The three Clean Up Green Up communities were in City Hall to celebrate a recent City Council victory for the cutting-edge Clean Up Green Up environmental health measure. A June 12-0 vote approved the LA City Planning Department to develop the innovative Clean Up Green Up policy that will reduce and prevent pollution and support economic revitalization in three Los Angeles toxic hotspot neighborhoods—Boyle Heights, Pacoima and Wilmington.
Activists from Union de Vecinos stand alongside Councilmember Jose Huizar, who represents Boyle Heights and who has championed the Clean Up Green Up initiative from its beginning.
Homegirl Café provided delicious food—two kinds of mole!—red and green.
Nury Martinez, Councilmember-elect for Council District 6, has guided Clean Up Green Up as Executive Director of Pacoima Beautiful.
Councilmember Joe Buscaino, whose District 15 includes the Clean Up Green Up community of Wilmington, couldn’t make it to the celebration–but Legislative Deputy Ryan Ferguson was there to accept a Clean Up Green Up T-shirt from Communities for a Better Environment activist Patricia Estrada.
Barbara Sandifor of Coalition for a Safe Environment thanks City Councilmembers for their support of Clean Up Green Up.
A Key Council Vote Advances Policy to Transform Toxic Hotspot Neighborhoods into Healthy Communities
Clean Up Green Up supporters were in the house on Wednesday June 19th as the Council took a pivotal vote to more fully develop the Clean Up Green Up policy to reduce and prevent pollution in three of L.A.’s toxic hotspot communities.
The City Council’s landmark 12-0 vote directs the City Planning Department to research, analyze and draft Clean Up Green Up policy recommendations for the three pilot areas that have been pushing for the policy for the past several years: Boyle Heights, Pacoima and Wilmington.
Residents from the three Clean Up Green Up communities stood up and applauded the vote, then poured into the famous City Hall rotunda to celebrate with key Clean Up Green Up author Councilmember Jose Huizar, who represents Boyle Heights, along with Councilmember Joe Buscaino, whose 15th Council District includes Wilmington and who has steadily supported the measure.
“The Clean Up Green Up campaign represents a new generation of Environmental Justice where we work hand-in-hand with local businesses to improve the health of our communities,” Councilmember José Huizar said in a statement. “Our vision involves public-private partnerships, familiar planning tools and focused economic investment to green up existing businesses and attract new ones.”
Next steps: the community organizations that make up the L.A. Collaborative for Environmental Health and Justice will reach out to residents and supporters to make sure everyone knows about this turning-point victory. Clean Up Green Up activists are also gearing up to work with the city planning department as staff formulates a plan that includes a robust community participation process.
It’s taken some time but your steady support has made all the difference! We’ll keep you posted as this cutting-edge environmental policy advances. L.A. innovating on environmental measures once again—thanks for being part of it.
Boyle Heights resident Leonardo Vilchis, of Union de Vecinos, says the next mayor can have a lot of influence on toxic pollution in his neighborhood. – Molly Peterson / KPCC
KPCC’s environmental reporter Molly Peterson recently interviewed Leonardo Vilchis of Union De Vecinos, one of the the organizations leading the Clean Up Green Up effort.
He hopes that L.A.’s new mayor will make environmental health a priority. “The new mayor could immediately put this stuff in the budget and start addressing these issues and then negotiate with the council,” he says. “And if you have this kind of leadership, things will move faster, and the community will hopefully start feeling the impacts of these kind of changes in policy.” READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE
Key City Council Committee Unanimously Approves Clean Up Green Up Work Plan!
It was unanimous on Tuesday, April 16th, when the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee approved the Clean Up Green Up work plan and set the stage for it to move off to full City Council.
More than 75 residents and allies were present when the PLUM Committee endorsed the Clean Up Green Up policy for Boyle Heights, Wilmington and Pacoima. The action by the PLUM Committee serves as a strong recommendation to the full Council to launch Clean Up Green Up. This innovative pilot approach to the problem of some neighborhoods’ overexposure to local pollution uses traditional planning and land use tools along with economic incentives to revitalize the three overburdened Los Angeles communities. READ MORE
The Clean Up Green Up concept emerged from communities suffering from the effects of too many pollution sources too close to places where families live, work and play. The leaders you’ll meet here from three different Los Angeles communities came to understand the potential links between family health problems and concentrations of local pollution. They decided to take steps to improve their local environments. Take a look at their stories in Boyle Heights, Pacoima and Wilmington.
If you haven’t seen it yet, read former Administrator Lisa Jackson’s final blog. She discusses why she made environmental justice an agency-wide priority and the progress EPA has made during her administration. Administrator Jackson also talks about issuing the “Plan EJ 2014 Progress Report” and how the Agency is ensuring that environmental justice is integrated into all of EPA’s day-to-day responsibilities through this strategy – everything from permitting, compliance and enforcement, to community-based programs and the work EPA does with other federal agencies.