Los Angeles: Tenant Legal Clinics Wednesday, 1/19/2021 6pm

(Full Event Details) Our first tenant legal clinic of 2022 is next Wednesday, Jan 19th @ 6PM. 馃帀 Come and learn your rights to stay protected in the new year. Did you receive an eviction notice?馃毆馃攽馃摑Are you unable to pay your rent due to covid?聽馃樂馃挵馃彔Is your landlord harassing you?聽馃毆馃毇馃挗As tenant protections keep changing, we are here to answer聽your questions!

馃帄Nuestra primera cl铆nica legal para inquilines de 2022 es el pr贸ximo mi茅rcoles 19 de enero a las 6 p.m. 馃帀 Ven y conoce tus derechos para estar protegido en el nuevo a帽o.驴Recibi贸 un aviso/nota de desalojo?驴No puede pagar la renta debido al covid?驴Su propietario te est谩 acosando?
Como las protecciones para inquilinos siguen cambiando, 隆estamos aqu铆 para responder sus preguntas!

Community group sues East Oakland鈥檚 AB&I Foundry for violating Prop 65 – Majority Black & Latinx community exposed to known carcinogen hexavalent chromium

(Full Post) OAKLAND, Calif. – Today Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) filed a lawsuit against AB&I Foundry and it鈥檚 parent company, McWane, Inc. for violating Proposition 65 (the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act) by exposing the surrounding community to a known carcinogen without proper notice. The lawsuit was filed today in Alameda County Superior Court. (Read more…)

Paid Opportunity for Visual Artists!

(Full Post) The Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) Program has an exciting opportunity for local visual artists to create two 3-minute videos for Californians that provide energy efficiency and conservation tips for environmental justice communities. This is a paid opportunity. Applicants do not need prior experience with environmental justice work but must demonstrate a passion to impact their community.

Apply here. Submissions are due by January 14, 2022.

Please feel free to share this with anyone in your network that you think would be interested in applying.

Lastly, you can learn more about the SOMAH program and its community benefits here.

Secretary of Interior, Deb Haaland, Tours Idle and Orphan Oil Wells in Wilmington, CA

(Full Post) Wilmington, CA– United States Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland traveled to California this week, making stops in Wilmington, an environmental justice neighborhood in the Harbor region of Los Angeles, California. Secretary Haaland is the first Native American to hold a cabinet position and first Secretary of the Interior to join Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) for a toxic tour to bear witness to the adverse health and safety impacts associated with neighborhood oil drilling, and the threat that idle and orphan oil wells pose to frontline communities. (Read more here)

Wilmington & South East Los Angeles: New Member Orientation; Orientaci贸n para Nuevos Miembros, November 17th at 6pm

(Full Event Details) Become a Member of CBE! 隆Convi茅rtete en miembro de CBE! Join us for our next New Member Orientation on November 17th at 6pm! We will be covering various toxic sites and discussing the resistance happening throughout Southeast LA and Wilmington. We will also discuss how you can join us as a CBE member and beyond!

Join/unete: bit.ly/cbenmo21

隆脷nase a nosotros en nuestra pr贸xima orientaci贸n para nuevos miembros el 17 de noviembre a las 6 pm! Cubriremos varios sitios t贸xicos y discutiremos la resistencia que est谩 ocurriendo en todo el sureste de Los 脕ngeles y Wilmington. 隆Ven a conocer c贸mo puedes convertirte en miembro de CBE!

For more information/ Para m谩s informaci贸n: 323.391.3112.

Rule 1109.1 Victory! Refinery Boilers & Heaters

(Full Post) Nov. 5th, 2021, in the South Coast Air District, CBE and our allies won adoption of the biggest refinery regulation SCAQMD has adopted in decades – Rule 1109.1 — to cut emissions from massive refinery Boilers & Heaters, which drive refinery energy and put out invisible pollution constantly.

Alicia Rivera (CBE’s Wilmington Community Organizer) said:聽“This rule is long overdue — it’s finally going to do what the failed RECLAIM pollution trading program did not do for over 20 years – reduce Nitrogen Oxides at oil refineries by millions of pounds per year. These emissions affect people’s breathing, exacerbate asthma, and create all this smog.聽The rule will provide some justice for communities such as Wilmington most exposed due to being so close to the refineries.”聽(For general background, see our earlier CBE factsheet explaining Refinery Boilers & Heaters.)

Just like the failed state Cap & Trade program for Greenhouse Gases, the regional NOx RECLAIM pollution trading program allowed refineries to buy cheap credits in pay-to-pollute system, so cheap they did not invest in controls.聽聽(See our fact sheet on the failure of state Cap & Trade to cut emissions.)聽

Now refineries will be mandated to install pollution controls available for decades.  Although this is an important step forward, the refineries were able to win weakening provisions allowing “alternative” compliance plans.  It will be key to follow up during rule implementation, to ensure they don’t game the system.

And for a blast from the past – CBE called out the failed RECLAIM program in a paper we published in 1999! — Pollution Trading and Environmental Injustice: Los Angeles’ Failed Experiment in Air Quality Policy,聽Drury, Belliveau, Kuhn, and Bansal, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum.聽聽

Also see the聽LA Times Editorial, Nov. 4, 2021 on this regulation, and the Rule 1109.1聽Earthjustice blog – Reclaiming Our Health.

