Move LA's 2019 workplan makes environmental and social justice a priority on 3 major fronts, and we are looking to expand our coalition to help create campaigns that can win. Our endeavors in all these areas in the past have met with success, but we need an expanded and even more robust coalition—and the input that new partners can provide—to achieve the following goals:
- Expand access to public transit services for underserved populations: It is our goal to win funding in the Legislature and support from LA Metro for a truly universal student transit pass program, with funding likely to come from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund as we believe discounted student passes could greatly help reduce VMT. Toward this end we will be working to expand transit, micro-transit, and Access services for seniors and people with disabilities in LA County. We will also be working to keep fares low and oppose fare increases in LA County to ensure transit remains affordable to low- and very-low-income households.
Expand the supply of affordable housing, especially near transit:
- Move LA championed the creation of the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program by the Legislature in 2014, making it 1 of the 4 programs benefiting from 60% of the proceeds from the state's Cap & Trade program and are deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. AHSC provides funding for affordable housing near transit in developments that also win funding for urban greening and for improvements that make them walkable and bikeable. We have been engaged in protecting funding for the program and would like to see it expanded.
- Gov. Brown signed Sen. Ben Allen's SB 961 this year, a bill we sponsored to allow the creation of "NIFTI-2" tax increment financing districts that will allocate 40% of the tax increment for affordable housing, 10% for urban greening and active transportation, and 50% for transit capital projects and other neighborhood improvements. In 2019 we will work to make it easier for cities and counties to implement these districts.
- We are concerned that in the rush to build more housing near transit in California we are concerned—as are many housing advocates—that residents who already live in these neighborhoods will be displaced as buildings are town down and replaced with more expensive ones. We intend to work with all those concerned to ensure that low-income residents are not displaced.
Build a coalition and a program for what we call Vision 2020—a ballot measure that will provide funding:
- To expand, modernize and electrify Metrolink, SoCal's regional commuter rail system;
- To provide a "local return" that enables each county to expand its transit system and services;
- To reduce air pollution—especially diesel emissions and GHGs—dramatically by providing incentive funding to accelerate the deployment of zero- and near-zero emission light- and medium-duty cars, SUVs and trucks, and heavy-duty trucks.
Join us in 2019 because together we can win all of these things and dump diesel and conquer climate change in the process! Read this if you want to know more about our work on these issues in the past and our new 2019 workplan.
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