CA Court Rejects False Claims of Prop 30 Opponents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 12, 2022

Deborah Camiel | (818) 299-3656 | deborah@50p1.com

COURT REJECTS FALSE CLAIMS OF PROP 30 OPPONENTS

Strikes False Language From No on 30’s Official Ballot Statement 

Sacramento, CA – A Sacramento Superior Court judge issued a ruling today finding that opponents of Prop 30 made false and misleading statements in the ballot arguments they submitted for inclusion to the official state Voter Information Guide. Such rulings are rare: under California law, courts must grant enormous deference to ballot statements in the Voter Guide.

Judge Shelleyanne W.L. Chang ordered the language in question stricken from the No on 30 ballot statement, noting in her final judgment that “Several statements in the Argument Against Proposition 30…are false and/or misleading.” 

The court found that opponents of Prop 30 had misrepresented the burden the climate measure would place on California’s electric grid and its impact on electric bills. 

“The wealthy special interests opposing Prop 30 have been making false claims for months because they can’t win on the facts,” said Clean Air California, the coalition supporting Prop 30, in a statement. “And we expect to see them making false claims all the way up Election Day for the same reason.

“But California voters know the truth, because they can see it in the skies and they can feel it in their lungs: they are sick and tired of their families having to breathe smoky, polluted air. They overwhelmingly support Prop 30’s plan to reduce wildfires and air pollution from vehicles because they believe Californians deserve clean air to breathe. 

“All the lies in the world won’t change the fact that California has the worst air quality in the country and that we can change that by voting Yes on Prop 30 in November.”

Prop. 30 will curb California’s largest sources of air pollution by accelerating the state’s transition to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and curbing wildfires. The act will provide badly-needed resources to firefighters, rebates on ZEVs for low- and middle-income consumers, and expand California’s ZEV charging infrastructure. 

The measure will pay for its programs with a small tax increase on annual incomes over $2 million — the richest .2% of Californians. A recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found that 63% of likely voters support the initiative. 

Clean Air California is a broad coalition of environmental, labor, public health, and business groups throughout the state. Members include California Environmental Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the American Lung Association, the Californian Democratic Party, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Lyft, the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, CAL FIRE Local 2881, and many more.

For more information about Clean Air California, visit www.YESon30.org. 

###