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Newsom to Legislature: "Medical Emergency" of Contaminated Drinking Water Demands Political Will

SAFE AND AFFORDABLE DRINKING WATER FUND COALITION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2019
CONTACT: Mike Roth, 916-444-7170
NEWSOM TO LEGISLATURE: “MEDICAL EMERGENCY” OF CONTAMINATED DRINKING WATER DEMANDS POLITICAL WILL: 
PASS SAFE AND AFFORDABLE DRINKING WATER FUND
Sacramento, CA – Today the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Coalition released the following statement from Phoebe Seaton, Co-Director, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s State of the State Address: 
“Gov. Gavin Newsom’s commitment to a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund is welcome news for the one million Californians who live under threat of serious health conditions from contaminated drinking water each year.  
"California’s children and families - particularly those who live in our state's most disadvantaged communities - are counting on the legislature to deliver on Gov. Newsom’s call to action by passing the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Act. For less than one dollar per month for most users, the Fund is the only credible and complete statewide solution to a crisis affecting people in every region of our state. It is the only solution that provides the necessary, ongoing investment needed to sustain safe water for marginalized communities and people of color. Importantly, it exempts people with low incomes.
“Failing to deliver safe and affordable water each year means leaving children at risk from health conditions ranging from cancer to diabetes to hypertension and birth defects. The highest price of inaction will be borne by our most marginalized communities who already pay a steep price with their health, high water bills, and additional expenses for bottled water. As Gov. Newsom has said, it is a ‘disgrace,’ and a "medical emergency' that the wealthiest state in the nation is putting children at risk from toxic taps; it’s a problem we know how to fix with the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.” 
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Governor Newsom Appoints Joaquin Esquivel as Chair of the State Water Board

Congratulations to Joaquin Esquivel on his appointment as Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board! He has been and will continue to be an ally to the movement for safe and affordable drinking water. Last week at a hearing on solutions for our state’s drinking crisis, he noted that solving this once and for all is an “immediate moral imperative, and that the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund is a ‘keystone’ to complete a comprehensive program.”

We look forward to continuing to work with him on ensuring all Californians have safe and affordable drinking water in his new capacity as Chair alongside the newest Board Member, our Co-Founder Laurel Firestone.


Governor Newsom Appoints CWC’s Laurel Firestone to State Water Board

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kelsey Hinton, 765-729-1674

February 12, 2019

 

SACRAMENTO/VISALIA/WATSONVILLE -- We are thrilled to announce that Community Water Center’s Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director Laurel Firestone was appointed today by Governor Gavin Newsom as a Board Member of the State Water Resources Control Board. The Board has broad regulatory oversight and administers significant funding resources impacting California’s water, including access to safe and affordable drinking water.

Statement from Laurel Firestone

In 2006, Susana De Anda and I started the Community Water Center based on a simple idea: that access to safe drinking water is a basic human right. Since then we have worked alongside thousands of local community members and have achieved real progress. But it will take the continued efforts of CWC and community leaders in order to finally secure the California promise of safe, clean, affordable drinking water for all. I accept the Governor's appointment to the State Water Board knowing that CWC is stronger than ever, and I remain committed to working together as part of the movement for water justice.

Statement from Susana De Anda

Laurel has been a champion for the Human Right to Water since the founding of the Center. I know she will continue to be a champion at the State Water Board. Thanks to over a decade of community leadership, the movement for water justice is strong. But the fight for safe drinking water remains urgent. CWC will continue this year to lead alongside community partners to end our state's drinking water crisis which impacts more than 1 million Californians each year, through passage of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. CWC will continue to advocate for protection of groundwater and lift up the needs of communities on the frontline. CWC will continue to organize and build community-centered leadership from the ground up. This is a victory for the community -- today we celebrate Laurel’s appointment, tomorrow the fight for water justice continues.

Statement from Bessma Mourad -- President of the Center’s Board of Directors

Today’s appointment of Laurel Firestone is a reflection of the leadership and impact of the Community Water Center. CWC is a strong organization with a smart, dedicated staff and has relationships within communities impacted by unsafe water going back more than a decade. Led by Co-Founder Susana De Anda and supported by CWC’s leadership team, we are confident that CWC will continue to be at the forefront in the fight for water justice. We congratulate Laurel and look forward to this new chapter in her leadership and impact.

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Community Water Center (CWC) was founded in 2006 as a community-based organization that believes all communities should have access to clean, safe, and affordable water. CWC works as a catalyst for community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy in California. For more information, visit www.communitywatercenter.org.

 


Newly Appointed CA Governor Gavin Newsom Supports Safe Drinking Water For All Californians

Following the release of California's 2019-2020 state budget proposal, Gov. Gavin Newsom brought cabinet members to the San Joaquin Valley, where many communities are afflicted with unsafe drinking water. He took to Twitter to announce what he was there for:

"Took my Cabinet on a surprise trip to the Central Valley to hear directly from folks who lack access to affordable, clean water.
Our first stop: we met with residents who cannot drink or bathe with the water in their homes"

While in Monterey Park Tract in Ceres, a community with several contaminated wells, Newsom spoke with local media outlets and had this to say:

"It's only day five or six of the administration, but look: the issue of safe drinking water, affordable drinking water, is top of mind ... We cannot continue to under-deliver to communities like this and thousands of others across the state." 

