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CALCOAST Restoring California's Coast and Watersheds
Issue: 021017 February 10, 2017

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You have received this e-newsletter from the California Coastal Coalition (CalCoast™), a non-profit advocacy group comprised of 35 coastal cities; five counties; SANDAG, BEACON and SCAG; private sector partners and NGO's, committed to protecting and restoring California's coastline through beach sand restoration, increasing the flow of natural sediment, wetlands recovery, improved water quality, watershed management and the reduction of marine debris and plastic pollution. When possible, we try to post articles that are not protected by pay walls.  

Editor's Notes

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The 2018 Race for Governor Heats Up on the Dem Side
State Treasurer John Chiang's campaign for governor may be gaining some steam. Earlier this week, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) endorsed Chiang, whose campaign finance reports released last week showed he raised $4.2 million in 2016, almost matching the money raked in last year by Democratic rival Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Newsom announced his candidacy to replace Gov. Brown two years ago and he leads the field in overall fundraising, but fellow Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa joined the race last November and quickly showed his political strength by raising $2.7 million in less than two months. But pundits warn against ruling out Democrat Delaine Eastin, a former California superintendent of public instruction, and self-funded candidate and environmental activist Tom Steyer, but Dan Schnur, a professor at USC's Annenberg School for Communication, pointed out that Chiang has won three statewide elections, one for treasurer and two earlier races for controller, and said his fundraising and endorsements "make him an even bet in the field" and "the undervalued stock in the governor's race." [Source: The Los Angeles Times]

GOP Chairman Vows to do Away With EPA "Secret Science"

The Republican chairman of the House science committee vowed last Tuesday to do away with the EPA's "secret science" in an effort to make the agency "great again." "Legitimate science should underlie all actions at the agency, from research to regulations, and be an integral part of justifying their actions," said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, in holding a hearing last Tuesday titled "Making EPA Great Again." He said he would be re-introducing a bill from last Congress that would force the agency to make the scientific basis of its regulations transparent. The GOP has dubbed the lack of transparency at the EPA "secret science." "Unfortunately, over the last eight years, the EPA has pursued a political agenda, not a scientific one," the Texas Republican said, noting under Trump "there is now an opportunity to right the ship at the EPA and steer the agency in the right direction." ["Source: The Washington Examiner]

Vacation Schedule
We will be on vacation next week, so although we will not publish the CalCoast WAVE next Friday, important news articles and other information will be posted to our website during the week. 
Funding Opportunity from CA Sea Grant
The California Sea Grant College Program is now soliciting preliminary proposals for projects to begin on/after February 1, 2018. Faculty and academic staff from universities and scientists from research institutions throughout California are invited to apply. More information is available here.

New Funding from USC Sea Grant
USC Sea Grant is now accepting preliminary proposals for projects of one or two years' duration beginning February 1, 2018. Preliminary Proposals are due March 23, 2017 by 5 PM PST. Projects should focus on topics pertaining to the "Urban Ocean," USC Sea Grant's primary focus. University faculty and academic staff at California academic or research institutions are eligible to apply, and we encourage interdisciplinary and inter-institutional projects from researchers in the natural sciences, social sciences, and engineering. More information about this RFP, including an application form, is available here
Coastal Commission News  Commission  
Policy & Political News  StateLeg
Federal appeals court rules 3 to 0 against Trump on travel ban

Sen. Harris' 1st bill seeks legal counsel for refugees

Governors send list of more than 300 infrastructure projects to Trump administration

California Republicans ask Trump administration to block bullet train funding

The fight's on in 4 local districts where GOP lawmakers represent people who voted for Hillary

'There's my Kevin': McCarthy emerges as Trump's trusted link to Capitol Hill

Trump: 'California in many ways is out of control'

California bill would require caps tethered to plastic bottles

Some Californians can't afford to go to the beach, and lawmakers want to change that

California Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) Announces Overhaul of State Water Management

Republican John Cox exploring run for California governor

California projects on table for possible Trump infrastructure package

Editorial: California secession is a colossally stupid idea

Op-Ed: Political Road Map: There's a $368-billion reason why California depends on the federal government

Op-Ed: Board of Equalization hijinks make case for tax agency overhaul 
Drought, Water & Wetlands News Water_Wetlands  
Beach & Coastal News Coastal  
Desalination plant reportedly on list of Trump's priority projects

Op-Ed: Proposal to Drill Off Santa Barbara (Apparently) Squashed

Number of Monarchs Overwintering in California Remains Low

Lawmakers urge regulators to delay plans for Oxnard power plant

Coastal Commission objects to Anthony's replacement

The annual race to save sea lions ... and one who can't be saved

Honda Establishes Marine Science Foundation in Southern California to Support Coastal Preservation

