County of Imperial and Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia Join Together in Support of AB 1945
On Wednesday, County officials testified in front of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee in support of AB 1945, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: Investment Plan, introduced by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia.
AB 1945 seeks to improve access to programs funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) by expanding the list of co-benefits and allowing the Counties of Imperial and San Diego to include daytime population numbers in the GGRF grant applications.
Under current guidelines, GGRF funding is appropriated based on a methodology favoring densely populated communities. Although Imperial County rates high amongst California communities most affected by various sources of pollution, based on low population data the County has received very little GGRF funding over the years.
"AB 1945 works to address inequities and improve the accessibility of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund investments for California communities that need them the most," stated Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia who has been working hand-in-hand with Imperial County to better position the region to receive their fair share of these funds.
If passed, AB 1945 will consider individuals traveling into Imperial County from neighboring Mexico as part of the County's daytime population. Because these individuals do not live in the U.S., they are not counted in the U.S. Census and therefore not considered when addressing greenhouse gas emissions.
"Our rural, sparsely populated community shares a border and air basin with the densely populated capital of Baja California, the city of Mexicali, whose population is at least 7 times that of ours" stated Rebecca Terrazas-Baxter, Imperial County Intergovernmental Relations Director. "All other areas in the state, including places such as San Francisco who experience a large, in-state commuter population are having greenhouse gas issues addressed."
AB 1945 successfully passed out of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and will advance on to the Senate Appropriations Committee.