Here in the State of California, we have over 5500 uh plant species in the State of California.
40 percent of them are endemic, meaning native to the State of California, Arthur Menzies, my grandfather after spending years and years in corregidor as a prisoner of war, came back with one mindset, and that was a focus on California native plants.
There’s a wonderful Menzies garden in the bay area that’s, testament to his contribution in this space, and I’ve, always shared a little bit of that bias, and that history has been brought to bear uh in delay.
Uh for me over the course of uh, my uh 50 plus years, and it’s in his spirit, uh and uh in that uh. Light that i’m here today to advance an effort to codify efforts that are already underway here. In the state of california, but advance them more formally by establishing a framework to preserve and protect uh.
Over 30 percent of the state’s, lands uh to be conserved here in the state of california and extend that to our coastal waters as well. 30 by 30 by 2030 is the mandate and the goal we & # 39. Ll, be the first state in the united states of america to do both land conservation and coastal conservation, and we will join other parts of the globe.
Some 38 nations and some national governments that have done the same. This is an international movement. California, as the fifth largest economy in the world, needs to flex its muscle. Muscles needs to assert itself and to advance that cause uh, not only as it relates to its global impacts, but hopefully jumpstart efforts, similar efforts in other states across this country.
It’s, an audacious goal uh and it’s, an achievable goal and it’s, a goal that’s consistent with our stated goals, uh on our efforts to change the way we produce and consume energy. Here in the state of california and advance, our low-carbon green growth strategies here in the state of california, builds on the executive order that we advanced a few weeks.
Back as it relates to our clean car mandate by 2035 builds on the work we’re already doing in our cap and trade programs, our rps, our renewable portfolio standards and the spectrum of efforts. We’re, doing not only to decarbonize our economy but to jump start our economy by greening our economy and leading in the next big international economic opportunity, and that is the green sector and so as advancement uh in this cause.
We cannot forget about our lands, our working lands. We can’t forget about our deserts. Our wetlands, we can’t forget about our coasts. We can & # 39. T forget about our ranchers. We can’t forget about our farmers.
We can’t forget about agriculture here in the state of california, just think about this 70 000 farmers and ranchers here in the state, some 400 commodities that we sell to the world uh. We not only sell the world, but we sell to this nation over a third of all the vegetables, two-thirds of the fruits and nuts, like the walnuts that are produced here at sierra orchards, that’s.
California’s game that we do better than anybody else, but the other game that separates our game from the game played elsewhere is innovation in trying to bring innovation, uh and conservation, innovation and agriculture, innovation and land use, innovation and species and biodiversity protections Is really where we can truly separate ourselves and that’s, the spirit and the construct, the architecture behind this executive order that we’re advancing here today, to create a collaborative and to create a collaborative mindset.
We’re, not pitting one group against the other. We’re, bringing people to the table, bringing people quite literally around the table to advance these goals. We have an abundant mindset here in the state of california that’s.
What makes california so unique so special uh and that’s. The mindset we’re, bringing to this executive order to bring uh parties together that, in the past haven’t, always seen eye to eye that has struggled to work in a collaborative spirit and to bring those parties together to advance our Collective goal of future proofing, the state of california to making california more resistant and resilient to the realities of climate change.
I’ve said this ad nauseam. It’s, pretty self-evident to anybody that lives out here on the west coast of the united states, let alone here in the state proper. The hots are getting a lot hotter. The dries are getting a lot drier.
Just recall. It was 2011 to 2017, where we experienced an historic drought that led 163 million trees dead in its wake. Not only the hot’s, getting hotter the dry’s, getting dryer. The wets are getting a lot wetter.
These atmospheric rivers that we’re experiencing that we’ve, never experienced in the past the hottest august in recorded history that we just experienced here in the state of california. The hottest recorded, arguably hottest recorded temperature ever in modern recorded world history that we experienced some seven plus weeks ago in death valley, california, 130 degrees.
This is real. This is happening and, as i’ve said on many different occasions. If you don’t believe in science, you got to believe your own eyes. You don’t believe in science and data you’re, not open argument interested.
Perhaps in one thing that’s, evidence, and that is the observed evidence that is self-evident here in the state of california, about things radically changing, as scientists had predicted years and years ago what they predicted, though uh we anticipated happening occurring and manifesting years And years from now, in the reality it’s happening much sooner than some had even predicted, and as a consequence of that, we’ve got to accelerate our efforts here in this state.
We & # 39. Ve got to do more and we & # 39. Ve got to manage things better, and so i’m here in a remarkable place. Since 1980, sierra orchards been a leader craig and his team have been uh. Well, they’re.
True pioneers in the california spirit – and it goes horace greeley said: go west young man go west and we talk in terms of that. Pioneering spirit about makes california truly great. What makes that dream so relevant, uh and so enlivening to so many people.
