To run for a U.S. Senate seat in California, a viable candidate needs to raise a huge war chest of funds. Over the last four campaign cycles, the California U.S. Senate incumbents and their top challengers have each raised an average of $8.8 million from individual donors for their races. The competition will likely be even greater in 2016, with the retirement of Sen. Barbara Boxer, and thus candidates will have to raise even more money.
As I'm sure you know, California is facing the worst drought we've seen in years. Here are some pretty drastic pictures of the devastation.
Obviously, the best way to tackle our water shortage is to use less water. Here are 7 simple tips for reducing your water usage in daily life:
I am writing one final email this year just to say…thank you!
We have accomplished a lot this year - whether you volunteered, signed a petition, or supported your CALPIRG chapter through the pledge fee – and we couldn’t do it without you.
Check out some of what we’ve accomplished together:
PIRG In The News
College students could save an average of $128 a course if traditional textbooks were replaced with free or low-cost “open-source” electronic versions, a new report finds.
Want to know how an electrically-powered beemer handles?
Riverside Electric Vehicle Day on Sunday will give participants the chance to drive an electric car including models from BMW and Nissan.
The free event is co-hosted by the Charge Ahead California campaign, UC Riverside, and the California Student Public Interest Research Group.
Unlike this year’s controversial “soda tax” measure, one city ballot measure has flown under the radar. Measure P expresses dissatisfaction with corporate personhood and campaign-finance laws in the United States in the hope of passing a Constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood.
The driving force behind the measure’s inclusion on the city ballot was CalPIRG’s “Reclaim Democracy” campaign. CalPIRG is a group that works to protect consumer and voter rights and has a chapter at UC Berkeley.
The California ban on single-use plastic bags is a huge step toward reducing litter, but it might not be as effective a change as its advocates assume. On Sept. 30, Gov. Jerry Brown became the first governor to sign a statewide ban on plastic bags in grocery and convenience stores. Many California cities already instituted the ban earlier this year, including Los Angeles. In his signing statement, Brown stated that he hopes to encourage other states across the nation to follow our example and reduce their litter as well.
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