View the full video of Newsom in Monterey Park Tract below. 


Video Source: The Modesto Bee
Gavin Newsom in Stanislaus County to discuss state’s bad water


EL GOBERNADOR NEWSOM HACE QUE EL AGUA POTABLE Y LIMPIA SEA UNA PRIORIDAD A NIVEL ESTATAL

COALICIÓN DEL FONDO ECONÓMICO PARA TENER AGUA SANA, LIMPIA Y ECONÓMICA

PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA

10 de enero, 2019

Contacto: Mike Roth, 916-444-7170 / Maria Elena Jauregui, 818-355-5291 (Medios de comunicación en español)

 

EL GOBERNADOR NEWSOM HACE QUE EL AGUA POTABLE Y LIMPIA SEA UNA PRIORIDAD A NIVEL ESTATAL

La Coalición Pide A La Legislatura Que Mantenga Su Promesa De Introducir En Su Legislación El Derecho Humano A Tener Agua Potable, Limpia Y Económica Para Todos Los Californianos

 

Sacramento, CA – La Coalición Del Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia Y Económica en respuesta al presupuesto estatal presentado por el gobernador Newsom para el año fiscal 2019-2020 da a conocer la siguiente declaración por parte de Jonathan Nelson, Director de Asuntos Políticos del Centro Comunitario por el Agua:

“Este presupuesto deja en claro que el gobernador Newsom está demostrando su liderazgo para asegurar que todos los californianos puedan finalmente tener acceso al agua sana, limpia y económica. Como organizaciones que trabajamos directamente con las comunidades que no tienen agua sana, limpia y económica, vemos el compromiso del gobernador en trabajar junto con la legislatura para dar un paso histórico y establecer el Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica para terminar esta crisis hacia los derechos humanos que ha amenazado a las personas en todas las regiones de nuestro estado. Estamos de acuerdo en que la crisis en California sea “una desgracia” por tener un millón de personas sin acceso al agua sana, limpia y económica.

“Ahora la legislatura debe introducir inmediatamente una legislación para promulgar el Fondo Económico Para Tener Acceso al Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica y garantizar que cada niño y familia en California pueda tener el acceso universal al agua sana, limpia y económica. Es particularmente importante una inversión permanente para asegurar que las comunidades predominantemente latinas y de escasos recursos ya no sean las más afectadas por la crisis del agua potable en California.

“Esperamos trabajar con el gobernador y los legisladores para asegurar que la inversión sea permanente y sostenible para tener agua sana y económica a través del Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica.”

 

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GOVERNOR NEWSOM MAKES SAFE DRINKING WATER TOP STATE PRIORITY

SAFE AND AFFORDABLE DRINKING WATER FUND COALITION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 10, 2019

CONTACT: Mike Roth, 916-444-7170 / Maria Elena Jauregui, 818-355-5291 (Spanish language media)

 

GOVERNOR NEWSOM MAKES SAFE DRINKING WATER TOP STATE PRIORITY

Coalition Calls on Legislature to Introduce Legislation that
Keeps Promise of a Human Right to Safe, Affordable Drinking Water

 

Sacramento, CA – The Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Coalition released the following statement from Jonathan Nelson, Policy Director, Community Water Center in response to Governor Newsom’s 2019-2020 state budget proposal:

“This budget makes clear that Governor Newsom is already demonstrating his leadership to ensure all Californians can finally have access to safe and affordable drinking water. As community-based organizations that are working alongside communities without safe, affordable water, we see the Governor’s commitment to working with the Legislature to establish the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund as a historic step towards addressing this human rights crisis that threatens people in every region of our state. We agree that California’s crisis of one million people without access to safe, affordable drinking water is ‘a disgrace.'

“Now, the Legislature must immediately introduce legislation to enact a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund that will ensure every child, every family, in California can have universal access to safe and affordable drinking water. Ongoing investment is particularly important to ensure communities of color and low-income neighborhoods no longer bear the brunt of California’s drinking water crisis.

“We look forward to working with the Governor and legislators to ensure sustained investments, and sustainable provision of safe and affordable drinking water, through a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.”

