SACRAMENTO – A diverse coalition of businesses, representatives from local government and environmentalists will rally at the State Capitol on Wednesday, August 29 in support of Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s legislation to curb the single-use plastics and packaging crisis, Assembly Bill 1080. This event for AB 1080, or the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, comes on the heels of an annual Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) poll that revealed 90% of Californians think plastic pollution is a problem.
LOCATION AND TIME: West Steps of the California State Capitol (10th Street side), Press conference begins at 11:30 AM. Supporters will visit Capitol offices between 10 AM-3 PM.
SPEAKERS: Assemblywoman Gonzalez (D-San Diego), author of AB 1080; Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), author of AB 1080’s companion legislation SB 54; representatives from local government, waste haulers, small business, student and environmental organizations
Giant inflatable plastic bottle and straw
Break Free from Plastic lettering art
Shore Buddies ocean-themed stuffed animals made of recycled plastic bottles
Throughout the day, businesses, local government representatives, waste haulers, students, labor and environmental organizations will call on the California Assembly and Senate to pass the Act, as proposed in Senate Bill 54 (Allen) and Assembly Bill 1080 (Gonzalez). The Act will reduce the amount of single-use packaging and product waste that burdens taxpayers and governments, plagues human and wildlife health, and pollutes the natural environment. It decreases single-use plastics, packaging and products sold in California, and ensures that remaining items are effectively recycled or composted.
For questions on AB 1080 or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez during the press conference, contact Sami Gallegos (209) 658-7617.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez represents California’s 80th Assembly District, located in southern San Diego County, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace, and Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. For more information on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez visit https://a80.asmdc.org/