Monthly Archives: October 2013

Goodbye Julissa!

Time to say good goodbye!

It’s been wonderful year and half at the American Lung Association in California Center Tobacco Policy and Organizing (try saying that 3 times in a row). When I look back on this year and half and I can’t help but to think…what’s your number?

  • 29 –The countless efforts by volunteers, and tobacco control advocates across the state that came together to work on PROP 29. The thousands of phone calls to voters and although we did not prevail this time around, I have hope that California will prevail to pass a tobacco tax. Read More »

Oil Lobbying in California

As a visitor to this blog, you know that the American Lung Association in California Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing produces compelling reports on Tobacco Money in Politics to highlight the money the tobacco industry spends lobbying state officials. These reports are invaluable in highlighting the magnitude of the spending power of this industry and provide an important context for the difficult work of protecting our kids from deadly tobacco products.

Just as tobacco companies pour millions into lobbying and public relations to deflect attention away from the dangerous health impacts of smoking, oil companies are investing a fortune on lobbying to undermine clean air policies and protect the market for their polluting products.

Through June of this year, Big Oil has spent over $5 million on lobbying California policy-makers (and no, that doesn’t include donations to political campaigns). The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA is the lobbying organization for California oil interests) spent over $20 million since 2009, and is again leading all spending to influence California politics, and Chevron isn’t far behind (see news coverage, here and here). Given the major oil lobbying push in the Capitol at the end of the legislative session in early September, it will not be a surprise if this trend holds. Read More »

ABC’s of Renee

Meet Renee, our Administrative Services Coordinator of Programs and Advocacy! Take a look at her ABC’s to learn a little more about her!

A is for Area Code: 209

B is for Breakfast. What did you have for breakfast today? Clif energy bar, coffee and water

C is for Calling. What do you consider your calling to be? Being the best mom to my son

D is for Dogs. Do you have any? No

E is for Energy. What do you do when you need more energy? Coffee or a Starbucks Orange Valencia Refresher

F is for Fun. What do you like to do for fun? Swim, read, watch TV, road trips with my son Read More »