Posts Tagged ‘California Air Resources Board’

How to Live in San Francisco Rent-Free for the Long Term – Just Get Yourself an RV, No Problem

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Eventually, NIMBY homeowners, who, you know, have nothing against you personally but they just want you gone gone gone, will contact the authoritahs and here’s what they’ll do. They’ll send somebody over to knock on your door to see what you’re up to.

And here’s what you’ll do: NOTHING. And then the cops will leave. Easy peasy.

Eventually, you’ll get a colony going, you’ll be trading tips and laughing at the uptight NIMBY homeowners, you know, those impotent people.

You’ll be there for years, saving all kinds of money on rent, utilities and whatnot.

Baker, recently:

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Post, a while back:

Hurray?

Van Jones and Arianna Huffington to Star at CAPCOA Climate Change Forum August 30-31

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The CAPCOA Climate Change Forum is upon us, down at the Jukebox Marriott on Fourth.

“The California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) will host the CAPCOA Climate Change Forum at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel on Monday and Tuesday, August 30-31, 2010.  Leaders from federal, state, and local levels of government will join stakeholders from green businesses, energy and technology providers, universities and research institutions, and community groups for two days of sessions focusing on how California can successfully work to advance its position as a pioneer in the fight against climate change.  Over 75 speakers have been assembled for an intense program spotlighting issues from “Energy Independence Through Clean & Renewable Energy” to “Green Business Strategies” to “Land Use and Sustainable Communities.”

Oh look, here comes Air-ianna:

                The California Air Pollution Control Officers Association’s Climate Change Forum

 WHEN:         Monday, August 30, 2010
               Registration & Breakfast 7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
               Sessions 8:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
               Expo Hall Reception, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

               Tuesday, August 31, 2010
               Registration & Breakfast 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
               Sessions 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

                55 4th Street, San Francisco (4th between Market and
 WHERE:         Mission)

 WHO:
                –   Van Jones, Senior Fellow, Center For American
                Progress & Senior Policy Advisor, Green For All
                –    Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder & Editor in Chief,
                The Huffington Post
                –   Chris Field, Director, Department of Global Ecology,
                Carnegie Institution of Washington
               –    Alec Loorz, Founder, Kids vs. Global Warming
               –    Hunter Lovins, Founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions
                –   Mary Nichols, Chairman, California Air Resources
                Board
                –   Jared Blumenfeld, Administrator, U.S. Environmental
                Protection Agency, Region 9
                –   Joel Makower, Chairman & Executive Editor, Greener
                World Media, Inc.

 PHOTO OPS:
                –   Highlighted Speaker Alec Loorz at 8:30 a.m. on August
                30
               –    Keynote Speaker Van Jones at 12:00 p.m. on August 30
                –   Keynote Speaker Arianna Huffington at 8:35 p.m. on
                August 31
                –   Keynote Speaker Chris Field at 12:00 p.m. on August
                31

 WEB:          www.capcoaclimateforum.com 

The event is hosted by CAPCOA, and co-hosted by the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Jerry Brown Throws Down: Hair Care Products Removed from Store Shelves in California

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Our California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide you polluting the air with hair care products not legal for sale in California. So he just announced a court judgment against Pro’s Choice Beauty Care, Inc, a New York-based distributor – now they’re blocked from selling “pollution-causing” products in CA.

Product is coming off the shelves right now at your K Marts, your RiteAids, your Targets, etc.

That means no illicit Big Sexy Hair Dense for Big Jerry:

These particular products weren’t meant for sale to Californians, so let’s assume that similar hairsprays and gels and whatnot, you know, all those things that you’ll see on sale tomorrow, have been given the O.K. Feel free to shop away.

All the deets:

Brown Removes Pollution-Causing Products from Store Shelves

Oakland-Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced a court judgment against Pro’s Choice Beauty Care, Inc., a New York-based hair care product distributor, blocking the company from selling “pollution-causing” products that also exacerbate respiratory illnesses.

The judgment also requires the retailers Rite Aid, Long’s Drug Stores, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreen Company, Ralphs Grocery Company, Kmart and Target to remove these products at all California stores.

“Pro’s Choice sold thousands of containers of pollution-causing hair products to consumers who unknowingly exposed themselves and the environment to harmful pollutants,” Brown said. “Today’s agreement will remove products from store shelves that pollute our air and exacerbate respiratory diseases such as asthma.”

Pro’s Choice, the largest distributor of professional hair care and nail products in the country, buys U.S. brand-name products overseas and re-imports the products to sell them below suggested retail value. The products are then redistributed to pharmacies, grocery chains, and wholesale clubs throughout the country.

