Is On The November Ballot
The Clean Car and Clean Air Act, a landmark initiative developed by Move LA founder Denny Zane in partnership with Nick Josefowitz at SPUR in San Francisco, qualified for the November ballot earlier this year and has been designated as Proposition 30. It would generate $3.5-$4 billion annually—a total of $100 billion over 20 years—providing California with a stable funding source to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles on the road—both battery-electric and hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered light-duty cars, heavy-duty trucks, ships, trains and aircraft. The measure would also help prevent and suppress wildfires.
Move LA and SPUR began public online discussions in 2020 with colleagues and partners that led to this ballot measure. It would be the largest single investment in climate change prevention and adaptation in the United States, and the $100 billion would be used in this way:
- $45 billion for subsidies to help consumers & organizations (such as LA Metro or LADOT) afford clean cars and trucks
- $35 billion to expand EV and ZEV charging/fueling infrastructure
- $20 billion to fight and prevent catastrophic wildfires
The proposition would require that half of the funding for vehicle and infrastructure investments (more than $40 billion) must benefit low-income and disadvantaged communities, and the remainder must prioritize funding for middle-income Californians. The measure also provides billions for wildfire prevention, including grants to retrofit homes so as to increase the likelihood of survival if and when wildfires strike—this funding is also focused on low-income communities.
The ballot measure would generate this funding with a small 1.75% increase on personal income over $2 million to ensure the funding is provided by those who can afford it. Current and proposed programs are not enough to address these issues.
Proposition 30 has the support of Move LA, the American Lung Association, the California Democratic Party, Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ), CA Electric Transportation Coalition, Coalition for Clean Air, California Environmental Voters, Cal FIRE, the Climate Center, ClimatePlan, East Yards Communities for Environmental Justice, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, NRDC, People’s Collective for Environmental Justice, the State Association of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Transform, Unite HERE, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Listed below are factsheets and summaries about the ballot measure as well as links to seven online "Zoomposiums" we held with experts, agencies and advocates in 2020-21 to better understand how to address climate change and clean the air.
Climate Change is having a devastating impact
and fueling our air pollution–now the worst in the USA
A Detailed Summary of Prop 30: Climate change is having a devastating and disruptive impact on California and our air quality is among the worst in the world. We must act now to address two of the largest sources of GHG emissions and air pollution: transportation and wildfires.
The Importance of VMT Reductions: Prop 30’s primary focus is on cleaning our transportation fleet: including light-, medium- and heavy-duty cars and trucks, public transit buses and school buses, trains and ferries; vanpools, car share and carpooling; electric bikes and investments in bike sharing and protected bike lanes; and the associated charging and fueling infrastructure.
Prop 30 Equity: Half of funding for the ZEV subsidies and charging infrastructure would be reserved to benefit low-income and disadvantaged communities. Low-income communities would also receive priority for grants that "harden" homes to protect them from wildfires.
Prop 30 Transit Factsheet: Getting to 100% zero-emission vehicles could cut transportation emissions by as much as much as 70% by 2035 but they remain unaffordable and inconvenient for most people. A recent American Lung Association Air Quality report gave nearly every county in the state a failing grade on either ozone pollution or particle pollution or both.
Prop 30 Local Governments Factsheet: Cities, counties, school and other districts are eligible for: subsidies for clean vehicles incl. all those mentioned above; wildfire prevention and suppression, including resilience measures to protect communities, homes, and businesses; clean public transit with incentives for zero-emission buses, charging infrastructure, and transit passes for low-income communities; increased access to electric bikes, bikesharing and protected bike lanes; ZEV charging/fueling infrastructure for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty EVs/ZEVs.