I believe that clean air, clean water and open spaces are critical human rights and obligations.”
THINGS WE CAN DO TO LIVE IN A SAFER AND CLEANER WORLD
California has some of the toughest environmental standards in the world. While, I fiercely believe in enforcing those laws as an Assemblymember, I believe most of my substantive work on clean air, water and open space issues can be accomplished locally:
- Have a yearly “Green Fair” across the district. This would be a combination of an educational seminar and Farmer’s Market. Elected officials, educational leaders, community groups and everyday people will be trained in ways to lower our carbon footprint. We will “Green” businesses that either sell “Green” products or can teach people about living more sustainable lives. For instance, we will have local organic farmers who can teach people how to start their own organic farms—that helps people eat healthier and save money on groceries.
- Fix our water system. Every year, the water supply of Southeast Los Angeles County is more and more threatened. The reason is that the pipelines beneath our neighborhoods are in massive disrepair. So no matter how well we conserve water our leaking pipes are depleting our supply of water. In the State Assembly, I will work to make sure that any statewide water bond includes funds to fix our pipes and I will ask my community to engage and support these efforts.
- Parks and bikes are good for everyone. If you look at a map of Southeast Los Angeles County you’ll notice that with a few extensions, we could have bike paths from Long Beach all the way to Irwindale. Our district falls right in the middle of that path. By having all our local cities work together, we can help make that happen. This regional bike path would connect in parks across our area and help change the way we look at local recreation.