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Meetings 2nd Thursday of the Month at Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St. in Ventura. Meet and Greet 6:30pm Meeting 7pm

“WE WANT A CLIMATE ACTION PLAN – 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2035”

VENTURA COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION WORK SESSION
THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 5:30-8:30 P.M.
Ventura County Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, Administration Building, County Government Center, 800 Victoria, Ventura, southwest parking lot.
Fill out Public Comment Cards. Some of us must leave at 6:30 for the Climate Hub Meeting down the street (it was advertised in too many places to cancel it). CFROG and some others will stay at the Planning Commission.
The Planning Department refuses to fast-track the Climate Action Plan. Our county has no goals or target dates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or transition to 100% renewable energy.  Local government sluggishness about climate action must change.
Who will livestream on Facebook VC Climate Hub page?
Signs 8.5 X 11, no sticks, blue and green theme.
“Fast Track Climate Action Plan”
“100% Clean Energy 2035”
“Stop New Oil Drilling”
“Reward for Healthy Soil”
To seriously follow the General Plan Update process, check out the vc2040.org site. What they decide in the next three years will guide the next 20 years. Here is the current set of documents for all sections of the General Plan: http://vc2040.org/documents/. Apparently these are not on this week’s agenda; what is on Thursday’s agenda is what we value: Let’s tell them!
Sign up for General Plan updates: http://vc2040.org/subscribe-for-more-information/

Events

VC CLIMATE HUB MONTHLY MEETING THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 7 – 8:30 PM

 (Doors open 6:30)
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St, Ventura
Hopefully somebody will livestream again on Ventura County Climate Hub Facebook page.
Millions are upset about Trump’s choice to make America a rogue nation regarding climate action. Governors and Mayors are mobilizing to honor the Paris to reduce total emissions from 2005 levels by at least 26% by 2025.
Local action can mobilize OUR state, county and cities to protect the climate by stopping new fossil fuel projects and moving to 100% renewable energy as soon as possible.
·         Unless and until we get Community Choice Energy, our county and cities’ renewable energy goals will be hard to achieve. A technical study that will inform the county and all ten cities what kind of new utility we will have. Linda Hillman will report.
·         Unless and until we strengthen the state Cap and Trade program, state emissions reduction goals will be hard to achieve. Jan Dietrick and Todd Shuman will describe how SB775 addresses weaknesses of the current plan and how individuals can support Senators who are more determined than Governor Brown for emissions reductions with environmental justice.
·         Unless and until Ventura County and it s cities create Climate Action Plans that are ambitious and well-funded to meet measurable, technically feasible goals, we will not be ABLE to do our part to uphold the Paris Accord.

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CITIZENS’ CLIMATE LOBBY – BUGFARM TOUR, POTLUCK & DISCUSSION

SATURDAY, JUNE 17
108 Orchard Dr, Ventura, CA 93001, park on Orchard or in upper parking lot by oil well and walk south, downhill through double chain link gate, duck into the patio on right.
3:30  p.m. Rincon-Vitova Insectaries and Dietrick Institute for Applied Insect Ecology Tour
5:00 Jan & Ron’s 20th Wedding Anniversary Potluck Dinner Party
6-8 pm Social and Discussion on Community Action for Climate Solutions
RSVP to Jan Dietrick, ventura@citizensclimatelobby.org–specify for the tour, for the dinner &/or for the social & discussion.

Education Events

CITIZENS’ CLIMATE LOBBY JOINT MEETING SANTA BARBARA AND VENTURA CHAPTERS

SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 9-12:00
Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, 1535 Santa Barbara St, Blake Lounge
The Ventura Chapter is going to visit the Santa Barbara Chapter. Call Jan if you want to ride with her and Cara, leaving West Ventura at 8:35! Learn about new developments, talk with people interested in solutions to climate change, and find out what we can do to help.
Agenda: 9:00 Optional coffee and morning snacks, 9:30 Introductions and orientation, 10:00 Watch live video conference call with Guest Speaker, 10:45 Action plans
If you will be coming, reply to: elenakey@cox.net   to help them plan for coffee and snacks.
Congressman Ted Deutch is our Guest on the live National Call — Democratic co-chair of the House Climate Solutions Caucus with an overview of the caucus’ activities and where progress is happening between Republicans and Democrats on climate.
Local HUB member Vicki Paul will be in DC leading the Lobby Team-Pacific Island Territories to see staff of Non-Voting House Members from Guam, American Samoa and Northern Marianas. Sea level rise is on the agenda. That’s why we aren’t meeting at Vicki’s house Saturday. She is busy!

