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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Excerpted from Ms. Magazine

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 963, the Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act, into law yesterday. The bill, authored by Assembly member Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach), calls for historic investment to increase civic engagement among the state’s 3.1 million students enrolled at 147 public universities and colleges.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Excerpted from Los Angeles Times

Laguna Beach will receive $1 million from the state to fund local efforts aimed at removing or replacing vegetation that could provide fuel for wildfires, officials announced this week.

“The city of Laguna Beach worked closely with Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris to secure this $1-million appropriation ... for much-needed fuel modification work in Laguna Beach,” Mayor Bob Whalen said in a statement Monday. “Our number one priority as a city is to reduce our current level of high fire risk and exposure to wildfires. This funding is a tremendous help to those efforts.”

Fuel modification — a catch-all term for efforts to remove, alter or replace combustible vegetation with more drought-tolerant or fire-resistant plants to remove the “fuel” for potential wildfires — is one of 29 short-term goals recommended in a 132-page report the city’s Wildfire Mitigation and Fire Safety Subcommittee released earlier this year.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Excerpted from Los Angeles Times

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill from Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) that will invest in ecofriendly infrastructure projects designed to protect coastal communities from sea-level rise.

Assembly Bill 65 will support projects such as adding kelp and sea grass to protect against greater wave impacts, shoring up land marshes and restoring natural ecosystems.

“The California coast is home to 840 miles of breathtaking beauty and nearly 70% of all Californians,” Petrie-Norris said in a statement. “And all of this is under threat from sea-level rise. We must be proactive and invest in smart solutions to safeguard our coast.”

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Excerpted from NBC San Diego

By Lexie Michel

As the Santa Ana winds roll in, fighting fires quickly and efficiently is of the utmost importance. San Diego may soon benefit from a new program helping firefighters on the ground make informed decisions.

Orange County Fire Authority launched its new Fire Integrated Real-Time Intelligence System (FIRIS) on Sept. 1 and has been flying successful pilot missions of the new tool.

The FIRIS system uses a plane equipped with infrared and radar sensors that can see through smoke to provide real-time perimeter mapping and live high definition video of wildfires. The aircraft is dispatched at the first report of smoke and has successfully flown missions over the recent Tenaja Fire in Murrieta and the Ortega and Fossil fires in Orange County.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Excerpted from abc7

By Jessica De Nova

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (KABC) -- Leaders in the Southern California firefighter community demonstrated a tool they say could be the future of wildfire combat during a press conference Monday.

The Fire Integrated Real Time Intelligence System (FIRIS) is a 150-day pilot program funded with $4.5 million from a state grant secured by Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Excerpted from Newport Beach Independent

By Sara Hall

The City Arts Commission discussed how to best utilize half a million dollars in grant funds earmarked for the city’s rotating sculpture exhibition at Civic Center Park and arts education programs.

Earlier this year, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris allocated $500,000 in the 2019-20 state budget for city of Newport Beach Arts Commission.

There was a great deal of discussion on the item during the Sept. 12 meeting, Library Services Director Tim Hetherton said in an email Tuesday.

Arts commissioners rejected the staff proposal to use the funds for Phases V and VI and instead unanimously approved a proposal to retain their budgeted funds for Phase V and to use the grant funds for Phases VI and VII.

They also agreed to recommend using a portion of the funds for infrastructural upgrades in the park, specifically improvements to the footpath, Hetherton reported.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Excerpted from the OC WEEKLY

By Anthony Pignataro

It’s not often you see a public official smiling when talking about climate change and sea-level rise. But that’s exactly what Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) was doing on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 18. Standing aboard the bright yellow Discovery Science Foundation Ocean Questeducation boat Dylan Ayres, Petrie-Norris called on Governor Gavin Newsom to sign Assembly Bill 65, a bill she authored to authorize $40 million in infrastructure assistance to coastal communities dealing with sea-level rise.