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August 24, 2016
CAP & TRADE
California’s cap-and-trade carbon program sputters again (Sacramento Bee)
The cap-and-trade market had another bad day Tuesday, with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of unsold carbon credits left over following the latest state-run auction. Only about 30.8 million credits were sold, each one representing a ton of carbon emissions, out of approximately 96 million credits that went on sale. The auction was held last week, but results weren’t released until Tuesday by the California Air Resources Board.
State receives only a trickle of cash from cap-and-trade program (Los Angeles Times)
Cap-and-trade produced little revenue this month as demand for greenhouse gas permits remained lower than in the past, according to new figures from the California Air Resources Board, which runs the program. The results of the auction have been hotly anticipated in Sacramento, where lawmakers are debating the future of the state's climate policies. Although final details won't be available until next month, it's expected that revenue from the sale will be roughly $8 million, even weaker than the previous round in May.
Tougher Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits Move Forward in Legislature (KQED News)
The Assembly on Tuesday approved Senate Bill 32, which would require California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2030. That’s a step up from the current law that requires emissions meet 1990 levels by 2020.
Demand sags for California credits aimed at greenhouse gases (Associated Press)
California’s latest carbon auction brought disappointing results Tuesday as litigation and lagging support by lawmakers weigh down the state’s landmark programs combating climate change. State officials said only 34 percent of the available carbon pollution credits were sold in the latest auction under the program, which requires companies that emit climate-changing gases to buy the pollution permits. It was a slight rebound from this spring, when investors bought just 10 percent of the pollution credits offered, signaling a rocky period for the state’s overall campaign against climate-changing pollution from fossil fuels.
California Assembly approves climate change law (Sacramento Bee)
After an intense floor debate, a bill extending California’s greenhouse gas emission targets squeaked by in the Assembly on Tuesday. Senate Bill 32 was seen as a crucial step for reauthorizing the state’s cap-and-trade program. Gov. Jerry Brown, who said he will sign the measure once it is approved by the Senate, attempted to include an amendment specifically extending cap-and-trade authority but was rebuffed by lawmakers. The bill now requires a 40 percent reduction from 1990 levels by 2030. The current climate law, AB 32, required the state to reach 1990 levels by 2020.
TRANSPORTATION / INFRASTRUCTURE
Governor Brown signs high-speed rail property sale notification bill into law (KSFN –TV Fresno)
The bill, authored by Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford), will give previous owners of property, once thought to be in one of the many proposed paths of High-Speed Rail, the opportunity to buy it back if the state is selling it. The new law will require the High-Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) to notify previous property owners when it plans to sell unneeded property, then wait 30 days before selling it.
HOMELESSNESS / POVERTY
LA calls on Gov. Brown to declare homelessness a statewide emergency? (KABC- TV Los Angeles)
The city of Los Angeles is calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to declare homelessness a statewide emergency, a move that would free up additional state resources to combat the growing problem. There are an estimated 28,000 homeless people in Los Angeles and 115,000 in California, officials say.
California may become a marijuana 'epicenter,' with pot a $6.5 billion market here by 2020 (Orange County Register)
If Californians legalize marijuana under Proposition 64 in November, legal cannabis sales in the state likely will climb by $1.6 billion within the first year of implementation, according to a report released Tuesday. That would put the state’s medical and recreational market on track to hit $6.5 billion in revenue by 2020 – up from $2.8 billion in 2015, industry research firms Arcview Group and New Frontier state in the report. And the researchers argue it would serve as a “watershed moment” for the industry in and outside the United States.
Could San Jose Declare 'Public Safety State Of Emergency'? (Campbell Patch)
San Jose is struggling to fill patrol shifts with its dwindling workforce at the Police Department, which may lead the city to declare a public safety state of emergency. Representatives from the city, Police Department and San Jose Police Officers' Association met Monday afternoon when they discussed a call to reassign officers to sufficiently cover patrol shifts, city spokesman David Vossbrink said.
California lawmakers block police body camera legislation (Sacramento Bee)
The California legislative session will end without any action on the contentious issue of access to body camera footage and other police records after a final surviving measure was held in committee Tuesday. Assembly Bill 2611, which would have blocked the public release of recordings depicting the deaths of officers unless authorized by their families, was pulled from consideration by its author before a vote in the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
CITY IN THE SPOTLIGHT
City of Roseville gives $10,000 to Society for the Blind (Roseville & Granite Bay Press Tribune)
The city of Roseville recently loaned a helping hand to the Society for the Blind in Sacramento in the form of a $10,000 grant from the city’s Citizen’s Benefit Fund. The money is expected to improve much-needed transportation services for Roseville residents to the society’s Sacramento facility, as well as bolster operations at the satellite Low Vision Clinic in Roseville. The funds are a highly valued asset for Roseville’s blind and vision-impaired residents, according to the society’s Director of Resource Development Liz Culp.