I want to use my experience and relationships in the environmental movement to ensure that AD-39 residents immediately benefit from California’s increased investment to mitigate global warming.
Among many environmental priorities, I will pursue two opportunities immediately.
First, electronics is the fastest growing waste that also emits the most toxicity. I will propose new ways to incentivize California residents and businesses to recycle their end of life e-waste or donate their un-used electronics with responsible recyclers that are social enterprises and whose working model creates jobs to folks that experience barriers to employment. The impact will multiply when refurbished computers are offered to low income communities to bridge the digital divide and technical skills are practiced in working environments.
Second, I will prevent the expensive and ecologically-damaging high-speed rail from wrecking the communities living in the proposed route through our neighborhoods. I will not vote for a budget that includes more funds for the bullet train. Instead, I will propose amendments to redirect those resources to programs that immediately reduce the impact of diesel trucking and other toxic emissions in our neighborhoods.