Blog Posts By:

Emily Rusch,
Executive Director

The state legislature has given Californians a number of good reasons to ring in the new year. Starting Jan. 1, Golden State residents will have more tools to avoid toxic chemicals, predatory loans and unwanted data collection and manipulation. California will also have more options to hold companies accountable for failing to adequately protect consumers and more choices for registering and voting in elections. Over the past three years, CALPIRG advocated for all these changes in the legislative process and, together with our allies, we prevailed despite staunch industry opposition in many cases. Here’s a digest of some of the game-changing new laws, supported by CALPIRG, going into effect on New Year’s Day. 

With more and more suits against Monsanto lining up, communities are pushing back against the use of Roundup and associated glyphosate-based herbicides. One by one, cities are passing restrictions on Roundup, and finding alternative, healthier ways to maintain operations. 

We spoke to city officials to find out how restrictions on Roundup are implemented in their community. Although the change can come with challenges, these cities show that every community has the capacity to reduce its usage of dangerous pesticides in some shape or form. 

Today, a federal court in San Francisco will be hearing Monsanto’s motion to dismiss plaintiffs for a failure to prosecute in cases regarding their popular pesticide, RoundUp. But more than 40 California communities aren't waiting for the courts or the legislature to take action, but instead passing local ordinances restricting the use of Roundup in their communities. 

This week both the state Senate and Assembly passed CALPIRG-backed bills to ensure much more of the single use plastic and packaging we use is actually recycled.

CALPIRG recently launched our Work for Wellbeing campaign to redefine work and provide support for the different ways Californians contribute to their communities that may not be captured by GDP or a bottom line. Today Gov. Newsom announced that his revised May budget will include a $1,000 CalEITC expansion for qualifying families with young children under six, doubling his original proposal back in January.

CALPIRG endorsed SB 50 by Senator Scott Wiener today, the MORE Homes Act, which would enable more housing to be built near existing public transit and job centers. 

Today Reuters broke a story about at least 30 drugmakers that are planning to raise their U.S. prices on medicine in January 2019. The information was gathered thanks to California bill SB 17, authored by Senator Ed Hernandez, supported by CALPIRG, and signed into law last year.

CALPIRG Education Fund’s New Voters Project ensured that thousands of newly eligible young voters registered to vote, received non-partisan information about what was on their ballot, and cast a ballot by Election Day. In total, our team helped register more than 6,000 students to vote and made more than 500,000 Get out the Vote contacts. Here are our highlights, lowlights, and recommendations for future elections.

If you are worried about climate change, you should vote NO on Prop 6 to stop the repeal on the statewide gas tax increase. We’re asking you to vote no on Prop 6 because it’s imperative that we both use less gas and invest in transportation solutions.

Today I'm at the California Air Resources Board to testify in favor of 100% clean, zero-emission transit buses. Here's why it matters.