In late 2006, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and several district attorneys notified Brown’s office that many products supplied by Pro’s Choice contained air contaminants well above the state’s limits on volatile organic compounds (VOCs.) Despite numerous tests and repeated violations and requests for compliance, Pro’s Choice continued to sell these products to retailers.

Brown’s office filed a lawsuit against the company in 2008. The company was charged with violating California’s Health and Safety Code 4200 et seq., which protects air quality and prevents companies from intentionally discharging pollutants into the air.

VOCs significantly contribute to the formation of smog. Under California law, depending on whether the product is a hair spray, mousse, gel or styling product, each must meet California’s stringent standards for VOC content. According to the American Lung Association’s 2009 State of the Air Report, California has five of the top-ten worst smog areas and the highest rate of asthma in the country.

Some of the non-compliant products Pro’s Choice resold to retailers include:

- Big Sexy Hair Dense at a Target in Modesto, CA;
- Redken Fabricate at a RiteAid in Modesto, CA;
- Sebastian Threads Microber Cream at a K-Mart in Lodi, CA;
- Sebastian Shaper Plus at Ralphs in Sacramento, CA;
- John Paul Mitchell Freeze and Shine Super Spray Firm Hold at Longs in Stockton, CA; and,
- Short Sexy Hair Hard Up Gel at Rite Aid in Torrance, CA.

Today’s judgment requires Pro’s Choice to:
- Stop selling or distributing products that violate the limits of VOCs;
- Pull all of the products found in violation;
- Identify and sort products that are non-compliant before distributing them for sale in California;
- Obtain written verification from the manufacturer

RV Living is Gaining in Popularity on the Streets of San Francisco

Monday, June 15th, 2009

You can save a lot of money on rent if you buy a mobile home and then start living in it for years on the streets of San Francisco.

All you need to do is fire her up once a week to avoid the street sweepers.

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Still Life in Mobile Homes. Click to expand

What was once a single recreational vehicle on this block is now a motionless convoy in 2009. Mercy me.

On It Goes…

Living Off The Grid Yet On The Streets of San Francisco

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Lots of people would like to live in San Francisco, but rents can be high. So, some just get an RV and just put it in a place where it’s free to park overnight. Which is pretty much everywhere in San Francisco.

Get a quiet Blue Max generator (chugga chugga chugga...) to keep your laptop charged up (but don’t tell the CARB!) and find a free source of WiFi, and then you’ll stay connected when you’re living rent-free in the City. Off the grid.

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Still life in mobile homes.

You should be fine as long as you don’t try this in the Sunset district, where they’d run you out of town in a New York minute.

DriveClean – All New Cars in California to get SMOG and Greenhouse Gas Ratings

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Back a half-century ago, Oklahoma Senator Almer Stillwell “Mike” Monroney gave us the ubiquitous window sticker that you’ll see on the side of just about every new vehicle for sale. For your protection, of course. Thanks Mike.

But window space is going to get a little more crowded with information now that California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board have teamed up to give you DriveClean. Now, you’re your going to get a SMOG score plus a Global Warming Score:

SMOG
Smog is a haze-like form of air pollution produced by the photochemical reaction of sunlight with volatile organic compounds (including non-methane organic gases) and oxides of nitrogen that have been released into the atmosphere, especially by automobile operation.

GREENHOUSE GASES
Greenhouse gases (ghg) emitted from vehicles include carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (NO2), and hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) from air conditioner refrigerant. Greenhouse gas emissions are the sum of all the ghg emissions and are identified as the CO2-equivalent value.

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So, something like a giant hybrid Lexus LS 600h L, which gets a relatively good Smog Score of 8, will get a poorer Global Warming Score. On the other hand, if they ever tested an old school Honda CRX HF, it would get a very poor Smog Score and a very good Global Warming Score. So it’s educational to have two separate scores.

The all-electric “2008 Tesla Roadster” (both of them! haha!) has a rating of a perfect 10 due to its “0 lbs.” of Annual Smog Emissions. The catch is this: ‘Does not include upstream emissions.” Uh oh. It’s a little funny how some people will bend over backwards to come up with a nonsensical 135 MPG figure for an all-electric car, but other people can’t even hazard a guess as to “upstream emissions,” which exist. (Of course, you power your Tesla with solar, of course, but averaging out emissions from coal fired and nuclear panner plants and the like wouldn’t be a crazy thing to do.)

So, check it out. And don’t miss the acronym page, with plenty of fun phrases like “Partial Zero-Emissions Vehicle.” (How would that compare with something like “Partial Herpes-Free Sex Partner?”).  

During a confusing time when an outfit like Lexus categorizes its hybrid products separately, (as if they’re an entirely different species of vehicle even though they are pretty similar to their gas-only stablemates), these ratings from DriveClean could have merit. So far, so good.