• Ban Fracking in California

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    Suspend the state licenses of businesses that engage in fracking. The Sec. of State is tasked with the processing of state business licenses. A primary role of Government is to protect the public from harm. Fracking is known to harm water quality, which in turn risks health. It would be negligent to allow unregulated fracking to continue. The Governor should suspend fracking in California until consensus can be reached on an appropriate course of action. As Sec. of State I would establish departmental policy to limit fracking as much as possible in California.

  • David Curtis supports Restore the Delta

    David Curtis
    Supports Restore the Delta regarding the Peripheral Canal/Tunnels:

    (Freely adapted from the position statement by Restore the Delta)

    There is valid concern that local water quality would deteriorate, endangering the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta’s ecosystem, the largest estuary on the Pacific Coast of both North and South America. The local Delta water supply could become more saline and threaten Delta agriculture, the region’s economy, culture, history, and way of life. Drinking water quality for surrounding Delta communities could suffer, and public health could be impacted negatively.

    Freshwater is essential for the health and vitality of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta community, economy, and ecosystem. Actions and long-term solutions must be founded on protecting the Delta as a public trust resource.

    Exports of water from the Delta must be reduced to a level compatible with protecting Delta values. Proposals for long-term Delta management must be based on a firm understanding of Delta freshwater needs and include strong protection for sufficient flows of water necessary for healthy Delta communities, including Delta agriculture. Assurances must be made for such protections, with appropriate and sustainable water export reductions before any proposals for alternative export conveyance or diversion methods are considered. A comprehensive flood plan and an emergency readiness plan must be prepared to protect the people, property, and infrastructure and provide for a healthy Delta ecosystem. A comprehensive plan to improve essential levees must be prepared and fully funded in consultation with local Delta experts.

    To restore the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta while maintaining a reliable water supply for our neighbors throughout California, state and regional water agencies must aggressively implement regional water self-sufficiency measures, such as water conservation, reclamation, and water recycling.

    Designs must minimize the regional impacts of climate change: increased flood risks, sea level rise, and peak river inflows that are likely to result. These plans must allow for incremental responses to ecosystem changes resulting from climate change.
    Land use decisions, including potential island reconfiguration must be guided by local Delta expertise. Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta landowners and residents must have an active role in development and implementation of all plans affecting their community. Any new governance boards for the Delta must be comprised of a fair and equitable number of residents from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

    To help preserve the unique cultural and environmental resources of the California Delta, the state should establish a California Delta Conservancy, as well as assist with obtaining a federal and/or state level protected status for the Delta region. Such programs should be developed in consultation with local Delta landowners and stakeholders, and should help to protect Delta agricultural interests.

  • David Curtis urges Governor Brown to save lives at CA prison hunger strike

    8/19/2013 Rather than make the reasonable requested changes to improve the living conditions of inmates, CA Government decided to force feed the remaining hunger striking inmates, while Governor Brown attends a Summit in Nevada asking for more Federal/private money. 

    8/16/2013 David Curtis urges Governor Brown to take immediate action to save lives at the state prison. The Administration and the negotiators must address the following issues as were itemized by Tom Hayden today:

    "...(Suspend) indefinite solitary confinement.
    Fix prison air conditioning systems.
    Provide inmates with fresh food and water.
    Give inmates access to a weekly phone call.
    Reopen the Pelican Bay visitors' center and allow visits of four to six hours on weekends and holidays for family members.
    Allow inmates to take one photograph per year, to purchase more art supplies from the canteen, to sell or give away artwork and to have more access to educational courses and current books..."

    The prison system is more than a holding facility, it is a means towards rehabilitation so that inmates can someday rejoin their families and communities. Human beings must have paths towards improving their situations.

    As a Green Party candidate for California Secretary of State, and as a human being, I also call on Governor Brown to end the practice of solitary confinement, a form of torture with crippling psychic consequence.

  • Elizabeth Dougherty interviews David Curtis (transcript)

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    Elizabeth Dougherty interviews David Curtis on Food Nation Radio. Michael Serio exec. producer/co-host.

    Elizabeth Dougherty: ...we also have David Curtis...candidate for California Secretary of State. He's talking about revoking Monsanto's business license.

    Michael Serio: It's a unique position and it's getting him a big boost in the popularity contest in California, I don't know how it's going to do in votes, but listen to this...what he wants to do:

    David Curtis: "One thing I would do is I would bump any questionable licenses to the Attorney General's office for further review, before just re-issuing a company like Monsanto and GMO production."

    MS: So he would send the whole thing back to the AG's office and let them review any licenses that he thinks are questionable and business practices that are questionable.

    ED: Well, it's really sort of a public safety issue as we kind of got into, let's play the 2nd clip:

    DC: "I had a meme in the campaign that's kind of picking on Monsanto and calling them out. But really my goal is I want truth in labeling, and I can't as a government servant just say this stuff is ok when I don't think they've proven that GMO food is ok and I don't think anyone anywhere knows what the long term effects of this food (are) going to be."

    ED: ...and he talks about why it's good, why we need this...

    DC: "I don't see a legitimate reason not to label a product. It seems like it would be in everyone's interest. If they are producing a product and they want to be in business for a long time, it's got to be a sustainable, healthy product."

    MS: There you go, there's that transparency aspect of this whole thing...

     

  • David Curtis on Food Nation Radio discussing GMO labeling

 
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