I'm in Sacramento this week working on the climate bills. Sadly, leaders decided to remove the petroleum section from SB 350 last night. It hasn't had any votes yet but with the petroleum section removed, I expect it will pass easily today or Friday.
We've had two votes on SB 32 on the Assembly side so far. The first came up late Tuesday afternoon, and was a surprise to many - it apparently wasn't coordinated with the Pro Tem office, and the green groups were shocked. It failed on a vote, first, of 24-34, then 25-33, then 28-33, with 18 Dem abstentions. Jacqui Irwin was one of the abstentions.
Jacqui's staffer assured me that she didn't have a chance to vote, and should have, but then got busy with other things, and it's the staffer's fault, not hers. Although this sounds like a fairly BS excuse, I'm inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt because of the surprise nature of the vote, and the general knowledge that it wasn't a final vote.
SB 32 came up for a second vote Wed. - a motion for reconsideration, which is normally a procedural vote where all Dems or all members just say "aye." The vote was 43-29, with 8 Dem abstentions. This time Jacqui voted "aye."
Keep on calling her office, but let's not be angry with her.
And thanks to those who have been calling. I'm extraordinarily busy but I do see and hear it.
On a very positive note, yesterday the University of California announced that it was divesting its $91 billion endowment from both coal and oil sands. This is a direct result of SB 185 passing last week, which you might recall was my brainchild and began with a resolution in Ventura County, so I am taking some pride in it. So here's some media coverage of SB 185.