I will fight anti-science efforts to roll back environmental laws and I will continue to declare loudly and clearly that climate change is a real threat to the health of our communities. The 34th district has an especially high concentration of freeways and toxic hot spots deemed unsafe by the EPA. For our community, improving air quality is an urgent environmental justice issue. This is why I will fight for a federal carbon tax. Historically, the market has not reflected the external costs of the products we create. We have polluted the air and put people’s health at risk for free. We have learned from the Cap-and-Trade program that a carbon tax is a simpler, direct way to account for this cost to society. I would work to ensure that funds from a carbon tax go directly to the communities that have suffered the most from pollution, like Boyle Heights.
I support efforts to create more urban green space and habitat restoration, like the Alternative 20 Los Angeles River revitalization. I will fight to ensure continued federal support for this project and other projects that would restore habitats and increase recreation areas, including for Arroyo Seco. A restoration of the Arroyo Seco will help connect the river bike path and adjoining natural areas and would allow for greater outdoor recreation and beautification in our community.
Sara Hernandez for Congress 506 S. Spring St. #13464 Los Angeles, CA 90013