As xeriscaping?, do you think
synthetic turf has any advantages over other drought-tolerant alternatives
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?.
Ari: Living in the Central
Valley, one cannot escape drought news. Therefore, we wanted to do our
part to conserve fresh water. We
learned that more than 60% of fresh water is wasted on lawn upkeep in
They both help cut back the wastage of fresh
water. Withal, grass is a part of our
natural lives. On the other hand, takes away
that naturalness, xeriscaping. Raj: Synthetic
grass and drought- tolerant alternatives both have advantages.
My father explained that synthetic
grass is expensive, and he further explained that we could go for it if it was
subsidized like solar panels. This
encouraged us to propose legislation. Decided to redo our landscape, raj: Last summer
we. I became interested in finding out if we could install synthetic
grass and My
brother, which will help conserve fresh water.
Ari: In the beginning
lot, now we can see how
many jobs it has created in terms of software and, and transportation)
jobs and logistics (warehouse, of people were against Internet or online shopping, e-commerce. We strongly
believe that the fake grass industry will also contribute in creating jobs
(ie, along the same lines. Manufacturing, maintenance) and, installation.
We withal 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. 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 were honored and
delighted to be invited by Mr. Ari: It was an
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". Could you expound on this idea?.
Where did the idea
Students in Hanford, helped
forward a bill that would subsidize artificial turf in California, cA, rajvarun Grewal and Brothers Arijeet. AB
603, was introduced by Bakersfield assembly member Rudy Salas in February, the bill. If passed, the
bill would grant a subsidy to those who replace their natural turf lawns
with fake turf.
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
What do you think
will be some of the long term effects of the popular adoption of synthetic
grass in residential areas?.
It would also belittle the chances of another
severe drought to occur in California. 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, ari: Primarily.
Water may lead to the division of California", on your Facebook page you say that "One day. Could you
expound on that?.
hardworking Californians in the landscape industry, ari: We wanted to
make sure that our proposal does not negatively impact anyone. Therefore, we proposed a portion of
incentives to train them in synthetic turf installation.
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 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
What motivated you to
pursue this endeavor so seriously?.
When did you realize
that the prospective of fake grass as a drought-tolerant option wasn't being
Phil Ting?. Taxation and Did you have a
specific strategy for pitching the Bill to the Chairman of the Assembly
Committee on Revenue, mr.
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?.
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; even so, i would love to give
back to my community.
We learned that many cities in
California did offer rebates for homeowners and businesses that purchased and
installed fake turf, raj: After
researching extensively on this topic. Yet, we
learned that there was not a state-wide program that provided state-wide
incentives, counties do not generate much tax
revenue and given that some of the cities and cannot afford to provide incentives to its residents.
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. Ari: It was a great
pleasure to meet Mr. 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.
Could you explain this a bit further?. On your Facebook page you say that popular adoption of synthetic turf will "bring economic
prosperity to the state of California".
and Mr. Raj: We extremely 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.
Raj: It is a
politically hot subject. More than any other political reason, water was the
main issue. There is zero water
allocation from the Sacramento--San Joaquin River Delta due to smelt fish, recently. Different times
in the past, a division of California has been proposed. 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.
Is there a specific area of politics you are interested in?. You are interested in pursuing a career in politics because of this
experience, raj, according to a
MrThe brothers created a Facebook page for their project called Saving California Farms One Drop at a Time. Salas via a letter. And now it's being put into motion, salas liked the idea. Thought of the idea and suggested it to
Mr, raj and Ari, sierra Pacific High School and students in Hantford at Pioneer Middle