Urgent: Don’t give up on AB1000 just yet!
Call California Senators Kevin DeLeon and Ricardo Lara this week and tell them to support AB1000, the California Desert Protection Act, and move it forward out of Committee. Tell them to do the right thing and protect our desert.
Background: AB1000 is legislation aimed to safeguard groundwater in California’s Mojave Desert that sustains wildlife and parks including Mojave Trails National Monument and Mojave National Preserve and wildlife. The legislation seeks to safeguard the desert from an unsustainable threat that has persisted for 20 years: the Cadiz Inc. water mining proposal. Cadiz Inc. seeks to pump 16 billion gallons of water each year for 50 years, from the heart of Mojave Trails National Monument and the aquifers connected to Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park. It is a reason Mojave Trails will likely be reduced by 500,000 acres. Many have collectively fought the Cadiz project for decades, but the Trump Administration is pulling out all the stops to move the project forward despite concerns raised by federal agencies and environmental groups.
Senators DeLeon and Lara held AB1000 from receiving a vote this past Friday, despite strong support from the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. BUT, the legislative session does not end until September 15th and we have information that indicates AB1000 still has a chance to move forward. Please call Senators Kevin DeLeon and Ricardo Lara and urge them to support and move the bill forward. Bonus: Tell DeLeon you won’t support him for Lt Governor if he kills this bill. Call them out on social media too, especially Twitter.
State Senator KEVIN de LEON, Speaker Pro Tempore
Capitol Office Tel: (916) 651-4024; Fax: (916) 651-4924
District Office Tel: (213) 483-9300; Fax: (213) 483-9305
State Senator Ricardo Lara
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4033
Huntington Park District Office: 323-277-4560
Long Beach District Office: 562-256-7921