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ELECTION 2022: Advocates for electric vehicles promote Prop. 30

In the News : Santa Barbara News-Press

Advocates for electric vehicles called for support for Proposition 30, a statewide clean air initiative, during a briefing Thursday morning in De la Guerra Plaza. Michael Chiacos, director of climate policy for the Community Environmental Council, described the initiative as an effort to help all Californians afford electric vehicles. ‘We need EVs for working people, not just wealthy residents,’ Mr. Chiacos said during the Santa Barbara talk, attended by a small audience.

Is Newsom’s opposition to Prop. 30 driven by political donors?

In the News : The Sacramento Bee

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desire to defeat Proposition 30 still confuses Mary Creasman, CEO of California Environmental Voters, an organization that advocates for policies to curb climate change. He has been a leader on environmental initiatives, Creasman said. So why would he oppose a new tax on wealthy residents that could help the state more quickly get electric vehicles on the road and reduce catastrophic wildfires? Creasman’s hunch: ‘I think it comes down to political money.

Wealthy Bay Area residents fuel effort to defeat California’s ballot measure on electric cars. Here are the top donors

In the News : San Francisco Chronicle

Despite the Bay Area’s eco-friendly reputation, donors from the region are bankrolling the campaign against Proposition 30, which would raise taxes on the wealthiest Californians to speed up the state’s transition to electric cars. Opponents of the measure have raised more than $14 million so far. They include some of San Francisco and Silicon Valley’s most well-known billionaires, venture capitalists, CEOs and developers.