Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"Much of the Lower L.A. River basin has not been developed to include open and accessible green space. This has been a disservice to residents of the area, many of whom are low-income and Spanish-speaking and deserve the opportunity to interact with the river that flows through their communities," says Anthony Rendon…

Friday, February 27, 2015

LAKEWOOD – Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) on Wednesday introduced Assembly Bill 530 to spur much-needed revitalization of the lower portion of the L.A. River. The bill will establish a local working group tasked with updating the Los Angeles River Master Plan.

“The L.A. River should represent more than just a filming location for television shows and movies,” Rendon said. “Communities should have the opportunity to reconnect with the river that flows through their neighborhoods and engage with the natural environment around them.”

Friday, February 20, 2015

It’s time to revisit the California Public Utilities Commission’s decision to place $3.3 billion of the $4.7 billion cost of decommissioning the San Onofre nuclear plant on ratepayers.

And that’s why we applaud the move by Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, a democrat from Lakewood, to hold an additional hearing on the CPUC’s unanimous decision last year.

Rendon, who heads the powerful utilities oversight committee in the legislature, is responding to new and startling revelations about the excessive communications between chair Mike Peevey and Edison officials — including a lengthy conversation that took place at a conference in Warsaw, Poland.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The release of climate change proposals by Senate Democrats on Tuesday quickly spawned a heated debate over the direction of California's economy and the potential effect of new environmental regulations.

Some unions and companies welcome the legislation, saying it will lead to new jobs and foster a growing market in clean energy technologies. But oil companies, utilities and other business groups viewed the proposals with skepticism, if not outright hostility.

"This is not going to be easy," said Kathryn Phillips, director of Sierra Club California. "There will be a lot of negotiation."

Sunday, February 8, 2015

When the state's former top electricity regulator complained about a new Pacific Gas & Electric Co. "smart meter" at his vacation home, company executives reacted swiftly.

A handful of emails — part of more than 65,000 released two weeks ago by PG&E and the Public Utilities Commission — revealed that then-PUC President Michael Peevey had a beef about the size of his monthly bill in 2011: It had more than doubled after a wireless meter was installed.

"Obviously something is wrong," Peevey wrote to his main PG&E liaison, then-Vice President Brian Cherry. "I would like an explanation."

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

California’s state parks offer an immense range of ways for visitors to learn and to play. Hear tales of the 49ers at Old Shasta or of Alta California at Pio Pico State Historic Park. Ride a wakeboard on Lake Oroville or discover an urban escape along the Los Angeles River.

With such rich assets, our state parks should be a foundation of California’s tourism industry, a magnet for visitors to admire our state’s natural wonders, and a driving force supporting local businesses.

Instead, state parks have long been mismanaged, leading to a system that – thanks to years of budget cuts and neglected upkeep – is frequently falling into physical ruin. Hikers are almost as likely to encounter yellow caution tape closing a trail as they are an informative sign about the local wildlife. Even the parks’ most devoted boosters recall the mismanagement that just a few years ago threatened to close dozens of parks even as the agency sat on millions in hidden reserves.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Assembly Water Parks and Wildlife Committee Chairman Anthony Rendon, the author of the new water bond legislation, proved tireless in the effort to gather public input and achieve the balance needed for the bond measure to be successful. As part of this effort, he conducted 18 field hearings, with Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureaus participating in many. Committee Vice Chairman Frank Bigelow was also instrumental, working to make sure the final measure would provide for real opportunities to create new water supply for our very thirsty state. In all, a number of legislative leaders in both houses and both parties came together to approve the bond bill with near-unanimous votes.