Today Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) named Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to the California Air Resources Board, which leads the state’s efforts to reduce air pollution and protect public health.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 197 last year to add two members of the Legislature as ex officio members representing communities in the state that bear the burden of high levels of pollution, including communities with diverse racial and ethnic populations and communities with low-income populations.
“The residents of my district who live in the industrial heart of Southeast Los Angeles County and alongside the nation’s busiest port and trade corridors breathe some of the most polluted air in the nation, and too many suffer from poor health and lowered life expectancy,” said Sen. Lara. "Governor Brown's signing of my bill, SB 1383, commits the state to reduce dangerous black carbon emissions by half by 2030 and severely limit other short lived climate pollutants and makes California a global leader in the fight for clean air. I will be a voice on the Air Resources Board for all Californians affected by pollution and global climate change.”
Sen. Lara authored SB 1383 in 2016 to reduce black carbon emissions by 50% and short-lived climate pollutants by 40% by 2030. He authored SB 1204 in 2014, which created the California Clean Truck, Bus, and Off-Road Vehicle and Equipment Technology Program to help equip medium- and heavy-duty trucks, buses, and freight with advanced clean technologies so we can begin to clean up our air and improve public health, particularly in our most disadvantaged communities.
As the Chair of the Select Committee on Ports and Goods Movement, Sen. Lara is invested in the implementation of the Sustainable Freight Action Plan so we can improve freight efficiency, transition to zero-emission technologies, and increase the competitiveness of the state’s freight system.