Local Environmental and Climate Leaders Host Get Out the Climate Vote Rally in Los Angeles for Prop 30

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


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

LOS ANGELES, CA – With poor air quality, years of record heat and catastrophic wildfires plaguing California, environmental, climate and environmental leaders hosted a get out the climate vote rally in honor of Proposition 30 ahead of Tuesday’s election.

Speaking in support of the measure were Eli Lipmen, Executive Director, Move LA; Chris Chavez, Deputy Policy Director, Coalition for Clean Air; and Oscar Garcia, Ballot Initiative Coordinator, California Environmental Voters. Dozens of environmentalists, activists, and supporters from Los Angeles joined these leaders to help get out the climate vote in favor of Prop 30.

View the press conference here and the B-roll footage 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.

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 a dire climate and pollution crisis.” Eli Lipmen said, “Californians are dying from higher rates of cancer, heart and lung disease in places just like where we are today in Boyle Heights. Five freeways cross this neighborhood, spewing dirty, toxic pollution. I’m angry because I see the opposition, funded by billionaires on television who are paying a fortune to lie to voters while we’re dying from air pollution. We need to do more to end the reign of toxic diesel emissions and end our dependence on fossil fuels. We need Proposition 30.”

Chris Chavez added, “California is a leader in many good ways. But we’re also a leader in air pollution and emissions. Los Angeles and Riverside account for one-third of air pollution deaths in the United States. It’s because of this that the Clean Air California Coalition was formed. We’re a group that doesn’t always agree on everything, but we do agree that we need cleaner air. Prop 30 will put over 100 billion dollars over twenty years into clean transportation, healthy air, wildfire prevention, and ensuring that we have a livable, breathable community.”

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.