Engaging the public throughout the development and implementation of AB 617 will be paramount. The District plans to host a series of workshops, public meetings, and community forums to educate the public, yet more importantly, to solicit suggestions and feedback on a wide variety of issues, including allocation of funds, identifying communities for potential enhanced monitoring and action plan development.
AB 617 and the recent Cap and Trade extension legislation is expected to bring significant additional funds to the Valley to help reduce emissions and improve public health in disadvantaged communities. Learn about qualifying projects, impacted communities and investment priorities.
I am happy to announce that the District’s Governing Board approved the proposed Stockton Community Emissions Reduction Program at Thursday’s public hearing. This was the culmination of many hours of discussion and hard work by the CSC and agency partners, which was recognized and appreciated by the District Governing Board during the hearing. Based on the written and verbal comments received during the Governing Board meeting, many steering committee members expressed a strong desire for additional time for further discussion on the measures to reduce emissions and enhance community engagement in partnership with the Port of Stockton. In response to these requests and support, in addition to approving the proposed CERP, the District’s Board took additional action to provide a window of opportunity to discuss the previously-shared port measures (including $5 million funding allocation), and, if able to reach collaborative consensus with the CSC and Port, return the measures (including funding) to the District Governing Board for consideration for inclusion in the approved CERP, by no later than May 2021. Given the need for the entire CSC to be filled in on and discuss this important issue, we will plan on placing this item on the agenda for the next CSC meeting, and ask that the CSC meeting be used as the venue for discussing this important item.
We are extremely appreciative for all of your efforts over the last 15 months and look forward to the opportunity to work with you and all of the community partners as we work together to implement the measures in the Stockton CERP, and improve air quality and quality of life for residents in Stockton.
Ryan Hayashi Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer San Joaquin Valley APCD 1990 E. Gettysburg, Fresno, CA 93726 Office: (559) 230-5958 Fax: (559) 230-6062 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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