Los Angeles

CASE STUDY: Southeast LA Community Leaders Shut Down a Metal Recycling Facility

In Southeast Los Angeles, where industrial facilities are located next to homes and schools in a predominantly low-income and people of color neighborhood, local residents succeeded in shutting down a scrap metal recycling facility that had been polluting the neighborhood for years. Working alongside other [More….]

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POLICY

CASE STUDY:  Committee  for a Better Arvin — Oil and Gas Ordinance

In 2018, community leaders in Arvin pressured  city officials to pass an unprecedented, health- protective oil and gas ordinance, and used the  California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in  litigation to protect residents from four new oil and  gas wells. Twenty miles southeast of Bakersfield,  Arvin [More….]

CEQA

CEQA and Housing Development in California

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is an important tool for advancing environmental justice (EJ) and protecting the rights of communities disproportionately impacted by pollution and poverty in our state. While CEQA “streamlining” policies have been viewed as the best way to address our state’s housing shortage, such ideas are based upon misleading narratives and misinformation. [More….]

Los Angeles

AB 1628: Redefining Environmental Justice for California

The people that are most equipped to transform toxic hotspots into healthy neighborhoods are the those who live in these areas that face these problems on a daily basis. Despite this, many frontline environmental justice (EJ) communities are often excluded and are denied from having a say in key environmental and land use decisions that impact their health. [More….]

NEW

Indirect Source Rule a Big Step toward Clean Air and Zero Emissions

By Andrea Vidaurre, CCAEJ Policy Analyst & Community Organizer For decades, disadvantaged communities in the South Coast Basin have been plagued by pollution coming from commercial activities at warehouses, rail yards, seaports and airports. Diesel truck, train, and cargo ship emissions are concentrated at these [More….]