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Oct. 4, 2022
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SAN FRANCISCO POLITICAL, HEALTH, LABOR AND ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS KICK OFF CAMPAIGN FOR PROP 30, CALIFORNIA’S CLEAN AIR INITIATIVE
Statewide Ballot Measure Would Fund Climate Action, Firefighting
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – With wildfires, poor air quality and record heat plaguing California, political, environmental, health and labor leaders launched the campaign for passage of Proposition 30, California’s Clean Air Initiative, today at Portsmouth Square in San Francisco. Please see this video recording of today’s event.
Speaking in support of the measure were Senator Scott Wiener; City Attorney David Chiu; Supervisor Rafael Mandelman; Supervisor Hillary Ronen; Mary Creasman, Chief Executive Officer, California Environmental Voters; Dr. Naomi Bardach, Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, UCSF; Hunter Stern, Assistant Business Manager, IBEW Local 1245; and Nick Josefowitz, Chief Policy Officer, SPUR. 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.
“Climate change is already impacting San Francisco,” said Senator Scott Wiener. “Our beloved coastal fog is dissipating, we’re experiencing longer and warmer heat waves, and every fall we have smoky skies from fires that burn all across Northern California. Proposition 30 is a historic investment in our future and I’m proud to vote yes on it this November.”
City Attorney David Chiu said, “The harm done by air pollution and the climate crisis burdens the health and lives of all Californians, particularly our low-income residents and communities of color. According to the EPA, nearly all emissions sources cause disproportionate harm to people of color, including Black, Hispanic, and Asian people. Prop 30 gives us an opportunity to address this inequity. 50% of Prop 30’s EV funding is reserved for low-income and disadvantaged communities.”
“We can all remember the infamous day when our blue skies turned orange a little over two years ago,” said Supervisor Hillary Ronen. “Catastrophic wildfires are destroying our state and harming our health. According to the American Lung Association, the Bay Area has the fourth worst particulate pollution in the nation. Prop 30 helps us restore our clean air with a bold, long- range plan to tackle car emissions and dangerous megafires.”
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.