Where did the idea come from?.
Salas to be a part of history in the making. We nonetheless have goose bumps from being on the assembly floor submitting AB 603 and seeing "Grewal Family" name on the notice board in the assembly hall As. But being there on, the assembly floor, a visitor you are just allowed to be in the gallery, just feels great!. We were honored and delighted to be invited by Mr. Ari: It was an amazing experience.
The bill would grant a subsidy to those who replace their natural grass lawns with synthetic turf, if passed. Students in Hanford, brothers Arijeet and Rajvarun Grewal, helped forward a bill that would subsidize synthetic turf in California, cA. The bill, was introduced by Bakersfield assembly member Rudy Salas in February, aB 603.
What was the experience like traveling to Sacramento to introduce AB 603? Did anything occur that was unexpected? What was the most surprising thing you learned about during your trip introducing the bill?.
When did you realize that the possible of artificial grass as a drought-tolerant choice wasn't being fully utilized?.
Still, we learned that there was not a state-wide program that provided state-wide incentives, given that some of the cities and cannot afford to provide incentives to its residents and counties do not generate much tax revenue. Raj: After researching extensively on this topic, businesses that purchased and installed artificial turf and we learned that many cities in California did provide rebates for homeowners.
Could you expound on that?. On your Facebook page you say that "One day, water may lead to the division of California".
Raj: It is a politically hot subject. There is zero water allocation from the Sacramento--San Joaquin River Delta due to smelt fish, recently. A division of California has been proposed, several times in the past. The majority of Central Valley residents believe that Big Brothers on both sides (North and South) control most of the legislative processes due to their population and, hence, influence and control of the flow of water. More than any other political reason, water was the main issue.
we have learned that the sky has no limit in defining our own destiny. Proposing this bill has given us the opportunity to help our neighborhoods Also,. Ari: Our community has instilled in us the will power to give back to our community.
We have learned more about the other projects and bills that are being proposed in the Assembly Session. We have learned to become more active in our community. Raj: It was a wonderful experience.
Yet, grass is a part of our natural lives. On the other hand, takes away that naturalness, xeriscaping. Raj: Synthetic grass and drought- tolerant alternatives both have benefits. They both help reduce the wastage of fresh water.
How does this experience fit into both of your long-term goals?.
Ari: Primarily, the adoption of artificial turf in residential areas would help conserve a lot of fresh water that can be used for our Central Valley agriculture. It would also decrease the chances of another severe drought to occur in California.
You are interested in pursuing a career in politics because of this experience, raj, according to a report. Is there a specific area of politics you are interested in?.
As xeriscaping?, do you think synthetic grass has any advantages over other drought-tolerant alternatives such.
Phil Ting and asking for his support in person. We have also requested the local city council and county Board of supervisors to write to Mr. We believe we have already reached the masses via TV and newspapers. We also encourage the industry (including your company) to support and lobby our bill. Ting in our bill's support. Ari: It was a great pleasure to meet Mr.
Therefore, we proposed a portion of incentives to train them in fake turf installation. Ari: We wanted to make sure that our proposal does not negatively impact anyone, especially hardworking Californians in the landscape industry.
Therefore, we wanted to do our part to conserve fresh water. We learned that more than 60% of fresh water is wasted on lawn care in California. Ari: Living in the Central Valley, one cannot escape drought news.
What do you think will be some of the long term effects of the popular adoption of synthetic grass in residential areas?.
My brother and I became interested in finding out if we could install synthetic grass, which will help conserve fresh water. Decided to redo our landscape, raj: Last summer we. My father explained that synthetic grass is expensive, and he further explained that we could go for it if it was subsidized like solar panels. This encouraged us to propose legislation.
Students in Hantford at Pioneer Middle School and Sierra Pacific High School, ari and Raj, thought of the idea and suggested it to Mr. Salas via a letter. MrSalas liked the idea, and now it's being put into motion. The brothers created a Facebook page for their project called Saving California Farms One Drop at a Time.
Phil Ting?. Mr, did you have a specific strategy for pitching the Bill to the Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation.
Salas) and support our bill. and Mr. Raj: We extremely appreciate you reaching out to us. Once again, we strongly request your company's leadership team to engage law makers in California (especially Mr Ting.
On your Facebook page you say that popular adoption of synthetic turf will "bring economic prosperity to the state of California". Could you explain this a bit further?.
What motivated you to pursue this endeavor so seriously?.
Installation, manufacturing, maintenance) and. E-commerce, of people were against Internet or online shopping, ari: In the beginning lot, now we can see how many jobs it has created in terms of software and, and logistics (warehouse and transportation) jobs. Along the same lines, we strongly believe that the fake turf industry will also contribute in creating jobs (ie.
Going through this adventure has definitely opened my eyes to the endless career paths from which I could choose. Raj: I have not fully chosen my field; however, whatever job I do take, i would love to give back to my community.
Is there anything else either of you would like to talk about?.
What has it been like working with Bakersfield assembly member Rudy Salas? Are there any lessons you can impart to us that you learned from working with him?.
Ari and Raj agreed to speak with us in this interview, and Global Syn-Turf is honored to have them .
Could you expound on this idea?. On your Facebook page you say that you "would like to propose a clause in the bill allocating a percent of subsidy to supply vocational and trade education for those who may get negatively impacted so they can rebuild a better and brighter future for themselves and their families".