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Senator Corbett expands recycling

August 04, 2008

Sacramento Bee

Bill proposes fees on more plastic containers to encourage California recycling

By Daniel Zarchy -
Published 12:00 am PDT Saturday, August 2, 2008

Consumers would pay a redemption fee on a broader range of plastic containers, from ketchup bottles to peanut butter jars, under a bill pending at the Capitol.

Proponents say the fee will encourage people to recycle more containers.

SB 1313 bans toxic chemicals in food packaging

July 30, 2008

Los Angeles Times


Carcinogen worries stick to food packaging

Perfluorooctanoic acid is found in 98% of Americans' blood. The chemical industry says there's no reason to worry about PFOA.

SB 250 helps the homeless

July 28, 2008

Daily Review

Homeless get help through gift card program

By Martin Ricard
Daily Review
Article Last Updated: 07/28/2008 12:02:33 AM PDT

SAN LEANDRO - Gift cards can be used for all sorts of things these days - buying new clothes, paying for a meal at a restaurant, getting gasoline.

And if the balance on the card is less than $10, Californians can now redeem it for cash, thanks to state Sen.

Senator Corbett's part in no semis on part of I-580

July 23, 2008 (CBS San Francisco)

Good Question: Why No Semis on Part of I-580?

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Senator hopes bill will stick

June 30, 2008

Long Beach Press-Telegram

Senator hopes bill will stick

By Susan Abram, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 06/29/2008 10:17:09 PM PDT

A debate about greasy fingers is getting a little sticky up in Sacramento.

A state senator is proposing that California become the first state to ban a class of potential carcinogens used in some popcorn bags, pizza boxes and other grease-resistant food packaging.

Senator Corbett Appointed to California Public Library Board

May 23, 2008

Castro Valley Forum

Senator Corbett Appointed to California Public Library Board

By : Staff Reports : 5/21/08

State Senator Ellen Corbett today announced being appointed to the California Public Library Construction and Renovation Board.

The California Library Board is responsible for overseeing the Library Bond Act of 2000 which was approved by voters and provides $350 million of state bond funding for public library construction and renovation.

Senator Corbett fights to increase recycling

May 23, 2008

California Progress Report

California Reaches Record Recycling Levels - Legislation Proposes Recycling Expansion
SB 1625 up for vote today

By Mark Murray
Executive Director
Californians Against Waste

The California Department of Conservation yesterday unveiled a new report showing that Californians are recycling a record number of beverage containers.

Senator Corbett's SB 1313 passes off the Senate floor.

May 14, 2008

San Jose Mercury News

Calif. Senate votes to ban heat-resistant compounds
The Associated Press

Article Launched: 05/12/2008 06:24:17 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO-The California Senate has voted to ban food packaging containing a family of chemicals that have been used for decades in products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease and water.
The legislation by Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, would prohibit the use of perfluorinated compounds in items used to package, transport or hold food, starting in 2010.

Senator Corbett attends Hayward teachers protest

May 14, 2008

Daily Review

Alameda County teachers to hold downtown Hayward protest

By Kristofer Noceda
Article Created: 05/12/2008 08:50:38 PM PDT

HAYWARD - Educators from Southern Alameda County will celebrate California's Day of the Teacher on Wednesday by holding a downtown rally to save public school funding.

The growing state deficit has prompted Gov.

Chemical Used to Make Non-Stick Coatings Harmful to Health

May 14, 2008

Environmental News Service

Chemical Used to Make Non-Stick Coatings Harmful to Health

WASHINGTON, DC, May 13, 2008 (ENS) ­ A chemical used to make non-stick coating for pots and pans, food wrappers and stain-resistant fabrics may harm the immune system, liver and thyroid and cause higher cholesterol in children, according to the initial findings of a study of 69,000 people who live near a DuPont manufacturing plant.

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