Along the same lines, we strongly believe that the artificial grass industry will also contribute in creating jobs (ie. Installation, manufacturing, and maintenance). Of people were against Internet or online shopping, now we can see how many jobs it has created in terms of software and, ari: In the beginning lot, e-commerce, and transportation) jobs and logistics (warehouse.
All the same, given that some of the cities and counties do not generate much tax revenue and cannot afford to supply incentives to its residents, we learned that there was not a state-wide program that provided state-wide incentives. Businesses that purchased and installed synthetic turf and we learned that many cities in California did provide rebates for homeowners, raj: After researching extensively on this topic.
How does this experience fit into both of your long-term goals?.
We proposed a portion of incentives to train them in fake turf installation, therefore. Ari: We wanted to make sure that our proposal does not negatively impact anyone, especially hardworking Californians in the landscape industry.
What do you think will be some of the long term effects of the popular adoption of synthetic grass in residential areas?.
Various times in the past, a division of California has been proposed. Water was the main issue, more than any other political reason. Raj: It is a politically hot subject. Recently, there is zero water allocation from the Sacramento--San Joaquin River Delta due to smelt fish. Influence and control of the flow of water, 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.
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 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?.
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?.
Going through this adventure has definitely opened my eyes to the endless career paths from which I could choose. I would love to give back to my community, raj: I have not fully chosen my field; nevertheless, whatever job I do take.
Where did the idea come from?.
Is there anything else either of you would like to talk about?.
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?.
Ari and Raj agreed to speak with us in this interview, and Global Syn-Turf is honored to have them .
Could you explain this a bit further?. On your Facebook page you say that popular adoption of fake grass will "bring economic prosperity to the state of California".
We were honored and delighted to be invited by Mr. The assembly floor, just feels great!, but being there on, a visitor you are just allowed to be in the gallery. Ari: It was an amazing experience. Salas to be a part of history in the making. We however 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.
One cannot escape drought news, ari: Living in the Central Valley. Therefore, we wanted to do our part to conserve fresh water. We learned that more than 60% of fresh water is wasted on lawn maintenance in California.
We have learned to become more active in our community. We have learned more about the other projects and bills that are being proposed in the Assembly Session. Raj: It was a wonderful experience.
My father explained that synthetic grass is costly, he further explained that we could go for it if it was subsidized like solar panels and. This encouraged us to propose legislation. Raj: Last summer we, decided to redo our landscape. My brother and I became interested in finding out if we could install synthetic grass, which will help conserve fresh water.
and Mr. Raj: We exceedingly appreciate you reaching out to us. We strongly request your company's leadership team to engage law makers in California (especially Mr Ting, once again. Salas) and support our bill.
What motivated you to pursue this endeavor so seriously?.
Proposing this bill has given us the opportunity to help our neighborhoods Also,. we have learned that the sky has no limit in defining our own destiny. Ari: Our community has instilled in us the will power to give back to our community.
Ting in our bill's support. We have also requested the local city council and county Board of supervisors to write to Mr. Phil Ting and asking for his support in person. Ari: It was a great pleasure to meet 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.
Turf is a part of our natural lives, nevertheless. Xeriscaping, takes away that naturalness, on the other hand. Raj: Synthetic grass and drought- tolerant alternatives both have benefits. They both help cut back the wastage of fresh water.
When did you realize that the potential of fake grass as a drought-tolerant option wasn't being fully utilized?.
Could you expound on that?. On your Facebook page you say that "One day, water may lead to the division of California".
As xeriscaping?, do you think synthetic grass has any benefits over other drought-tolerant alternatives such.
According to a report, you are interested in pursuing a career in politics because of this experience, raj. Is there a specific area of politics you are interested in?.
The bill would grant a subsidy to those who replace their natural turf lawns with fake turf, if passed. Students in Hanford, helped forward a bill that would subsidize fake turf in California, rajvarun Grewal and Brothers Arijeet, cA. Was introduced by Bakersfield assembly member Rudy Salas in February, the bill, aB 603.
And now it's being put into motion, salas liked the idea. Suggested it to Mr and thought of the idea, sierra Pacific High School and students in Hantford at Pioneer Middle School, raj and Ari. MrSalas via a letter. The brothers created a Facebook page for their project called Saving California Farms One Drop at a Time.
Ari: Primarily, the adoption of synthetic grass in residential areas would help conserve a lot of fresh water that can be used for our Central Valley agriculture. It would also belittle the chances of another severe drought to occur in California.