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August 27, 2023

There’s a major problem with the rebates to swap out gas-powered appliances Dems are touting

by Joe Garofoli

President Biden and every Democrat on the campaign trail will spend the next year bragging about the Inflation Reduction Act, which they universally tout as the “biggest climate action investment in history.” You will hear Democrats boast that the IRA, which was signed a year ago, includes $8.8 billion in tax credits and rebates to encourage people to buy energy-saving devices such as heat pumps.  What they won’t tell you on the campaign trail is …  Continue Reading

August 25, 2023

Rep. Huffman hosting ‘Coffee With Your Congressman’ in Willits Tuesday

Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) will be in Willits next week to allow local residents to have “Coffee With Your Congressman,” his office announced. According to a Friday press release, Huffman is scheduled to be at the Willits Fire Department, located at 74 E. Commercial St. in Willits beginning at 10:30 a.m. During the event, which is expected to take about an hour, residents will “have the opportunity to hear an update on (Huffman’s) work in Washington D.C.,” …  Continue Reading

August 24, 2023

Congressman Jared Huffman visits Petaluma High School

by Amelia Richardson

Students at Petaluma High School got a brief but action-packed visit Wednesday from U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, who toured the school’s wildlife museum before addressing questions on climate change and other topics. Huffman, D-San Rafael, spent about an hour at the school in the late morning of Tuesday, Aug. 23, greeting students, staff and local leaders before getting a tour of the Petaluma Wildlife Museum led by student docents. After seeing the museum’s exhibits as well as some …  Continue Reading

August 14, 2023

California’s planning a renewable energy project at a scale never before attempted in the world

by Wes Venteicher

EUREKA, Calif. — A 300-foot tall smokestack from a defunct paper mill looms over the port in Humboldt Bay, a relic of the timber industry that once defined the northwestern corner of California along with the struggling salmon fishing industry and sputtering marijuana trade. But a gust of optimism has arrived in Humboldt County over plans to develop offshore wind at a depth and scale never before attempted in the world – sparking hope and anxiety in a region that has lived through …  Continue Reading

August 09, 2023

Congressman Huffman pays Trinity a visit

Congressman Jared Huffman took a tour of Trinity High School early in the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 2. The tour of the campus was part of his visit to Trinity County where he also met with officials of Trinity Public Utilities District and dined with Trinity County Board of Supervisor members to get a better understanding of the issues facing Trinity County residents. Included on his tour of the campus were Trinity Alps Unified School District Supt. Jaime Green, Trinity County Office of …  Continue Reading

August 03, 2023

New art exhibit displays devastating effects of 2002 Klamath River fish kill, declining salmon population


A new exhibit at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka aims to provide a visualization of the devastating Fish Kill of 2002, as well as a celebration of the work currently being done to restore the continuously-declining salmon population in California rivers. The art exhibit comes as the California salmon populations are one of the lowest on record for the state. Earlier this year, both the commercial and recreational salmon seasons were canceled due to extremely low fish …  Continue Reading

July 27, 2023

What Democrats want to hear in Biden’s climate speech

by Theodoric Meyer and Leigh Ann Caldwell

What Democrats want to hear in Biden’s climate speech President Biden will address the punishing heat wave afflicting Washington and much of the rest of the country today — and some Democrats and climate activists want to see him use the moment to build support for further action on climate change. “He needs to speak to the path forward, and it’s got to be more than just bottled water and cooling centers for the elderly,” said Rep. Jared …  Continue Reading

July 26, 2023

Huffman joins GOP-led group to retool Endangered Species Act

by Nidhi Prakash

 California Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman, one of the House's most outspoken progressives, has joined a Republican-led group looking to overhaul the Endangered Species Act. House Natural Resources Republicans invited Democrats to be part of the effort. Huffman said he now expects to be included in the group's work. “I take you at your word that the Working Group is dedicated to a truly bipartisan, good faith review of the ESA and I look forward to collaborating on ideas to improve …  Continue Reading

July 25, 2023

MVP's deeper legal meaning

by James Bikales

WHO SAYS PARTISANSHIP IS ENDANGERED?: Progressive Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) is taking up an offer from House Natural Resources Chair Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) for Democrats to join a new Endangered Species Act working group. Westerman insists he made the offer in good faith despite it happening during a GOP-led hearing on the “destructive cost” of the ESA. But Huffman interpreted it as in jest, offering in his letter this morning to …  Continue Reading

July 18, 2023

Panel spotlights ESA costs as prelude to overhauling law

by Michael Doyle

House Republicans on Tuesday commemorated the Endangered Species Act’s 50th anniversary more with side-eye than champagne. In an afternoon hearing pointedly subtitled “The Destructive Cost of the ESA,” GOP lawmakers repeatedly assailed the landmark environmental law, at least as it is currently being put into practice. The complaints outnumbered specific legislative fixes, though those are reportedly coming. "After 50 years of the ESA, and untold billions of expenditures, …  Continue Reading

