Decided to redo our landscape, raj: Last summer we. And he further explained that we could go for it if it was subsidized like solar panels, my father explained that synthetic grass is expensive. This encouraged us to propose legislation. My brother and I became interested in finding out if we could install synthetic grass, which will help conserve fresh water.
What do you think will be some of the long term effects of the popular adoption of synthetic grass in residential areas?.
When did you realize that the prospective of artificial grass as a drought-tolerant option wasn't being fully utilized?.
We learned that there was not a state-wide program that provided state-wide incentives, nevertheless, counties do not generate much tax revenue and given that some of the cities and cannot afford to provide incentives to its residents. Raj: After researching extensively on this topic, we learned that many cities in California did offer rebates for homeowners and businesses that purchased and installed artificial turf.
We learned that more than 60% of fresh water is wasted on lawn maintenance in California. We wanted to do our part to conserve fresh water, therefore. Ari: Living in the Central Valley, one cannot escape drought news.
Proposing this bill has given us the opportunity to help our neighborhoods Also,. Ari: Our community has instilled in us the will power to give back to our community. we have learned that the sky has no limit in defining our own destiny.
Therefore, we proposed a portion of incentives to train them in artificial turf installation. Ari: We wanted to make sure that our proposal does not negatively impact anyone, especially hardworking Californians in the landscape industry.
Could you explain this a bit further?. On your Facebook page you say that popular adoption of fake turf will "bring economic prosperity to the state of California".
Raj: It is a politically hot subject. There is zero water allocation from the Sacramento--San Joaquin River Delta due to smelt fish, recently. Water was the main issue, more than any other political reason. Control of the flow of water and influence, south) control most of the legislative processes due to their population and and The majority of Central Valley residents believe that Big Brothers on both sides (North, hence. Several times in the past, a division of California has been proposed.
As xeriscaping?, do you think synthetic grass has any advantages over other drought-tolerant alternatives such.
They both help lessen the wastage of fresh water. On the other hand, xeriscaping, takes away that naturalness. However, grass is a part of our natural lives. Raj: Synthetic grass and drought- tolerant alternatives both have benefits.
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?.
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. We were honored and delighted to be invited by Mr. Ari: It was an amazing experience. Just feels great!, but being there on, the assembly floor, a visitor you are just allowed to be in the gallery. Salas to be a part of history in the making.
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 provide 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".
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?.
How does this experience fit into both of your long-term goals?.
Could you expound on that?. Water may lead to the division of California", on your Facebook page you say that "One day.
We strongly believe that the synthetic grass industry will also contribute in creating jobs (ie, along the same lines. Installation, manufacturing, and maintenance). And logistics (warehouse and transportation) jobs, now we can see how many jobs it has created in terms of software and, ari: In the beginning lot, of people were against Internet or online shopping, e-commerce.
It would also diminish the chances of another severe drought to occur in California. Ari: Primarily, the adoption of synthetic turf in residential areas would help conserve a lot of fresh water that can be used for our Central Valley agriculture.
What motivated you to pursue this endeavor so seriously?.
The brothers created a Facebook page for their project called Saving California Farms One Drop at a Time. Sierra Pacific High School and students in Hantford at Pioneer Middle School, thought of the idea and suggested it to Mr, raj and Ari. Salas via a letter. Salas liked the idea, now it's being put into motion and. Mr
The bill would grant a subsidy to those who replace their natural grass lawns with artificial grass, if passed. AB 603, was introduced by Bakersfield assembly member Rudy Salas in February, the bill. Brothers Arijeet and Rajvarun Grewal, students in Hanford, cA, helped forward a bill that would subsidize fake turf in California.
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; still, i would love to give back to my community.
Mr, taxation and Did you have a specific strategy for pitching the Bill to the Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue. Phil Ting?.
We have learned to become more active in our community. Raj: It was a wonderful experience. We have learned more about the other projects and bills that are being proposed in the Assembly Session.
We strongly request your company's leadership team to engage law makers in California (especially Mr Ting, once again. and Mr. Salas) and support our bill. Raj: We exceedingly appreciate you reaching out to us.
Where did the idea come from?.
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?.
Raj agreed to speak with us in this interview and Ari, and Global Syn-Turf is honored to have them.
Is there anything else either of you would like to talk about?.
We also encourage the industry (including your company) to support and lobby our bill. Ting in our bill's support. 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. Phil Ting and asking for his support in person. We believe we have already reached the masses via TV and newspapers.