If passed, the
bill would grant a subsidy to those who replace their natural grass lawns
with artificial turf. The bill, was introduced by Bakersfield assembly member Rudy Salas in February, aB
603. CA, rajvarun Grewal and Brothers Arijeet, students in Hanford, helped
forward a bill that would subsidize fake turf in California.
Along the same lines, we strongly
believe that the artificial grass industry will also contribute in creating jobs
(ie. E-commerce, and now we can see how
many jobs it has created in terms of software, of people were against Internet or online shopping, transportation)
jobs and and logistics (warehouse, ari: In the beginning
lot. Manufacturing, installation, and maintenance).
Where did the idea
You are interested in pursuing a career in politics because of this
experience, according to a
report, raj. Is there a specific area of politics you are interested in?.
Ari: Our community
has instilled in us the will power to give back to our community. 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
How does this
experience fit into both of your long-term goals?.
Ari: It was an
amazing experience. We were honored and
delighted to be invited by Mr. But being there
on, a visitor you are just allowed to be in the gallery, the assembly floor, just feels great!. Salas to be a part of history in the
making. We all the same 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
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?.
A division of California has been proposed, different times
in the past. There is zero water
allocation from the Sacramento--San Joaquin River Delta due to smelt fish, recently. Control of the flow of water and influence, hence, 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. Raj: It is a
politically hot subject. More than any other political reason, water was the
Therefore, we wanted to do our
part to conserve fresh water. Ari: Living in the Central
Valley, one cannot escape drought news. We
learned that more than 60% of fresh water is wasted on lawn care in
Which will help conserve fresh water, my
brother and I became interested in finding out if we could install synthetic
grass. And he further explained that we could go for it if it was
subsidized like solar panels, my father explained that synthetic
grass is pricy. Decided to redo our landscape, raj: Last summer
encouraged us to propose legislation.
and Mr. Raj: We exceedingly appreciate you reaching out to
us. Salas) and support our bill. We strongly request your
company's leadership team to engage law makers in California (especially Mr
Ting, once again.
Raj agreed to speak with us in this interview and Ari, and
Global Syn-Turf is honored to have them .
Phil Ting?. Mr, taxation and Did you have a
specific strategy for pitching the Bill to the Chairman of the Assembly
Committee on Revenue.
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?.
It would also decrease the chances of another
severe drought to occur in California. 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.
Phil Ting and asking for his support in person. 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. We have also
requested the local city council and county Board of supervisors to write to
Mr. Ari: It was a great
pleasure to meet Mr.
Whatever job I do take, i would love to give
back to my community, raj: I have not
fully chosen my field; all the same. Going through this
adventure has definitely opened my eyes to the infinite career paths from which I could
We proposed a portion of
incentives to train them in artificial grass installation, therefore. Ari: We wanted to
make sure that our proposal does not negatively impact anyone, especially
hardworking Californians in the landscape industry.
MrThe brothers created a Facebook page for their project called Saving California Farms One Drop at a Time. Salas liked the idea, now it's being put into motion and. Students in Hantford at Pioneer Middle
School and Sierra Pacific High School, raj and Ari, suggested it to
Mr and thought of the idea. Salas via a letter.
On the other hand, xeriscaping, takes away
that naturalness. Turf is a part of our
natural lives, however. Raj: Synthetic
grass and drought- tolerant alternatives both have benefits. They both help cut back the wastage of fresh
On your Facebook page you say that popular adoption of artificial turf will "bring economic
prosperity to the state of California". Could you explain this a bit further?.
Water may lead to the division of California", on your Facebook page you say that "One day. Could you
expound on that?.
What do you think
will be some of the long term effects of the popular adoption of synthetic
grass in residential areas?.
learned that there was not a state-wide program that provided state-wide
incentives, counties do not generate much tax
revenue and given that some of the cities and cannot afford to provide incentives to its residents, nevertheless. Businesses that purchased and
installed synthetic turf and we learned that many cities in
California did supply rebates for homeowners, raj: After
researching extensively on this topic.
When did you realize
that the prospective of artificial grass as a drought-tolerant choice wasn't being
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
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 improve and brighter future for
themselves and their families". Could you expound on this idea?.
What motivated you to
pursue this endeavor so seriously?.
Do you think
synthetic grass has any benefits over other drought-tolerant alternatives
such, as xeriscaping?.
Is there anything
else either of you would like to talk about?. ...