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  • YES on A - Affordable Homes for all San Diegans
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  • YES on B - Police Accountability: Create a community led, independent review board on police activity
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  • Yes on 15 - Stop Corporate tax breaks! Support Our Schools and Communities
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  • Yes on 16 - End discrimination in college admissions and government hiring
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  • Yes en 17 - Restore voting rights for people on parole
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  • Yes on 21 - Allow local governments to expand rent control and limit rent increases
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  • NO on 22 - Uphold the law to prohibit exploitation of workers
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  • en A - Vivienda asequible para todos los sandieguinos
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  • en B - Responsabilidad policial: Crear una junta de revisión independiente dirigida por la comunidad sobre la actividad policial
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  • en 15 - ¡Detenga las exenciones fiscales corporativas! Apoye a nuestras escuelas y comunidades.
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  • en 16 - Pone fin a la discriminación en las admisiones universitarias y contrataciones gubernamentales
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  • en 17 - Restaura los derechos de voto de las personas en libertad condicional
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  • en 21 - Permite que los gobiernos locales amplíen el control de los alquileres y limiten los aumento de los alquileres
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  • NO en 22 - Mantener la ley para prohibir la explotación de los trabajadores(as)
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  • ĐÚNG CÁC BIỆN PHÁP A Nhà giá cả phải chăng cho tất cả người dân San Diegans
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  • ĐÚNG CÁC BIỆN PHÁP B Trách nhiệm giải trình của cảnh sát: Tạo một ban đánh giá độc lập, do cộng đồng lãnh đạo về hoạt động của cảnh sát
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  • ĐÚNG DỰ LUẬT 15 Ngừng giảm thuế doanh nghiệp! Hỗ trợ trường học và cộng đồng của chúng tôi
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  • ĐÚNG DỰ LUẬT 16 Chấm dứt phân biệt đối xử trong tuyển sinh đại học và tuyển dụng của chính phủ
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  • ĐÚNG DỰ LUẬT 17 Khôi phục quyền biểu quyết cho những người được ân xá
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  • ĐÚNG DỰ LUẬT 21 Cho phép chính quyền địa phương mở rộng kiểm soát tiền thuê và hạn chế tăng tiền thuê
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  • KHÔNG DỰ LUẬT 22 Tuân thủ luật cấm bóc lột người lao động
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Solar for Affordable Housing

Since its launch in July 2019, the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program has become the nation’s largest investment in clean energy serving low-income and disadvantaged communities. Some 380 projects have applied for funding and are moving through the pipeline to construction.

EHC was a co-sponsor and leading advocate for the legislation that created California’s Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program and is now deeply engaged in ensuring the program provides maximum community benefit.

We celebrate the completion of a successful first year and look back at the accomplishments of SOMAH and EHC. Once constructed, these 380 active applications equate to 82 megawatts of new solar energy on affordable housing properties in California, representing 27% of the program’s total goal to install 300 MW of solar by 2030.

26% of the applications are located in disadvantaged communities defined by CalEnviroScreen scores (or DACs), benefiting those who are most impacted by toxic pollution and a lack of economic opportunity. Once constructed, the SOMAH projects will benefit Californians for decades by:

  • Providing savings for nearly 32,000 tenant units
  • Directing 90% of the savings to tenants
  • Creating over 700 job training opportunities

The SOMAH program is about partnerships and a community-based approach. EHC is one of five community-based organizations (CBOs) in California that works directly with the program administrator to help communicate benefits to tenants, job seekers and the community we live in.

This year, EHC conducted a series of six virtual mini-workshops with Community Action Teams in National City, Barrio Logan and City Heights, which introduced the SOMAH program, how solar energy works, clean energy jobs, and how to reduce energy use at home. We also conducted direct outreach to developers and owners of affordable housing in environmental justice (EJ) communities to ensure our communities are informed about the program and retain its benefits.

None of this is happening in a vacuum. EHC’s work with SOMAH continued as the world around us changed. Our communities saw the highest rates of coronavirus cases and a devastating spike in unemployment. Residents have experienced housing and power insecurity made worse by planned power outages, heatwaves, and fires. The benefits of clean power are needed NOW.

As frontline communities face a greater burden of energy cost and are disproportionately impacted by economic, environmental and racial injustice, expanding access to renewable energy technology and job training will tackle multiple issues at once. Investing in solar for affordable housing through programs like SOMAH will help Californians generate local, clean power while providing much-needed savings to families and creating economic opportunities for individuals.

If you rent an apartment, you could save on your electric bills if your landlord participates in the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program. Learn more about how SOMAH can help your landlord convert your building to low-cost solar energy: calsomah.org/tenants

MCC Trucks ESP Twitter

Dígale al Puerto de San Diego ¡ALTO A LAS MUERTES POR DIESEL!

