Prop 30’s Fresno Leaders Kick Off Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 8, 2022

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

FRESNO ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS KICK OFF CAMPAIGN FOR PROPOSITION 30, THE “CALIFORNIA CLEAN AIR INITIATIVE”

Statewide Ballot Measure Would Fund Climate Action, Firefighting

FRESNO, CA – With record heat, wildfires and poor air quality plaguing California, Fresno environmental leaders today launched the campaign for passage of Proposition 30, the “California Clean Air Initiative,” at the Fulton District Clock Tower Plaza.

Proposition 30 is the climate action ballot initiative that will help millions of 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 measure generates approximately $100 billion over 20 years for these critical programs by taxing only those who can most afford it — Californians with personal income over $2 million per year. 

Last month, the California Air Resources Board approved a measure requiring all new cars and light trucks sold in the state by 2035 to be zero-emission vehicles. Proponents said the measure will jumpstart the statewide transition to clean vehicles by making zero-emission vehicles more affordable through rebates, grants and financial assistance. Half of the funding will benefit low-income families and those in disadvantaged communities, which are disproportionately impacted by air pollution. 

In addition, Proposition 30, which is backed by CalFire State Firefighters, invests nearly $1 billion per year in the prevention and control of wildfires. It includes funding to hire more state firefighters, support forest resilience programs, and improve fire safety infrastructure.

Proposition 30 is endorsed by a broad coalition of health, labor, business, environmental, and firefighting groups. Supporters include the American Lung Association, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the California Democratic Party, and the State Building and Construction Trades of California. 

Speaking in support of the measure in Fresno today were: Andrew Escamilla, Regional Organizer for California Environmental Voters & California Environmental Voters Education Fund; Yanni Gonzalez, Communications Director and Environmental Programs Manager of the Central California Asthma Collaborative; and Emmanuel Agraz-Torres, a Central Valley youth activist and alumnus of the California Environmental Voters Ambassador program. 

“California has the worst air pollution in the United States and some of the worst in the world;. 38 out of 39 million Californians breathe unhealthy levels of air pollution — almost every one of us,” said Yanni Gonzalez. “Proposition 30 is a bold climate and clean air measure that will invest $100 billion over 20 years to reduce the two largest sources of our greenhouse gas emissions — gasoline-fueled vehicles and wildfires, along with health-harming pollution.”

According to the EPA, nearly all emissions sources caused disproportionate exposures for people of color, on average, including Latino, Black and Asian people,” said Emmanuel Agraz-Torres. “Prop 30 addresses this inequity; 50% of Prop 30’s EV funding is reserved for low-income and disadvantaged communities.”

“California is on the frontlines of climate change, and we felt it last week as temperatures spiked, and now we’re experiencing catastrophic wildfires, relentless drought and toxic air pollution,” added Andrew Escamilla. “The present toll is extensive, and it’s only going to get worse, unless we act now. We need sustained, generational investment to meet this moment. The Prop 30 coalition has come together to restore our clean air and curb climate change.”

For additional background on ballot initiative, visit  www.yeson30.org.

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