How long will it take to ramp up battery technology and manufacturing for all vehicles?

All-electric vehicles—typically powered by lithium-ion battery packs—are taking off. The market is booming, costs are declining, and jobs are being created. But how far will the market go? Can heavy-duty trucks also become electric?

Join us in a conversation about the opportunities, the challenges and the timing. We will be talking with:

  • Gideon Kracov, California Air Resources Board/South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board Member
  • Dean Taylor, President, Dean Taylor Consulting; former Southern California Edison Senior Scientist
  • Niki Okuk, Alternative Fuels Program Manager, CALSTART
  • Jack Symington, Program Manager for Transportation, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)
  • Lisa Arellanes, Senior Manager, Business Development & Partnerships, eMobility, Southern California Edison
  • Joe Sullivan, Director of Energy Solutions, IBEW-NECA

Join us THURSDAY, July 8, 10 a.m. to noon, for the 3rd Zoom call in our Climate and Clean Air Series. REGISTER HERE.

There were more than 10 million electric cars on the world’s roads in 2020 with battery electric models driving the expansion. Experts believe zero-emission cars, SUVs and trucks will soon dominate the light-duty vehicle market.

But most air pollution and a large share of greenhouse gases are emitted by diesel-powered trucks as well as off-road vehicles and equipment, including trains, ships, aircraft, and port and construction equipment.

Can these vehicles also be powered by electric batteries? 

Right now there's minimal charging infrastructure in place to support heavy-duty battery-electric long-haul trucks and off-road vehicles. How quickly can charging infrastructure be put into place? And how many jobs can manufacturing and operating these new technologies create?

And then there is the big question: If we had a boatload of money to invest—like a ballot measure might provide—could vehicle manufacturers significantly ramp up production of battery-electric trucks, especially long-haul trucks? And can we get these zero-emission trucks to market in time to meet the target set by the IPCC's 2018 Special Report on Global Warming to avoid a 1.5°C increase above pre-industrial levels?

The deadline is 2030—less than a decade away!

Join us to talk about whether there is a battery revolution in the making—and the opportunities, challenges and timing—on Zoom #3 in our Climate and Clean Air Series. Register HERE.

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California's Decade of Diesel Decision

Engines operating on diesel or other pernicious fuels are the power source for so much commercial transportation—trucks, buses, trains, ships, off-road equipment (at the ports, on construction sites, as excavation machinery, etc.)—and they burn most of the world’s petroleum.

Diesel exhaust contains high amounts of NOx emissions that produce ozone, particulate matter, hydrocarbons and multiple carcinogenic air toxins. Diesel engines also produce major climate forcers like CO2 and super pollutants including black carbon and ozone, while also contributing to acid rain.

What could be worse? Maybe coal plant emissions, but nothing else. 

Diesel emissions have an outsized impact on public health, air quality and climate change. These emissions cause asthma and lung cancer, damage crops, trees and other vegetation, and contribute to acid rain that taints the soil, lakes and streets, and enters the human food chain.

But how do we keep the economy running without diesel? Will battery-electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles become available in sufficient numbers and soon enough—and perform well enough? And will their charging and fueling infrastructure proliferate fast enough to keep the goods movement system running across the U.S. 24/7 like diesel engines do now?

And what if the answer is "It's not likely"?

Join us for Zoom #2—for a discussion about the time line for cleaning up trucks, trains, ships, planes and diesel—in our Climate and Clean Air series on Thursday, July 1, 10am-12pm. REGISTER HERE.

Our panelists include:

  • Marc Carrel, President/CEO, Breathe SoCal
  • Chris Chavez, Deputy Policy Director, Coalition for Clean Air
  • Marisa Garcia, Administrative Manager, Move LA
  • Matt Miyasato, Deputy Executive Officer, Science and Technology Advancement, South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)
  • Marven Norman, Policy Coordinator, Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ)
  • Madeline Rose, Climate Campaign Director, Pacific Environment
  • Kevin Walkowicz, Senior Director, Truck and Off-Road Initiative, Calstart

As a result of state and federal regulations the diesel engines manufactured today are cleaner than ever before, but because they can operate for 30 years or more they remain in use for decades, and are typically bought by other countries with less strict rules about emissions—or no rules at all.

