ECOS Climate and Transportation Team Meeting 1/18

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023 – 6:00pm-7:30pm

Zoom link: ECOS ZOOM 6656164155 or call: 1 669 900 6833, Mtg ID: 665 616 4155

6:00pm Welcome from Sam Rice, Transportation Team Lead, and Ralph Propper, Climate Committee Chair

6:10pm Featuring: Kevin McCarty, CA State Assemblymember

At a recent Environmental Advocacy meeting at Sacramento City Hall, we discussed how to obtain funding for needed programs in the wake of Measure A’s defeat. The Mayor encouraged us to think broadly, with the main concerns identified as transit and affordable housing. The need for outreach to the community was emphasized, as well as exploration of funding possibilities other than a sales tax.

James Corless reviewed highlights from SACOG’s 2020 MTP/SCS, emphasizing transit, and land use/housing/planning & engagement. The need to achieve the State’s 19% reduction target in GHG emissions was also discussed.

  • Measure A – Can the Legislature help a true citizens’ initiative for the Sacramento region in 2024 – one that focuses on transit and transit-oriented development, possibly with a special voting district created by the State legislature (e.g., the Sac RT service area)? Are other funding options available for a citizens’ initiative?
  • Federal climate and infrastructure funds (and State funds) may help fund transit and related concerns. Do we need matching funds from a local transit funding measure to obtain these funds? Would a regional vision based in equity and framed around transit, make a compelling case to the feds?
  • What state legislation might be coming that we should be aware of?What is the impact of the Governor’s proposed budget on regional concerns, e.g., adaptive re-use of office buildings to address the housing crisis
  • Advice on influencing environmental issues in our region?

6:40pm Transportation Team Kick-off Discussion

The Sacramento region has consistently ranked as one of the ten worst in the nation for unhealthy air (ozone and particulate matter). Most of our air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation, due to our over-reliance on personal vehicles. ECOS is a strong advocate against freeway expansion, and toward public transit and transit-oriented development.

Therefore, ECOS’ new Transportation Team will discuss:

  • The failure of Measure A and the need for a “green” transportation measure
  • The role of the transportation team in organizing around regional transportation issues including active outreach, advocacy, and opportunities for direct action

This meeting is open to everyone interested in addressing one of our region’s most pressing challenges.

Posted in Climate Change Committee, ECOS Updates.