The evocative nature of that pioneering spirit and that innovation that entrepreneurial mindset is uh present here at this orchard, since 1980, has been moving in a different direction from many of the neighbors.
Perhaps people may have rolled their eyes 10. 15. 20 years ago. People may have just dismissed craig and his wife’s, work and his family’s. Work here and ramon’s. Work on this farm is an outlier and now folks are paying attention now.
Folks are not only paying attention. They’re, starting to educate, uh folks right here on this farm about well craig. How come you’re, not using as much water? Why are there so many uh, more insects pollinating your plants.
Why are things a little bit greener, uh? Even during uh these drought years on your property than other properties, why does it just seem more vibrant and that all goes to the spirit of this executive order? It’s around biodiversity, it’s around uh alternatives to synthetic fertilizers and new strategies on mulching and composting.
It’s about recognizing that climate change is not just about greenhouse gas emissions emanating from tailpipes of vehicles, but it’s. The opportunity to sequester in our soils these greenhouse gas emissions, the carbon rather in our soils that presents itself as an extraordinary opportunity to future proof.
Our state, our nation and the world that we’re trying to build in the light of global climate change, just think about this uh 2 850 different types of soil here in the state of california, close to 3 000 different soil types, the remarkable Biodiversity that exists and persist here in the state of california.
I mentioned the 5 500 different plant species, again 40 endemic here in the state of california, the abundance that we have it’s sitting right here, we’re standing right on it. We’re, looking all around and the ability to bring to bear uh mother nature’s, extraordinary contribution, the life and liveliness that she brings to bear every single day.
All the solutions are around us. The answer to all of our anxiety and stress is around us: it’s abundant and so the abundant mindset, not the scarcity mindset, is what we bring to this executive order.
A sustainable mindset, not a situational mindset, is what we bring to this executive order. This is a critical part of the climate change conversation and it so often is omitted. When we talk about climate change, we get so consumed as we should by energy in industry, commercial and residential side of this equation, and we forget our working lands.
We forget our natural lands, we forget about species and we forget about animals and plants and insects and all of these things that truly make life not only worth living, but life even capable human beings even capable of living.
I want to just extend again a bias by not only connecting the dot. My mother’s side. My grandfather, arthur mendes, but on my father’s. Side left another legacy. It relates to preserving land, as he did with prop 117, which he led here in the state of california, set aside land for mountain lions, uh the contribution that was my first pet when i was a young child, a river otter, some people have dogs and cats.
I had a river otter potter, the otters, my first pet uh, and so when i again think about climate change, i think about animals, i think about plants. I think about insects. I think about farming and, of course, growing up in this state.
How proud are we of our farmers? How proud are we of our ranchers when you think about california? We talk about exporting innovation in that entrepreneurial spirit. We talk about the fact that we’re entertaining the world, but we’re.
Also feeding the world it’s, part of the three-legged stool that makes california such a special and unique and vibrant place. We’re, not going to walk away from agriculture. We’re, not going to dismiss or deny agriculture’s future in the state.
Quite the contrary. We have profound respect for those men and women that are out there every single day doing the hard work uh that we often see take for granted. When we’re out there, grocery shopping and the abundance of choices, uh that we have – and we want that extended for generations to come, and so that’s, why we are committed to working in a transition that is inclusive, a transition Where we are incentivizing the kind of behavior that i think resides in each and every farmer and rancher, and that’s, a desire to leave a legacy to leave something to generations unborn, to be able to look back uh.
As you do. Every single year with a mindset that recognizes a broader sense of permanence, and i think that framework is also again represented very much in the spirit in the letter of what we are advancing here today in this executive order.
So i i could belabor this um uh, but forgive me i won’t. The executive order speaks for itself. We put out some guidelines in a press release that uh more simply uh lay out the tenants of what we’re advancing but 30 by 30.
uh. This state can achieve this, let’s, see other states adopt similar strategies, and we can do so that doesn’t hurt builders. Doesn’t deny our audacious housing goals. Doesn’t deny in fact anything.
It only creates more opportunity, builds more collaboration, builds more bridges, builds more trust. And again, if we’re ever going to address this issue of climate change head on uh, we will move at the speed of trust and so that uh formally and foundationally uh is a big part of this effort.
Final word, so i want to just thank uh two members, member revis and member cara uh for their good work that they did this year. They had bills in this space. They didn’t get across the line uh, but they made enormous amount of progress in contributing to this debate uh and to this moment – and i want to just thank uh both of those offer authors and legislative leaders and their staff for all their Outstanding work, including again, my staff jared bloomfield uh to karen ross, our agricultural commissioner, i mentioned wade, crowfoot, uh and other members of our team that also worked hard uh to bring uh this executive order to light so that’s.
