Saltzman, Rebecca

Rebecca Saltzman is the Online Organizer & Program Associate for the California League of Conservation Voters.

Legislative Session Concludes with Environmental Progress and Hurdles

By Rebecca Saltzman

California League of Conservation Voters

The first year of the 2013-14 legislative session concluded in the wee hours last Friday morning. In the final days of the session the legislature considered a number of CLCV's and the environmental community's priority bills, many of which we had been working on since the early days of the year with the help of our members and allies.

Commuter Benefits: How a Bill With Bipartisan Support Turned Into a Partisan Fight

By Rebecca Saltzman

At the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), we often know early on what bills will be contentious in the legislature. We plan ahead and work on securing votes of legislators who are on the fence. But at other times, good bills seem to be sailing through. This was the case with SB 582, which would establish a commuter benefit pilot program. Unfortunately though, the key word here is "was".

The pilot program would allow metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) and local air districts to jointly adopt a regional commute benefit requirement. Employers in these regions would have the following options:

  • Give employees the option to pay for their transit, vanpooling or bicycling expenses with pre-tax dollars, as currently allowed by federal law;
  • Offer employees a transit or vanpool subsidy up to $75 per month;

Green California: Working Together to Win Legislative Victories For The Environment

Rebecca Saltzman
California League of Conservation Voters

Sometimes the most exciting work of California's environmental movement happens in what might not be regarded as an exciting venue: the state Capitol building in Sacramento.

CLCV's sister organization, CLCV Education Fund, formed and facilitates Green California, a powerful network of more than 75 environmental, public health and social justice organizations. Together we plan, strategize and work collaboratively in order to speak to the state legislature and regulatory agencies with a unified voice on issues impacting California’s air, water and natural resources.