Newsom Administration Proposes a 3,200ft Setback for Oil and Gas Drilling Operations

(Full Post) Today we celebrate the step forward for public health, the safety of our families and their children. We applaud this brave rule from the Newsom administration and know it will be met with misinformation from the oil and gas industry. The same way that Big oil and gas joined forces with the detention center industry, white supremacists, and luxury real estate to try and capture the Governorship, we know that they will try to oppose this rule and continue raking in profits. After more than two years of delay, we celebrate this rule.

鈥淲ilmington families have been living with the dangerous impacts of oil drilling for too long. The Governor鈥檚 announcement of a 3,200 ft setback shows us that the Newsom administration is listening to the science and the frontlines. With this 3,200 foot setback, Newsom’s administration is telling the world they care about righting these wrongs that continue to pollute our lungs – now we need them to make it law. Countless frontline environmental justice communities have been waiting for this rule and we look forward to engaging in the process to ensure that workers and communities are protected as this rule is finalized.鈥

Wendy, Wilmington Community Member, Communities for a Better Environment Intern

鈥淭oday, California took a critical step forward for public health and the safety of our families and children,鈥 said Darryl Molina Sarmiento, Executive Director of Communities for a Better Environment. 鈥淏y creating a framework to end harmful oil drilling near communities, California is prioritizing front-line residents most impacted by harmful pollution while working towards a healthy equitable transition. We will continue to engage with the Governor鈥檚 Office in the next few months to secure a final health and safety setback regulation at CalGEM that offers strong protections for front-line neighborhoods impacted by oil drilling. The fight isn鈥檛 over. We need drilling operations phased out in our communities, with robust plans put in place to protect workers and communities.鈥 Read more…

Currently, 2.17 million residents live within 2500 feet of an oil and gas well: that鈥檚 roughly 1 in 20 Californians. Of the 600+permits that have been granted for oil & gas sites in our neighborhoods in the last 2 years, >450 are for existing drill sites.

Your voice matters. We have 60 days to get comments in and urge for the strongest protections. Customize your comment if you have extra time. Give your public comment here and tell @calconservation @cagovernor @UduakJoe to end environmental injustices like these in California!

http://bit.ly/nodrillingcalgem

Sureste de Los Angeles: 2021 Academia de Lideres Comunitarios

(Full post) 驴Desea aprender mas herramientas de liderazgo? Unase al movimiento de la justicia ambiental! Aprenda que es, porque es importante, y vea las luchas para un medio ambiente mejor en su comunidad del sureste de los angeles. La Academia de Lideres Comunitarios empieza pronto! Para registrarse, haga clic aqui.

Dias de la academia (5-7pm): Octubre 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 y noviembre 5

Los Angeles (virtual): Community Meeting on 710 South Freeway Expansion Project- Reuni贸n comunitaria sobre el proyecto de expansi贸n de la autopista 710 sur. September 25th 10am-12pm

(Full Event Details) Community meeting on the 710 south freeway expansion project. We will share info on the 20-year fight to ensure that our communities are prioritized by Caltrans and Metro. This public meeting is for anyone and everyone that lives near the 710 freeway. Politicians and their staff will not be permitted to join this meeting.

S谩bado, 25 de septiembre: Reuni贸n comunitaria sobre el proyecto de expansi贸n de la autopista #710. Compartiremos informaci贸n sobre la lucha de 20 a帽os para asegurar que nuestras comunidades sean priorizadas por Caltrans y Metro. Esta reuni贸n p煤blica es para cualquier persona que viva cerca de la autopista 710. Los pol铆ticos y su personal no podr谩n unirse a esta reuni贸n.

Green Zones Ordinance: Public Comment for Regional Planning Commission (Submit by 9/21 at noon)

(Full post) We need YOUR support! Please take a moment to submit a written public comment to urge the Regional Planning Commission to push for a stronger Green Zones (GZ) Ordinance that offers true community protection. Comments must be submitted by September 21st, 2021 at noon. http://Bit.ly/gzcomment

While the GZ Ordinance was created to address industrial issues near people in unincorporated communities, we need it to push for rezoning and more consistent land use practices. We need to continue to protect the health and quality of life of those who have been historically and disproportionately impacted by multiple polluting sources. Link is above and it takes 2 minutes to complete!!!

隆Necesitamos su apoyo! Por favor t贸me un momento para enviar un comentario p煤blico a la Comisi贸n de Planificaci贸n Regional. Queremos una Ordenanza de Zonas Verdes que sea fuerte para asegurar que ofrezca proteccion a la salud de las comunidades.

http://Bit.ly/gzcomment/
La Ordenanza de Zonas Verdes se cre贸 para abordar problemas industriales cerca de personas en comunidades que no son incorporadas, la necesitamos para urgir la rezonificaci贸n y pr谩cticas de uso de la tierra. Queremos mejorar la salud p煤blica y la calidad de vida en comunidades que hist贸ricamente han sido afectadas por m煤ltiples fuentes de contaminantes.隆El enlace est谩 arriba y tarda 2 minutos en completarse!