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CCAEJ Receives major Award

CCAEJ Recognized for its 39-Year Legacy of Work
Group Travels to San Francisco for Awards Ceremony Members of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice will travel to San Francisco on Friday, November 11th to receive an award from the Planning and Conservation League (PCL).  CCAEJ is being recognized for its 39-year legacy of work in environmental justice culminating this year with the passage of a CCAEJ sponsored bill, SB 1000, authored by Senator Connie Leyva.  SB 1000 will mandate that all cities and counties include an Environmental Justice Element in their General Plans.“This bill provides an institutional mechanism for cities to identify the disadvantaged neighborhoods within their boundaries and develop a plan to reduce the heavy pollution burdens, and address the economic, social and services inequities that have long existed in these low income and communities of color”, said Penny Newman, founder and Executive Director of CCAEJ.  SB 1000 is seen as a major environmental justice bill that will institutionalize a process for addressing disadvantaged communities in California.PCL will be celebrating its first 50 years as a force in achieving some of the most significant environmental successes in California – including the California Environmental Quality Act (1970), Coastal Act (1972), Wild Rivers (1973), Rail Bond Act (1990), and Tejon Ranch (2008).
The event will be held at the City Club of San Francisco and be emceed by radio talk show host Bill Press, first full-time Executive Director of PCL.  The 50th Gala Celebration will honor environmental heroes of the last 50 years.
Joining CCAEJ in being honored as environmental heroes:

  •  Fran Pavley, Senator – 27th California State Senate District;
  • Byron Sher, California State Senator – Retired;
  • Mary Nichols, Chair of California Air Resources Board;
  • Jerry Meral, Past Executive Director of PCL;
  • Jonas Minton, PCL Senior Water Policy Advisor; and
  • California Environmental Justice Alliance, a statewide alliance of base-building EJ organizations, like CCAEJ,  that have come together to create state policies to transform disadvantaged neighborhoods into healthy, thriving communities.



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