Giving Thanks to You

Mark Toney

Dear TURN supporters and friends,

TURN has much to be grateful for this holiday season, starting with you.

I especially want to thank every one of the hundreds of TURN members who joined us to demand CPUC reform and eliminate bans on clotheslines through our legislative campaigns. Thanks to you, landlords will no longer be able to harass tenants who line dry, and homeowner associations will no longer be able to fine property owners who want to dry clothing in their own back yards. TURN is deeply grateful to Assemblywoman Patty Lopez (D, San Fernando) for authoring AB 1448, and getting it passed and signed, making California the 7th state in the U.S. where your “right to dry” is legally protected.

Unfortunately we have little to thank the Governor for when it comes to CPUC reform. Despite bi-partisan, unanimous support for TURN-sponsored SB 660, the Governor vetoed it, and all other legislative efforts to reform the scandal-ridden CPUC.

Thanks are due to all the representatives and senators who voted against secret meetings and utility bias, and for SB 660. We especially want to commend the bills’ authors, Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) for their herculean efforts.

We are also grateful to Senate President Pro Tem Kevin DeLeon for his authorship of SB 350, including the increased renewable energy requirements TURN advocated for. The original RPS bill sponsored by TURN in 2002 has proven to be the most successful clean energy policy in state history. By the end of 2015, more than 12,500 MW of new renewable capacity will be online. We’ve got so many more people to thank, especially our loyal and supportive members who join us at public hearings and speak out in their communities, armed with the information TURN provides. Thousands of you have joined our online campaigns for affordable bills and strong consumer protections, strengthening our voice and inspiring us every day.

We deeply appreciate each and every one of our supporters, and wish you all the very best this holiday season.

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