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Earth Day Challenge & One Easy Step the City of Menlo Park Can Take: Support the Clean Cars 2040 Act

From: domainremoved <Diane>
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:43:04 +0000

Dear Mayor Ohtaki and Council Members,
Iím writing to share our earth day challenge with you, and encourage you to try it out. Taking environmental actions doesnít just make Menlo Park a great place to live, it can save your family money and keep you healthy too.

One easy action that the City of Menlo Park can take is supporting the Clean Cars 2040 Act to help us transition from fossil fuel to electric vehicles. We sent our support in today with the letter attached. Cities can sign on here<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfMWdEEDXxlb3RPbCosaYMw6e89EQHzy_o2SweiUO335xi57A/viewform>.

What Are You Doing For Earth Day? Spark Green with the Menlo Green Challenge

We think every day is Earth day, but this year get recognized on Earth Day for the climate actions that you take all year. Itís easy to take new climate actions on the Menlo Green Challenge<https://www.menlogreenchallenge.org>, even if you think youíve tried everything. Check out the more than 60 actions and earn points for every pound of carbon that you reduce.

When you earn the most points reducing your carbon footprint on the Challenge, youíll get recognized and also have the chance to win a $50 gift certificate from Cafe Zoe or Keplerís Bookstore! Hereís how it works:

  * Sign on to www.MenloGreenChallenge.org

  * Change your settings to show the total points youíve earned by going to your Household Profile settings and clicking the box that says ďAllow highlights from my profile to be visible to other usersĒ. (Privacy Note: All that can be seen is household name & total points)
  * Earn as many points as you can by taking climate actions, and reduce your carbon footprint.
  * And Win!

Please help us spread the word about the Menlo Green Challenge! If you have a front yard, we have a small Green Challenge sign that weíd love to drop off for you to display. Please email katrina_at_(domainremoved)

Have a great low carbon day!
- Diane Bailey, Menlo Spark

From: Diane Bailey <diane_at_(domainremoved)
Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 11:34 AM
To: "city.council_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: Janelle London <jlondon_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Please support EVs by signing with other California Mayors for the Clean Cars 2040 Act

Dear Mayor Ohtaki and Council Members, iím writing to ask for your support for AB 1745, the Clean Cars 2040 Act. San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon is collecting signatures from mayors throughout California by March 30th through the web form linked below.

AB 1745 is a top priority bill supporting electric vehicles. If enacted, it would require that all new cars registered in the state are zero emissions beginning in 2040. Ideally, we'd like to see faster action than that, but this is a critical backstop and pathway to phasing out fossil fuels. More information about the bill is available at the link in the bottom of the email below.

As you know, cars and trucks are the largest pollution source in Menlo Park, and phasing out fossil fuel vehicles is one of the most important steps we can take to address climate change. Menlo Park already has some of the highest rates of clean, electric cars Ė more than 15% of new purchases last year and expected to grow rapidly. While we work to support more convenient and safe alternatives to driving, itís important to ensure that the cars that remain on the road are clean.

I hope you can support this important state bill that will help Menlo Park meet its climate goals!
Warm regards,
Diane Bailey | Executive Director
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Climate Neutral for a Healthy, Prosperous Menlo Park

EV, PV & Fossil Free: Guides for Electric Cars, solar & Fossil Free Homes at: http://menlospark.org/what-we-do/

From: Harmon, Heidi [mailto:hha..._at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2018 2:14 PM
To: Climate Mayors contacts
Cc: Alex_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Clean Cars Act

Fellow Climate Mayors,

I'm writing to invite you to join me in supporting groundbreaking legislation that will clean our air, make California a global leader in green jobs and cement our position as a national leader in clean transportation. Sponsored by Assemblymember Phil Ting, the Clean Cars 2040 Act, AB 1745, would require that all new passenger vehicles registered in California after 2040 must be zero emissions. It's a big step, a bold challenge and an achievable goal.

Please add your name to the list using this webform<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfMWdEEDXxlb3RPbCosaYMw6e89EQHzy_o2SweiUO335xi57A/viewform?usp=sf_link>.

As you know, local governments are on the front lines in the fight for clean air and to prevent global climate change. Cities will be the first to deal with sea level rise, wildfires, droughts and the other impacts of a warming world. Cities are where the impacts of smog and particulates and the risks of oil spills are felt first. So we should be part of advocating for solutions to these problems on behalf of the communities that we represent.

That's why I'm working with my friends at Stand.earth to circulate this sign on letter to mayors around the state. Will you join me in supporting this important piece of legislation?

Our first and most crucial hurdle is to pass the bill out of the Assembly Transportation Committee. This sign on support letter is addressed to Assemblymember Frazier who chairs the committee -- a copy will also be sent to each member. We will be collecting signatures throughout March (please sign by 3/30) and submitting them the first week in April.

Additional information about AB 1745 is available here<https://a19.asmdc.org/press-releases/20180103-assemblymember-ting-introduces-clean-cars-2040>.

In Solidarity,

Heidi Harmon
San Luis Obispo

P.S. Questions about this webform or the delivery of the letter can be sent to Alex Ramel (Al..._at_(domainremoved)

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Received on Fri Mar 23 2018 - 13:45:20 PDT

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