The announcement and, of course we are here as always to answer any questions, but just briefly, let me update you uh on covet 19 transmission. Today’s. Seven day track is a 2.4 percent seven day, uh positivity rate in the state of california.
Down to 2.4 yesterday dr galley made some announcements about a number of counties that are moving into less restrictive tiers. Progress continues to be made on that front, but again a sober reminder of the power and potency of your individual actions and importance of physically distancing to the extent you can avoiding mixing particularly indoors, and the importance of maintaining your vigilance on wearing a mask.
I also want to just update briefly on the 22 now active fires in the state of california, the two that have generated most attention: uh, the glass fires at 58 containment today and the august complex.
Of course, the largest uh in states recorded history. Over one million acres that have burned just in that august, fire about 60 percent contained so progress on both those stubborn fires. Uh final words before i open it up it’s.
Just a reminder. These fires, climate induced fires and the pandemic that has created economic dislocation and anxiety that we have to think about uh our interdependence in terms of these issues and not silo any of these issues any longer, and i want to bring all of that to bear and All of that to light, because a big part of this executive order is also about active forest management.
Reforestation not just prescribed burns, it is about making our forest more resilient, making california more resilient uh to uh the impacts of climate change and wildfires. At the same time, as well as keeping us healthy in the spirit of this pandemic by detoxifying our air and detoxifying, our water, and so with that happy to answer any questions after i sign the executive order, all right with a walnut.
In fact, a walnut in one hand, no pen in the other, all right, i’m, holding up a walnut without the all right. Thank you, craig thanks for having us and leslie. Thank you. Uh happy of course, to answer any questions.
Hi governor sophia bolag, here from the sacramento bee, i’ll, be asking questions on behalf of the press corps today. I wanted to start start out with a few questions about the news out of your office today that a staff member of yours and a state employee who works nearby to your staff have tested positive for covid19 annabel munoz of abc asks.
If you can tell us more about how you & # 39, re handling those cases and how many people were exposed and are self-isolating yeah, so both individuals not working directly in our office but in the governor’s, office extended in the capital uh And both we’re going through.
We are going through uh, a contract tracing process led by the department of public health, and they have both been isolated and we are working back from that frame to make sure that everybody is appropriately tested and anyone that been direct contact also goes through the protocols And procedures that we have put out so that we’re, not just preaching, but we’re practicing, what we preach, and so that’s already underway and it’s.
Just a another reminder of how easily transmitted this diseases and how, despite some of the good news and our positivity rates and some of the stability, we’re, seeing in our case rates across this state uh how virulent this disease remains and how easily Transmittable this disease continues to be.
Do you have a number for how many of your staffers are self-isolating right? Now i don’t have that this uh brand new information, everybody going through the appropriate protocols. The good news is our office.
We’ve, been putting out a telework uh framework uh our office does not have the concentration of people uh that it had pre pandemic. In fact, quite uh, a small number of people are actually physically in the offices.
One of these individuals, an intern and another, a staffer in one of our state agencies, and so we’re going through all that and we’ll, be as transparent as we possibly can. Respecting people’s, rights and privacy, but we’re doing this by the book, utilizing the protocols that we believe should be advanced across the spectrum: private, not just public sector.
A health led contact, tracing uh methodology of making that determination, and we’ll, provide that to you when they conclude their their effort. Several reporters have asked when your last test was and what the result of that test was well.
I haven’t been tested positive. I’ve, been tested on multiple occasions. I’ve highlighted two of those occasions recently, including the last occasion, which was when the president visited, and i look forward to getting tested again.
So you’re just to clarify the last time you were tested. Was you tested negative when the president visited yeah, i’ve, never been tested, positive and tested negative on multiple times. You may recall in similar press conferences like this.
We’ve, been very transparent about a number of those tests, including a visit to a state prison here and obviously taking protocols. We were tested on multiple occasions in anticipation, a meeting with the president, including on the day fact hour prior to his visit.
All those tests negative last week, we learned that disney chairman bob iger had quit your economic recovery task force. What was your reaction to that news? I had a wonderful conversation with bob who has been very active and participatory in our task force.
I’m incredibly grateful uh for his support is inside his council over the cloud over the period of the last number of months and didn’t come to me as a surprise. At all there’s disagreements in terms of opening a major theme park.
We’re, going to let science and data make that determination. I understand the dialectic the friction, the frustration that many business leaders have, that they want to move forward. Uh sectorally to uh to to reopen uh, but we are.
We’re gonna be led by a health first framework and uh, and we’re gonna be stubborn about it and um, and that’s. The uh that’s, our commitment that’s, our resolve and uh. While there’s, we feel there’s, no hurry of putting out guidelines.
We’re continuing to work with the industry, amusement parks and by the way, amusement parks. Aren’t just disney uh, you & # 39. Ve, got all kinds of amusement parks, including uh, smaller parks that are out there and the piers.
