Senate sends to guv plan to help Coastal Conservancy address climate change

August 23, 2012
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Sen. Ted W. Lieu bill prompted by environmental concerns
SACRAMENTO – The California Senate today sent to Gov. Jerry Brown a plan by Sen. Ted W. Lieu of Torrance to help ensure the California Coastal Conservancy can work on addressing climate change.

“Rising sea levels and extreme storm-driven waves pose direct risks to the state's coastal resources,” Lieu said about the need for Senate Bill 1066. “With the coastal economy contributing $40 billion annually to the state and with 80 percent of California's 38 million residents living within 30 miles of the coast, we must take steps now to ensure the coastal economy survives.”

Lieu said SB 1066 is needed in the wake of record-high temperatures, changing weather patterns and rising ocean levels, and his measure was praised by the Nature Conservancy.

“The Nature Conservancy applauds Sen. Lieu's leadership on this important issue,” Louis Blumberg, The Nature Conservancy's California Climate Change program director, said. “SB 1066 will help ensure that our coastal communities, economy and the critical natural resources that we rely on are prepared and protected against the impacts of a changing climate.”

For more than 30 years, the state Coastal Conservancy has worked with public and private entities to protect, restore and enhance coastal resources and habitats, including deteriorating urban waterfronts and poorly designed coastal development, Lieu said, adding: “This bill would specifically authorize the Conservancy to address climate change and adaptation to a warmer climate - especially projects that maximize public benefits.  SB 1066 also helps the Conservancy capture additional federal and non-state funds.”

Any costs of SB 1066 would be paid with non-state funds. The governor has not taken a position on the measure, but he has until the end of September to sign, veto or allow it to become law without his signature.  

For more, visit Lieu’s Web site at the address below or contact Lieu’s office.

Ted W. Lieu chairs the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee and represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 28, which includes the cities of Carson, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance, as well as portions of Long Beach, Los Angeles and San Pedro. For more, visit www.senate.ca.gov/lieu

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