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?.
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
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
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
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
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
When did you realize
that the potential of fake grass as a drought-tolerant option wasn't being
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
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?.
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
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. ...