Assemblyman Jerry Hill earned a 100 percent score on the California League of Conservation Voters 2012 Environmental Scorecard for his votes on important environmental and public health legislation that the organization tracked during the most recent legislative year. More information on Hill’s scores is available from the California League of Conservation Voters at:
Assemblyman Jerry Hill has honored Pacifica Beach Coalition (PBC) with the 19th Assembly District’s Environmental Leadership Award for PBC's many years of volunteer service in the community.Hill presented the award to PBC President Lynn Adams at "Java with Jerry," a community gathering on October 27 at Mazzetti’s Bakery in Pacifica.
“San Mateo County is rich in natural beauty, and some of its greatest treasures are here in Pacifica, with its more than six miles of beaches and shoreline habitats,” Hill said. “Much of it is staggeringly beautiful, and were it not for some key organizations in the community and their members, those very beaches could well be a staggering mess. Today, I’d like to recognize an organization that has been a great environmental leader, working with the city and residents – that’s the Pacifica Beach Coalition.”
Founded in 1997, PBC expanded its annual Earth Day in 2005 into a citywide event to remove litter from the streets before it reaches the beaches.PBC's Earth Day 2012 cleanup brought more than 8,100 people to Pacifica beaches and creeks, and Coastal Cleanup Day drew more than 1,100 volunteers.
Since 2005, almost 35,000 volunteers have participated in PBC's annual Earth Day and Coastal Cleanup Day projects, removing more than 115,000 pounds of garbage from Pacifica beaches, creeks, parks, parking lots, and streets.
PBC has five monthly cleanups at Pacifica beaches, and special activities throughout the year, like gathering 35 gallons of fireworks debris by two members on the Fourth of July, and cleanup of more than 250 pounds of plastic bags and other trash from Pacifica’s “Secret Waterfall” after the first heavy rain.
PBC praises Hill for his support of efforts to reduce waste and preserve the imperiled Pacific leatherback sea turtle. Hill was among lawmakers who voted for legislation by Assemblyman Paul Fong (AB 1776) to declare the Pacific leatherback sea turtle California’s official state marine reptile. Under the new law, October 15 is now officially Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day.
Caption for photo above: Left to right, Pacifica Beach Coalition members Tom Whitaker and Steve Fairbairn, Coalition President Lynn Adams, and Assemblyman Jerry Hill.
Pacifica Beach Coalition (PBC) and the city's Public Works Department once again have come to the rescue of the Secret Waterfall, collecting 243 pounds of trash after the first big rain, mostly plastic bags. Styrofoam pieces were too numerous and too small to collect.
PBC's Ian Butler had called an alert, and within an hour the city's Public Works Department had six guys down at the waterfall helping PBC members pick up washed-out bags and debris. Ian says, "Unfortunately, this was only a tiny fraction of what was washed out to sea."
Public Works is investigating the sources of Styrofoam waste that flushes out of storm drains with each rain. The investigation includes businesses on Hickey. Public Works is seeking funding to put in a storm drain catchment device by Fairmont Park for the largest stormwater pipe going to the Secret Waterfall. It recently installed such catchment devices at seven other storm drains that flow to the waterfall.
Related News: Esplanade Beach cleanups are on the second Thursday afternoon of each month. Please spread the word to students, retirees, and those looking for a weekday cleanup. Email Lynn Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and get more information about all Pacifica Beach Coalition cleanups, restorations, and other events and volunteer activities. To appreciate the significance of beach cleanups, see:
Democratic Assemblyman Jerry Hill, running vigorously for a new state Senate seat to represent some 800,000 people from Brisbane to Sunnyvale, took questions from Pacificans at a crowded Mazzetti's Bakery event October 27.
Speaking at his "Java with Jerry" event, Hill endorsed Proposition 30, saying that schools would be badly hurt if the revenue measure fails. He said that he has refused to make any promises on taxes and the budget, whether sought from tax opponents or education advocates.
Hill presented a "thank you" certificate to the Pacifica Beach Coalition for its work in cleaning up Pacifica's four beaches, and recalled his own legislation to ban polystyrene (Styrofoam) takeout containers, which did not pass due to manufacturer opposition. (California has two polystyrene manufacturing plants.)
When asked how he works with lobbyists, Hill said that only a few lobbyists act as if they are owed something, and that most of them provide legislators with useful information.
Hill also commented on his extensive work following the tragic San Bruno gas explosion, saying that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is too close to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), and that reforms are necessary.
Hill noted that he has written to Caltrans about the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for widening Highway 1. In his letter, he called for studying all alternatives to widening.
(Editor's Note: At least 200 public comments to Caltrans suggested novel solutions to the Highway 1 traffic problem, but Caltrans apparently has ignored them all in the planning process so far. Stay tuned.)
As an assemblyman, Hill already has represented 68 percent of what will become the new Senate District 13, although Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, and Sunnyvale would be new cities for him if he is elected state senator.