TRAVIS ALLEN, ASSEMBLYMAN, 72nd DISTRICT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 9, 2016
CONTACT: Stephanie Freedman, 916-319-2072
Assemblyman Travis Allen Calls Out Sacramento Elites’ Power Play to Hijack SCAQMD
SB 1387 a “brazen attempt by special interests to rewrite the rules in their favor”
SACRAMENTO –Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) called out Sacramento special interests for blatantly attempting to take over the SCAQMD through the passage of Senate Bill 1387. SB 1387 would double the number of SCAQMD directors who are appointed by Sacramento politicians from three to six. SB 1387 is currently sitting in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations.
“SCAQMD is historically prone to siding with elites over the interests of the general public as we saw in their ill-advised attempt to remove Southern California’s bonfire rings against the will of the people,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen. “While we won that battle, it is of note that the victory came at a price – it took significant time and energy from all interested parties, and ended up being an international PR nightmare for the state of California. This was only three years ago, yet the agency once again is brazenly coming to the Legislature with yet another overt power grab.”
In Southern California, the Southern California Air Quality Management District is responsible for regulating stationary sources of pollution in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. While everyone supports sensible laws to ensure a clean environment, the SCAQMD is a powerful unelected body of bureaucrats unbeholden to the general public. Tired of the damaging regulatory overreach by the SCAQMD, fed up board members from around Southern California last year chose to change the dynamic of the board. In response, overzealous special interests introduced Senate Bill 1387, which would undo the democratic will of the people by doubling the number of SCAQMD directors who are appointed by Sacramento politicians.
“The American people are increasingly convinced there are two sets of rules in this country: one for the elites, and another for the rest of us. It is fueled by innate distrust of the actions of powerful entities in and out of government,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen. “Entrenched interests vested in the status quo have powerful allies in the liberal elites who currently rule state government, and when the public interest has overcome the extremist vocal minority to achieve a more equitable result, those special interests have reacted by attempting to rewrite the rules in their favor.”
****You can read Assemblyman Allen’s full op-ed on SB 1387 here.****