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LA INAUGURACIÓN DE GAVIN NEWSOM COMO NUEVO GOBERNADOR DE CALIFORNIA ES UNA OPORTUNIDAD PARA QUE TODOS LOS CALIFORNIANOS FINALMENTE LOGREMOS EL DERECHO HUMANO A TENER AGUA SANA, LIMPIA Y ECONÓMICA

COALICIÓN DEL FONDO ECONÓMICO PARA TENER AGUA SANA, LIMPIA Y ECONÓMICA

PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA

7 de enero, 2019

Contacto: Mike Roth, 916-444-7170

 

LA INAUGURACIÓN DE GAVIN NEWSOM COMO NUEVO GOBERNADOR DE CALIFORNIA ES UNA OPORTUNIDAD PARA QUE TODOS LOS CALIFORNIANOS FINALMENTE LOGREMOS EL DERECHO HUMANO A TENER AGUA SANA, LIMPIA Y ECONÓMICA

Sacramento, CA –  El día de hoy, la Coalición Del Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia Y Económica, Dan Howells, el Director del estado de California de “Clean Water Action” anunció la siguiente declaración en la inauguración de Gavin Newsom como gobernador de California:

“El Gobernador Gavin Newsom asume el cargo en un momento en que el liderazgo moral de California y su desempeño se ven empañados por nuestro fracaso para lograr que un millón de californianos gocen del derecho humano básico para tener agua potable, limpia y económica.”

"El hecho de que las comunidades en desventaja tengan un alto riesgo por tener agua insegura es una situación que el Gobernador Newsom declaró recientemente y que firmemente declara que ‘es impropio lo que somos y lo que defendemos’. Representando a una amplia coalición de líderes de la comunidad que abogan por el agua y grupos por la justicia económica, estamos preparados y dispuestos a tener soluciones viables. Lo que se necesita para implementar esas soluciones, y de hecho, lo que está muy atrasado, es un compromiso de financiamiento permanente por parte del estado para proporcionar el acceso universal al agua potable y limpia.”

“Siete años después de que California declaró el acceso al agua potable, limpia y económica como un derecho humano, el 2019 debe ser el año en que se cumpla este mandato y el desafío del Gobernador Newsom: ‘Somos dueños de esto, y necesitamos arreglarlo’. Estamos dispuestos a trabajar con el Gobernador y la nueva Legislatura para que sea una realidad el derecho a tener agua sana en nuestros hogares y en las fuentes de agua que hay en las escuelas.

 

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Inauguration of Gavin Newsom is an Opportunity for California to Finally Attain Human Right to Safe, Affordable Drinking Water

SAFE AND AFFORDABLE DRINKING WATER FUND COALITION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 7, 2019

CONTACT: Mike Roth, 916-444-7170

 

INAUGURATION OF GAVIN NEWSOM IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR  
CALIFORNIA TO FINALLY ATTAIN HUMAN RIGHT TO SAFE, AFFORDABLE DRINKING WATER 

Sacramento, CA – Today the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Coalition released the following statement from Dan Howells, California State Director of Clean Water Action, on the inauguration of Gavin Newsom as Governor of California: 

“Governor Gavin Newsom takes office at a time when California’s moral leadership and unparalleled potential are clouded by our failure to deliver the essential human right of safe and affordable drinking water to one million Californians.  

“The fact that communities of color face the highest risk from unsafe water is a situation Governor Newsom recently and strongly declared is ‘unbecoming of who we are and what we stand for.’   Representing a broad coalition of community water advocates and economic justice groups, we stand ready and willing with proven solutions. What is needed to implement those solutions – indeed, what is long overdue – is a permanent funding commitment from the state towards providing universal access to safe drinking water.

“Seven years after California declared access to safe and affordable drinking water is a human right, 2019 must be the year we meet this mandate and Governor Newsom’s challenge, ‘We own this, we’ve got to fix this.’ We look forward to working with the Governor and new Legislature to make the right to safe taps and school drinking fountains a reality.” 

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Justice Delayed

Bartolo Chavez of Arvin, CA has drinking water contaminated by carcinogenic pesticide byproduct 1,2,3-TCP and arsenic.

Last week, after almost two years of advocacy, five days of water strikes at the Capitol, multiple legislative visits, and loud, passionate calls for government accountability, the legislative session ended without the passage of a critical two-bill package to fund safe and affordable drinking water.

Unfortunately, political self-interest trumped addressing a decades-old public health crisis impacting more than one million Californians. Concerned about potential election year fallout, the State Assembly shelved our bills for this session.

This outcome is an outrage to those who will have to go another year living with toxic taps.

Even though justice has been delayed, justice will not be denied.

Due to the courageous, steadfast and skillful advocacy by impacted residents, Speaker Rendon issued a public statement committing to making ongoing, sustainable funding a priority for the legislature when they reconvene in January.

As saddened and angry as we are in the face of this delay of justice to serve nearsighted political interests, CWC, our community partners, and allies will not be stopped from aggressively seeking a solution to California's drinking water crisis when the legislature reconvenes in January.

Also, this month, we are launching the Community Water Center Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization which can participate directly in partisan election-related activities. This November, CWC Action Fund be endorsing candidates who will be accountable to their communities’ drinking water needs and speaking with thousands of Latino voters to ensure they make their voices heard. Help us build community-based power leading up to November by joining our email list and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

As impacted residents made clear last week at the Capitol: the people united will never be divided. Join us this fall as we hold our elected officials accountable and make sure the Human Right to Water remains a priority.

In solidarity,

Susana and Laurel

 


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