It was great to be in the district with you this week. On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to give a legislative update to a group of constituents. The opportunity to reflect on all my team and I have accomplished in the past year is humbling and exciting. Thanks to hard work and dedication, we were able to secure over $20 million for the 1st Assembly District. I am especially moved by the $7 million going to help Greenville rebuild their sewer and water infrastructure. With this in place, they will be able to move forward with rebuilding their community.
Afterward, my staff and I attended the grand opening of Branch House, a new riverfront restaurant by the Sundial Bridge. The North State is full of such beauty – from the peak of Mount Shasta to the Sacramento River. We need more opportunities like this one, to relish in the natural beauty of our district and enjoy time with members of our communities. Congratulations to the Branch House team on a successful grand opening!
Assemblywoman Megan Dahle
This week, Senate Bill 1020 was signed by Governor Newsom. SB 1020 will accelerate California’s zero-carbon electricity mandate by 10 years, requiring state agencies to use 100% zero-carbon energy before 2036 (original date of 2046).
These new requirements don’t provide a realistic timeline to meet the climate goals without jeopardizing reliability. Under this new law, our power grid will become more unreliable. Currently, the state’s wind and solar energy output is unreliable and far from the capacity needed to generate enough electricity to power our state. If California retires traditional forms of electricity generation before the renewable forms of energy can sufficiently replace our existing energy infrastructure, we are going to experience more flex alerts and potentially more blackouts across the state.
It will also exacerbate California’s affordability crisis by increasing taxpayer costs. It is estimated to cost $30.5 billion to transition to clean electric power. Californians already pay the highest electricity costs in the contiguous United States. While I support pragmatic climate goals, it’s important to be smart in our approach to not jeopardize grid reliability and ensure that it doesn’t cause financial hardship for California families.
If you have any ideas for next year’s legislation you’d like to share with my office, please reach out by responding to this email. Read more about how my staff and I are staying informed on important climate issues below.
|Climate Change: American River Basin Study|
Staff joined local experts to listen to the newly-released American River Basin Study, one of the most sophisticated evaluations of climate change impacts on water supplies in California to date. The study, developed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in partnership with local water agencies, paints a dire picture of climate change’s projected impacts on water supply, water quality, ecological resilience, and critical habitat within the American River Basin. The meeting began with Congresswoman Doris Matsui who was later joined by study partners the Bureau of Reclamation, PCWA, City of Roseville, City of Sacramento, City of Folsom, Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, El Dorado Water Agency, and the Regional Water Authority. The recording of the webinar and materials can be found here.
This week, staff attended a meeting to help understand the new updates to student loans and how to apply for loan forgiveness. Topics included final extension of the student loan repayment pause, public service loan forgiveness, and updates to the Biden-Harris Administration’s Student Debt Relief Plan. The recording of the webinar here and materials can be found here.
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