Should we favor oil companies over pure water during this extended drought?
State Sen. Fran Pavley thinks not.
“I cannot gamble when our groundwater may be polluted because of a lack of oversight,” she explains.
So committed to pure drinking water is she that — in an uncharacteristic move — she broke with Gov. Brown’s state budget plans last month when she opposed $3.5 million in funding of an energy company regulatory agency known for looking the other way at fracking violations.
The state budget conference committee was considering this issue this week and has not yet released information on its recommendation, but Pavley will be available to discuss the potential outcome following a Legislative Update on Saturday when she speaks at the Malibu Democratic Club Second Saturday Series.
Instead of allocating the funds to the much maligned Conservation Department’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), which has plans to use the money for 23 “experts and other technicians,” Pavley wants legislation earmarking the money for the State Water Resources Control Board.
When Former State Sen. Tom Hayden spoke at the Dem Club series last April, he criticized DOGGR as “look –the-other-way agency,” and said that although reforms were being made, “ . . . there is no reason the agency should exist and I doubt how effective the reforms can be.”
The Malibu Dem Club’s Second Saturday Series featuring Pavley will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Malibu Public Library, 23519 Civic Center Way. The talk is free of charge and open to the community.
Pavley also will provide information on her the more stringent climate change standards she is adding to her landmark bill, SB 32, in effect since 2006, which required the state to drop greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. This year’s supplement to that bill aims to curb such gas pollution 80% below the 1990 levels by 2050, and 40% below that standard by 2030.
In other environmental news, Pavley will describe progress on a plan to invigorate cougars in the Santa Monica Mountains. Pavley was among several local lawmakers and heads of conservation agencies to help find funding for a $1.2 million Cougar and wildlife crossing of the 101 Freeway. The underpass, at the Liberty Canyon site of the 101 Freeway, will be a safe way for male Mountain Lions from the Simi Hills and Los Padres National Forest to make their way into the mountains surrounding Malibu where they will be able to mate with felines from a different gene pool.
Pavley also will provide details of traffic safety measures scheduled for PCH as a result of a $235,250 safety corridor grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. To obtain the grant, Pavley worked closely with Malibu City Councilmembers as well as Congressman Ted Lieu, and Assemblymember Richard Bloom. Grant goals include speed reduction, safer pedestrian crossings, public education on bicycle laws, and DUI detection.