Oakland Political, Environmental and Transit Leaders Join Together in Support of Proposition 30, California’s Clean Air Initiative

Oct. 25, 2022
Deborah Camiel | (818) 299-3656 | deborah@50p1.com


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

Speaking in support of the measure were Oakland City Councilmember Dan Kalb; Nick Josefowitz, Chief Policy Officer, SPUR; Irene Kao, Executive Director, Courage California; Stuart Cohen, Founder & Senior Policy Advisor, TransForm; Constance Slider Pierre, Organizing Director, The Utility Reform Network; and Tony Alexander, community leader.

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.

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.

“We have to take action,” Councilmember Dan Kalb said. “We know that the legislature has set the table so we can have a cleaner transportation system in California. But setting the table isn’t enough. We have to actually invest and implement our policies and goals. Prop 30 is a pathway to that.”

Nick Josefowitz added, “We aren’t on track as a state to reduce our pollution fast enough to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change. That’s why SPUR and other environmental, environmental justice, and progressive groups along with climate experts wrote Prop 30. Proposition 30 is on the ballot and it’s our opportunity to say yes to cleaning our air, fighting wildfires, and finally reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

Constance Slider Pierre said in support, “We have an affordability crisis. The cost of greening the grid should not be so high that it cuts off hundreds of thousands of Black, brown, indigenous or low-income Californians. Prop 30 will ensure that the funds necessary to accelerate the electrification of our transportation system are dramatically reduced. Meeting our carbon emissions goals should not come at the expense of the pockets of families struggling to make ends meet.”

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.