The central coast of California home to irreplaceable, pristine public lands and unspoiled coastline and waters. Travelers from around the world visit our district to explore Pinnacles National Park, Fort Ord National Monument, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Ventana Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest, and part of the California Coastal National Monument, which spans along the California coastline.
As your Congressman, I want to ensure that these natural wonders are available for future generations to enjoy. In Washington, I am fighting to combat environmental problems such as sea level rise and ocean acidification. I am also working to maintain and improve the balance between a highly productive agricultural industry, a diverse and sensitive environment, and sustainable tourism.
I will continue to work with my fellow members of Congress on the House of Natural Resources Water, Power and Oceans and Federal Lands Subcommittees, and the Climate Solutions, Trails, and Oceans Caucuses, to find innovative solutions to protect our environment.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) issued the following statement after U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to repeal the Clean Power Plan:
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Panetta announced that the State of California’s Office of Emergency Services and Rescue Division (CalOES) received a federal grant totaling $1,380,867.70 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). The funds will be used to reimburse CalOES for the fire suppression and structure protection provided during the Soberanes Fire.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL-26) introduced a bipartisan bill to ensure federal agencies complete implementation of a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) for government-funded infrastructure projects to reduce exposure to flooding.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences Grant Awarded to UCSC
The University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) received a federal grant totaling $377,776 per year for five years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to study T cell signaling.
“Our research addresses a fundamental process used by our immune T cells to recognize virus-infected cells and developing tumors in the body,” said Professor Nikolaos Sgourakis, a professor in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Monterey >> When Leon Panetta and a bipartisan coalition in Congress established the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary 25 years ago, it protected the large swath of the Pacific Ocean off the Central Coast from oil and gas exploration while solidifying decades of conservation efforts into federal law.
SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) announced that the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) will receive a federal grant totaling $566,827 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The funds will be used to develop the framework to identify climate-resilient management strategies and evaluate the impacts of climate change on marine species and fishing communities off of the West Coast of the United States.
SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) announced that the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) will receive a federal grant totaling $414,885 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The funds will be used to quantify the impact of three regional Integrated Ocean Observing Systems (IOOS), namely the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS), the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) and Mid-Atlantic Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS).
SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) announced that the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) will receive a federal grant totaling $136,647 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The funds will be used to produce forecasts of ocean conditions along the entirety of the West Coast of the United States, delivering predictions up to a year in advance. The University will use this capability for marine animal management, and to advise fisheries on what areas are likely to yield the best catch of targeted species.
HE WOULD get questions about healthcare, immigration and other important issues at a town hall meeting at Cal State Monterey Bay Monday, but Congressman Jimmy Panetta opened the night with a stinging rebuke of President Donald Trump, including the commander in chief’s “weak” response to the killing of a woman in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12 by a man said to be a Nazi sympathizer.