Update: AB 619 continues to move forward in the legislative process!

Priority Legislation

Breathe Southern California is proud to sponsor Assembly Bill 619 (Calderon), which requires the Department of Public Health to develop a plan with recommendations and guidelines for counties to use in the case of a significant air quality event, including those caused by wildfires.  The plan will address the establishment policies and procedures regarding air filtration masks and other protective equipment; how a county informs its residents about unhealthy air quality; and the consultation of key stakeholders, including government agencies, medical professionals, and advocacy organizations. 

 

AB 619 responds to the increasing threat that wildfire smoke has on public health, and in particular, lung health. Recently we have seen longer wildfire seasons with larger, more intense, and more destructive wildfires. As wildfires become more severe, they present a greater threat to the health of all Californians. However, there is no local authority tasked with taking the lead on informing the public about the health threat posed by wildfire air pollution. This has led to examples of conflicting guidance provided to the public by a city and the county in which it is located.  Accurate and clear guidance is especially critical for those whose health is most at risk when exposed to wildfire smoke, namely seniors, children, and those with existing chronic lung conditions like COPD and asthma. 

 

California experienced its largest fire season in modern history in 2020 with over 8,100 fires burning almost 4.5 million acres of land.  Of the five deadliest fires in California history, three of them have occurred since October 2017.  The seven largest fires in California have all occurred since December 2017, including five in 2020 alone. With wildfires come the dangerous and hazardous wildfire smoke.  Researchers with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego found the particles released in wildfire smoke are up to 10 times more damaging to humans than particles released from other sources. 

State Legislation

In addition to sponsoring AB 619, Breathe SoCal is proud to support several bills this year that seek to improve air quality, incentivize and promote clean transportation options, and improve healthcare access and education to those suffering from respiratory illness. 

End Diesel Now Campaign

In October 2019, Breathe Southern California launched our End Diesel Now campaign, which urges elected and appointed officials to incentivize the transition from diesel trucks to clean trucks.  Our work on this front includes advocating for the implementation of the Clean Trucks Fund Rate that the San Pedro Bay Port Complex agreed to adopt in March 2020, re-evaluating the Port Truck Registry deadlines, and most recently advocating for South Coast Air Quality Management District to implement an Indirect Source Rule that will achieve both immediate and long-term emissions reductions in Southern California. 

Ending the Sale of Flavored Tobacco in Southern California 

Breathe Southern California is focused on ending the sale of flavored tobacco in Southern California to protect the lungs and health of all Southern California residents.  In 2020, Breathe SoCal supported SB 793 (Hill), which sought to end the sale of flavored tobacco in California.  While the bill was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Newsom in August 2020, Big Tobacco funded a ballot measure to stop the law from taking effect.  The referendum to overturn the law will be put in front of voters in the November 2022 election, and Breathe SoCal supports a “YES” vote to keep the tobacco law on the books. 

 

With the state law effectively on hold, Breathe SoCal is working to ensure localities throughout Southern California have a strong ordinance in place that ends the sale of flavored tobacco.  Thus far, Breathe SoCal has helped work to ensure several jurisdictions in Southern California have passed an ordinance ending the sale of flavored tobacco, including Beverly Hills, Carson, Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Pasadena, and West Hollywood.  Our work, however, continues.  Urge your local elected officials to protect the health of its residents and end the sale of flavored tobacco now! 

 

Incentives for Clean Trucks and Buses

Point-of-sale discounts to power California communities and drive commercial technology transformation

Learn how to purchase a vehicle, sell an eligible vehicle, or bring your vehicle into the clean transportation market. We’ve partnered with the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) on slashing purchase prices to speed commercialization and clean the air in communities that need it most.

HVIP Opening to New Voucher Requests June 8!

April 29, 2021
   

The Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) will open to new voucher requests at 10 a.m. Pacific on Tuesday, June 8.  

The FY20-21 Implementation Manual is now available at www.californiahvip.org/im. Dealers and other participants should familiarize themselves with the new Implementation Manual in advance. FAQs to help guide you through the policy changes are at www.californiahvip.org/about.   

Funding Release Schedule
When HVIP begins accepting new voucher requests, funds will be available in two “waves.” A total of approximately $165 million will be available, however, only half of the funds will be released beginning when the program opens on June 8. The other half will be made available two months later, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 10.  Available voucher funds can be viewed in real-time in the blue bar at the top of the page at  www.californiahvip.org any time once the program is open.  

It’s important to note that Class 8 trucks performing drayage operations as well as any vehicles purchased by a public government entity are exempt from the two-month pause. Vouchers can continue to be requested for such vehicles. More information is available in the FAQs. 

Dealer Training
It’s also important to note that current HVIP approved dealers, as well as new prospective dealers, will be required to participate in either HVIP Dealer Training (new dealers) or HVIP Required Refresher (approved dealers) in order to be able to request vouchers when HVIP opens. Any dealers who have remaining questions should contact  dealertraining@californiahvip.orgimmediately to ensure their seamless participation.   

Purchase Orders for Voucher Requests
A valid signed Purchase Order (or other binding Agreement, Contract, Buyer’s Order, or action/resolution by a government entity’s governing body) is required at the time a voucher request is made. Non-binding agreements are not sufficient to reserve a voucher. When HVIP re-opens, Purchase Orders for purchases made by private entities must be dated no more than 10 calendar days prior to the date of the corresponding voucher request. For purchases madeby public government entities, the timeline is 90 days. A purchase order or other sales agreement that is eligible at the time of the initial opening will remain eligible during both “waves” and the pause does not affect this eligibility.   

Please contact info@californiahvip.org with any questions. 

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