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Oakland Port Commission Seeks Resolution to Allow Local Officials Real Power to Clean Up Diesel Truck Pollution; Improve Security, Safety
Date:7/9/2009

Democratic Congressional Delegation in California have publicly endorsed the LA Clean Trucks Program developed under the leadership of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), whose constituents live near the highly-polluting Ports of New York and New Jersey, have also supported LA's bold local leadership on the issues.

"If an old law can be interpreted to allow companies to pollute for profit with no strings attached then it's time to change the law," said Alicia Carrera, a Long Beach mother of three asthmatic children. "My kids have literally breathed easier since the Clean Trucks plan got underway. We must protect it here so parents in every port town can have the same peace of mind."

The Oakland Port Commission's leadership also offers hope to low-paid "independent" drivers facing the prospect of going into debt to buy or retrofit a new truck to meet new state air quality standards. Currently, independent contractors who average $10-11 an hour must cover the costs.

"I want my kids to breathe clean air, but I can't afford to replace my 1984 rig with a new truck and neither can my fellow drivers," said Oakland port driver Manuel Rivas, a widower from El Salvador who was forced to support his 13-year-old twins and another young son on $24,000 last year. "A system where trucking companies aren't responsible for trucks or even truck drivers doesn't work at all."

The Coalition for Clean & Safe Ports is an alliance of more than 80 environmental, labor, public health, faith and community organizations dedicated to promoting sustainable economic development at our nation's ports. The Coalition is working to make the Port trucking system more efficient, reduce air pollution, improve the quality of jobs and stimulates greater economic opportunities for residents living in surrounding port communities. To ensure a level playing
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