Press Releases

Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), healthcare and public safety professionals, patients and local elected officials gathered to support Skinner’s legislation, SB 687, aimed at limiting the closure of full service hospitals.  

This week, Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) introduced legislation to accelerate the uptake of EVs and other zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) deployed by ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. Dubbed “E-CAr” (Electrify California Rideshare), Skinner’s legislation would set zero-emission targets for rides arranged through Transportation Network Companies (TNCs). To give a boost to TNC drivers who want to use California’s ZEV incentives, the bill would direct funds specifically for rebates for TNC drivers.

Today we lost the single most important architect of California's energy leadership: Art Rosenfeld, who died peacefully today at his home in Berkeley. Dr. Rosenfeld, who was also my dear friend and mentor, created the field of energy efficiency. His pioneering work put energy efficiency front and center and charted the path for the scientific, technological, engineering and building science advancements, as well as the public policy innovations, that California, the US, and much of the world now almost take for granted.  

This week, Governor Brown released his Budget for 2017-18. While proposed General Fund expenditures are about the same level as the current fiscal year, the budget reflects reduced revenue and expenditures due to the Department of Finance’s estimate that state revenue for the first half of fiscal year 2016-17 is trending nearly $2 billion below last year’s projections.