As the LA Times pointed out last year the California rules “are part of a multiyear push to clean up freight-moving industries that are both a lifeblood of California’s economy and its dominant source of harmful pollution. Diesel trucks emit nearly one-third of smog-forming nitrogen oxides and more than one-quarter of diesel particulate matter in the state. Oceangoing ships are projected to surpass trucks to become Southern California’s largest source of nitrogen oxides by 2023.”

What is the best and most effective path forward? Come and hear the experts talk about it.

Join us for Zoom #2—for a discussion about the time line for cleaning up trucks, trains, ships, planes and diesel—in our Climate and Clean Air series on Thursday, July 1, 10am-12pm. REGISTER HERE.


How bad are diesel emissions? Worse than you thought . . .

Diesel-powered trucks, trains, ships and planes create a toxic air hazard and a huge climate challenge. Solutions are emerging. But how can we help accelerate their adoption?

On Zoom #2 in our 5-part series on Meeting California's Climate Challenge we will be seeking expert advice about what we can do to address the health and climate hazards posed by emissions from trucks, trains, ships, planes, and off-road equipment—all of which are typically powered by diesel or another environmentally pernicious fuel.

We'll be talking with:

  • Marc Carrel, President/CEO, Breathe SoCal
  • Chris Chavez, Deputy Policy Director, Coalition for Clean Air
  • Marisa Garcia, Administrative Manager, Move LA
  • Matt Miyasato, Deputy Executive Officer, Science and Technology Advancement, South Coast Air Quality Management District
  • Marven Norman, Policy Coordinator, Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice
  • Madeline Rose, Climate Campaign Director, Pacific Environment
  • Kevin Walkowicz, Senior Director, Truck and Off-Road Initiative, Calstart

Join us for Zoom #2—on the role of trucks, trains, ships, planes and diesel—in our Climate and Clean Air series on Thursday, July 1, 10am-12pm. REGISTER HERE.

Most people know that diesel is a major source of air pollution, as are other fuels that power marine vessels and aircraft. But most people do not know just how serious a health risk these fuels pose, and who bears the greatest burden. 

We want them to know!

People also need to know and be reminded that diesel fuels are a major climate threat—not just a source of CO2, but also as a source of short-lived climate pollutants including black carbon and tropospheric ozone. These pollutants are even more powerful climate-forcers than CO2.

We think everybody should know!

Most people also have no idea that we are on the verge of huge breakthroughs for clean alternatives.

We want them to know, and to tell them about the things that we can do together to help accelerate their adoption!

Join us for Zoom #2—on the role of trucks, trains, ships, planes and diesel—in our Climate and Clean Air series on Thursday, July 1, 10am-12pm. REGISTER HERE.


Join us to understand why reducing short-lived climate pollutants is so important!

We look forward to our first Zoom call on short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) with this impressive line-up of climate and clean air experts, who will help answer several key questions:

  • In the battle with climate change is it as important to reduce SLCP emissions as it is to reduce CO2 emissions?
  • Why aren’t more people talking about SLCPs (also called super pollutants)?
  • If we are able to pass a statewide ballot measure that would provide about $3 billion a year to roll back climate change— including $1 billion a year to reduce SLCPs alone—what should that $1 billion be spent on and why?

We are eager to hear the responses from our knowledgeable panelists (in alphabetical order) below.

Join us for Zoom #1—Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants—the first in a 5-part series on rolling back climate change June 24, 10am-12pm. REGISTER HERE!

Jason Anderson, Director of Governance, Diplomacy and Super Pollutants at ClimateWorks
ClimateWorks believes we must curb super pollutants alongside carbon dioxide because SLCPs can be thousands of times more damaging to the climate than CO2, and cutting them will yield seven times the global warming reduction by 2050 compared to cutting CO2 alone. ClimateWorks also believes that aggressively reducing these emissions supports a healthy climate while also providing significant public health, social, and economic benefits.

