By Paul Hughes
“Tries to do too much!”
Anyone who voted in California in 1990 might remember that cynical tag line, which its industry opponents hung on Prop. 128. The ballot measure, a.k.a. Big Green, a.k.a. The Environmental Super-initiative would have restricted harmful pesticides in food, curbed air pollution emissions, safeguarded coastal and marine resources, saved ancient redwoods, and more.
Sadly, the slogan worked well enough to help bring down a well-drafted and initially popular initiative by confusing voters into thinking that cleaning up an array of urgent environmental problems in one stroke was somehow a bad thing.
Fast forward 22 years and we find a current-day measure that truly fits the “Tries to do too much!” tag line. But unlike Big Green, Senate Bill (SB) 455 purports to take us in an assortment of environmentally worthy directions at once with regard to forest policy, while providing little to no real clarity, guidance or funding to get us there.