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
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
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
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.
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
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?.
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.
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
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
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
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?.
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
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. ...