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Annie Notthoff, California Advocacy Director, San Francisco office and Sacramento

Annie Notthoff

The California state of mind means something real to me - sun, sand, oak studded tawny hills, crashing waves and lots of people from lots of places with lots of big ideas. It's a great place to work on environmental and public health protection because the people here really have your back. Time and again, Californians show they care about these issues -- where they live, how they live, the quality of the air they breathe and the water they drink. And don't even think about getting elected out here if you don't have a solid environmental record. All this enthusiasm means there are many moving parts and many players eager to make a difference. I spend a lot of my timing working with all these folks, trying to steer a course to effective environmental and public health reform.

Recent Posts

California and Mexico - Good Neighbors Working Together for Clean Energy

Posted July 29, 2014 by Annie Notthoff in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably

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With today’s signing of a new energy MOU, California and Mexico took another step in the march to a clean energy future.  Mexico is already committed to getting 35% of its energy from renewable sources by 2024 and California is...continued

UPDATE-- Pacific States and British Columbia Aren't Waiting for Others to Act: Groundbreaking Climate Change & Clean Energy Agreement Announced

Posted October 28, 2013 by Annie Notthoff

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California Gov. Jerry Brown is known to talk about being from pioneering stock. Today, he and the governors of Oregon and Washington, along with the premier of British Columbia, are pioneering a Pacific Coast Climate Action Plan on Climate and...continued

California's Environmental Leadership - Progress with Economic Prosperity

Posted January 9, 2013 by Annie Notthoff in Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably

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What California does makes a difference.  When President Obama increased national mileage standards last year, he built on the pioneering work that Senator Fran Pavley started here in 2002.  We dream big, we take big steps and when it comes...continued

California Climate Program Ready to Roll

Posted October 10, 2012 by Annie Notthoff in Solving Global Warming

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Next month California’s landmark climate program is set to take another big step with the launch of its first auction.  It’s  time for  industrial polluters  to stop fighting this six-years-in-the-making program and instead join the hundreds of businesses investing in...continued

Governor Brown Gives "Thumbs Down" to Healthy Communities, Misses Chance to Cut Traffic and Boost Investment

Posted October 4, 2012 by Annie Notthoff in Living Sustainably

When NRDC released its new sustainable communities report last week with Move LA, we were optimistic that California Governor Jerry Brown would continue his long record of supporting good planning and economic development by signing SB 1156, the Sustainable Communities Investment...continued

A Great Victory for California's Coast and Ocean

Posted June 11, 2012 by Annie Notthoff in Reviving the World's Oceans

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At the end of last week, California, once again, did something no other state in the country had done before – our California Fish and Game Commission voted 3 to 0 to complete a science-based statewide network of marine reserves....continued

Solar Done Wrong: AB 1073 is Not the Right Path to a Clean Energy Future

Posted May 9, 2012 by Annie Notthoff in Green Enterprise, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Solar energy development is booming in California and across the Southwest. On public lands alone seven utility-scale solar projects totaling a little more than 23,000 acres of public lands have been permitted in the California desert since 2010, and there...continued

California's Coast Loses a Good Friend

Posted April 3, 2012 by Annie Notthoff in Reviving the World's Oceans

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Last week we celebrated Oceans Day here in California's capitol. Governor Brown, who signed the Coastal Act in to law in 1976, joined several of us to mark the occasion. He and Julie Packard of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and...continued

California Coastal Dreaming, Take 2

Posted August 15, 2011 by Annie Notthoff in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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   Stillwater Cove, Monterey County Looking out at the waves of Monterey Bay, with sand between my toes and the summer coastal fog wrapping me in its arms, I once again feel lucky to be a Californian.  One big reason...continued

Don't Dim the Lights on California: Tell Congress Not to Repeal Energy Saving Lighting Standards!

Posted July 8, 2011 by Annie Notthoff in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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On Monday, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on a measure to repeal federal lighting efficiency standards that benefit consumers by requiring that  the common light bulbs we use in our homes use about 30% less energy. These...continued

Let the people decide

Posted March 18, 2011 by Annie Notthoff in The Media and the Environment

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If you ride public transportation, have children in public school or have visited state parks recently, you know that budget cuts over the past several years have seriously harmed these and many other services on which Californians rely.  This year,...continued

John Laird named to key environmental post in Brown administration

Posted January 6, 2011 by Annie Notthoff in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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I’ve been lucky enough to know and work with John Laird ever since he was a Santa Cruz city councilman and we first joined forces with then Congressman Leon Panetta and US Senator Pete Wilson to protect California’s coastal environment...continued

Step by Step - from California to Cancun

Posted December 10, 2010 by Annie Notthoff in Curbing Pollution

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I arrived here in Cancun earlier this week directly from the annual Green California Summit, a gathering of dozens of environmental, public health, labor, businesses, advocacy organizations and many others  who are working together to address and find solutions to...continued

In defeat of Prop. 23, we all came together

Posted November 14, 2010 by Annie Notthoff in Solving Global Warming

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As the Democratic daughter of a Republican father, I know firsthand that political parties don't matter when it comes to family. And the coalition that came together to defeat Proposition 23 in California was a bipartisan breath of fresh air....continued

Opponents of Prop 23 Forge a Mighty Coalition

Posted November 1, 2010 by Annie Notthoff in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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This has been an especially contentious and polarizing election season, and little room has been left for reasoned discourse. Any common ground, it seems, has subsided beneath the waves of stridency, fear and anger.  But things aren’t always as they...continued

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