Manufacturing, maintenance) and, installation. We strongly believe that the fake turf industry will also contribute in creating jobs (ie, along the same lines. Transportation) jobs and and logistics (warehouse, and now we can see how many jobs it has created in terms of software, e-commerce, ari: In the beginning lot, of people were against Internet or online shopping.
Is there a specific area of politics you are interested in?. Raj, according to a report, you are interested in pursuing a career in politics because of this experience.
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. Proposing this bill has given us the opportunity to help our neighborhoods Also,.
We learned that more than 60% of fresh water is wasted on lawn upkeep in California. Therefore, we wanted to do our part to conserve fresh water. One cannot escape drought news, ari: Living in the Central Valley.
I became interested in finding out if we could install synthetic grass and My brother, which will help conserve fresh water. He further explained that we could go for it if it was subsidized like solar panels and, my father explained that synthetic grass is high-priced. Raj: Last summer we, decided to redo our landscape. This encouraged us to propose legislation.
Was introduced by Bakersfield assembly member Rudy Salas in February, the bill, aB 603. If passed, the bill would grant a subsidy to those who replace their natural turf lawns with fake turf. CA, helped forward a bill that would subsidize artificial turf in California, brothers Arijeet and Rajvarun Grewal, students in Hanford.
The adoption of artificial grass in residential areas would help conserve a lot of fresh water that can be used for our Central Valley agriculture, ari: Primarily. It would also minify the chances of another severe drought to occur in California.
Did you have a specific strategy for pitching the Bill to the Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, mr. Phil Ting?.
What do you think will be some of the long term effects of the popular adoption of synthetic grass in residential areas?.
MrRaj and Ari, thought of the idea and suggested it to Mr, sierra Pacific High School and students in Hantford at Pioneer Middle School. Salas 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. Salas via a letter.
As xeriscaping?, do you think synthetic grass has any advantages over other drought-tolerant alternatives such.
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?.
Raj: Synthetic grass and drought- tolerant alternatives both have advantages. They both help decrease the wastage of fresh water. Nevertheless, turf is a part of our natural lives. Takes away that naturalness, on the other hand, xeriscaping.
And Global Syn-Turf is honored to have them , raj agreed to speak with us in this interview and Ari.
Ari: It was an amazing experience. We were honored and delighted to be invited by Mr. A visitor you are just allowed to be in the gallery, but being there on, 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 As.
Raj: We highly 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. Salas) and support our bill. and Mr.
When did you realize that the potential of fake grass as a drought-tolerant choice wasn't being fully utilized?.
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.
On your Facebook page you say that popular adoption of fake grass will "bring economic prosperity to the state of California". Could you explain this a bit further?.
Is there anything else either of you would like to talk about?.
Could you expound on that?. Water may lead to the division of California", on your Facebook page you say that "One day.
Ari: We wanted to make sure that our proposal does not negatively impact anyone, especially hardworking Californians in the landscape industry. We proposed a portion of incentives to train them in artificial turf installation, therefore.
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 offer 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".
Where did the idea come from?.
What motivated you to pursue this endeavor so seriously?.
How does this experience fit into both of your long-term goals?.
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?.
We believe we have already reached the masses via TV and newspapers. Ting in our bill's support. 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. Ari: It was a great pleasure to meet Mr. We also encourage the industry (including your company) to support and lobby our bill.
Cannot afford to supply incentives to its residents and given that some of the cities and counties do not generate much tax revenue, still, we learned that there was not a state-wide program that provided state-wide incentives. Raj: After researching extensively on this topic, we learned that many cities in California did provide rebates for homeowners and businesses that purchased and installed fake turf.
Raj: It is a politically hot subject. Water was the main issue, more than any other political reason. A division of California has been proposed, various 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, influence and control of the flow of water, hence. Recently, there is zero water allocation from the Sacramento--San Joaquin River Delta due to smelt fish.
Going through this adventure has definitely opened my eyes to the endless career paths from which I could choose. Whatever job I do take, raj: I have not fully chosen my field; nonetheless, i would love to give back to my community.