STATE LEGISLATURE | State Sen. Bob Wieckowski will convene an informational hearing later this month on the preparation of state and local agencies for the effects of climate change.

The announcement came on the heels of a package of legislation introduced in the State Senate Tuesday hoping to lower pollution in the state 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050; halving the use of gasoline and increasing by 50 percent the amount of electricity from renewable sources.

Wieckowski, who represents much of the East Bay in the 10th State Senate District, also serves as chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee. As an assembly member, Wieckowski was one of the early opponents of fracking in the state.

“For those who value fresh air, good health and a cleaner environment, turning back is not an option,” said Wieckowski. “We need to understand the impacts caused by extreme weather, severe droughts, more intense wildfires, rising sea levels and coastal erosion. California policy makers need to be adapting and putting plans in place today so we are more prepared for tomorrow.”

The Senate Environmental Quality Committee hearing is Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m. and streamed live at