The California Assembly will vote on SB 185 in mid-August, and constituents of Assembly Members around the state are meeting with them to urge a yes vote. On July 28, Assemblywoman Patty López, representing District 39 in Southern California, met with several of her constituents and pledged support for SB 185, which requires CalPERS and CalSTRS to divest from thermal coal companies.
López also pledged to vote for the entire climate package, which includes 11 other bills, when it reaches the Assembly next month. Among these companion bills are SB 32, which sets climate pollution reduction target to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050; and SB 350, which mandates 50% petroleum use reduction, 50% renewable utility power, and 50% increase in energy efficiency for buildings by 2030.
Fossil Free California and 350.org are working with climate partners all over California to set up similar meetings with other Assembly Members. Please join us and speak directly with your legislator about the importance of divestment and the crucial impact of SB 185 and the climate package. Email Carla West today to find out when and where a meeting will be held in your district.
Assemblywoman Patty López’s 39th Assembly District includes Arleta, North Hollywood, Mission Hills, Pacoima, San Fernando, Sunland, Sun Valley, Sylmar, and Tujunga. You can find out who your California Assembly Member is by clicking here.
Passing SB 185 and related climate bills is important for the future of California. As the first divestment bill in the nation to pass a state legislature and be signed into law, it will also inspire similar efforts. As Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León said when these bills were introduced: “California sets climate goals and accomplishes them with a positive impact on the economy and our health. Let’s continue showing the world how it’s done.”