California Political news and opnion from a liberal viewpoint.

AQMD’s Next Move: Banning wood-burning fireplaces in homes


Last week the Air Quality Management District Board voted 7-6 to issue a new rule banning beach fire pits within 700 feet of homes. AQMD Staff indicated that standing around a beach fire pit is equivalent to breathing the air from 3 diesel trucks or 800 cigarettes. The new regulations will coincidentally cause the removal of fire pits from Newport Beach, the ONLY city that has been advocating for their removal.

Gov. Brown and Sen. Steinberg Reverse Course to Restore Public Records Act

State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, left, and Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, right, with Gov. Jerry Brown during a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) (Rich Pedroncelli)

After two days of public outcry Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez announced that the Senate will take up the revised Senate Bill 71, which removes changes to the California Public Records Act, passed by the Assembly. The passage of the changes to the PRA had generated a firestorm of criticism from open government advocates and media outlets up and down the state.