Clean Up Green Up Update, April 2013

Key City Council Committee Unanimously Approves Clean Up Green Up Work Plan!

Los Angeles City HallIt 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.

For the residents and community-based organizations that have been working for decades to address toxic hot spots, the Committee’s strong support was gratifying and encouraging.  The Councilmembers were clear: for the minimal investment required to launch the Clean Up Green Up policy, the City will get a huge payback – in the form of cleaner, healthier air and a better environment for residents who live and work in LA’s most polluted neighborhoods.

We anticipated going before full Council on April 23rd but probably won’t, so please stay tuned in the coming days. We’ll be in touch about next steps. We will also update you with details of the specific directions made by the PLUM Committee regarding budget and staffing issues as they are clarified.

In the meantime, please take a moment to thank the PLUM Committee members, Councilmember Ed Reyes (Chair), Councilmember Jose Huizar (introduced CUGU motion) and Councilmember Mitch Englander for their overwhelming support for the Clean Up Green Up work plan. Send your thank you emails to:

Thanks are also due to the Clean Up Green Up campaign allies who turned out to the PLUM hearing:  American Lung Association, California State Automobile Dismantlers Association, NRDC, Los Angeles Business Council, SCOPE, LAANE, United Steel Workers Local 675, Heal the Bay and the Sierra Club.

Mil gracias to the resident members of Communities for a Better Environment, Coalition for a Safe Environment, Pacoima Beautiful and Union de Vecinos—the sponsors of the Clean Up Green Up campaign.

For a cleaner, greener LA,
The LA Collaborative for Environmental Health and Justice

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