California State Senator Scott Wiener just sent out a legislative update in a campaign donation request letter, touting his progressive agenda. His constituents may enjoy his leftist proclivities, but the rest of the state, the business community, the agriculture community, the financial sector, parents and rural voters may not feel like contributing to his campaign after reading his update.
Here is what his email Wednesday says:
Scott is fighting hard to advance our progressive agenda and take action on the issues that matter most. Here’s a quick update on his work in the State Senate:
- The Affordable Housing on Faith Lands Act – or the ‘Yes in God’s Back Yard’ bill – has advanced out of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee. This bill will be a significant engine for affordable housing.
- Scott’s legislation to streamline housing approvals and extend Senate Bill 35 – one of our state’s strongest tools to tackle the housing crisis – has passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.
- Scott’s bill to enact a temporary bridge toll to ensure Bay Area public transportation agencies can modernize and avoid service cuts has passed the Assembly Transportation Committee.
- Scott’s bill to decriminalize possession and use of plant-based psychedelics just passed its final policy committee, the Assembly Health Committee, with a bipartisan vote.
- And the Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act, which requires large corporations operating in California to report their greenhouse gas emissions to the public, has advanced out of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.
Scott is fighting for all of us – but he can’t do this without YOU.
Well, that’s good to know.
Let’s unpack some of this legislation.
The Affordable Housing on Faith Lands Act: Senate Bill 4 would allow low-income housing to be built on Church owned property ie. land owned by a religious institution, as well as land owned by nonprofit colleges. SB 4 would remove zoning restrictions and speed up approval processes. All workers will be under labor union Project Labor Agreements, dramatically escalating the cost of this “low-income” affordable housing.
Senate Bill 532 will authorize a temporary bridge toll to ensure Bay Area public transportation can stay afloat. Currently the cost to drive over state-owned Bay Area bridges is $7. If SB 532 is passed, the toll will go up to $8.50. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge toll is already $8.00. (FYI: The Golden Gate Bridge toll is $9.40).
These state-owned Bay Area bridges include:
- a) Antioch Bridge;
- b) Benicia-Martinez Bridge;
- c) Carquinez Bridges;
- d) Richmond-San Rafael Bridge;
- e) Dumbarton Bridge;
- f) San Mateo-Hayward Bridge; and,
- g) San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
Transit ridership is still far below January 2020 levels. Who wants to be stuck on a BART train with drug addicts and criminals, zombies and the insane, feces and urine, on their way to and from work?
Sugar coating just how dire transit ridership really is, SB 532 Bill analysis says, “In January of 2021, transit ridership nationally was at 48% of what it was prior to the pandemic. By the start of 2023, national ridership has returned to 73% of where it was pre-pandemic. The Pacific region of the United States has seen a smaller return to transit ridership than national trends, with ridership hovering at 67% of where it was pre-pandemic.” And that’s even overblown.
BART is fiscally and morally bankrupt – and Sen. Scott Wiener concludes that fares must be increased. (face palm: 🤦♀️)
But here’s the real kicker: According to Sen. Wiener, “Increased transit use is necessary to meet the state’s climate goals.” So expect a state mandate ordering you to ride public transit at least once a day.
You just can’t make this stuff up.
Senate Bill 253, SB 261, and SB 252 make up the Climate Accountability Package, modeled after the 2022 Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act, last year’s SB 260 which failed to pass. SB 260 mandated all companies with over $1 billion in gross annual revenue disclose and set up targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
These gems “Raise The Bar For Corporate Climate Action.”
SB 253 (Senator Wiener) will require all large corporations that do business in California to publicly disclose their greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. “It’s time for the corporate community to come clean about their progress toward meeting our climate goals,” said Senator Wiener.
SB 261 (Senator Stern) “is modeled on the climate disclosure rules used by CALSTRS and hundreds of major financial institutions, as well as Federal securities risk disclosures that focus on financial risk related to the climate crisis. It protects consumers that stand to lose billions of dollars collectively if financial institutions fail to account for new risks associated with climate change.”
SB 252 (Senator Gonzalez), “harnesses the power of California’s public investment funds, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), to push businesses to act on climate change while protecting these vital public funds from fossil fuels’ inherent volatility.”
All three bills are business killers – big business killers, authored by three lawmakers who have obviously never signed the front of a paycheck, or had any real employment responsibility.
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