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A NorCal freshman Representative, Jared Huffman, San Rafael, just tweeted out that his very first bill passed the House and moves on to the Senate, H.R. 1411

RT @RepHuffman: I’m thrilled that the House has agreed to protect this jewel of the North Coast for future generations.'

More from the notice of its passage: House of Representatives Passes Congressman Huffman’s First Bill

 “This is a spectacular stretch of coastline, and it deserves the highest level of protection we can provide. By bringing this land into the National Monument system, we will provide an accessible way for visitors to see all that the Mendocino coast has to offer.”

“The Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands are a national treasure and the House of Representatives is right to protect it,” said Thompson. “We need to keep working and make sure the Senate passes legislation that preserves this wonderful stretch of coastline for our children and grandchildren.”

It is very rare for a freshman member in the minority party in the House to have their first bill as a Congressman passed by the House—only five other freshmen House Democrats have passed a bill in the 113th Congress, and Huffman is one of the first freshman of either party to have a land conservation bill approved in the 113th Congress. Today’s vote follows a House Natural Resources Committee vote on Congressman Huffman’s bill on June 12, 2013.

The bill would add 10 miles to the California Coastal Trail and includes other natural jewels such as the Garcia Estuary and two miles of the Garcia River, a critical habitat for salmon and steelhead. The land includes habitat for endangered species, and the designation keeps the current recreational, ranching, and research uses of the land.

Huffman was joined by original cosponsor Congressman Mike Thompson, who previously represented this area of California’s northern coastline in Congress. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein have introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

Here is Pt. Arena light as of Nov 2012...and a Map showing the Stornetta lands, along coast between Highway 1 and the light. We wondered the status of those lands when we went by last year. In fact took pic standing outsided fenced off coastal lands.

Pt. Arena light

 GOOGLE Map Pt Arena

Congratulations to Rep. Huffman on his very first bill passing the house! Thanks for protecting more of California.. for all Californians.  More about Jared below squiggle.

All the following is taken from his WIKI profile at WIKIPEDIA: Jared Huffman

Born in l964, as noted he is a 2013 FRESHMAN Democratic US Representative. He was elected to Congress in November 2012 with more than 70% of the vote (YEP!)...and Poor,poor baby, "His congressional district covers the North Coast from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border." ... Probably one of the most gloriously beautiful districts in our huge state of beautiful places.

Huffman was also a publicly elected director of the Marin Municipal Water District for twelve years, including three terms as board president.

 And "From 2006 to 2012, Huffman was a member of the California State Assembly, representing the 6th district. Huffman chaired the Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee and also chaired the Assembly Environmental Caucus.'

Huffman received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science magna cum laude from University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a three-time All-American volleyball player. He went on to graduate cum laude from Boston College Law School in 1990.... so he has been East.

For Sports buffs: Huffman was a member of USA Volleyball Team in 1987 when the team was ranked #1 in the world and had recently won the World Championship.

For Women:  Huffman became a consumer attorney specializing in public interest cases. Among his court victories was an historic case on behalf of the National Organization for Women, NOW,  which required all California State University campuses to comply with TITLE IX! ...  creating new athletic opportunities for thousands of female scholar-athletes throughout California.

For Greens: Huffman was also a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. And, On February 14, 2011, Jared Huffman cosponsored a bill with Paul Fong, California Assembly Bill 376, to make it illegal to possess, distribute, or sell SHARK FINs, unless for research or commercial purposes.[9]

FOR SFKOSSACKS and others interest Here is his website.Jared Huffman, U.S. Congressman

Originally posted to Shards ... fragments of life on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 04:21 PM PDT.

Also republished by Public Lands and California politics.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    Proud to be part of the 21st Century Democratic Majority Party of the 3M's.. Multiracial,Multigender and MiddleClass

    by LOrion on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 04:21:38 PM PDT

  •  I'm really excited by this! (14+ / 0-)

    I'm the newly elected chair of the Cal Dem Party's environmental caucus, elected to take the caucus in an active direction. At my urging the caucus endorsed three bills, including HR 1411. This weekend the Cal Dem Party's legislative committee endorsed our bills on Saturday, followed by the general session on Sunday. So I am taking a certain amount of pride in this bill!

    Republished this informative and well written diary to Public Lands.

  •  ....there HAS to be a 'Repeal Obamacare' rider (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Bob Love, LOrion, RLMiller, Lujane

    In there SOMEWHERE, right? Otherwise how could it be approved by the House??

    I mean, it's all about hippy crap like protecting the environment instead of 'Drill baby Drill!'... this can't be right....

    If you wanna join my gang punk you gotta be hardcore. *pulls out temporary tattoos* choose a tat, but don’t choose the kitty that one is mine

    by Fordmandalay on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 04:34:24 PM PDT

  •  Huffman has proposed increasing penalties for (0+ / 0-)

    abuse of federal forest and waterways from MJ growing, has several co-sponsors in Colo and Oregon as well..and this is excellent news, thanks.

    abuses being unregulated clearcutting, bulldozing, fertilizers, rodenticides and insecticides, ball manner of poisons and idiotic behavior, the ultimate Libertarian dream job, growing weed on public lands and leaving them with all the damages and not paying for any regulations or taxes...a libertarian paradise.

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 11:55:47 PM PDT

    •  he'd be better off supporting legalization (0+ / 0-)

      so that noone would bother growing cannabis in out of the way places like federal and state forests. legalized pot is regulated pot, same as any other crop.

      •  not really..much annoyance with massive growing in (0+ / 0-)

        media coverage and blogs, complaint driven busts now being driven by the environmental Huffman's efforts are indeed reflective of the best and latest thinking in the norcal communities.

        He is saddled with the same legalization political tar baby that PBO is...if only PBO would let the state's alone to determine their future's, that would be good, instead of ramping up the pressures against the legalized states.

        Local people depend on the MJ economy, it is the largest at this point..for a local politician to throw himself on that regionally unsupported legalization position would be a waste.
            Norcal is famous for the funding that came from here to defeat the last effort. That is the political reality...the local DA's and sherrif's also don't chase every last small pot possessor or grower and stick to the larger issues...mostly. Their elected officials with this orientations to get elected.

        His tactic here is excellent and very in current tune with  both wings of the political spectrum and avoids the polarizing and costly MJ legalizing debate.

        Sure, legalization would be good for everybody and the challenge to and even ruin of the remaining bits of NorCal's economy would be a side cost to the benefit of legalization.

        Legalization is a national and even international issue with even the past president of Mexico calling on the US to legalize it, for all the right reasons including stopping some of the income stream to the Mexican cartels....a flow which also helps bring in their meth and heroin product as sure, legalize it, but let the norcal politician stay elected as his sacrifice would not benefit anyone but the rapacious right up here.

        The latest big operation claimed 5 grows by cartel members up in Trinity county, 75,000 plants...which maybe means that the locals are directing the limited police energies, complaint driven, to the most egregious gang growers instead of locals..recent busts of the worst environmental trashers, coincidently US white citizens, not local, has also not gone unnoticed, large water diversions and massive clear cutting and bulldozing gets attention now, and it's only recently that the environmentalist's concerns have been focused and gained Huffman's efforts are excellent and in line with the recent community thinking. and good for him.

        This machine kills Fascists.

        by KenBee on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 12:37:14 PM PDT

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