David Doniger, Senior Strategic Director of the Climate and Clean Energy Program, NRDC (Natural Resources and Defense Council)
David has been at the forefront of the battle against air pollution and global climate change since 1978, and helped formulate the Montreal Protocol, an international agreement designed to stop depleting the earth's ozone layer, and has made several essential amendments to the Clean Air Act, one of the first and most influential modern environmental laws in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive air quality laws in the world.

Chanell Fletcher, Deputy Executive Officer of Environmental Justice, California Air Resources Board (CARB)
Chanell plays a key role in CARB programs addressing the disproportionate impacts of air pollution, climate change and associated chronic health conditions on communities of color. She oversees CARB’s Environmental Justice and Community Air Protection Program and develops CARB’s environmental justice policies with a focus on moving away from a top-down equity model to one centered on building trust at the community level.

Ryan McCarthy, Director of Climate and Clean Energy, Weideman Group
Ryan spent eight years in the administrations of Gov. Brown and Gov. Newsom as the Science and Technology Policy Advisor to the Chair of the California Air Resources Board. At CARB he developed many of the state's leading climate policies, including its 2030 and climate neutrality targets, short-lived climate pollutants strategy, and clean energy and transportation policies. He now leads a climate and clean energy practice in Sacramento.

Jerilyn Mendoza, Los Angeles Regional Organizer for the Climate Center
Jerilyn trained as a lawyer but has worked on environmental-related policy initiatives for two decades with environmental non-profit organizations, as an appointed government official on local, state and international levels, and with utilities—most recently at Southern California Edison. Jerilyn has been guided always by the words of Ellie Goodwin, who urged people to talk not just about global problems but about environmental abuses in their own backyards.

Dr. Ilissa Ocko, Senior Climate Scientist at EDF (the Environmental Defense Fund)
Ilissa has researched the most effective ways to limit warming in the near-term and long-term by reducing both short-lived and long-lived climate pollutants including carbon dioxide, methane and black carbon. A recent paper shows that a rapid, full-scale effort to reduce methane could slow worldwide warming by as much as 30%, highlighting the critical role of methane in any climate strategy, even as we decarbonize our energy systems.

Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Presidential Chair in Climate Sustainability at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and winner of the prestigious Blue Planet Prize
Dr. Ramanathan is often described as the “Pope’s climate scientist” because of his work with Pope Francis. He published his first study on super pollutants in 1975, and when it made the front page of The New York Times he thought the super pollutant problem was solved—but that was five decades ago. He’s done many SLCP studies since, including one concluding the planet will cross a major global warming threshold by 2030—with a 50% amplification of today’s temperatures.

Coby Skye, Assistant Deputy Director, LA Department of Public Works
Coby oversees the Environmental Programs Division at the Department of Public Works. He is a registered Civil Engineer, having received a B.S. degree from Polytechnic University and a Masters in Public Administration from Cal State Long Beach. Coby provides insight and direction for solid waste management policies and administers waste reduction and recycling programs and initiatives. He volunteers with various environmental organizations.

Join us to talk with these SLCP experts on Zoom #1—Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants—the first in a 5-part Climate and Clean Air series on June 24, 10am-12pm. REGISTER HERE!


PRESS RELEASE: New Analysis Measures Racial and Economic Disparities in Transit Access Across Los Angeles

The Transit Equity Dashboard illustrates how longstanding patterns of segregation and discrimination in public policy have caused transit access for Black and brown residents to lag behind access for white residents to hospitals, grocery stores, parks, and colleges. LA’s recovery is also slower than other large cities.

An analysis released today measures racial and economic inequities embedded in the Los Angeles region’s transportation network. The Transit Equity Dashboard, produced by the national foundation TransitCenter, maps and quantifies the disparities in transit access caused by segregation and discrimination in land use and transportation policy. 

