Californians for Water Security
Californians for Water Security (CWS) is a growing coalition of residents, business leaders, labor, family farmers, local governments, water experts, public safety experts, taxpayer groups, environmentalists and others that have joined to mount a comprehensive, multi-year campaign in support of the plan to repair California’s aging water distribution system, through implementation of the California Water Fix.
CEQA Working Group
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was signed into law in 1974 as the landmark environmental protection law in the country. However, more than 40 years later the law has not been modernized to account for the hundreds of environmental laws passed since. Over the decades, CEQA has become the tool of choice for anonymous groups to halt or indefinitely stop needed renewable energy, housing, public transit, infill, and other crucial projects throughout California, often for reasons that have nothing to do with the environment.
No on Proposition 61
Proposition 61 sought to impose unworkable contracting requirements for some state prescription drug purchases. Proposition 61 was among the most controversial ballot measures on a loaded 2016 ballot, especially given the charged atmosphere over prescription drug costs. BCF helped manage the effort, built a coalition of more than 200 organizations opposed to the measure, oversaw all earned media, and coordinated the campaign’s digital effort. Prop 61 was handily defeated 53% – 47% by California voters on November 8, 2016.
No on AB 350
AB 350 was a far-reaching bill that would have taken away a basic employer right of choosing who to hire. It sailed through the Assembly and seemed to be destined for approval in the Senate. BCF was hired in late summer to launch an aggressive campaign to highlight the bill’s flaws. BCF built and worked with a coalition during the summer legislative recess to organize and to reframe the issue as an outrageous power grab, an infringement on employers’ rights to manage their own workforce, and a vast over-reach by legislators who should be focused on other state priorities. It was defeated on the Senate floor just a few weeks later.
The Local Coalition & Proposition 1A
The campaign for Proposition 1A really began in 2002 when the League of California Cities, California State Association of Counties and California Special Districts Association, tired of being state budget scapegoats, approached BCF with a challenge: To help them organize, mobilize and speak with one voice to protect local government funding during the state budget process. While protecting local services was the immediate goal each year, the ultimate goal was always constitutional protection from state raids via the initiative process.
No on Proposition 37
A November 2012 a ballot measure in California would have required that foods containing genetically modified ingredients be labeled. The measure applied only to products sold in California. While the measure started out with strong public support, it failed on Election Day. BCF assisted with the overall strategy and message development for the campaign, and headed up an aggressive coalition building and grassroots effort, and managed all the earned media and social media for the campaign.