Hello? Rome Is Burning

As a special two-house conference committee met to consider ways to close a $24 billion budget gap, the Assembly spent the first hour of its June 1 session approving 12 pieces of legislation.

Among them, AB 21. 

The measure orders the Department of Pesticide Regulation to “conduct a review” of the “assessment undertaken pursuant to the 8th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the 20th meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer by the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel regarding methyl bromide.”

After its review, the department is required to comment on its findings and submit those comments to the Legislature “in a timely manner.”

Said Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, a Long Beach Democrat, of her bill: “It’s a win-win for the state economically and environmentally.”

Much of the bill is devoted to statistics about the importance of international trade to California’s economy – not exactly a shocking revelation, particularly for an Assemblywoman who has the Port of Long Beach in her district.

There is also a discussion of the downsides of methyl bromide, an odorless, colorless soil fumigant used in growing strawberries and other crops.

Methyl bromide also depletes the ozone lawyer. Workers who fumigate with methyl bromide “would benefit from the most stringent health safeguards possible.”

The parties to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol are examining the use of methyl bromide, the availability of alternatives and technologies to recapture it or destroy methyl bromide.

When the report is published, the department is required to comment on those findings that are “relevant to California.”

During the afternoon session, the lower house unanimously approved AB 606 which would create the California Blueberry Commission. Blueberry growers would pay for the operations of the commission which is charged with the “education, promotion, marketing and research of blueberries.” 



  1. Ilustrtive of Marcos Breton’s col. Yesterday in the bee. Makes it hard to persuade voters that any of them have a clue

    Comment by Barbara o\'c — 6.01.2009 @ 2:15 pm

  2. Let’s for give our humble reporter for transposing his numbers AB 21 is linked so he got it half right. I would suggest that he suffer only half the usual punishment for this error. SugarMuffic you have got to loosen up a bit.

    Comment by Management Slug — 6.01.2009 @ 3:22 pm

  3. The Members and their staffs–even the veteran staffers–are so stuck in the old paradigms that they think it’s their duty to produce legislation, that they can’t get re-elected unless they show the folks back home they’ve done something, or pandered to an interest who will help them in November. No matter how lame or costly the bill. They’re on auto-pilot.

    What they are not apparently capable of doing is getting a grip on how bad the situation is…$24.3 BILLION in chopped services to millions, mostly kids. It exposes the deeper truth which is that we are enabling a lot of people, denying them a chance at self-sufficiency simply because we never expect it. To me, that is the meanest of set ups that is, as Malthus would tell you, destined for a fall.

    Comment by Robyn Boyer — 6.01.2009 @ 7:24 pm

  4. A simple “thank you” would suffice.

    Comment by SugarMuffin — 6.02.2009 @ 9:10 am

  5. Thank you

    Comment by admin — 6.02.2009 @ 9:19 am

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