Help Build a Healthy, Climate-Resilient San Francisco Bay
Tell California Leaders to Fund Shoreline Restoration
The State Legislature is developing a bond measure for the November 2024 ballot that will help fund investments to ensure California is prepared for the impacts of climate change. This includes nature-based solutions to help communities adapt to fire, flood, drought, and wildfire. The legislature is proposing a $15 billion bond across the state.
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To: Governor Newsom, Senator Atkins, Assemblymember Rivas, Senator Allen, and Assemblymember Garcia
Subject:Fund Shoreline Restoration in the 2024 Climate Bond Measure
The impacts of climate change are here now, and we must respond now. As residents of the San Francisco Bay Area, we request that you dedicate $250 million to nature-based sea level rise shoreline adaptation projects in the San Francisco Bay. Restoring our region’s wetlands isessential for protecting shoreline communities, homes, infrastructure, and ecosystems in the face of sea level rise and intensifying storms.
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Bay Area Housing for All
Join us in endorsing the Bay Area Housing for All (BAHA) ballot measure for November 2024! Due to the extent of California’s housing crisis, we need more dedicated funding for affordable housing in the Bay Area. The lack of affordable housing is an environmental issue because access to healthy, affordable homes is a critical part of a healthy environment and community.
The BAHA regional bond of $10-20 billion would allow the region to construct up to 45,000 homes, create thousands of jobs, and preserve existing affordable housing. Eighty percent of the funds would return to the Bay area county of origin (based on assessed property value), while the other twenty percent would go the Bay Area Housing Finance Authority to distribute across the region where it is most needed.
To keep the Bay trash free, we need to create less of it in the first place. That’s why we support the Oakland Reusable Foodware Ordinance. Food and beverage packaging comprises almost 70% of the litter that enters the Bay. Oakland residents alone use more than 160 million cups every year! All of this contributes to the 7 trillion pieces of microplastic entering the San Francisco Bay annually.
The Oakland Foodware Ordinance will require businesses in Oakland to use reusable food and beverage ware for onsite dining (including at large event venues), require toxic-free takeout containers, and only allow single-use utensils to be given out on request. It also allows customers to BYO cups and containers for takeout if they choose.
Studies show that restaurants in Oakland will save an estimated $4000 a year by cutting down on single use foodware. And since Oakland must pay the costs of keeping litter out of the storm drains, reducing the amount of litter on the streets will save Oakland taxpayers as well.
Join the fight against trash pollution in Oakland! Send a letter to your local Oakland City councilmember letting them know of your support of reuse policy in the City of Oakland. Together we can create a pollution-free San Francisco Bay.