State of the Air: CALIFORNIA

Loni RussellContact Loni J. Cortez Russell at lrussell@momscleanairforce.org to learn more or volunteer.

Loni comes from a large, Filipino family of nurses and has been involved in social service and health advocacy since she can remember. Loni resides in San Francisco and enjoys traveling, hiking, fiction books, languages and cooking for others. Loni is excited about continuing to build the voice of parents on the environment and children’s health in states throughout the West.

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Here’s what we’re working on in California:

California is an ethnically and economically diverse state, home to over 38,000 million people, 77% of whom live in counties with unhealthy air. Against a backdrop of poor air quality, California is a leader in tackling carbon and air pollution while growing its economy, serving as a model for other states and countries looking to cut pollution. For example, California’s successful cap and trade program can serve as a model mechanism for states looking for ways to comply with America’s Clean Power Plan.

Moms Clean Air Force is an important stakeholder and advocate supporting clean air and climate policy in the state. With our largest state membership – more than 80,000 members — Moms Clean Air Force has a powerful California presence working toward a healthier future for our kids.

A massive natural gas leak has left one Southern California community with concerns about the long term effects to their health after a natural gas blow out from an aging and decrepit storage facility in the Los Angeles Valley spewed over 100,000 metric tons of methane into their community over the course of several months, forcing the relocation of thousands of Porter Ranch families and residents. Moms Clean Air Force California shared the stories of Porter Ranch moms and kids impacted by the disaster with elected officials and media during the disastrous months of October 2015 and February 2016, raising the alarm bell on the health effects of exposure and proximity to oil and gas operations and calling for strong rules to address current sources of methane pollution in our nation’s oil and gas supply chain.

In February 2016, Moms Clean Air Force organized a town hall event for impacted residents to discuss health effects from oil and gas operations and local and state actions taken by families and mom advocates to protect and advocate for their kids and community. That same month, Moms Clean Air Force and impacted families from Porter Ranch gathered in Downtown Los Angeles to meet with the band Guster, and bring awareness to the health effects experienced by the families in the community.

Moms Clean Air Force has been in support of local, state and regulatory efforts to curb methane pollution and protect California families from the dangers of natural gas pollution. Moms Clean Air Force signed on in support of SB 1441 (Leno-Pavley), addressing leakage and methane emissions in California and joined coalition partners in sending a letter to California State Senator Ben Hueso (Chair, CA Senate Energy Committee) to move forward in support of methane pollution reductions.

Moms Clean Air Force thanks the Obama administration for their announcement to create an interagency task force on natural gas storage facilities to prevent similar disasters from occurring in the future. The task force will be spearheaded by the Department of Energy and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), and will include technical experts from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of the Interior, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Moms Clean Air Force California was proud to support the historic passage of Senate Bill 350, which will raise California’s renewable energy mix to 50%, and double energy efficiency in buildings by 50%, by 2030. Moms Clean Air Force was part of the coalition supporting the effort to pass SB 350 and although we were disappointed that the reduction in petroleum use by 50% was removed from the final bill language, we applaud California’s legislature leadership and Governor Brown for passing this historic bill into law.

Moms Clean Air Force California brought the stories of moms to Sacramento, urging EPA to set the strongest possible standard to address ozone pollution, or smog, at the EPA public hearing on smog in January 2015. Moms from across the state attended and sent in videos voicing their support of a strong, health-based standard that would protect little lungs from smog pollution.

Moms Clean Air Force California congregated in the halls of the state Capitol in May 2015 to urge the California legislature to support clean energy and clean air for California and American families. Moms from around the state advocated state leadership to set strong, long term targets to address carbon pollution and put California on the path to cleaner, healthier energy.

Moms Clean Air Force California was proud to stand with moms in South Los Angeles to demand that an urban oil field in the middle of a neighborhood be shut down because of the danger it poses to children and families’ health in 2013. With the help of California Senator Barbara Boxer, the US Environmental Protection Agency ordered the oil pumping operation by Allenco Energy Company to stop.

Protecting Assembly Bill 32 (California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006)

Moms Clean Air Force California is a member of a statewide coalition of environmental and community organizations dedicated to preserving and promoting policies related to Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32). AB 32 was passed by the state legislature in 2006 with bipartisan support to reduce and set a statewide limit on carbon pollution in the state. AB 32 directs the California Air Resources Board to develop and implement a plan to roll back carbon emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020.

AB 32 has been in place since 2006 and has been and improving the air our families breathe in California. AB 32 is reducing California’s dependency on fossil fuels, promoting the use of clean and renewable energy, improving public health by reducing air pollution, and increasing the number of clean energy jobs. In California, we will continue to work with moms, dads, decision makers and partners in the environmental, business, and labor community to ensure California sets an aggressive emissions cap for 2030 and beyond.

Support for California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Moms Clean Air Force supports the transition to cleaner fuels and cleaner energy in California and has taken an active role in supporting California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Transportation pollution is the largest contributor to greenhouse gases emissions in the state of California. The transportation sector is the largest source of pollution in California, contributing close to 70% of smog-forming gases and 40% of the state’s climate change pollution every year.

