Gina McCarthy, former EPA Secretary under Obama, expected to serve as White House adviser on climate change. Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, to lead the Department of Energy. EPA Secretary named.

This week President-elect Joe Biden made a few big decisions regarding who will be leading the nation in climate, energy, and transportation policy.

Biden is expected to pick Gina McCarthy, the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama and the architect of some of his most far-reaching regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions, to serve as the White House Climate Coordinator. In her new…


This week President-elect Joe Biden made a few big decisions regarding who will be leading the nation in transportation and climate policy.

While Mary Nichols was Biden’s top choice for Environmental Protection Agency Secretary, pushback from environmental justice groups led to her likely not being selected. Mr. Biden’s team is actively looking to find someone else to fill the role, according to several people who have spoken with the presidential transition team. A global leader on climate policy, Ms. Nichols has been the chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) since 2007 and will be retiring this month. During…


On August 10th, 2010 I took a leap of faith in starting my own policy consulting firm, Policy in Motion. Many of you were there that day — and were there for my Aug 10th, 2011 book launch, and Aug 10th, 2012 film premiere of Growing Beautiful Communities! As I reflect back on what an incredible journey it has been over the last decade I am mostly struck with gratitude for all of the amazing mentors I had at the start of my career in Sacramento and at UC…


Rep. Justin Amash announced last month he’s not going to run 3rd party, instead he’s focusing on things like introducing TRI-PARTISAN (yes that’s a thing) legislation to end qualified immunity. And while Biden isn’t my top choice (or second or third…) he is managing to keep a solid lead over Trump while staying out of the spotlight and off the campaign trail. The DNC Democratic Convention has been moved backed a month and will be mostly virtual. Locally, San Diego is moving along Ranked Choice Voting which heads to Council next for a vote to determine if it goes on the Nov ballot! Now if we can just get through hurricane and wildfire season… 🙏🏼


Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have joined together this week to launch “Unity Task Forces” for Climate Change and Health Care.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is helping Joe Biden’s presidential campaign develop proposals by co-chairing a climate policy panel that the former vice president created as part of a larger effort to appeal to the party’s left wing. AOC has championed the movement for a Green New Deal working with the Sunrise Movement and other advocacy organizations to raise climate change awareness. Varshini Prakash, the 26-year-old president of the Sunrise Movement, has also accepted a role on the climate task…


California faces enormous challenges in the balance between protecting public health and re-opening its economy that has crushed thousands of small businesses.

The State’s Stage 2 Readiness Criteria released last week requires counties to have “No COVID-19 deaths in the past 14 days”. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer sent the following letter to Governor Gavin Newsom today in regards to the feasibility of this criteria.

The issue with a numerical not percentage-based criteria for counties is that the Governor’s proposal does not take county population into account. San Diego has had no new deaths since Friday, Orange County had 2…


Today California Governor Gavin Newsom outlined a 4 Phase plan to reopen the state over the coming weeks and months. Here’s what life in the Golden State will be looking like:

  • Stage 1 — reflects where California is now, staying home and working on flattening the curve.
  • Stage 2 — involves lifting restrictions on some lower risk workplaces, such as retail, manufacturing and offices where telework is not possible. Will include the opening of more public spaces. Reopening child care centers will be a part of this second stage as well.
  • Stage 3 — will be “months, not weeks, away.”…


UPDATE 4–21–20: The White House and Congress have just reached a deal on a new funding package that will replenish the coronavirus relief program for small businesses. The deal is expected to include $310 billion for the paycheck protection program, which has come under fire for giving funds to major corporations over small businesses and which ran out of money last week.

I just got off a Zoom call with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce navigating federal relief under the CARES Act for small businesses and entrepreneurs. You may have seen the news this morning that the Small Business Administration…


A message to my fellow Democrats:

Yes, Trump must go. Our country, people, and planet can’t handle another four years of him. However, a successful impeachment (which is unlikely to move forward given Senate GOP) will only give us Mike Pence (leader of the war on…


#Tulsi2020 #LetTulsiSpeak #DemDebate #DNC

The DNC’s third Democratic primary debate was held in Houston last week. But there’s just one problem (well maybe more): Tulsi Gabbard did not “qualify” to participate in the debate under a variety of complicated and arbitrary DNC rules. …

Lauren Michele

Policy in Motion: Growing Beautiful Communities — Business Owner, Author, Producer. Consultant/Advisor. M.S. in Climate Change Policy. www.policyinmotion.com

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