October 30, 2019    

Help Improve Air Quality in Richmond and San Pablo!
Community summit Saturday to plan cleaner air for our area

Do you have concerns about health in the Richmond-San Pablo area? I hope you'll join me this weekend at a summit on a  new community initiative to improve health and air quality in our neighborhoods. 

Under a state law passed in 2017 (AB617), the California Air Resources Board ( CARB), established the Community Air Protection Program to improve air in the most polluted communities of the state. Richmond-San Pablo is one of ten areas selected for additional air monitoring and the development of a pollution reduction plan. 

The  Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) is working with our local community to carry out this effort. 

As a member of CARB and the Air District, I've helped establish guidelines for the program, and worked hard to ensure it stays true to its goal of producing a community-driven plan to clean the air of Richmond-San Pablo. 

This summit, scheduled for Saturday at 10 am in Richmond, is a chance to engage with  community members and Air District staff to learn about and help shape the plan. 

The smoky air of the past week is a reminder of the challenges of air pollution. While we can't always prevent wildfire smoke, we can reduce emissions from industrial facilities, trucks, rail and ships. The community program is focusing on these sources of pollution.

We also have a right to know what's in our air, to both help prevent unhealthy exposures and to strategize for improvement. 

Summit participants will be entered to win raffle prizes. Lunch, childcare and Spanish translation provided.


WHAT:  Path to Clean Air, Community Air Summit 

WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 10 am to 1:30 pm  

WHERE: Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza 

COST: Free. Open to the public. 

MORE: Please RSVP here.


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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)