Target: Assemblywoman Nora Campos, D-San Jose
Goal: Encourage water conservation during times of drought
The current drought in California is one of the worst ones yet. According to Business Insider, the drought is expected to cost the California state economy over two billion dollars in crop damage, job loss, and other extraneous casualties of that nature.
Since the drought’s severity has continued to worsen, California Governor Jerry Brown has been cracking down on water use. According to San Jose Mercury News, the Governor in January called all Californians to action, asking them to reduce their water consumption by at least 20 percent.
However, even with Brown’s call to action months ago, many homeowners associations were supposedly fining residents for having a lawn that no longer coincided with the desired aesthetic. Although an article in the Mercury News does state that some of these allegations turned out to be false, regardless, citizens who are going the extra mile to conserve water need not be rewarded with punishment.
That reward has now arrived. On Monday, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill sponsored by Representative Nora Camps, which prohibits neighborhood associations from fining citizens for letting their lawns go dry during a drought. The law will apply to over 50,000 homeowners associations throughout the state. This roughly equates to around 5 million homes.
This is a huge win for all Californians attempting to bring the state out of its’ horrendous drought. Help us thank Assemblywoman Campos for sponsoring this bill and congratulate her for getting it signed into law.
Dear Assemblywoman Campos,
This letter is being written to congratulate you for getting your water conservation bill signed into law. As you know, California is experiencing a horrible drought. In times like these, the state government’s dedication and mindfulness of this fact is of immeasurable importance.
Right now, the appearance of our lawns needs to be secondary to the people of California and their water supply.
Water is not a resource that will regenerate easily when our supplies have run out, and it is legislation like yours which will be essential in making water available to future generations on this planet.
[Your Name Here]
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