Governor Brown Tours District with Assemblywoman Garcia
Environmental Justice Focus of Visit
(Bell Gardens)- Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia showed Governor Brown around the 58th Assembly District today, touring areas relevant to her environmental justice mantra. Garcia, as well as the Governor, have both committed to extending the cap and trade program in California with Garcia pushing for air quality regulations as components of the program’s next phase as outlined in her bill, AB 378.
“Today, the Governor got to breathe the same air as I have all my life. He looked across the brownfields that surround my communities and met with my neighbors who share our communities’ concerns,” said Garcia. “It’s not often any Governor spends a day in my backyard or any working class community of color, but I believe this goes to show Governor Brown’s willingness to work with us while we seek an environmental solution that will benefit every single Californian.”
The district tour included stops around the 710 overpass at Florence, the perimeter of the Commerce rail yard, Bandini Park and the brownfield at Garfield and Gage (in Commerce).
Following the tour the Governor joined Assemblywoman Garcia at the Neighborhood Youth Center for an environmental justice roundtable discussion with local community leaders. Topics included air quality, including air pollution from facilities in cap and trade, freeways/goods movement, and toxics. mark! Lopez with East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Stephanie Sandoval with the PICO Project, Irma Muñoz with Mujeres de la Tierra, Angelo Logan with the Moving Forward Network, Monsignor John Moretta with Resurrection Church, Teresa Marcus with Mothers of East L.A., Manuel Pastor with the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, Darryl Molina Sarmiento with Communities for a Better Environment, Adrian Martinez with Earthjustice and Michele Hasson with the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice attended the discussion.
“When we talk about California leading the world on climate change, I agree, but we’ve got to really lead by example address the real and ongoing ramifications in our own backyards at the same time,” added Garcia. “It’s important to actually see and breathe, first-hand, the issues that many Californians contend with their entire lives. It’s not all palm trees and beaches or redwood forests and snow-packed ski resorts. Californian’s live in some of the most polluted areas of the nation and in some of the most pristine. But all Californian’s should be entitled to an equal piece of justice for their environment. That’s what I believe in and what I shared with the Governor today.”
The 58th Assembly District includes the cities of Montebello, Pico Rivera, Commerce, Bell Gardens, Downey, Norwalk, Bellflower, Cerritos and Artesia.