In the wee hours on Thursday morning, the California Legislature concluded its 2021–2022 legislative session, including finalizing a months-long process of adopting the final details of the state budget and a weeks-long process of passing expansive climate policies.
Congratulations to Liane Randolph for her historic appointment to the California Air Resources Board. We look forward to working with Ms. Randolph to respond to California’s unprecedented air quality and climate impacts — which for too long have disproportionately burdened low income communities and communities of color.
We also extend our congratulations to Dr. Tania Pacheco-Werner, Davina Hurt, and Gideon Kracov on their appointments to the Board and to Dr. John Balmes on his reappointment.
California’s climate policies have failed to lead with environmental and racial justice. CARB has also lacked institutional wisdom to respond to environmental threats facing Black and Brown communities. We are hopeful that today’s appointments will usher in an unprecedented opportunity to incorporate community-identified racial, environmental, and climate justice solutions into the state’s program’s, policies, framework, and future.[Read the Office of California Governor announcement on new Air Resources Board members]
Communities in the San Joaquin and East Coachella valleys are eager to work in partnership with CARB members to ensure resident priorities are meaningfully addressed in regulatory actions intended to: improve our air, protect public health, and reach our climate goals.
Healthy air and climate justice in California are inextricably linked to the Board’s leadership. We look forward to working with these incoming and returning members of the Board to realize true equity and environmental justice.