The COVID crisis made racial inequities in public health and economic status very plain. Good transit helps address these disparities by opening up access to jobs, education, medical care, and other necessities. But disparities in transit access linked to race and economic status undermine transit’s function as a “ladder of opportunity.” Using data from transit agencies and the U.S. Census, the dashboard reveals these disparities in Los Angeles.

"Transit Center's new Equity Dashboard reveals how transit systems across the U.S. are failing Black and Brown communities and where we have opportunities to improve transportation access,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell. “On average Angelenos can access 2.8 million jobs in 45 minutes by car. However, Black Angelenos on transit can only access about 150,000 jobs within the same timeframe. That's 18 times less. When we talk about a just recovery from the pandemic, we mean ensuring that the people who are most impacted by this dual health and economic pandemic are at the center of our decision making, this cannot be done without data that captures the real-life challenges we must solve for, that’s exactly what the Transit Center has done with its Equity Dashboard."

“As we reopen our businesses, schools, parks, and public institutions in Los Angeles County, we must prioritize public investments that will shrink gaps in transit access and put the region on the path to a racially just recovery,” said Eli Lipmen, Director of programming and development at Move LA, an affordable housing and public transit advocacy organization. “Public transit is also key to addressing our climate crisis and the disproportionate impact it is having on frontline communities.”

In addition to job access, the dashboard measures transit access to hospitals, grocery stores, parks, and colleges, reflecting the fact that most trips are not commute trips, and that equitable transit enables people to access more than the workplace. Key findings include:     

  • Service cuts enacted during the pandemic disproportionately affected Black residents. As of February 2021, the average Black resident of greater Los Angeles could access 17,200 fewer jobs than in February 2020, a 10% decline. The average resident could access 8,300 fewer jobs than a year ago, a 5% decline.
  • There is a need to significantly improve access for nearly all riders. In the Los Angeles region, residents can reach 2,878,605 jobs on average in 45 minutes using a car -- 17 times the average level of job access on transit.  
  • On a weekend morning, it takes nearly four times longer to reach the closest hospital using transit than using a car.

Achieving more equitable transit in the Los Angeles region will require changes to both the broad sweep of transportation and land use and the specifics of transit operations and fare policy. Advocates have proposed reforms to remediate the racial and economic divides in the region’s transit access and recuperate from decades of service deterioration, including:

  • Increasing bus service 20% beyond pre-pandemic levels, and operating it more frequently throughout the week
  • Street design changes to speed up bus service throughout the region 
  • Developing new programs, changing zoning, and increasing funding to expand affordable housing near frequent transit routes 

Transit agencies and local governments in Los Angeles should also adopt new performance targets that measure inequities like those identified by this dashboard, and assess progress toward equitable transit access.

“The Transit Equity Dashboard shows how far we have to go to fulfill the promise of equitable access to abundant transit,” said TransitCenter Executive Director David Bragdon. “We hope it helps people advocate for better transit and provides transit agencies with a valuable new vantage point for measuring their performance.”

The dashboard tool is available at https://dashboard.transitcenter.org/

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Join Our Zoom Series on Meeting California's Climate Challenge!

Many of us assume the only real climate challenge is reducing CO2.  

 If only that were true! But it isn’t.

There is an even more important challenge—especially in the short term—that can help buy us the time required to reduce CO2 as much as we need: 

We have to reduce short-lived climate pollutants or SLCPs, otherwise known as super pollutants.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change calls SLCPs “near-term climate forcers”: greenhouse gases and other climate pollutants that have short atmospheric lifetimes compared to CO2 but per molecule have a much stronger warming effect than CO2.

This means that reducing them has a stronger impact on near-term warming. In fact, reducing SLCPs could slow the planet’s warming by about half a degree by 2050!

Read more

Metro's Fareless System Initiative: Let's do it!

Move LA has been working to provide LA County students with free or reduced fare transit passes for more than a decade. And the Metro Board voted on May 27 to make transit fare-free for all community college and K-12 students when schools re-open in August, and for all low-income riders in January 2022. But there are some stipulations, including that funding must be found before it can happen. So stay tuned. To find out how students feel about fareless transit you can click on the 5-minute video below.


