San Diego to Create New Office of Environmental and Climate Justice

The New Democratic majority on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors continues to put progressive ideals at the top of its agenda. Last week, the dais approved the creation of an Office of Environmental and Climate Justice to promote clean air, clean water, and green jobs throughout the county and in disadvantaged communities like Barrio Logan and National City in particular.

Supervisor Nora Vargas introduced the proposal. She had worked with a number of community groups, including Casa Familiar. The vote in favor of the Office’s creation was unanimous.

Underpinning the notion of environmental justice is the equitable distribution of environmental hazards and benefits. Disadvantaged communities bear the brunt of pollution, climate change, and other environmental risks. According to Vargas, Barrio Logan and National City are third in the nation for lung conditions such as asthma.

The Office’s creation, including staff, will run about $1.3 million.

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