California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, passed in 2007, is good for our kids. It will slash dangerous air pollution (e.g. NOx, SOx, and PM2.5), increase the volume of domestically produced fuels, and cut climate pollution.

By 2025, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and additional emissions reduction programs under AB 32 will together provide California with the following cumulative benefits:

  • Savings of $8.3 billion in pollution-related health costs
  • Prevention of 600 heart attacks and 880 premature deaths caused by air pollution
  • Prevention of 38,000 asthma attacks
  • Prevention of almost 75,000 lost work days.

Protecting and Enhancing the Environment Through Strategic Partnerships

We are creating and developing strategic partnerships across the state to join with others to promote clean air, renewable energy and lowering carbon emissions. Please contact us if you would like your organization to partner with Moms Clean Air Force.

Empowering Moms in the fight for clean air

Moms Clean Air Force, California is working to empower and give a voice to Moms–and dads too–in the fight for clean air throughout the state. By joining Moms Clean Air Force, you join other moms across the state in advocating and supporting policies that further the goal of cleaning our air.

Regional Work

Moms Clean Air Force California works closely with other states in the region, namely Oregon and Washington. Interested in learning more about our work in the West? Contact regional field manager Loni J. Cortez Russell at lrussell@momscleanairforce.org

In addition to state-specific work, Moms Clean Air Force California is supporting national efforts:

Mercury: We are supporting strong limits on harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Climate Change: We are fighting global warming by supporting policies, namely America’s Clean Power Plan, that will reduce carbon emissions and decrease dangerous co-pollutants.

Clean Energy: We are ensuring that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health.

Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to keep toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day, through joining local efforts to protect families from toxic chemicals and advocating for strong implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (2016).

Natural Gas Pollution: We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.

California’s electricity generation by source, 2014:

  • Natural Gas (58%)

  • Renewables (23%)

  • Nuclear (9%)

  • Hyrdro (9%)

  • Other Gases (1%)

According to the American Lung Association’s 2016 State of the Air report, Bakersfield, CA ranked number one for most polluted city in the country for year round particle pollution and short-term particle pollution

According to the American Lung Association’s 2016 State of the Air report, over 63,000 children suffer from asthma in Orange County

In 2015, there were 106 reported code red ozone days in Riverside County, California

Cleaner air can help Californians avoid nearly 30,000 hospital admissions and emergency room visits over a two year period resulting in over $193 million dollars in savings

Air pollution has been estimated by the California Air Resources Board to cause 9,200 deaths in California per year, with more recent research indicating that approximately 21,000 deaths per year in California are caused by roadway pollution.

 

Childhood asthma has become an epidemic in California; the American Lung Association says it is the leading cause of hospitalizations among children due to a chronic condition in California. Asthma rates have increased 75% for all Californians since 1980

According to the California Department of Education, asthma in children is the leading cause of school absenteeism

The transportation sector is the largest source of pollution in California, contributing close to 70% of smog-forming gases and 40% of the state’s climate change pollution every year.

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January 2017

Moms Clean Air Force California testified at an Aliso Canyon hearing.

Moms Clean Air Force California attended Green CA Summit.

Moms Clean Air Force California participated in the San Francisco Women’s March, part of a network of marches held across the country.

October 2016

Field organizer, Jennifer Moeller attended the “One Year Gas Blowout Aliso Canyon Anniversary” remembering the largest natural gas blowout in history. The event called on California Governor Brown to keep the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility closed and decommission the facility.

September 2016

Moms Clean Air Force California attended the Fossil Free L.A Campaign Kickoff Press Conference in Los Angeles City Hall on September 16th to support Sierra Club in their efforts to get Los Angeles to 100% clean energy by 2030.

Los Angeles field organizer, Jennifer Moeller spoke at the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) West Region Policy Forum at University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA). Her topic was “Health Impacts Associated with Climate Change,” hosted by NHMA’s CEO/President Dr. Rios. Jennifer hosted a Moms Clean Air Force table providing resources on asthma and how climate change and air pollution impacts the Latino community to the 40 healthcare professionals in attendance.

Moms Clean Air Force California hosted a Play-In for Climate Action at Holleigh Bernson Memorial Park (Porter Ranch).

August 2016

Moms Clean Air Force California attended Green Advocacy Day in Sacramento.

July 2016

Moms Clean Air Force California attended a California Air Resources Board Meeting on the proposed methane rule. 

Deputy field manager, Loni Russell and field organizer, Jennifer Moeller mobilized members to testify at the California Air Resources Board in support of strong state methane pollution rules.

Moms Clean Air Force California signed on to a SB 1441 letter, addressed to the Chair of Assembly Appropriations to express strong support for SB 1441–a bill to add needed accountability to reduce methane leaks that occur before natural gas is delivered to California consumers.

June 2016

Moms Clean Air Force California hosted a “School’s Out Food Drive” contributing to the over 4,542 pounds of food collected by Moms Clean Air Force chapters nationwide.

