CCAEJ and CEJA won passage of a major bill
CCAEJ and our state alliance CEJA won passage of a major bill this year AB 2722 the Transformative Climate Communities bill. The bill allots $140 million to communities to transform them from heavily polluted and socially vulnerable to thriving communities. Already at least half ($70 million) has been allocated to the City of Fresno and a quarter ($35 million) going to the City of Los Angeles. Still up in the air is where the remaining $35 million will go. Those of us in the IE believe we deserve to be named the third region since we have as many highly disadvantaged communities as Fresno. A delegation from San Bernardino County traveled 4 hours up and back to Fresno to lay out our argument for why San Bernardino should be the third region to receive $35 million from the new Transformational Climate Communities. CCAEJ, CLCV, WWRC and Josh Candelaria from San Bernardino county gave passionate testimony to the needs and readiness. We have formed a coalition with various agencies such as the county, Omnitrans, City of Ontario with the sole purpose of getting the funds to the IE. Several more hearings have been held and hopefully we will hear of the Strategic Growth Councils decision in the first quarter of the coming
Mark California League of Conservation Voters, Penny Newman and Michele Hasson of CCAEJ and Veronica Alverado of Warehouse Workers Resource Center.