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Henry Stern is Protecting our Environment

Henry Stern leads the charge on defending our precious natural resources, cleaning our beaches, and training new generations of leaders to grow the movement.

  • Served as Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee since 2018, dedicated to conserving public lands, wetlands, and lakes; regulating oil, mining, and geothermal development; reducing ocean and bay pollution; and managing water supply.
  • Serves on the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, managing environmental health, air and water quality, recycling, and hazardous materials.
  • Closing SoCalGas’ Aliso Canyon gas storage site in the North San Fernando Valley.
  • Cleaning up the radioactive waste site at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.
  • Ended single-use plastics in the district.
  • Introduced the Neighborhood Oil and Gas Drilling Community Rights Act (SB 406), which gives all Californians access to maps of hidden wells and their pollution and enforcement history, and the Keep California Wild Act (SB 790), which creates habitat corridors that would buffer mountain lions from extinction and protect California’s native biodiversity.

Henry Stern is Tackling Homelessness

Henry Stern sees housing as a fundamental human right and is committed to creating better and more nuanced engagement tools to reach people unhoused and in dire need. Living safely in the community shouldn’t be a privilege reserved for the few. To confront the mental health crisis that dehumanizes those suffering in the streets, Stern has fought to provide teams of field psychiatrists, social workers, and other frontline experts in the care economy to meet and treat people where they are.

The 2021 California State Budget, which Stern helped shape, prioritizes solutions to homelessness and affordable housing by investing:

  • $12 billion in new funding to end family homelessness in the next five years.
  • Nearly $6.5 billion to help California renters stay in their homes. Low-income renters who are unable to pay their rent and are threatened with eviction will have 100% of their back rent paid and will be protected from eviction for a time.
  • $40 million for homeless youth emergency services including mental health care, housing stabilization, and employment training.
  • $500 million for affordable housing projects at University of California, Cal State University, and California Community College campuses.

“Addressing chronic homelessness in Los Angeles County means we need relentless engagement with guaranteed resources and support to help individuals live safely in the community.”

–Henry Stern

“I’m more hopeful than ever that we can create a resilient, clean, abundant, and affordable future for all of us living in Los Angeles County and then scale our innovations to put the rest of the country on track to survive.”

–Henry Stern

Henry Stern is Reversing Climate Change

The mark of an effective leader is the determination to find the path that allows us to prevail against seemingly impossible stakes. That’s Henry Stern in the face of the climate emergency. A studied member of the Senate Climate Change Policies Committee, Stern knows what it will take to reach a net-negative emissions target by 2030 – a decisive transition to clean energy – and he is working hard building the movement to get us there. Likewise, Stern knows how to stand up to powerful special interests like Big Oil because he’s done it for decades. For this year’s legislative session, Stern has introduced the following climate change bills:

  • The Grid Reliability Through Clean Energy Act (SB 423), which charts a roadmap for 100% renewable energy by building zero-carbon baseload power to replace old fossil fuel and nuclear plants that spew pollution and shut down during heat waves and cold snaps.
  • The California Electric Vehicle Authority (SB 551) aims to position California as the global leader in jobs and investment in the manufacture of electric cars, buses, trucks, and their batteries, as well as the construction of the accompanying charging infrastructure.
  • The Oil and Gas Workforce Safety Act (SB 419), which ensures that workers who clean up and manage California oil and gas sites aren’t outsourced or paid substandard wages.

Henry Stern is Responding to the Pandemic

Addressing the aftershocks of COVID-19, Senator Stern worked with fellow lawmakers to provide relief to those families most affected. The Golden State Stimulus Program provided:

  • People earning less than $75,000 a year with payments of $600 to $1,100.
  • Small businesses and nonprofits have access to a pool of $5.5 billion in grant money to help them deal with the impact of the pandemic. These grants were on top of $6.5 billion in tax relief California businesses received earlier.
  • $2.7 billion for transitional kindergarten programs to support working families through additional education and childcare options.
  • $54 million for a lunch program that covers all public school students to ensure no child goes hungry while at school.
  • Funding for 200,000 new childcare slots across the state.
  • $4.7 billion for special education programs.
  • $40 million for clinical laboratories to provide care to low-income patients, allowing them to see a clinician, receive testing, and obtain other essential medical services.

“Though we can’t make up for the lives that were lost during this terrible pandemic, what we, as a state government, can do is take the unexpected multibillion-dollar budget surplus we have and use it to change and improve people’s lives.”

–Henry Stern

“The accelerating wildfire crisis is now a year-round threat, but our risk can be managed. If we collectively stop developing homes on our most fire-prone lands and start to finance smart climate solutions, we can survive wildfires and chip away at our greenhouse gas debt in the process.”

–Henry Stern

Henry Stern is Preventing Wildfire

The top seven largest fires in California history have occurred since 2017. Rising temperatures and increasing drought conditions mean wildfires are now larger, more destructive, and more intense. Senator Stern is one of our most influential advocates for a fire-safe California. He worked to pass this year’s Wildfire Working Group budget deal, a landmark allocation of $536 million for fire prevention with another $1 billion to fund boots on the ground for clearing thousands of acres of vegetation and constructing dozens of fire breaks. The wildfire prevention legislation he authored this year includes:

  • The Public Safety Power Shutoff Prevention and Disclosure Act (SB 533), forces utilities to: maintain electrical lines and equipment to minimize the risk of catastrophic wildfire and disclose their scheduled PSPS events to communities, small businesses, schools, and local governments.
  • The Wildfire Resilience Through Community and Ecology Act (SB 63), empowers people to prevent wildfires by volunteering for training with local fire corps, home hardening, removing flammable, invasive plants, and creating nature-based fire breaks with plants native to the chaparral.
  • The state’s first comprehensive effort to prevent loss of life and property by stopping risky new development in wildfire zones (SB 12).

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