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06.29.21 Conservationists receive another $8-million boost from state legislators for Banning Ranch acquisition

Excerpted from the Daily Pilot

By Lily Nguyen

Conservationists are now at the $72-million mark of their $97-million goal to acquire Banning Ranch, a 384-acre property at the mouth of the Santa Ana River, and turn the oil field into a public park.

The Trust for Public Land announced Monday that state legislators allocated $8 million to be put toward the purchase of the property. Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) said in a Facebook post that she was “thrilled” to have secured the allocation in this year’s upcoming state budget.

RELEASE: Legislation to Increase Marine Life Restoration Projects Advances

AB 63 Will Help Mitigate Coastal Climate Change

SACRAMENTO – In a win in the fight against climate change, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris’ bill to expand critical coastal restoration work passed through the Senate’s Natural Resources and Water Committee with unanimous support.

RELEASE: Banning Ranch Gets $8 Million Boost from California Legislature

SACRAMENTO – California lawmakers have approved $8 million dollars towards the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to conserve Banning Ranch, one of the last remaining parcels of privately owned land along the Southern California coast. The 385-acre property has long been eyed for its potential as a public park, nature preserve, and outdoor recreation destination.

RELEASE: Statement from Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris on the 2021-22 Budget Bill

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach), Chair of the Accountability & Administrative Review Committee, released the following statement after voting for Senate Bill 129, the 2021-22 state budget bill:

“A budget is a statement of values, and this year’s budget opens windows of opportunity and invests billions in California’s future.

06.24.21 PMMC receives state honor as nonprofit of the year for coastal O.C.

Excerpted from Laguna Beach Independent 

By Daniel Langhorne

Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) was named Wednesday by the State Legislature as the 2021 California Nonprofit of the Year for Assembly District 74.

The Laguna Canyon-based nonprofit is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Since its founding, the nonprofit has rescued more than 10,000 animals including seals, sea lions, dolphins, and sea turtles on the Orange County coastline.

RELEASE: Laguna Beach’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center Awarded 2021 Nonprofit of the Year

SACRAMENTO – Laguna Beach-based Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) is being honored by the State Legislature as the 2021 California Nonprofit of the Year for Assembly District 74. The Pacific Marine Mammal Center focuses on rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing marine mammals and inspiring ocean stewardship through research, education and collaboration.

RELEASE: Laguna Beach Books Honored – Small Business Spotlight

SACRAMENTO – Laguna Beach Books has been selected as part of the Small Business Spotlight for Assembly District 74. This Laguna Beach-based small business was founded in 2006 and is one of the last remaining independent bookstores in Orange County.


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