Like down in santa cruz and others that may be impacted, and so we’re trying to work through all of those things it’s very complex. These are like small cities, small communities, small towns, but we don’t anticipate in the immediate term uh any of these larger theme parks opening until we see more stability in terms of the data um, and i really last time you spoke about your Economic task force in one of these press conferences.
You said they were helping with sector guidance. Can you give us an update on what they’ve accomplished so far? My gosh dozens of things i’ve, updated on on many many different occasions. The work, the task force again it’s, a work task force’s.
Work is not just around economic growth. It’s. Also about equity and inclusion about 120 members of that task force they’ve, advised us for many many months on the sectoral guidelines. Uh we have small working groups, number of subcommittees that are part of the task force, and not only did they guide us through the application, but also the implementation of many of the guidelines regarding within sectors, but also uh, guided us through a budgetary process responsible and Uh, no small part for advancing over a hundred million dollars of budgetary support for new small business tax credits, hiring tax credits in the state.
The waive waiving of the 800 franchise tax fee for new business startups. An idea that emanated from that task force the new revolving loan funds that we’ve, provided over a hundred million dollars to the i bank for micro loans to uh, small and minority owned businesses, those that have otherwise fallen through the cracks of our Ppp program and can’t get sba support.
Those are just three anchor examples. Uh. There are many many other examples of the work of that task force, and that task force is one of many economic supports that the state has, including formally the work that’s being done at gobiz, and the incredible network of small business supports that Exist and persist throughout the state of california, including the other advisors that we have less formal than this 120 member task force that are also advising us on next year’s budget and advising us on a new package of economic supports and small business Support coming into january in the next legislative session, sorry governor, could you clarify who is on that task force? You just mentioned? Who’s advising you on the budget? Well, there are 120 members of that formal task force there’s.
Dozens of other people – and i want to remind everybody of my background – i don’t, come to the issue of small business and economic development. Intellectually, i come through it quite congruently. As someone that’s had the privilege of opening a small business right out of college pen to paper uh, 7 500 uh investments from 13 or so investors uh and opened that business over a quarter of a century ago with one part-time, employee.
Pat kelly, we were able to grow that business. A small wine store to restaurants, number of hotels, a number of wineries, doing business in many different counties up and down the state of california.
It’s, been a privilege of a lifetime to have an entrepreneurial background to be able to take risks uh to be out there on the front lines. I have a unique perspective, uh understanding, what our sectoral guidelines and how they impact businesses, how those translate, because of that business background and deep reverence, not just respect and admiration, not just intellectual, deeply emotional, reverence for entrepreneurs like those uh that are out here, uh moving Down a path marking a different frame of reference and stretching the imagination of what’s possible again, the spirit that defines the best of california.
That is still that spirit alive and well in our state, and we need to harness it and we will advance more efforts still next year and i look forward to working with the legislature and working through next year’s budget to continue to support Our small businesses, even more than we have in the past uh paul rogers of the san jose mercury news, has a question about the order that you just signed.
He asks. 47 percent of california is already owned by the federal government, mostly in national forests, national parks and blm lands. Would this initiative seek to limit commercial uses of those lands like logging, grazing mining, and, if so, how is that possible when the state doesn & # 39? T own them: no, it’s about conservation.
It’s not about in a scarcity mindset it’s, not about taking something away. It’s about an inclusive abundant mindset. It’s about incorporating our hunters and our fishermen and women. It’s about incorporating uh those that want to recreate and those uh that want to do the good work that we need to do in terms of actively managing our forest and biomass and all the other working and natural lands, uh or uh adaptation, And adoption uh that is well defined here in the state – look 53 percent of the of the land in the state of california.
It’s about 104.8 million acres in this state, a state itself, 104.8 million acres 53 of that is public land state. Uh and federal land, and so we will work with our federal partners. We’ll work with our public partners, but we will work as well with our private partners to actively manage and engage these lands in these larger conservation efforts.
Alex michelson of fox 11 asks what’s, the most important thing we as individuals can do to combat climate change. I think it’s. It’s. The some total our individual acts that make ultimate determination of our fate and future remember.
Total consumption is nothing more than the sum total of all local consumption, so it’s. Our consumption choices it’s. Our day-to-day activity in terms of our preferences and do we support uh farmers uh, like sierra orchard.
Do you support uh, an operation like that that’s, a choice you can make uh when you go to the store or you go online. What kind of choice do you want to incentivize by creating a market there’s, no substitute for free enterprise, creating markets and incentivizing, better behavior, and i think consumer choice can really drive these markets policies and accelerator.
We’re advancing here today, but within that consumer consumption really is the genesis of the response to that question, and that goes across the spectrum, including the kind of cars you buy, light bulbs that you purchase the kind of work we do every day.