Monterey Fire, Health and Political Leaders Kick Off Campaign for Prop 30, California’s Clean Air Initiative

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Oct. 6, 2022
Deborah Camiel | (818) 299-3656 | deborah@50p1.com

MONTEREY FIRE, HEALTH AND POLITICAL LEADERS KICK OFF CAMPAIGN FOR PROP 30, CALIFORNIA’S CLEAN AIR INITIATIVE

Statewide Ballot Measure Would Fund Climate Action, Firefighting

MONTEREY, CA – With wildfires, poor air quality and record heat plaguing California, fire, health, and political leaders launched the campaign for passage of Proposition 30, California’s Clean Air Initiative, today at El Estero Park in Monterey.

Speaking in support of the measure were Seaside Mayor Ian Oglesby; Councilman Alexis Garcia-Arrazola; Sean Edwards, Director, San Benito-Monterey Chapter CAL FIRE Local 2881; Jazmine Clark, Communications Manager, Public Health Advocates; Nightingale Wakigera, RN; and Danielle Vierra, candidate for North Monterey County Fire District.

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.

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 that are disproportionately impacted by air pollution.

In addition, Proposition 30, which is backed by CAL FIRE Local 2881, 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.

In support of Prop 30, Councilman Alexis Garcia-Arrazola offered, “In Monterey, we’ve already seen the impacts of climate change. We’ve felt days of excessive heat, and breathed in toxic smoke from mega-fires that burn across the state. We need to restore our clean air and Prop 30 can help us do that this fall. It’s the only climate measure on our ballot and will bring a bold long-range investment in our climate future that will accelerate our transition to electric vehicles and boost our wildfire fighting measures.”

Seaside Mayor Ian Oglesby added, “The harm done by air pollution and climate change burdens the health and lives of all Californians, but particularly low-income and communities of color. According to the EPA, nearly all emissions sources caused disproportionate exposures for people of color, on average. Prop 30 addresses this inequity, which is the result of the legacy of systemic racism. 50% of Prop 30’s EV funding is reserved for low-income and disadvantaged communities.”

Danielle Vierra, candidate for North Monterey County Fire District said, “Climate change is making California’s wildfires more treacherous and dangerous than ever before. It’s increasing the severity and frequency of mega-fires. And we need to increase our resources if we’re going to respond safely and swiftly. Our firefighters work tirelessly to protect our lives and our homes, and now they’re asking for our help. Let’s support them after all they’ve done for us and vote yes on 30 this November.”

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.

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