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SB 535: A 5-year History

Community Benefits
Fund Concept Turns into
Reality
Shankar Prasad

SB 535 SALUTE TO HEROES


Senator De Leon & staff (Angelica, Alfredo),
Danielle Deane, Nidia Bautista, Mari Rose, Cliff
Rechtschaffen, Vien Truong, Arsenio Mataka,
Manuel Pastor, Rachel Morello-Frosch, JimSadd, Jim
Boyce, Martha Guzman, Dr. Telles, Linda Adams,
Caroline Farrrell, Daniela Simunovic, Sofia Parino,
Ryan Young, Strela Cervas, Malaki Seku Amen,
Nancy McFadden, Richard Drury, Victoria Rome,
Cesar Diaz, Michelle Mulkey, Robert Perez, Mary
Nichols, Dr. Balmes, Diane Takvorian, Bill Gallegos,
Bonnie Holmes-Gen, Bill Magavern, Tim
Carmichael, list goes on
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BACKGROUND &
CHRONOLOGY
2004 Cumulative Impacts key to EJ
NEJAC Pollution Burden Matrix
2005-6 Cumulative impacts
definition (CA)
Funding for EJSM build on PBM
2006 AB 32 CI & DACs language
2007-8 Market-based mechanism
EJAC & ETAAC Opposite views
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CBF HOW DID IT START


Cap-and-Trade Scoping Plan in
progress
Take advantage of CI and DACs
language
Tap into long-term revenue stream
Conversation - Hal Harvey, Danielle
Deane, Tim Carmichael, Shankar
Prasad
Fellowship at Coalition for Clean Air
Gratifying 4-year journey

CBF-ELEMENTS
Identify DACs based on CI EJSM
Trading restrictions on Participants
and Sources in DACs (not in SB 535)
Dedicate a fixed percentage of
revenue to create CBF (10 & 25% in
SB 535)
Emission reduction or energy
efficiency
Publication in 2008
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CBF - DICHOTOMY
Initial Supporters
Cliff Rechtschaffen, Richard Drury,
Nicholas Targ, Alice Kaswan, Tim
Carmichael, Nidia Bautista, Alan Lloyd,
Manuel pastor, Caroline Farrell, Martha
Guzman, Linda Adams, Dr. Telles
ALA, APEN, LIF, Greenlining, NAACP,
CRPE, BAAQMD, SJVAQMD,
EDF, Sierra Club, NRDC, PCL, UCS,
Diocese of Stockton, Breathe CA,
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CBF - DICHOTOMY
Opposed by some EJ groups
Endorsement of cap-and-trade policy
Trading lives / pollution for money
Not conceived by EJ group

Bad public policy


Split among ARB Members
Not included in the Scoping Plan
Opportunity missed what next?

PRE - LEGISLATION

2009 EAAC endorses big win


Challenge - integrate into cap-and-trade
Education and outreach to garner support
Academia, Community & Env. Groups
Legislators and their staff, key individuals
Business and Industry groups
CRPE, NAACP, CCA, Greenlining join hands

LEGISLATION AB 1405
De Leon & Manuel Perez (2010,
10+3)
10 % into CBF, accountability &
review
Support 17 vs. 14
Administration support - varied
EJ groups sideline / Business oppose
Vetoed Chief of staff
Wide recognition across the state

LEGISLATION SB 535
De Leon as Senator reintroduces in 2011
CCA, NAACP, Greenlining, CEJA, NRDC,
EBC
Support (17/14) 34/11 grew to 60/11
Back and forth
Committees/Senate/Assembly
More authors (2+3) 2 year bill,
Compromise: DACs, 10 and 25 %
Gets signed - 8/30/2012
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LESSONS LEARNED

An answer to achieve EJ
Mandate / money / persistence
Extensive education & outreach
Strong support at multiple levels
Reach out to business & industry
Words & actions have consequence
Step change think out of the box
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