Statement by Senator Lara in Response to Governor’s Announcement on Exide Spending Plan

February 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senator for Vernon, released the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s announcement of a $176.6 million dollar Exide cleanup plan:

“The affected communities of Southeast Los Angeles have been waiting for a comprehensive, substantive and timely response to hold Exide accountable for the tragedy plaguing thousands of families. The legislative remedies that we’ve sponsored to-date have focused on increased oversight, transparency and justice for our residents.  I stand behind the Governor’s bold proposal to fund expedited an expanded testing and cleanup of residential properties, schools, daycare centers and parks that so many of my constituents rely on each and every day.”