In a win for environmentalists, Gov. Jerry Brown signed 23 bills on Thursday, banning plastic microbeads, boosting composting, and divesting public retirement funds from coal.
The microbead ban, AB 888, outlaws the sale of cosmetics and toothpaste that contain tiny plastic particles, which pollute waterways and are known to harm wildlife.
The two composting bills require compost diversion from landfills and a report from cities and counties on how much compost they plan to produce over a 15-year period.
Both will help San Francisco achieve its goal of zero waste by 2020.
Another important bill, as the San Jose Mercury News' Paul Rogers' notes, is SB 185:
The measure requires the massive California Public Employees Retirement System, known as CalPERS, and the California State Teachers Retirement System, or CalSTRS, to sell off all stocks in companies that derive more than 50 percent of their revenue from mining coal by July 1, 2017.
The two pension funds have a combined $299 million in such investments.
The new laws come a day after Brown approved the nation's most aggressive renewable energy goal: get 50 percent of California's energy from renewables by 2030. Currently, the state gets 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources like solar, wind and geothermal.