Transit Transformers Working Hard to Build a Better Transportation System in LA

We had a really, really good time at our Spring Forward LA event in March 2021, when we honored the leaders in business, organized labor, government and the nonprofit world who have worked with us on Measures R and M and so many other issues since 2008! We call them “Transit Transformers”: Metro CEO Phil Washington, former Duarte Mayor and former Metro Boardmember John Fasana, Long Beach Mayor and former Metro Boardmember Robert Garcia, LA County Business Federation (BizFed) CEO Tracy Hernandez, Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 300 Business Manager Sergio Rascon, LA Business Council (LABC) President Mary Leslie, and Skanska USA Executive Vice President Mike Aparicio.

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This event booklet includes interviews we conducted with these seven honorees, as well as twitter “shout outs” to the sponsors who have also been essential to our success over 13 years. We are so grateful for your support! And let’s be honest—we also staged this event because we felt the need for a little “pick me up.” 2020 was a challenging year for everyone, but spring has come and with it renewed hope for the future of LA County, California, and the rest of the world! READ THE BOOKLET HERE.

And we have much more work to do . . . 

This past year we learned so many important lessons, especially the understanding that if we don’t come together to meet the challenges in front of us—even if, as with the coronavirus, these challenges demand bold and transformative change—we will not have the future to which we aspire. This is particularly true for Black, Indigenous and People of Color who continue to suffer the most from the pandemic and the recession that has followed it, and the affordable housing crisis that has forced so many people to live on the street. 

We must make a concerted effort to “Build Back Better” by addressing the challenges in our future: from curbing climate change to the need to build more affordable housing to the public health hazard of dirty air to rescuing public transit and our transportation system as a whole. 

Move LA is proud to have had more than a decade of success building broad-based coalitions to advocate for the bold strategies that are needed. And we are grateful that we have won the support of major business and philanthropic donors. 

Thank you all! 


Students: Join us for a Zoom call May 18 & at the Metro Board on May 27!

On May 18, from 4-5 p.m., we invite community college students (and college staff) to join a Zoom call to talk about how we can convince the Metro Board of Directors to say YES to fareless transit for all low-income bus and rail riders, all community college students, and all K-12 students in LA County—by the end of the year!

The Metro Board votes whether to proceed with a “Fareless System Initiative” pilot project—that includes all community college students—on Thursday, May 27, and we also encourage you to call in to the meeting to provide public comment when it begins at 10 a.m. Speakers are only allowed one minute—that's about 130 words—so it’s easy! 

It will be very important to have students speak up from as many community colleges as possible to win the support of board members representing different parts of LA County.

Register here to join us from 4-5 p.m. on May 18 to talk more about the fareless pilot and about how to call in to the Metro Board of Directors meeting on May 27.

A majority of board members appear to be supportive of fareless bus and rail transit, though some have concerns about the cost. Federal legislation has been introduced that could help support Metro's fareless program if the bill becomes law: the Pressley-Markey “Freedom to Move Act” states that public transit should be considered a “public good” and be fare-free. (Data shows low-income families spend nearly 30% of household income on transportation expenses.) 

Please join us on May 18 to learn more about what we can do, and please consider calling in to Metro on May 27 to tell board members why fareless bus and rail is important to you and why the board should vote YES on the Fareless System Initiative pilot project.

Save the date, May 18, 4-5 p.m., for a short conversation with special guests and other community college students! Register here.


Recap: Is Transit a Solution to Our Climate & Public Health Crises?



On the eve of Earth Day, we convened a panel of experts from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors for a very Move LA discussion on improving mobility and health through innovative transit technologies. Joining us will be leaders from Circuit, Edison, LADOT, L.A. Care Health Plan, LADWP, Metro, P3 Innovation Center, SoCalGas, and Tranzito who will share innovative pilots and models that will help us achieve our climate and public health goals in LA County (and beyond). Watch the full program on YouTube and then check out the resources provided by each of the speakers including research, videos, presentations, and more.



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