San Diego Environmental, Political, Transit, Wildfire, and Labor Leaders Join Together in Support of Proposition 30, California’s Clean Air Initiative

Oct. 20, 2022
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Statewide Ballot Measure Would Fund Transit Emission Reductions, Climate Action & Firefighting

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

Speaking in support of the measure were Assemblymember Chris Ward; Sandy Naranjo, Port Commissioner representing National City for the Port of San Diego; Jeff Griffith, retired CAL FIRE Captain; Gretchen Newsom, Political Director, IBEW Local 569; Dr. Michael Welch, lung specialist and American Lung Association Mission Committee Member; and Franco Garcia, Policy Director, Environmental Health Coalition.

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. San Diego’s portside community has some of the highest levels of diesel particle pollution in the state. Prop 30 will help us restore clean air, especially from the impact of industrial emissions, 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 to 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 are at an essential and critical inflection point in how California is going to address the climate crisis,” Assemblymember Chris Ward said in support of the measure. “You don’t need to convince Californians that we’re in a climate crisis, because we’re already experiencing it. We must do more. We must electrify transportation and reduce the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. Proposition 30 gives a sustainable funding stream that’s necessary for the magnitude of this crisis.”

Sandy Naranjo added, “The residents of the Barrio Logan neighborhood, where we are now, have been displaced by racist land use planning. They’ve been exposed to toxic air from transit emissions from both freeways and our industrial hubs. We can no longer rely on transportation that pollutes our communities and damages our earth. Prop 30 is an opportunity for voters to give a chance to communities like Barrio Logan to obtain sustainable funding so we can all meet our climate goals and win against the climate crisis.”

Dr. Michael Welch said, “Proposition 30 is a life-saving opportunity. Asthma is the most common chronic disease in childhood. This problem is greater in low-income communities. While medication has helped us fight lung disease, there is one contributing factor that continues to hurt our progress—air pollution. I support Prop 30 because it will establish long-term and dedicated air funding. It’s a huge investment in healthy air for my patients and all Californians.”

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.

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