July 17, 2023

Republicans plan to target ESA’s 'destructive cost'

by Scott Streater

House Republicans are doubling down in opposition to the Endangered Species Act just days after releasing an Interior-Environment funding bill that would block several recent high-profile ESA listing decisions. The Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries will hold an oversight hearing Tuesday that will focus on what Republicans are calling the enormous costs and regulatory burdens created by the bedrock environmental law. The Endangered Species Act turns 50 years old …  Continue Reading

July 14, 2023

House Defense bill is loaded with bans on abortion care, trans health care and DEI initiatives

by Shira Stein

House Republicans are using an annual must-pass federal bill to target abortion access, gender affirming care and diversity initiatives in the military.  Those amendments led almost all House Democrats to oppose must-pass legislation authorizing defense funding and policies, a bill that included measures some of them championed. The legislation is largely used to pay for the military and allow it to continue operations, but like many Washington endeavors, is also used …  Continue Reading

July 12, 2023

Huffman presses Congress for special education funding

by Keri Brenner

A new bill to approve full federal funding for special education advanced by Marin Rep. Jared Huffman would help children in the county with special needs and free up school districts’ budgets for other programs, the county’s top education official said this week. “The historic underfunding of the IDEA has a major impact on local educational agency budgets,” said John Carroll, Marin superintendent of schools, referring to the Individuals with Disabilities Education …  Continue Reading

July 11, 2023

California in line to receive $67.5 million for grid resiliency projects

by Susan Wood

The U.S. Energy Department has tapped California as one of nine states to receive about a third of its designated $207.6 million in grants to improve grid resilience. Monday’s news comes as a precursor to an anticipated, punishing heat wave about to embark upon the North Bay, which is forecast to join the majority of the West in triple-digit temperatures by the end of the week. More than $67 million will be earmarked for projects in this round of funding for the Golden State under U.S. …  Continue Reading

July 11, 2023

Marin electric bus hub project gets $31.5M grant

by Will Houston

The Biden administration has awarded Marin Transit a grant of $31.5 million to construct a hub for its growing fleet of electric buses. The grant, the largest the agency has received, comes as Marin’s main local fixed-route bus operator and other transit agencies are working to replace their gas-powered fleets with all-electric or other no-emission replacements by the state’s 2040 target. Nancy Whelan, the general manager of Marin Transit, said the new hub, which would be able to …  Continue Reading

July 11, 2023

The NDAA’s dip into education

by Mackenzie Wilkes

SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDING BILL — Lawmakers reintroduced a bicameral bill to increase special education funding over the next 10 years. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rep. Jared Huffman’s (D-Calif.) bill, the IDEA Full Funding Act, would meet the federal government’s commitment to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. — The details: When the IDEA became law in 1975, Congress committed to paying 40 percent of …  Continue Reading

June 28, 2023

Marin Transit Awarded $31.5M For New Electric Bus Yard

by Lucas Combos

Marin Transit this week received its largest-ever grant, netting $31.5 million from the Federal Transit Administration to build a new maintenance tard for electric buses. The funds come from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and represent its largest transit grant awarded in California. Metro Transit said the money will allow for the construction of a new facility to maintain and charge up to 40 buses, improving efficiency for the county's growing zero-emission fleet. "We made a promise to …  Continue Reading

June 27, 2023

Rep. Huffman to host Town Hall Thursday on Mendocino Coast

Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) is scheduled to be on the Mendocino Coast Thursday, hosting a Town Hall in Gualala. According to a press release from Huffman’s office, the congressman will attend an “in-person town hall where he will provide an update on his work in Washington D.C. and take questions from participants. Constituents can also send questions in advance to The event is scheduled on June 29 from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m. at the Gualala Arts …  Continue Reading

June 21, 2023

House committee OKs bill to block BLM public lands rule

by Scott Streater

he House Natural Resources Committee approved legislation Wednesday to block the Bureau of Land Management from implementing a proposed public lands rule Republican lawmakers say is a veiled attempt to restrict energy development and other uses on federal lands. The full committee also approved a bill forbidding the Interior and Agriculture departments from banning lead ammunition and fishing tackle. The day's highlight was H.R. 3397, sponsored by Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah), which …  Continue Reading

June 18, 2023

Cartel-backed pot grows linked to California, Oregon human trafficking

by Beth Warren

TRINITY COUNTY, Calif. — If you buy weed illegally, you unwittingly could be supporting Mexican cartels and other criminal syndicates that lure workers to farms in Northern California and Southern Oregon, where they often suffer inhumane conditions and sometimes sexual abuse. Or worse. Some disappear, presumed murdered, their bodies discarded within the area's vast wilderness. Others are held against their will. Sometimes, workers' passports, visas or driver's licenses and …  Continue Reading

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