I don’t need to tell you what you already know. It hasn’t rained much here this winter, and it’s been unseasonably hot throughout the state. For these reasons, and with my full support, Governor Jerry Brown has called a state of emergency due to the ongoing drought. If the drought continues, we face serious threats to our economy, the environment, and the habits of anyone who uses water. And the current drought is just one of several environmental challenges California faces.
On March 29, I will host an event right here in our community that details the current state of affairs with respect to the environment in California and locally. Presenters will provide valuable forecasts as to how current trends will affect future decisions in our community, in everything from development, transportation, and the food we eat. We will also provide some not-so-obvious tips on how each of us can do our part. Our community is pretty environmentally conscious, and I am constantly so thankful for that. But I promise that even the most educated among us can learn something at this event.
Participants include the Environmental Defense Fund, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Policy, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and our own Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I hope you will join us March 29, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Griffith Park Visitor Center.
Finally, as issues of climate and water use become more prominent in the public dialogue, it is important that you always have a voice who represents your values on this topic. If you or someone you know is not registered to vote, you can now do so online, by visiting http://registertovote.ca.gov/.
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