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Harvard's Kennedy School Offers a New Public Leadership Credential
The credential program is comprised of six six-week online courses that offer in-depth training in the design and evaluation of public policy as well as an examination of the role and agency of public leadership. Learners can complete the PLC in as little as 11 months or at a pace that fits their individual schedules and needs. 
The Pubic Leadership Credential (PLC) also provides a potential pathway to the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA), allowing those who complete the credential to apply to the MC/MPA Program and-if admitted-the opportunity to count PLC courses toward the MC/MPA degree. To qualify for the PLC, participants must have a bachelor's degree and five years of work experience. They also must be proficient in English and be able to dedicate 10-12 hours a week to coursework. More information about the PLC is available  here. 

Legislative Update

We have discussed the following bills in previous editions of The CalCoast™ WAVE. Below are some brief updates. For bill content, history, staff reports, bill status, and a comment window, click here. 

Then, use the "Quick Bill Search" window to  enter the bill number(s) you're interested in. 
SB 54  (Allen, D-Santa Monica) and its companion bill in the Assembly, AB 1080 (Gonzalez, D-San Diego), seek to reduce plastic pollution and marine debris. SB 54 recently passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and it will be assigned to an Assembly policy committee soon. AB 1080 recently passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and it will be assigned to a Senate policy committee soon.
SB 465  (Bates, R-Laguna Niguel) would ensure local governments continue to receive funding for offsite emergency response planning, training, and exercises related to the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). SB 465 54 recently passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and it will be assigned to an Assembly policy committee soon. 
AB 1171  (Chen, R-55) would have limited the authority of local governments to reduce litter and marine debris, but the bill died in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee last month.   
We are tracking the bills above and we will keep everyone advised of their progress.

Highlights From The Articles & Content Below:

  • Seal Beach Pier: A history of comebacks
  • Op-ed: California Assembly's new rules have led to legislative censorship
  • Why California's air board won't ban gas-powered cars yet
  • Did Congress read the Mueller report? The Post asked 92 key lawmakers.
  •  Federal bill to help fund water storage expansion for Central Valley
  • Op-ed: Americans don't want Congress to impeach, but Democrats aren't listening
  • Lawmakers, Trump agencies set for clash over chemicals in water
  • Flood-prone homes cost the government $5 billion and counting
  • San Diego County Supervisors OK Air Pollution Standards Proposal
  • Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science


Proposed EPA program would give $50-million boost to children's health

SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a new $50-million grant program, the Healthy Schools Grant Program, to expand the Trump Administration's efforts to protect children where they learn and play. The announcement is part of President Trump's proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget and supports EPA's ongoing commitment to evaluate and address risks to children's health. The Healthy Schools Grant Program is a comprehensive environmental health grant program with the goal of identifying and addressing environmental health risks in and around schools that contribute to increased absenteeism and reduced academic performance. The program would provide a total of $50 million for schools to identify, prevent, reduce and resolve environmental hazards including: reducing childhood lead exposure; reducing asthma triggers; promoting integrated pest management; and reducing or eliminating childhood exposure to one or more toxic chemicals in schools. To learn more about what EPA is doing to promote healthy schools, click here . To learn about all of EPA's Children's Health programs, click here .
CDFW Awards $13.2 Million for Fisheries Habitat Restoration and Forest Legacy Projects

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of 41 projects that will receive funding for the restoration, enhancement and protection of anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds, as well as forest legacy restoration.
The grants are distributed through CDFW's Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP). They include $994,421 allocated for timber legacy restoration projects and approximately $12.2 million for anadromous salmonid restoration projects. FRGP monies come from a combination of state sources and the federal Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund.The 41 approved projects will further the objectives of state and federal fisheries recovery plans, including removing barriers to fish migration, restoring riparian habitat, monitoring of listed populations and creating a more resilient and sustainably managed water resources system that can better withstand drought conditions. The list of approved projects is available on the  FRGP website .

Coastal Commission News
Policy & Political News
Drought, Water, & Wetlands News

Beach & Coastal News
Local Government News
Climate Change & Environmental News

Coastal  Commission Certifies Santa Barbara's LUP Amendment with 23 Modifications

Recently, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) certified the city of Santa Barbara's  Coastal Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) with 23 suggested modifications. The LUPA is a comprehensive update of the city's Coastal Land Use Plan and includes new text, maps, policies, and land use designations. Because the CCC certified the LUPA with suggested modifications, planning commission review and a city council resolution accepting the modifications are required. The LUPA will be effective when the CCC verifies that the city council has accepted the modifications. The city anticipates that its planning commission and city council will consider the CCC's modifications this summer. Specific hearing dates and more information will be announced in the future. For more information on the LUPA and to review the CCC's staff report with modifications, click here.

USGBC-LA Launches New 'Net Zero Accelerator' to Enable Viable Building Tech's Market Adoption for a Net Positive Future Applications Now Being Accepted: May 15 - June 17

The U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter(USGBC-LA) today opens applications for a major new initiative: the Net Zero Accelerator, which will identify viable net zero building technologies, position them for success, and accelerate their market entry throughout the greater Los Angeles region. This is the first new program from the chapter's new Executive Director, Ben Stapleton, who began in February, and who is focused on addressing market barriers for increasing the sustainability of buildings throughout the region. Applications are now being accepted. To learn more, click here.

