LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, the Board of Supervisors accepted a donation of 200 electric vehicle chargers from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The donation was made through a motion by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, who is also concluding her one-year term as an SCAQMD Board Member.
“With 19,000 premature deaths in California due to poor air quality, the need to curb air pollution has never been more critical,” said Supervisor Solis. “Low-income neighborhoods and communities of color continue to bear the brunt of this pollution, and my District is particularly impacted by harmful emissions. This important step towards modernizing the County’s vehicle fleet will also benefit the residents we serve by improving the air we all breathe.”
Supervisor Solis worked with the LA County Office of Sustainability to coordinate this donation with SCAQMD, which was made possible by the generous contributions from the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation and Mercedes Benz USA LLC. The Office of Sustainability will work with other County Departments to site these new electric vehicle chargers.
“These new electric vehicle chargers will go where they will make the greatest difference: in environmental justice communities that are disproportionately exposed to negative air quality,” continued Supervisor Solis. “My service on the AQMD Board has made it even clearer to me the immense need to advance zero and near-zero technologies to help address harmful air pollution impacts on our communities.”
In 2000, then-State Senator Hilda L. Solis was awarded the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for her groundbreaking state environmental legislation. She was the first woman to receive this prestigious award.
CONTACT: Michael Kapp, Communications Director, (213) 974-4111 or MKapp@bos.lacounty.gov