Once-in-a-generation drawing for LA and Long Beach port jobs abruptly cancelled

USACE Defers Dredging of Richmond Outer Harbor

California Western Monarch Day held at Pismo State Beach Butterfly Grove in Pismo Beach

Santa Cruz harbor mouth dredging makes headway, director says

Supervisors oppose marine sanctuary following contentious debate 
Local Government News Local_Gov_News
Climate Change & Environmental News ClimateChange
Announcements Announcements
BOEM: Help Shape the Future of Ocean Science Research
Help shape the future of ocean science research by submitting your thoughts on the structure and content on the next 10-year ocean research plan. The Division of Environmental Sciences at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology are accepting input on the upcoming plan. Read more here.

News From California Sea Grant

California Sea Grant (CSG) has published it February newsletter. Topics include CSG sending four Knauss Fellows to Washington, D.C., ocean ecosystems bouncing back from climate change stress and what makes them special, a federal grant that helps Ventura meet its growing need for aquaculture, an award of funds to track ocean acidification, and more. Access CSG news here. 
Events Events
The Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival
The Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival will be held this Saturday on the grounds of the Milt Brandt Visitors Center. An estimated 6,000 people attended the festival last year. More information is available here.

Fourth Annual Zero Waste Symposium: Champions of the Triple Bottom Line
Zero Waste San Diego is hosting the Fourth Annual Zero Waste Symposium: Champions of the Triple Bottom Line on Tuesday, February 21st 2017. This year's symposium will focus on the successes of businesses that have unlocked the profound benefits of the "triple bottom line," a management principle and corporate mindset that places equal importance on maximizing profit, benefitting people and preserving the environment for current and future generations. More information about this event is available here.

UC Riverside Conference to Focus on Solar Energy
California leads the nation in solar energy, with more than 580,000 projects and 4,500 megawatts installed statewide. To achieve even higher penetration, researchers, the solar industry, and government leaders are turning their attention to new technologies that will improve the performance of solar energy projects and lower their costs. The latest breakthroughs and how they can be leveraged in the Inland Empire will be discussed at UC Riverside's third annual solar conference, "Solar Energy Directions for Inland Southern California: Where is it Going?," which is set for Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Bourns Technology Center, 1200 Columbia Ave., Riverside, 92507. More information is available here.

USGBC-LA New "GPRO" Program Enhances Job Skills, Opportunities to Building Professionals
The U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles chapter (USGBC-LA) is launching its first round of "green professionals", or GPRO, classes that target on-the-ground building professionals who seek to integrate green practices into their core knowledge, and expand their skills to fit a wider range of jobs, as the construction industry moves further toward a sustainable built environment.  "GPRO: Fundamentals of Building Green" to be held on April 7, 2017, at Southern California Edison's Irwindale Training Center, is the first class open to the public.  For more information and to sign up, click here.

P3 Water Summit
Public-private partnerships (P3s) have seen much recent success in delivering critical infrastructure across the country. Today alternate delivery models are providing communities new tools and ways to address their water system challenges. Join us for 2 days on the latest modes of water infrastructure delivery. The Summit will focus on P3 development, project management, and networking for owners, system managers, and industry professionals. More information is available here

NWQMC Webinar Series-Changing Pesticide Use: Challenges for Water-Quality Monitoring and Ecological Implications

This webinar will be offered on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at 1:00 pm ET (10:00 am PT). Pre-registration is required for this event. To register, please click here. Once your registration has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the Webinar. If you miss the webinar and would like to view it later, please visit our YouTube page to view our archive of webinars or visit our website for more information. 
Employment Opportunities Jobs
For more information about positions listed here and positions listed in previous editions of the WAVE, visit CalCoast's Employment webpage.

Storm Surge Modeling Opportunity With AIR Worldwide
AIR Worldwide is actively seeking to fill a Storm Surge Modeling position in Boston, MA. However, exceptional candidates can alternatively work from one of our offices in Canada. This position provides the opportunity to work on statistical and numerical models to assess the risk of storm surge induced by tropical and extra-tropical cyclones worldwide. Candidates with the experience of developing hydrodynamic models in Linux environment are encouraged to apply. Experience with statistical modeling and analysis is a big plus.
Communications Coordinator

California Sea Grant is seeking a dynamic communications professional to help tell the story of our outstanding marine research, extension and education programs. 
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