CalRecycle Publishes Infrastructure and Market Analysis Report on Recycling Organics

CalRecycle recently published the SB 1383 Infrastructure and Market Analysis Report submitted by Integrated Waste Management Consulting, LLC, as part of a study conducted under Contract Number DRR17010. The purpose of the study was to conduct research and analysis of the organics recycling and diversion infrastructure, barriers to infrastructure development, and the status of markets for products generated by organics recycling. The results of this study will be incorporated into a CalRecycle report required by Section 42653 of SB 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016), which requires CalRecycle, in consultation with the California Air Resources Board, to analyze the progress that the waste sector, state government, and local governments have made in reducing organic waste disposal.
The report can be downloaded here.  To subscribe to the o rganics listserve or other listserves, click here. For information on Organic Materials Management efforts , click here.

U.S. Department of the Interior Announces Todd Willens as Chief of Staff

Mat 17th, 2019 - The U.S. Department of the Interior announced the appointment of Todd Willens to serve as Chief of Staff. Mr. Willens joined the Department in July of 2017 as the Associate Deputy Secretary and assumed the duties of the Acting Chief of Staff in January 2019.
Mr. Willens will oversee and directly manage the Office of the Secretary. In this role, he will advise the Secretary on policy development and coordination internally, with other agencies, and with the White House. Mr. Willens will represent the Secretary as a Board of Director on the Presidio Trust and as an Ex Officio Member on the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Deadline Alert! Tell a Green Startup to Apply ASAP!

Know a sustainability entreprenuer with a startup idea? Tell them to apply to Cleantech Open's summer accelerator today to: Create business deliverables, including a pitch deck, pitch video, business plan, market strategy, and more....Find a mentor in their niche, meet with investors and raise capital, gain visibility, consult with experts, connect with industry partners, and access commercialization resources. Cleantech Open graduates have gone on to raise over $1.2 billion in external funding and over $300 million in revenue. Check out our #CTOAlumniSuccess on Twitter. Help us help the planet--spread the word! Give your fellow geek   this link or send him/her to here for more information.
Employment Opportunities
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships

Are you an experienced researcher in possession of a doctoral degree or do you have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience?  Discover the opportunities of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships for researchers at the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change Foundation. CMCC Foundation is the non-profit Italian research centre on climate science and policy. Its activities focus on the development and applications of models of climate dynamics, impacts of climate change and adaptation and mitigation policies. For more details on applying, click here.   

California Coastal Commission seeks Coastal Program Analyst III Long Beach, CA

The California Coastal Commission is offering an exciting opportunity to participate in planning and regulating development on California's vibrant South Coast. The South Coast office has responsibility for carrying out requirements of the California Coastal Act in twenty coastal jurisdictions (cities, counties and ports).

This is a supervisory position with broad responsibilities for analyst supervision and personnel oversight, general administration of Local Coastal Program planning and permit regulatory work in the South Coast District including project management, coordination with other agency units (e.g., legal, enforcement, technical services), participating in agency-wide senior staff meetings and coordination, external communications outside the District, as well as backup coverage of the District Manager responsibilities as required.  For more information and to apply, click here.

I Love A Clean San Diego
Career Opportunities

I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) is in the business of change. The organization works to improve the health and beauty of San Diego. If you're looking for a dynamic, impact-driven organization that values passion and professionalism, ILACSD wants to meet you! Currently there is 1 position open: Philanthropy Manager, Corporate Relations. For job descriptions and details for applying, please click here.

Politico Seeks a California Consumer Reporter Politico HQ

This position would encompass consumer privacy, weed rules and the nationally influential regulations emanating from the Department of Consumer Affairs. POLITICO is looking for a versatile reporter to cover the policy and politics of consumer regulation in California, including data privacy, marijuana and other hot-button issues, as part of their new POLITICO California Pro bureau in Sacramento. Job posting here .
Tidepooling for Science
June 1-16

Join a statewide effort to discover, record, and share observations of plants, seaweeds, and animals found along the California coast. Just head out to the shoreline between June 1st and June 16th to participate in California Academy of Sciences' annual
Snapshot Cal Coast event . Use the iNaturalist app to record your observations. Check YourCoast.org
(or download the YourCoast app for iPhone) to find the perfect coastal spot to make your observations.

California Clean Air Day
October 2, 2019

Join your fellow Californians to clear the air as part of California Clean Air Day. This unified day of action will focus on the simple solutions each of us can do to improve air quality. These simple actions can be taken by individuals, companies, government entities, and even communities. Clean Air Day allows for individuals and communities across the state to participate in a way that makes sense for them; everyone is invited to take the Clean Air Pledge and help clear the air!  More info here.

10th Annual Women In Green Forum Los Angeles, CA
August 15, 2019

Over the past ten years, the Women In Green Forum has grown to be the premier event highlighting women in the environmental industry. Each year, they convene sustainability trailblazers who share insights about the newest and most cutting-edge environmental innovations. Join them as they celebrate the 10th anniversary and Decade of Impact. The 2019 program will explore on the advances made in the environmental movement over the last decade and the innovations on the horizon for the coming decade - from future-ready business models to rethinking the blue recycling bin. Register today today to reserve your spot.

2019 ACES Oceania Forum Christchurch, New Zealand
September 2-6, 2019

The second ACES Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum (OESF) will build on the success of the inaugural event in Brisbane, Australia in 2017, that raised the profile of the value of ecosystems in decision-making in the Oceania region. OESF 2019 aims to bring together policy-makers, businesses, community leaders and researchers with the aspiration of managing, restoring and creating healthy communities and ecosystems for a resilient future. Please Note: Presentation abstracts and workshop proposals close May 10th. For more information and to register, visit here.

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Steven Aceti, JD
Executive Director,  
California Coastal Coalition

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