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Victoria Rome, California Legislative Director, San Francisco and Sacramento

Victoria Rome

I studied political science at UCLA and went to graduate school in Sacramento. After a three year stint working for two California legislators, I moved to the Bay Area for a job with a foster youth advocacy organization. I joined NRDC’s San Francisco office in 2002 and now work to pass legislation that reduces air pollution, creates green jobs, and that protects children’s health and California’s natural resources. In my free time I try to get outside as much as possible and enjoy hiking, mountain biking, camping and walking on the beach.

Recent Posts

California Keeps Marching Forward in the Fight Against Climate Change

Posted September 26, 2014 by Victoria Rome in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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It’s been an exciting week starting with the People’s Climate March in New York City, solidarity events in Oakland and Los Angeles, the United Nations Conference in New York, and our own Governor Brown’s presentation to the UN conference. Governor Brown...continued

California Legislative Session Ends with Big Wins for Our Health and Environment

Posted September 17, 2014 by Victoria Rome in Curbing Pollution, U.S. Law and Policy

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As the gavel fell on the California state legislative session, NRDC and our partners celebrated breakthroughs on policies we’ve been advocating for years. Our state leaders finished strong for the environment sending numerous bills to Governor Brown that will clean...continued

California and Mexico to Forge Shared Solutions on Climate Change and the Economy

Posted July 25, 2014 by Victoria Rome in Environmental Justice, Solving Global Warming

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This blog was co-written by Amanda Maxwell and Ann Notthoff NRDC has been working for years in both California and Mexico to combat climate change and protect natural resources.  Although each has its own political challenges and opportunities, it’s clear...continued

New Poll: Strong Concerns about Fracking in California

Posted August 20, 2013 by Victoria Rome in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, U.S. Law and Policy

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Fracking is already underway in California, with no regulations in place. Yet, recent polls consistently show widespread concern amongst Californians about the impacts on public health and the environment. In July, a poll from the Public Policy Institute of California found...continued

More than 80,000 People Support California's Proposed Standard to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals from Furniture

Posted March 25, 2013 by Victoria Rome in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Good news this week. The agency responsible for updating California’s flammability standard, the California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation, will hold a public hearing tomorrow on the new, proposed standard that would improve fire...continued

Toxic-Free Fire Safety Coming to California

Posted February 6, 2013 by Victoria Rome in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Thanks to top-notch investigative reporting by the Chicago Tribune and leadership from Governor Jerry Brown, California will very soon have an effective fire safety standard that does not put our health (or safety) at risk. The California Bureau of Home...continued

Reasons to be Thankful for 2012 and Ready for 2013 in California

Posted January 7, 2013 by Victoria Rome in Curbing Pollution, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The arrival of a new year is cause for reflection on the past and renewed commitment to the future.  As we look back at 2012, California has much to be proud of including:   1.  Our economy is rebounding thanks in...continued

Californians: Vote to Support the Environment

Posted October 31, 2012 by Victoria Rome

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Vote Yes on Props 30, 37 and 39; No on Prop 31 When you go to the polls or fill out your absentee ballot for the November 6th election, please use your vote to help protect our health and environment...continued

Fingers Crossed for New California Rules to Ensure Fire Safety and Health

Posted June 28, 2012 by Victoria Rome in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Ever since the Chicago Tribune published a fascinating series that exposed the chemical industry’s deceptive campaign to force toxic chemicals into household furniture, action to update California’s furniture regulation known as “TB 117” has accelerated rapidly.  Last week, Governor Brown...continued

Now is the Time Californians: Taking Action on Flame Retardants

Posted June 7, 2012 by Victoria Rome in Health and the Environment

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NRDC is ramping up its efforts to modernize the 1975 California flammability standard imposed on furniture manufacturers nationwide following revelations that a massive hoax led to decades of soaking upholstered furniture in toxic, but ineffective, fire retardant chemicals.  Last week,...continued

Copious Chemicals in Your Couch

Posted May 10, 2012 by Victoria Rome in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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A massive scam is unraveling here in California.For decades, the chemical industry pushed the “necessity” of using fire retardants in household furniture –despite irrefutable evidence that the substances were both harmful for human health and largely ineffective in preventing fires. ...continued

California Legislative Update

Posted October 19, 2011 by Victoria Rome in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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Governor Brown worked up until the midnight deadline on October 9th to sign or veto the more than 600 bills sent to him by the State Legislature. Overall, he demonstrated a core commitment to California’s environment and the health of our...continued

California Bill SB 454 Helps Protect Consumers, Workers and Businesses

Posted September 15, 2011 by Victoria Rome in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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My husband and I are in the market for a new refrigerator. The one we have came with the house we bought in 2002. It works okay, but is showing signs of age. We’ve had to patch up the door shelves...continued

California's Republican politicians still don't get it

Posted March 18, 2011 by Victoria Rome in Health and the Environment

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Governor Brown and California’s legislative leaders are working around the clock to address the state’s $26.6 billion budget deficit, yet a deal remains elusive.  The governor proposes a mix of budget cuts and extensions to taxes that would otherwise expire...continued

A Positive Development in Sacramento

Posted January 26, 2011 by Victoria Rome in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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I recently attended the groundbreaking for an exciting new project in downtown Sacramento.  La Valentina is being built on a formerly polluted site that sat vacant for two decades.  That’s a long time to wait to turn valuable property into something...continued

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