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Environmental Groups Give Assemblywoman Toni Atkins Good Grade

Assemblywoman Toni Atkins represents coastal San Diego County from Imperial Beach and Coronado through Solana Beach.

Assemblywoman Toni Atkins
Assemblywoman Toni Atkins

Sen. Marty Block and Assemblywoman Toni Atkins were among the top scorers in a ranking released Tuesday by environmental groups that gauged politicians on how they handled pollution-related issues.

The Environmental Justice Scorecard, done by the Environmental Health Coalition and the California Environmental Justice Alliance, looked at how local politicians voted on 10 bills last year.

"Protecting people's health and safety through good environmental policies is both a sensible and a just approach to policy," Atkins said.

The report's release marked the 20th anniversary of President Bill Clinton's executive order on environmental justice, which urged federal agencies to make "environmental justice" part of their mission.

"Twenty years after the federal government recognized the reality the communities of color bear a disproportionate burden of pollution, we wanted to take a hard look at how our elected officials stand on some of the most critical environmental, health and equity issues in our city and state," the Environmental Health Coalition's Carolina Martinez said.

The groups said there was still room for improvement.

"Communities of color in San Diego and across California are struggling with asthma epidemics, large industrial polluters, and diesel trucks driving by their homes and schools," assessment author Strela Cervas of the California Environmental Justice Alliance said. "The bills we chose reflect the environmental issues that impact our communities, not a traditional environmental agenda."

—City News Service
Ed Kravitz February 12, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Atkins was credited by Mayor Janney in his recent State Of The City Address that he couldn't believe that Atkins was able to convince the State Finance Department into approving the Sudbury deal on the 9th and Palm property. A previous attempt to sell the $11.5 million dollar parcel for one dollar to Sudbury was denied previously by the DOF. Apparently Atkins lobbied on behalf of the Successor Agency in order to get the DOF to bend the rules and approve a virtual give away of $11.5 million dollars plus of taxpayer money for pennies on the dollar. If she's getting Kudo's from the environmentalists....she must be getting them from former redevelopment agencies and deveolpers all over San Diego County too! Is Atkins that convincing at arguing a point or is there more to the story? Real reporters might dig deeper to find out what changed the DOF's minds. What Janney called a surprising victory and ruling by the DOF cost the taxpayers of Imperial Beach over $10 million. With all the grassroots business's displaced for years...the politicians still call this a victory. More like damage control that got lucky. How much money was spent by the City and it's various agencies on lobbying and legal fees fighting a mandated State Law outlawing Redevelopment agencies? And who authorized paying staff and the City Attorney to try to thwart a State Law with your tax dollars. If they can spin this into a "victory" the public is truly in the dark! The deal should come under closer scrutiny when the DOF makes a sudden U-TURN in it's stated policy. Was the DOF's integrity compromised in this deal?
ibsandyshores February 12, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Thank you Assembleywoman Atkins for all you do. Imperial Beach is proud to have you as our representative!
Ed Kravitz February 12, 2014 at 09:24 PM
And we didn't mind gifting this property over to a favored developer for pennies on the tax payers diverted tax dollars? Environmentalists and Developers make such strange bedfellows! Of course; when you mitigate environmental issues for the benefit of developers...that's supposed to be good government? I can't wait till someone who runs for office or is in office decides to ignore the PACs and Special Interests and start looking out for the SPECIAL INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY ELECTED THEM ! Most of the cheerleaders are insiders. Most people would like to know more....a lot more...and maybe the status-quo and denial isn't good enough anymore? Some people seem to think the way to finance everything is through GRANTS. These are people who have little or no 'BUSINESS SAVVY ! STAND UP ! SPEAK ! VOTE! Or nothing will change and the same old show will go on forever.
Ed Kravitz February 12, 2014 at 09:48 PM
Pay attention to what groups are giving what political figures awards. What are their Special Interests and are these people we know?
Mike G February 13, 2014 at 09:30 AM
"Communities of color in San Diego and across California are struggling with asthma epidemics, large industrial polluters, and diesel trucks driving by their homes and schools,". Straight to the race card. A tried and true Democrat strategy.
Jon Hall February 13, 2014 at 01:25 PM
"Communities of color ..." ------- funny comment --- let's see what colors could apply to IB --- Surfer Tan --- Old Man Gray --- Zonie White --- Politician Yellow --- and the new color Rich Folk Green ...

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