CAL Fire Awards Urban Forestry Grants to Sacramento to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D – Sacramento) announced today the Sacramento area recipients of Urban Forestry Grants awarded by CAL FIRE.  These grants were awarded statewide for the purpose of improving urban forests and reducing greenhouse gas emissions while beautifying California for generations to come.

“Urban Forestry Grants helps trees and new plantings that in turn provide us with cleaner air and water, a reduction of storm water run-off, and cooler summer temperatures,” said Assemblymember McCarty. “Trees play a vital role in reducing greenhouse gasses and help maintain Sacramento’s reputation as the City of Trees.”

Another View: Legislature gave UC budget options to achieve

The Sacramento Bee’s editorial, “State, UC disappoint with budget tricks” (June 28), regarding the UC budget seems to scold the Legislature for not simply writing a blank check with no oversight or direction. Context is needed to understand why this budget is the most generous in nearly a decade, while asking UC to reprioritize access for California students.

Let’s start with this: We support UC and UC students. Beginning with a plan proposed last November by Speaker Toni Atkins, the Assembly sought to boost funding for UC over Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 4 percent increase.

UC Davis, other campuses boost nonresident enrollment

University of California campuses are accepting fewer freshmen from California this fall,making good on a threat to boost revenues with out-of-state tuition if lawmakers did not provide more funding.

UC Davis will have one of the largest increases of nonresident freshmen among the UC campuses – 2,100 more than in 2014 – if all of them show up, according to information released Thursday.UC Davis has sent out 1,999 fewer acceptance letters to Californians than last fall.

State Awards Critical Water Conservation Grant to Sacramento

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D – Sacramento) is pleased to announce the City of Sacramento’s receipt of $2,500,000 from the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Water-Energy Grant Program for projects to reduce water use, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions.

“In the fourth year of a severe drought, it is of critical importance that our community received this funding,” said Assemblymember Kevin McCarty. “Given that many Californians are taking steps to conserve water, it’s important we encourage and reward their efforts through these programs.”

Sacramento Leader’s Statement on Tower Bridge Proposal

Statement from Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D – Sacramento) and Senator Dr. Richard Pan (D – Sacramento) on Governor’s veto of Tower Bridge proposal:

Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D – Sacramento):

“Although I’m disappointed in the Governor’s veto of the Tower Bridge relinquishment proposal, I am very confident that the actual transfer-with funding-will still occur.  The Governor’s commitment to direct Caltrans to work with the cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento on a funding and policy plan sets up a framework for a successful resolution.”

Senator Dr. Richard Pan (D – Sacramento):

“As a major employer and participant in the Sacramento region’s economy, California State government should be investing in building a strong Sacramento.  Today the Governor approved policy regarding the relinquishment of the Tower Bridge.  This is a good first step in making sure State government is a good steward and partner with the Sacramento region. I am confident that we will come to an agreement that helps promote a thriving downtown economy that is good for the entire region.”

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