The big property owners' lobby, the American Planning Association and the League of California Cities are trying to kill our bill. They do not want to grant all Californians the right to grow food on land they already have lawful access to.
Will you call the offices of these members of the Assembly Local Government Committee right now and urge them to support AB 2561, the Neighborhood Food Act? The committee meeting starts at 1:30pm. Please call this morning. If you are on twitter you can communicate with the committee members via tweets as well--use #BradfordGardens.
Sample phone script:
Hi my name is ____________,
I am a [state all that apply to you: renter, gardener, homeowner, member of any relevant community group] and I wish for the State Legislature to pass AB 2561, the Neighborhood Food Act.
Assemblymember Steven Bradford introduced the California Neighborhood Food Act, AB 2561, to increase access to fresh food throughout California. Many Californians NEED more access to fresh food. What better way than to grow it on our own. As a California resident seeking increased access to fresh, local food, I'm calling to urge the legislature to pass AB 2561. Thank you!Who to call:
Katcho Achadjian (Chair) (916) 319-2035 @KatchoAchadjian (All of San Luis Obispo County and the cities of Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Paso Robles, Grover Beach, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria)
Marc Levine (Vice Chair) (916) 319-2010 @MarcLevine (All of Marin County and the cities of Cotati, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Sonoma and part of Santa Rosa)
Luis A. Alejo (916) 319-2030 @AsmLuisAlejo (All of San Benito County and the cities of Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Watsonville, Hollister, San Juan Bautista, Greenfield, Gonzales, King City, Salinas, Soledad)
Richard S. Gordon (916) 319-2024 @RichGordon24 (North Fair Oaks, Atherton, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Woodside, Portola Valley, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, part of Cupertino, and the San Mateo County Coastside)
Melissa A. Melendez (916) 319-2067 @asmMelendez (parts of Riverside County: Canyon Lake, El Sobrante, French Valley, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Perris, Temescal Valley, Wildomar, Winchester, Woodcrest)
Kevin Mullin (916) 319-2022 @KevinMullin (South San Francisco, San Mateo, San Carlos, San Bruno, Redwood City, Pacifica, Millbrae, Hillsborough, Foster City, Burlingame, Brisbane, Belmont)
Anthony Rendon (916) 319-2063 @Rendon63rdAD (South Gate, Lakewood, Lynwood)
Marie Waldron (916) 319-2075 @ConservtveWoman (Parts of San Diego County: Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, Rainbow, San Marcos, Temecula, Valley Center, Vista)
Thank you for your support!