ravine making a prime spawning tributary of Auburn Ravine for salmon and steelhead spawning.
SARSAS is using everything it has to get salmon into the two parks in Auburn as soon as humanly possible. For more information bout SARSAS, click HERE.
Speakers at the recent California Democratic Party included Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, US Senator Kamala Harris, US Representative Nancy Pelosi and many state officials. The Convention was also attended by Tom Perez, the newly elected Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Click here to view videos of the Convention speakers on YouTube.
The attendees were united in their opposition to the Trump Administration and Republican policies, but divisions within the Democratic Party were still evident as the issues from the 2016 election have not been resolved. Supporters of Bernie Sanders have run for and become Assembly District Representatives to CDP and were extremely vocal, if not always positive, about their demands of CDP.
We are still awaiting the results of the CDP Officer Election as the Chair position is being contested. Click here to see the Slate of officers elected at the Convention.