Education

KEEP OUR AIR CLEAN! BILINGUAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CANVASING IN OXNARD

CFROG / FWW CANVASING IN OXNARD
Thursday, June 8, 6pm-8pm
Do you speak Spanish and want to be in the trenches instead of at the UU Church on Thursday learning about how to push our state , county and cities to a clean energy future?
Our other intern Karina Kaye will be leading a canvass on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11
Join FWW Intern Noemi on Saturday and at Oxnard College Swap Meet on Sundays is a good place for canvassing and reaching a large crowd. Contact tomasrebecchi@fwwatch.org,  message Tomas Morales Rebecchi on Facebook, and come to the Open House on Wednesday to learn more about the canvassing.

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PHONE-BANKING FOR SB775 – UPGRADE CA’S CAP & TRADE

CALIFORNIANS FOR A CARBON TAX (CALFACT)  
PHONE-BANKING FOR SB775 – UPGRADE CA’S CAP & TRADE
SUNDAY, JUNE 11, NOON TIL 4 PM
Volunteers needed to phone climate supporters in swing districts in California to email their Senators in support of SB775. Learn more at Thursday’s Climate Hub meeting and at CalFACT.org. CalFACT is aligned with the Environmental Justice Movement in its fight to reform carbon pricing policy. It phases out the loopholes and distributes part of the revenue as Climate Dividends to protect low income households, along with separate funds for Climate Research and Climate Investments. Contact: Jan Dietrick 805-746-5365, ventura@citizensclimatelobby.org for West Ventura address for phone-banking.

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May Monthly Hub Meeting May 11, Thur 6:30

“Out with the Old, In with the New”

WHAT:  The Ventura County Climate Hub invites the public to hear leaders of two partner organizations working on ‘Out with the Old, In with the New’ energy economy.

Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas (CFROG) will talk about their campaign to oppose permits for new oil wells in Oxnard. They are recruiting volunteers to do canvasing in the affected neighborhood and collect signatures for a petition to the county.

Craig Whan and Robert Perry of the World Business Academy will return to present the latest know-how for transition away from fossil fuels towards clean energy.

WHO:   Ventura County Climate Hub is a grassroots, non-partisan local affiliate of 350. org with 26 local partner organizations and hundreds of people engaged in the full spectrum of ways to reverse climate change. Partner organizations like CFROG and World Business Academy report on their actions and campaigns at monthly meetings and in other events and media.

Special guests Robert Perry and Craig Whan do energy research to get rid of California’s nuclear power plants, stand up for ratepayers interests at CA Public Utilities Commission, and champion a plan for 100% renewable energy in CA. Robert directs the Safe Energy Project including current and emerging energy generation, transmission and distribution, microgrid and storage systems that can integrate for maximum efficiency. Craig has a focus on helping Ventura County and its cities shape the new Central Coast Power utility to maximize renewable and distributed and integrated energy systems. This knowledge will help us fight the Puente Power Plant and win community support for the new Central Coast Power program.

WHEN:  Thursday, May 11. Doors open 6:30 for connecting with friends. Meeting at 7:00 to 8:45 p.m.

WHERE:  Unitarian-Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St, Ventura, 93003, rear parking lot to Fellowship Hall.

WHY: The days of dirty energy will be shortened by every effort we make to stop fossil fuel extraction. The good news is that clean energy technology is here—the know-how and resources just need to be mobilized to create a thriving economy with safe energy. The only thing missing is the will to change government policies that support the fossil fuel paradigm. There are currently opportunities in Ventura County to pull together on actions that help reverse climate change by opposing new drilling permits, opposing a new gas-fired power plant at Mandalay Beach, and amplifying popular demand for development of renewable energy and distributed generation.

CFROG: Tomas Rebecchi 619-252-6899, email tomasrebecchi at gmail.com

WORLD BUSINESS ACADEMY: Craig Whan, 805-892-4600, email craig at worldbusiness.org

Events

May Monthly CCL Meeting May 13, Sat 9:45

Each month, Citizens’ Climate Lobby supporters gather locally for a monthly meeting where we educate ourselves by listening to a guest speaker. May 13’s guest speaker is  Dr. Natasha DeJarnett, of the American Public Health Association speaking on the ways burning of fossil fuels take a tremendous toll on public health, not only from the impact of climate change, but also from the pollution that leads to heart and respiratory problems.

