Councilmember Kalb's Environmental Legislation

Councilmember Kalb has been a consistent champion for environmental health and justice in Oakland


2020 Gas-Powered Leaf Blower and String-Trimmer Ban (PDF)

Considering significant health hazards of gas-powered blowers and string trimmers, many Californian cities already restricted, partially banned, or fully banned gas-powered leaf blowers in their jurisdictions, and implemented alternative technologies to combustion engine equipment.

Neonicotinoid Restriction To Protect Pollinators (2019) (PDF)

Oakland policy that (1) prohibits the city’s use of neonicotinoid Pesticides (neonicotinoids) in order to protect honey bees and other pollinators; (2) urges the adoption of state and federal restrictions on neonicotinoids; and (3) urges retailers operating in the City of Oakland to not sell neonicotinoids.

Support For Community Choice Energy (2015) (PDF)

Confirms the Oakland City Council support for Community Choice Energy in Alameda County in order to secure (1) More stable and reliable power supplies, (2) Opportunity for general fund revenue, (3) Greater use of renewable energy resources compared to those planned by PG&E, and (4) Ratepayer access to a democratically elected governing body.

Ban Of Bullhook Use On Elephants (2014) (PDF)

Prohibiting the use of a bullhook, ankus, or other implement or tool designed to inflict pain on elephants to train them or to control their behavior, and prohibiting the use of baseball bats, axe handles or pitchforks to train and/or control elephant behavior in the City of Oakland

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