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Mar 2016

Environment and Local Government – National Trends for February 2016

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The February Legislative Activity Report shows that 1,014 organizations held 389 new meetings for the month of February. Of those 389 meetings, 47 of them had an environmental component. Several meetings specifically addressed environmental issues including reducing the use of disposable plastic shopping bags, the creation of a city park, several litigation items, and a project to build a wireless facility.

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

February 2, 2016

Resolution R-2016-001

Resolution R-2016-001 is aimed at supporting plastic bag reduction in Massachusetts. The thin, plastic bags that shoppers get at the checkout line impact have significant, negative impacts on the environment. Marine animals can become entangled or ingest the bags, resulting in their death. These bags also contribute to the burden of solid waste collection and pollution as well as clogging storm drains. Their manufacture requires many barrels of crude oil.

The resolution was proposed by the City Council for the Town of Bridgewater and advocates for communities to adopt legislation that targets reduction of these plastic bags and move more toward creating programs that encourage consumers to use recycled paper bags or reusable grocery bags, along with other more environmentally friendly options.

It was originally introduced and first read on January 19, 2016. The second reading was on February 2, 2016 and at that time it was not referred to a committee. Per Section XVII of the Council Rules & Procedures, 14 days have passed since the first reading so it was determined that it may be finally considered on February 2, 2016.

Moreno Valley, California

February 2, 2016

Closed Session: Government Code Section 54956.9(a) – Conference with Legal Counsel – Existing Litigation

The City Council of the City of Moreno Valley, held a closed session for several local entities to discuss existing litigation with legal counsel. Cases that were discussed included:

  • California Clean Energy Committee v. City of Moreno Valley
  • County of Riverside v. City of Moreno Valley, et al.
  • Social Environmental Justice Alliance v. City of Moreno Valley, et al.
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District v. City of Moreno Valley
  • Residents for a Livable Moreno Valley v. City of Moreno Valley, et al.

These are all ongoing, environmentally significant court cases that involve Moreno Valley.

Mountain View, California

February 2, 2016

Agreement with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Regarding Hetch Hetchy Properties

Water is supplied to the City of Mountain View via the City and County of San Francisco’s Regional Water System. It primarily originates from the Sierra Nevada and is delivered through aqueducts owned and maintained by Hetch Hetchy. SFPUC also supplies treated water from nearby San Mateo and Alameda Counties. In this agreement, SFPUC allows the City to create a public park from the Fayette Parcel. There are several terms that are a part of this agreement and some residents have concerns, such as the removal of trees. Rent, maintenance and taxes are another concern that residents have and they have come before the council to voice them for consideration.

This meeting addressed several key areas, including the recommendation that the project is exempt from the CEQA, or California Environmental Quality Act.

San Luis Obispo County, California

February 2, 2016

Weekly Report of Environmental Documents Available for Review

This is actually a weekly review process that provides the public with information regarding how the county’s actions and decisions have an impact on the environment.

Proposed negative declarations – Definition of proposed negative declarations and guidance on how to file them.

The items reviewed included:

  • Conditional Use Permit requested by Verizon Wireless for the Area of Nipomo. This would allow a new wireless communication facility to be constructed and operate in that area. The address for the proposed project is 594 Eucalyptus Road.

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A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Matt is creative director for voterheads, where he directs all website design, marketing/branding & advertising campaigns. He also serves on the Advisory board for USC's HRSM Alumni Society. Matt is a past recipient of The State newspaper's 20 under 40 award.I'm a dude, playin' a dude, disguised as another dude... or more appropriately, busy.

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