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Marin Voice: State representatives urge support of climate resilience plan

As we face escalating and ever-more uncertain climate-change challenges with dire consequences, the need for adaptation and resilience now and for future generations cannot be overstated. A climate resilience bond being considered for the November 2024 general election by the state Legislature represents the chance for California voters to take action.

Toxic Dust Threatens California Salmon Population, Lawmaker Seeks Solution

Assemblymember Diane Papan (D-San Mateo) recently introduced legislation — AB 1798 — that would mandate the state’s leading transportation agency to devise a plan for naturally removing the toxic tire particles, known as 6PPD-quinone, before they slip into waterways and kill fish. While the state has already asked the tire industry to develop alternatives for the chemicals in every tire sold in California, Papan’s plan seeks to clean up the pollution from the cars already on the road.

Papan prepared for brand-new Assembly role

Will be sworn in Monday, and set to prioritize water and climate issues

Following her recent victory in the November elections, newly-elected Assemblymember Diane Papan is preparing to represent San Mateo County in the recently formed 21st Assembly District…

“I’m tremendously honored to have the opportunity to serve,” Papan said. “We’ve got a lot of challenges ahead, and we are going to work very hard. My goal is to work together on our most pressing needs.”

…Her immediate policy focus is on water supply and drought, climate resilience through Bay adaptation investments to deal with the increased risk of flooding, and affordable housing.

Papan Bill to Regulate Peer to Peer Car Rental Services

Assembly Bill 893 will ensure that vehicles rented through third party platforms similarly pay local and state fees that support vital public services, placing the peer to peer platforms on a level playing field with traditional car rental services. These include local levies such as those imposed in San Mateo County that help address local needs and fees supporting the California Office of Tourism which markets California as a destination, helping to attract billions of dollars in spending by visitors.

Government Watch

Assembly Bill 246, a bill to remove toxic chemicals from menstrual products introduced by Assemblymember Diane Papan, D-San Mateo, was approved May 15 by the California Assembly by a vote of 64-0.

In California, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances class chemicals have already been removed from clothing, children’s toys, cookware and food packaging but remain in many menstrual products. AB 246 will remove these chemicals from menstrual products, according to Papan’s office.

Protecting our water for everyone

Climate change is already harming California — and that means too little and sometimes too much water. Water management has never been simple in California. And it’s not getting easier.

With our varied and now wildly alternating climate, California’s 40 million residents and the largest agricultural economy in the nation face risks on many fronts. Water is our most critical resource for cities and farms. It is also the lifeblood of our rivers and the San Francisco Bay-Delta.