La empresa Mitsubishi Cement Corporation (MCC) propone construir y operar un mega almacén de cemento en la Terminal Marítima Tenth Avenue en Barrio Logan. Si lo aprueba la Junta de Comisionados Portuarios, se estima que el almacén aumentará los viajes mensuales de camiones de diésel en un 50%, agregando al menos 2,000 viajes, ¡hasta 8,700 viajes en años venideros!

¡Por favor tome acción hoy! Dígale al puerto que proteja la salud pública al exigirle a MCC que use camiones eléctricos limpios que reduzcan la contaminación atmosférica por diésel.

Barrio Logan ya está en el 5% superior en Materia de Partículas Diésel (PM), un contaminante que puede causar graves problemas de salud, como cáncer de pulmón y asma.

Barrio Logan y National City también tienen tasas desproporcionadamente altas de infecciones por COVID-19 – una enfermedad que empeora por la mala calidad del aire. Nuestras comunidades no necesitan que la industria y el Puerto de San Diego empeoren la situación exponiendo a los residentes a riesgos aún mayores de complicaciones de salud.


El Puerto debe rechazar la propuesta del mega almacén de cemento de MCC a menos que la empresa cumpla con el requisito de camiones eléctricos limpios y otras medidas que protejan a las comunidades aledañas al puerto de la exposición continua a la contaminación crónica del aire.


¡Por favor firme la petición hoy!


Trucks image credit: DEZALB from Pixabay


Environmental Health Coalition's statement on California State Auditor report on the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District.

Environmental Health Coalition appreciates the leadership of Assembly member Gloria to request this investigation and thanks the Auditor’s office for its comprehensive research. Read full press release from Assembly member Gloria.

This report validates the experiences of residents who live in the communities most impacted by poor air quality.  Their voices have not been heard as complaints languish for months, monies have not been spent appropriately to reduce pollution and San Diego’s air quality is worsening.  EHC looks forward to working with the new Air Pollution Control Board to rectify these problems.

We are dismayed by the corporate subsidies of nearly $4 million that have been provided to industrial polluters.  The permit program should be a ‘full cost recovery’ system with permit holders paying for the total cost of regulating them.  We are concerned that permit fees have been kept low to accommodate demands from industry.  The public’s vehicle registration funds were used to subsidize these companies. Those funds should have been used for programs to reduce air pollution throughout the region and particularly in those communities that are most impacted.

Lack of public participation has been an ongoing and decades long concern.  APCD has improved its community involvement with the Community Air Protection Program but the lack of authentic participation in the advisory board and at APCD board meetings is stunningly poor.  Most board decisions are on consent with only 3 public commenters in 3 years.  The APCD website is not user-friendly and lack transparency.  These are issues that are required to be managed by the passage of AB 423 that creates a new board structure and requirements for improvement.



On Sunday morning July 12, a 3-alarm fire broke out aboard the Navy ship USS Bonhomme Richard docked at Naval Station San Diego, located between Barrio Logan and National City. Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) expresses our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Navy personnel who were injured and our gratitude to the firefighters and emergency personnel who responded to the immediate threat.

Unfortunately, the protection of public health in the neighboring communities was not a high priority for officials. National City residents report being overwhelmed by the odors in the early afternoon and throughout the day. Many said that they had to leave their homes because of the fumes and because they didn’t have air conditioning that would have enabled them to stay inside with the windows closed because of the heat.

EHC is deeply concerned and outraged that the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) and Health Department were under-prepared to protect public health during a crisis like this. National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis’ statement in English and Spanish warning the public and advising them to stay indoors came at 2:30 PM and was the only statement from an official source for hours.

The Navy spokesperson, Rear Admiral Phillip Sobeck’s assertions that the smoke does not contain toxics is preposterous and inaccurate. Smoke inhalation is hazardous to everyone’s health, especially those who have chronic conditions like respiratory illness or heart disease.

EHC calls for the following actions:

  • The County should immediately update their guidance on social media to effectively warn the public, and especially those with chronic conditions and provide safety information.
  • The County should provide emergency shelter for impacted residents that is cool, smoke-free and COVID-safe
  • The APCD should release air monitoring results immediately
  • The County should develop an emergency monitoring plan in collaboration with the community to implement as soon as a disaster like this occurs.
  • The Navy should release its findings regarding the cause and source of the fire as soon as that information becomes available.

The community deserves to have complete information about the toxins in the fire and how those could harm their health. National City and Barrio Logan are low-income communities of color that already have compromised air quality and are in the top 10% of most polluted neighborhoods in the state. As a result, 3-5 times more children in these communities suffer from asthma and other respiratory illnesses.


Related News Coverage:

  • Smoke from burning Navy ship in San Diego triggers health concerns, pollution monitoring (SDUT)
  • Combaten incendio en el buque USS Bonhomme Richard por segundo día (Noticiasya)
  • Answers on Navy Fire’s Health Impacts Won’t Come Right Away (VOSD)
  • Air Quality Concerns Surround USS Bonhomme Richard Fire (KPBS)

Image credit: Port of San Diego Harbor Police via Twitter