Local Political, Environmental and Transit Leaders Join Together in Wilmington to Support Proposition 30, California’s Clean Air Initiative

Oct. 27, 2022
Deborah Camiel | (818) 299-3656 | deborah@50p1.com


Statewide Ballot Measure Would Fund Transit Emission Reductions, Climate Action & Firefighting

WILMINGTON, CA – With poor air quality from diesel emissions in industrial and transit corridors plaguing California, political, environmental and transit leaders hosted a briefing today on the impact Proposition 30 would have in port cities like Wilmington.

Speaking in support of the measure were Long Beach Vice Mayor Rex Richardson; Chris Chavez, Deputy Policy Director, Coalition for Clean Air; Eli Lipmen, Executive Director, Move LA; Marisa Garcia, Activism Director, Move LA; Long Beach Community College Trustee Sunny Zia; and Oscar Garcia, Ballot Initiative Coordinator, California Environmental Voters.

View the press conference here.

Proposition 30 is the climate action ballot initiative that will help millions of Californians afford electric vehicles, 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.

Ports take a major environmental toll on their neighboring communities, as the transport of goods from ships to warehouses is responsible for almost half of California’s air pollution. This impact is felt disproportionately by disadvantaged communities of color that live near ports and distribution centers.

The LA/Long Beach port region is one of the most polluted areas in the country. The cancer risk — predominantly from diesel exhaust spewed by trucks, ships and trains — is 98% higher in Wilmington than in the rest of the Los Angeles basin. And as a result of a major ship backup, greenhouse gas emissions last year were 22% above 2005 levels in the Port of Long Beach.

Diesel exhaust is recognized as a toxin by the state of California and is second only to cigarette smoke as the most prevalent cause of lung cancer. Prop 30 will help California restore its clean air by electrifying not just passenger cars, but also the light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles used in shipping and transport.

The California Air Resources Board recently approved a measure requiring all new cars and light trucks sold in the state by 2035 to be zero-emission vehicles. But ZEVs remain unaffordable for the average Californian. Prop 30 will accelerate our transition to clean vehicles by bringing ZEVs within reach for all Californians via rebates, grants, and financial assistance. Half of the funding will benefit low-income families and those in disadvantaged communities that are disproportionately impacted by air pollution.

In support of Prop 30, Long Beach Vice Mayor Rex Richardson said, “Wilmington and West Long Beach breathe some of the worst air quality in the nation due to their ports, trade, and trucks. But people live here too. The health impacts are disproportionately felt by low-income residents and communities of color. Wilmington’s cancer risk from air pollution ranks in the top 2% for the entire Los Angeles basin. If you breathe dirty air, vote yes on Prop 30. If you breathe clean air, you should vote yes on 30 too.”

“Ideas are free, execution is priceless,” said Sunny Zia. “Californians know that we need climate action now. Prop 30 is how we get there. We need to make sure California is successful in addressing climate change without leaving behind disadvantaged communities and the working class. We need Prop 30.”

Eli Lipmen added, “We need to end the reign of toxic diesel emissions. Last year, the Port of Long Beach’s emissions were up 22% over 2005 levels. We’re not moving fast enough to meet our state’s climate goals. Prop 30 includes 100 billion dollars from the richest Californians to fund zero-emission cars and trucks, address wildfires, and create family-sustaining, union jobs. With your vote we can make this happen on November 8th.”

Proposition 30 is endorsed by a broad coalition of health, labor, business, environmental, and firefighting groups. Supporters include the American Lung Association, CAL FIRE Local 2881, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the California Democratic Party, and the State Building and Construction Trades of California.

For additional background on Prop 30, visit www.yeson30.org.