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AM Alert: Symposium tackles reducing greenhouse gas emissions

This March 9, 2010 file photo shows a tanker truck passing the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, California.
This March 9, 2010 file photo shows a tanker truck passing the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, California. AP

A symposium hosted by a trio of California state agencies will focus again on combating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Department of Food and Agriculture, the Natural Resources Agency, and Cal-EPA are meeting to fulfill Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2030 greenhouse gas reduction goals, known as the “five pillars.” Those include halving petroleum use in vehicles, deriving half of energy from renewable sources, making cleaner heater fuels, reducing pollutants, and managing agriculture to boost carbon storage.

Speakers will include John Laird, secretary of California’s Natural Resources Agency, Karen Ross secretary of the Department of Food and Agriculture, and Richard Corey, executive officer of the Air Resources Board.

The group, also wants to hear from the public – a comment period is scheduled after several panels discuss greenhouse gas reductions.

The symposium is at 9 a.m. at the CalEPA headquarters on 1001 I Street.

GAS GOUGING: Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, founder of NextGen Climate, and Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, hold a press conference today to ask for legislation that would require oil refiners to provide more data on how gas prices are determined. They also plan to present a new analysis that finds the industry is making unprecedented profits.

The press conference starts at 10:30 a.m. at 2701 Ocean Park Blvd in Santa Monica.

DISABILITY FUNDING: The Lanterman Coalition is hosting an event to discuss the impact of the state budget cuts on people with developmental disabilities. The group wants a 10 percent increase to funding for developmental disability services.

Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, will attend, along with with representatives from the district offices of Assemblymen Ed Chau, D-Arcadia, and Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles, Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D -Los Angeles.

The roundtable will take place at 11 a.m. at the Lanterman Regional Center, 3303 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles.

VOTING VICTORY: A free and public 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, including a re-enactment of signing the legislation, will be hosted by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego. Suggested attire is 1950’s and 60’s clothing to represent the Civil Rights Era.

Weber will be joined by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. Lori Shellenberger, voting rights director of the California Voting Rights Project, will expound on the voting challenges some still face today. And Dr. Dorothy Smith will share her experiences of life in the segregated South.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Bayview Baptist Church in San Diego.