December 9, 2020    
Help Guide Air Quality Planning in Richmond and San Pablo! 
Applicants sought for Community Steering Committee to develop a Pollution Reduction Plan
Here is your chance to help improve our air quality in Richmond, North Richmond and San Pablo. 

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, of which I'm a board member, is seeking applicants for a unique, community-based steering committee charged with developing and implementing a plan for reducing harmful air pollution and unhealthy air emissions exposure in Richmond and San Pablo. 

This is a steering committee for Assembly Bill 617 (AB-617), a state law that requires the California Air Resources Board and local air districts to develop and implement emissions monitoring and reduction plans, and measures to reduce air pollution exposure in communities highly impacted by pollution.

AB617 gives local residents a strong voice in air quality improvements in their communities. 

What is a Community Steering Committee?

A Steering Committee is a community group that will direct the process of developing a Community Emissions and Exposure Reduction Plan. Steering Committee membership should reflect the diverse makeup of the Richmond-North Richmond-San Pablo Area and should bring together a group with various types of knowledge and expertise.

What are the requirements?

If you live, work, or volunteer in Richmond, North Richmond or San Pablo and would like to participate in helping improve your community's air and quality of life, you may be eligible. Becoming a member will require training, participation, and attendance at regular meetings. Currently, these meetings are being held virtually. Members will be selected to include a diversity of perspectives, expertise, and backgrounds.

How do I apply?

Interested community members are invited to submit applications via the Richmond Area Community Health Protection Program web page. 

Applicants will need to submit both a completed application and a Conflict of Interest and Financial Disclosure Form. Both documents are available in English and Spanish.

Deadline for applications is December 31, 2020

If you have questions, please contact Air District staff at


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John Gioia
Supervisor, District One 
Contra Costa County 
11780 San Pablo Avenue, Suite D 
El Cerrito, CA  94530 
510-231-8686 Phone (New Phone Number)