We will celebrate our successes gathering signups at the Oxnard, Camarillo and Ventura Earth Days, Cara’s wonderful OpED in the VCStar “Earth Day Isn’t Easy” (be sure to read it by clicking here), Manual Bustamente’s two screenings of ‘Do the Math” at Ventura College, a very successful lobby visit to the District Director of our Member of Congress and a quick greeting and word for climate action with Representative Julia Brownley at the community forum last month at CUSCI (we are told she is trying harder to join the Bipartisan ClimateSolutions Caucus), great news that freshman Representative Salud Carbajal was recently invited to join the Climate Solutions Caucus. We’ll talk about reaching out to businesses, building a proactive outreach team, and practice a couple of ‘laser talks’.

We meet at Vicki Paul’s Home, 2238 Sanderling Street, (Montalvo) Ventura

Directions: Go south on Victoria and turn into Ventura Blvd OR Exit 101 and go uphill to Target intersection:   Rent It Truck Rentals—Victoria Av & Ventura Blvd.

Don’t get confused; at this point there are TWO South Victoria Avenues. Head for frontage road off 101 but go one block, turn LEFT on Seahawk St. Go two blocks and turn LEFT on Grand Avenue and go one block, RIGHT on Bristol Road.

Go three blocks, turn     LEFT   on Hill Road           [at the 7-11 ]  Immediately       turn     RIGHT on Shearwater Street             Welcome to the Bird Tracts. Bend left onto Sanderling Street:   2238   is on the right

RSVP if it is convenient to Vicki: oceanvicki7@gmail.com , cell: 805     535 5180         or Jan: ventura@citizensclimatelobby.org , cell:   805   746   5365

Events

Water is Life

Thanks Mike Stubblefield of Sierra Club CA Sustainable Ag Committee, Laura Maher of Eco Action Cooperative, and Dietrick Instittue for Applied Insect Ecology, for creating the opportunity to learn from a four-day visit by Dr. Michal Kravcik. He is a Goldman Environmental Prize winner for his work in Slovakia and other parts of the world restoring small water cycles by measures that slow, spread, sink and hold rain water. That might seem not so new–it’s what “permies” and Ocean Friendly Gardeners do.

But watching Michal recon the environs pointing left, right, center and back where an unbelievable amount of rain still escapes to rivers and the ocean, he trained our eyes to see the lost opportunities. He had logical suggestions to improve every design. We want to learn more because he calculates that if we do these small rain captures into the soil and revegetation widely and effectively, we can reverse climate change. Here is an overview of this perspective of a New Water Paradign, called “Water: The Missing Link for Solving ClimateChange”, by Monika Berghoff.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/monika-berghoff-/water-climate-change_b_8689890.html

Michal Kravcik

Here is Michal at the Ventura River. He took hundreds of pictures of erosion. It seems that Michal gives very little attention to stream bed restoration that is what is generally being done. He explained that stopping erosion on the slopes that feed the streams, the streambed restores naturally, effortlessly with the return of the steelhead.

Here is Michal presenting to the Dietrick Institute team his vision of opportunities to create 75 rain gardens for a “Blue-Green Bike Corridor” along the bike trail. Overnight he photoshopped the placement of the gardens into his photos to give us a proposal that we can take to neighborhood stakeholders.

Education

New Carbon Pricing Policy Hits State Senate

“California is about to revolutionize climate policy … again”

READ: https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/5/3/15512258/california-revolutionize-cap-and-trade

David Roberts on a new, sleeker cap-and-trade program proposed this week in the State Senate in SB775. Learn more at calfact.org and sign up for reporting of what will be a fast-paced debate about carbon pricing legislation in CA. Do you share CalFACT’s questions about SB775:

  • Funding for existing and additional climate programs – will this bill provide funding for programs currently funded by cap and trade through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund? How much additional funding will it provide for climate related programs?
  • Support from the Environmental Justice community – will this bill work for the environmental justice community and gain their support? How will it relate to other bills in process such as AB378?
  • Will the border adjustment survive legal challenges? – a state level border adjustment is a new innovation in state carbon pricing and we look forward to seeing the details of how this can be implemented within the bounds of the commerce clause.

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