With the nation still reeling from the shootings in Dallas and grappling with issues of race and law enforcement, a march is scheduled to proceed to the Capitol to protest the killing of Alton Sterling by police in Baton Rouge.
A Facebook event for the march, titled the “#Standing4BlackLives March” had over 1,100 people attending as of Sunday. The Facebook posting said marchers would gather at Crocker Park at 4 p.m. and march to stand in front of the Capitol because no permit was obtained to hold an event on Capitol property.
The Capitol shut down early on Friday because of another march, which was peaceful.
“We just wanted to protest because we were very frustrated with the police brutality and injustice that is happening,” Brianna Marie, 18, one of the event organizers said Friday.
POLITICAL CLIMATE: The Environmental Justice Advisory Committee and the Air Resources Board are holding a meeting in San Bernardino, the first of several “local community” meetings around the state to discuss California’s climate plan. The theme of the meetings is “Clean Air, Clean Energy, Livable Communities.”
The first environmental committee was convened by the ARB in 2007 to advise the board in implementing the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). The committee was reconvened in 2013 to advise on the Scoping Plan Update.
Environmental issues have played a key role in a San Bernardino County Assembly race between incumbent Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, and fellow Democrat Eloise Gomez Reyes. Brown was one of several Democrats who broke with Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate President Kevin de León last year over a provision in Senate Bill 350 that would have halved petroleum use by vehicles. Environmental and labor groups have endorsed Reyes but Brown’s campaign committee has received a $1 million donation from an independent committee funded by Chevron and others.
The meeting is set from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the San Bernardino Associated Governments.
POWER MOVE: The California Public Utilities Commission is holding the first of a series of public participation hearings in Bakersfield over PG&E’s request to increase rates beginning in 2017. If the request is approved, PG&E will increase revenue by $2.305 billion via successive rate increases in 2017, 2018 and 2019. On its website, PG&E said the proposal would increase the average customer’s monthly bill by $3 ($2 for electricity and $1 for natural gas) and will fund, among other things, smart grid technology and faster response times for customers.
The hearings are set for 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Bakersfield City Hall.