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10.7.21 Galvanized by O.C. spill, local lawmakers seek federal help to end drilling off California coast

Excerpted from the Daily Pilot

By Sara Cardine

Following the oil spill reported Saturday off Huntington Beach, a contingent of Orange County elected officials are calling on members of Congress to not only ban new offshore drilling off California’s coastline but end all such operations in federal waters.


Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie Norris (D-Laguna Beach) held a virtual media briefing Thursday during which she described recent events as “our worst fears come to life.”

RELEASE: Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris & Community Leaders Call for End to Offshore Drilling in California

Indigenous, environmental justice, coastal and ocean protection organizations demand that latest ecological disaster off California’s coast should be the last

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Assemblywoman Petrie-Norris led a briefing this morning (VIDEO) that included the largest congregation yet of leading indigenous, environmental justice, coastal and ocean protection organizations who are calling for an end to offshore drilli

10.06.21 New California laws aim to combat fraud in jobless benefits

By Adam Beam

Excerpted from the Fresno Bee

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed new laws Tuesday to tighten security in the state's unemployment system after his administration OK’d billions of dollars in fraudulent payments during the pandemic while legitimate claimants languished in a backlog awaiting approval.

RELEASE: Small Business Roundtable Convened by Assemblywoman Petrie-Norris

Business Owners, Local Leaders & Statewide Advocates Discuss Cutting Red Tape

COSTA MESA – At a small business roundtable held by the Chair of the Select Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SB&E), Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris; economists, business experts, and local business owners shared their thoughts on regulatory hurdles facing small businesses.

10.06.21 Local leaders survey oil spill cleanup at Talbert Marsh in Huntington Beach

By Matt Szabo

Excerpted from the Daily Pilot 

Local elected officials took a tour of the oil-spill-affected Talbert Marsh in Huntington Beach on Wednesday, as the cleanup continues.

Workers from Patriot Environmental Services, based in Wilmington, used rakes and large white bags to remove oil from the area near the rocks by the shore. The oil was then deposited in a dumpster at the marsh, located south of Brookhurst Street off Pacific Coast Highway.

RELEASE: Rampant EDD Unemployment Insurance Fraud Prevention Measure Enacted

New Law Will Safeguard Taxpayer Unemployment Funds

SACRAMENTO – After California lost more than $810 million taxpayer dollars last year to unemployment insurance (UI) fraud, legislation to implement standard fraud-prevention practices at California’s Employment Development Department (EED) was signed into law. 


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