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Speaker Atkins Appoints Assemblymember Garcia Chair of Key Select Committee on Renewables and Restoration at the Salton Sea Committee will focus on renewable energy and restoration projects at the Salton Sea
(SACRAMENTO) – State Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins announced today her selection of key select committee chairs for the 2015-16 Regular Session and appointed Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia to head the newly formed Assembly Select Committee on Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea.
“As the new Chair of the Select Committee on Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea, I look forward to working with my fellow Assemblymembers on addressing these complex issues in a proactive and collaborative manner. I am also excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead for not only the State of California, but most importantly for my district that suffers from high unemployment.”
“We have a lot of work ahead of us now, and with the Senate’s Clean Energy Economy package announcement and my Clean Energy Act, AB 197, this only can attract more of the needed investment into our great state, to our businesses and in turn lead to better jobs for all Californians,” stated Assemblymember Garcia. I look forward to working with Senator Ben Hueso, my district counterpart for the Imperial Valley, who chairs the key Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications to find sustainable solutions to the Salton Sea through new renewable energy developments,” said Garcia.
The Select Committee on Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea will focus on the issues and challenges surrounding development of renewable energy projects and the implementation of ecological restoration plans of the Salton Sea area.
Salton Sea Restoration: The Salton Sea, located entirely in the 56th Assembly district, is California’s largest inland lake. It is very important to both residents of Imperial and Riverside counties and to the wildlife relying on the Salton Sea for habitat. The Salton Sea currently support over 400 species of birds, many of them year-round, and is a critical stopping point along the 5,000-mile Pacific Flyway. For this reason, some ecological experts have given it the nickname “California’s Everglades.”
Geothermal Energy Resource of the Salton Sea: The Imperial Valley has more geothermal generating capacity than anywhere else in the United States. Unlike other large scale renewable energy projects, such as solar and wind, geothermal energy can be produced with minimal impact on landscape and habitat. It also provides a steady, reliable source of base load energy to the state electricity grid that is not subject to weather or seasonal fluctuations.
Local Efforts: The Salton Sea Restoration & Renewable Energy Initiative, launched by the Imperial Irrigation District in partnership with Imperial County, is currently working to leverage funds generated by new renewable energy projects located at the sea to help finance activities for air quality management and habitat restoration.
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Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) serves as the as the Chairperson of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy and represents the 56th District, which comprises the cities and communities of Blythe, Brawley, Bermuda Dunes, Calexico, Calipatria, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, Indio, Mecca, Oasis, North Shore, Salton Sea, Thermal, Thousand Palms, and Westmorland.
Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on 2014 Election Results
It appears Democrats across the nation will always have California. On a night that saw Republicans make gains across the nation, much like in 2010, California held firm. At the statewide level, California remains a deep blue beacon because of the bold leadership of Jerry Brown and our strong Democratic majority in Sacramento.
In a repeat of 2010, California Democrats swept all statewide offices this year and even helped pass the most significant criminal justice reform measures in decades with Proposition 47.
Democrats under Governor Brown have accomplished much in just four short years and our victories at the statewide level serve as an affirmation of that reality.
While the results were less decidedly in our favor at the district level, the reality is California Democrats have had an embarrassment of riches for the past several election cycles and that has left us with many seats to defend, often in Republican leaning territory in low turn out cycles.
We look forward to recommitting to our efforts pressing into Republican strongholds, in particular the Central Valley. Many of the seats that were lost last night will be regained in just two years and there are many more which will be ripe for the picking from Republican hands in 2016.
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