IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
Environmental justice leader says Proposition 30 will restore clean air to struggling communities: “Our families are dying, and nobody is doing anything about it.”
1. California Healthline reports today: Inland Empire activist Ana Gonzalez wants to clear the air.
- Gonzalez grew up in one of the many California communities devastated by air pollution from nearby warehouses, retail distribution centers, and highways
- Her son has been hospitalized frequently with bronchitis and pneumonia, and developed asthma from his exposure to air pollution.
- Gonzalez says “the government fails, as they always leave out the most affected, marginalized, disenfranchised communities such as the Inland Empire.”
- “Our families are dying, and nobody is doing anything about it. We’re seeing all the illnesses that are connected to pollution, such as asthma, pneumonia, lung cancer, COPD [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease], and even diabetes.”
- In Prop. 30, which reserves 50% of all zero-emission vehicles subsidies and infrastructure for low-income communities, Gonzalez sees “a plan in place to tackle that transition” to clean air.
Prop. 30 proposes a small 1.75% tax increase on annual income above $2 million to help millions more Californians afford an electric vehicle, create a statewide EV charging network, and reduce catastrophic wildfires by funding forest management, more firefighters, and firefighting equipment.
The Clean Air California coalition supporting Prop 30 has experts on California wildfires, environmental justice, public health, air quality and climate change available to speak with the press. Contact Deborah Camiel at 818-299-3656 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on Prop 30, go to YESon30. https://yeson30.org/