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.