On June 30, the City of Oakland voted to ban the export of coal from the Port of Oakland. Leading the charge for parents was Moms Clean Air Force Supermom, Carolyn Norr.

April 2016

House party with Administrator McCarthy in San Francisco, CA

On April 27, Moms Clean Air Force hosted EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for a house party with 60 moms and women in San Francisco, CA. A diverse group of moms, kids, health professionals and women community leaders were in attendance. Moms Clean Air Force partnered with Green For All and held a 40 minute Q&A with the Administrator on EPA’s Safer Choice Label, methane pollution, America’s Clean Power Plan, environmental and social justice, and more. The Administrator stressed the significant role that moms and parents play in shaping the national conversation and the importance of sharing personal stories and the impacts of climate change and air pollution on our families.

March 2016

California Supermom Carolyn Norr met with Oakland City Council on the proposed Oakland coal terminal.

Moms Clean Air Force California members testified at the Lakewood, CO BLM Hearing on new methane emissions standards.

February 2016

Moms Clean Air Force California held a Los Angeles press conference on the Aliso Canyon disaster.

May 2015

Mama Summit 2015 | California families gathered at the state capitol on Sacramento to call on elected officials to take climate action. The California Mama Summit was hosted by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, a Southern Californian mother of two and member of the Latino Caucus. More than 50 participants met with nearly 30 legislators to talk about why they care about climate change.

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Jerry Brown 

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Dianne Feinstein

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Kamala Harris 

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US House of Representatives

Doug LaMalfa (District 1)

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Jared Huffman (District 2)

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John Garamendi (District 3)

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Tom McClintock (District 4)

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Mike Thompson (District 5)

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Doris Matsui (District 6)

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Ami Bera (District 7)

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  • 11070 White Rock Road
    Suite 195
    Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
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  • Phone: (916) 635-0505
  • Twitter: @RepBera

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Paul Cook (District 8)

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  • 14955 Dale Evans Parkway
    Apple Valley Town Hall
    Apple Valley, CA 92307
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  • Phone: (760) 247-1815
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Jerry McNerney (District 9)

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Jeff Denham (District 10)

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Mark DeSaulnier (District 11)

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Nancy Pelosi (District 12)

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  • 90 7th Street
    Suite 2-800
    San Francisco, CA 94103
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  • Phone: (415) 556-4862
  • Twitter: @NancyPelosi

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Barbara Lee (District 13)

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Jackie Speier (District 14)

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  • 155 Bovet Rd, Suite 780
    San Mateo, CA 94402
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Eric Swalwell (District 15)

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Jim Costa (District 16)

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Ro Khanna (District 17) 

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Anna G. Eshoo (District 18)

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Zoe Lofgren (District 19)

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Jimmy Panetta (District 20)

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David G. Valadao (District 21)

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Devin Nunes (District 22)

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Kevin McCarthy (District 23)

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  • 4100 Empire Drive
    Suite 150
    Bakersfield, CA 93309
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  • Twitter: @GOPWhip

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Salud Carbajal (District 24)

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Steve Knight (District 25)

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  • 1008 West Avenue
    M-14
    Palmdale, CA 93551
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Julia Brownley (District 26)

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Judy Chu (District 27)

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  • 415 W. Foothill Blvd, Ste 122
    Claremont, CA 91711
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Adam Schiff (District 28)

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Tony Cárdenas (District 29)

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  • 9300 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
    Second Floor
    Arleta, CA 91331
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  • Twitter: @RepCardenas

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Brad Sherman (District 30)

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  • 5000 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 420
    Sherman Oaks, CA  91403
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Pete Aguilar (District 31)

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Grace Napolitano (District 32)

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Ted Lieu (District 33)

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Xavier Becerra (District 34)

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  • 350 South Bixel Street, Suite 120
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
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  • Phone: (213) 481-1425
  • Twitter: @RepBecerra

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Norma Torres (District 35) 

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Raul Ruiz (District 36)

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Karen Bass (District 37)

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Linda Sanchez (District 38)

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Ed Royce (District 39)

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Lucille Roybal-Allard (District 40)

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Mark Takano (District 41)

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Ken Calvert (District 42)

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  • 4160 Temescal Canyon Rd., Ste 214
    Corona, CA 92883
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  • Phone: (951) 277-0042
  • Twitter: @KenCalvert

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Maxine Waters (District 43)

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Nanette Barragán (District 44)

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Mimi Walters (District 45)

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  • 236 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
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Luis Correa (District 46)

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  • 2323 N Broadway
    Suite 404-1
    Santa Ana, CA 92706
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Alan Lowenthal (District 47)

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Dana Rohrabacher (District 48)

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Darrell Issa (District 49)

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Duncan Hunter (District 50)

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  • 1611 N. Magnolia Ave., Ste 310
    El Cajon, CA 92020
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Juan Vargas (District 51)

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Scott Peters (District 52)

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Susan Davis (District 53)

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