Community Groups Call for Air District to Support Clean Air and Healthy Communities Around Oil Refineries by Pledging Emissions Reductions

CBE and allies are advocating for the Air District to take bold action to protect workers and communities with a new pledge to require a 20 percent reduction of refinery pollution by 2020. See Press Release.

We also proposed a worker-community approach to reducing Bay Area Refinery emissions to Air District Board and Staff.  This approach was developed by refinery community, refinery worker, environmental, and academic groups and was first recommended in comments on the rule during 2013. It would require, by 2020, that each refinery reduce its emissions of specific pollutants1 by 20% or demonstrate that it is using the best emission control technology available.

Oakland City Council Unanimously Supports Crematorium Reform

Thanks to all CBE members and staff who eloquently spoke at last night City Council meeting.  The City of Oakland Department Of Planning and Building recommendation adopted our Crematorium Ordinance.

This is based over two years of resident engagement in which the ordinance recommending The Planning Commission, and as Directed By City Council under Emergency Ordinance No. 13222 C.M.S., to amend the Planning Code to establish Permanent Regulations Pertaining To Crematories Within The City Of Oakland.

We continue to work to protect our community health and reforming planning department policies to prevent more pollution in our communities.  Our members and allies successfully have been holding the City of Oakland and Planning Department accountable for no additional burden in East Oakland.  For more information, read The Ugly Facts about the Proposed Crematorium.


East Oakland Community Power Strategy Session

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 5:30 p.m at 81st Ave Library -1021 81st Avenue.  CBE invites East Oakland members and residents to participate in a strategy session on environmental justice and economic development projects in East Oakland. See flyer. For more info: contact Jose Lopez,, 510-302-0430×24.

Vote for CBE and Power Up LA with Clean Energy!

CBE and our allies have a chance of winning $100,000.  Vote for us today #Solar4SunnyLA:!  We need all of our CBE family and allies to vote for us. CBE want to see LA powered by #solar by 2050.  The deadline is September 16, 2014.  Let’s Power Up LA together with clean energy and transition from fossil fuels.  This vote will benefit working families and build healthier communities.