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California 1st District Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro, D-Arcata, was appointed to chair the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture by Assembly Speaker John A.
Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro will be firing up his campaign machine to face a challenge from local Tea Party representative Karen Brooks, according to today’s Times-Standard.
The First Assembly District is comprised of Del Norte, Humboldt, Trinity, Lake, Mendocino, and Sonoma counties.
First District Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) has introduced a bill to create “The Plastic Ocean Pollution Reduction, Recycling and Composting Act.” AB 2138 would require the fast food industry to reduce and recycle packaging waste and litter by requiring the use of packaging that is recyclable or compostable in the communities where it is used.
“Plastic ocean pollution is a persistent and growing problem,” Chesbro said. “Despite international treaties prohibiting dumping plastics at sea and other international, national, state and local action, trash in the ocean is increasing. Trash that washes into our waterways and bays poses a real and pressing threat to marine life. California must take on a leadership role in protecting our oceans.”
Chesbro, who chairs the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, recently held an investigative hearing on ocean pollution and the accumulation of toxic materials in California Coastal waters. The testimony given at the hearing is the foundation of the “The Plastic Ocean Pollution Reduction, Recycling and Composting Act.”
Single-use food packaging litter kills wildlife such as birds and endangered sea turtles, which become entangled in it or mistake it for food and try to ingest it. More than a million sea birds, 100,000 marine mammals and countless fish have died from marine debris.
Single-use food packaging that isn’t recycled costs California families hundreds of dollars annually in hidden litter clean-up costs. Local governments are especially hard hit by these costs. The City of Los Angeles estimates that compliance with Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for its impaired waterways, including those for litter pollution, will cost more than $1 billion. Plastic pollution severely threatens California’s $43 billion ocean economy.
“The volume of unrecyclable single-use food packaging distributed annually in California is staggering,” Chesbro said. “The fast-food industry alone generates four million tons of waste annually in California and retailers are currently distributing almost fourteen billion plastic bags annually. AB 2138 would prohibit restaurants and other food providers from distributing single-use food packaging and bags unless they are accepted for either recycling or composting from at least seventy five percent of households in a jurisdiction and are recovered at rate of at least twenty five percent.”
This policy will make the fast-food industry financially responsible for:
- Switching to packaging that is compatible with the recycling and/or composting services available in the communities they serve.
- Working with local governments and recyclers to increase processing and market capacity for recyclable and compostable packaging alternatives.
- Working with consumers to ensure that their packaging is recycled or composted.
“This legislation would reduce the cost to local governments for cleaning up the tons of plastic waste that is entering our waterways and polluting our beaches and the ocean,” Chesbro said. “This bill will build a recycling infrastructure that will both protect the environment and create new green jobs in California. We can lead the nation and leave a cleaner and safer ocean for the next generation.”
Source: Press Release
When California 1st District Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro, D-Arcata, chose his district’s woman of the year, he didn’t expect to be turned down. But when he first approached Eureka’s Betty Chinn to tell her of the honor, he said, she shied away from
First District Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro, D-Arcata, recently introduced Assembly Bill 2139, the California Product Stewardship Act. If it is passed, it would require manufacturers of hazardous products to create products that are less toxic and
A bill making its way through the state legislature could add a new member to the board that governs the local airport.
Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro recently introduced a bill that would designate the Smith River Rancheria as a public agency to join the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority.
California 1st District Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro, D-Arcata, has introduced legislation aimed at protecting patients’ access to health care by ensuring that they have full and complete information about their providers.
Flanked by a handful of Humboldt County elected officials, California State Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro, D-Arcata, announced his bid for re-election Friday at the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee headquarters in Eureka.
Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro announced he will run again for State Assembly, representing District 1, during the June primaries. Chesbro says the challenge this time round will be to ensure programs and money remain in rural areas, given the shrinking budget.
Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro said that the state Attorney General’s Office and the California Department of Food and Agriculture are interested in settling their lawsuit against a group of dairy farmers who were caught up in the Humboldt Creamery