Invest California's Surplus in Community Resilience

Governor Gavin Newsom, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins

With drought conditions worsening across the state and fires already spreading in Southern California, we need to invest now in resilience and disaster preparedness in working-class communities of color, who are hit first and worst by climate disaster.

Despite this looming threat, our lawmakers in Sacramento just punted AB 1087 -- this year’s only climate resilience bill led by communities on the frontlines of climate change -- to 2022.

The state budget process is now our best chance this year to win investments in resilience hubs -- trusted institutions like senior centers, schools, and libraries where our communities can go to charge their devices, breathe clean air, and access resources before, during, and after disaster hits.

Take action NOW by signing our petition to invest California’s budget surplus in community resilience in 2021!

To: Governor Gavin Newsom, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins
From: [Your Name]

With a potentially catastrophic wildfire season approaching, California must take bold action now to invest in community resilience in working-class communities of color.

California’s historic 2021 budget surplus is an opportunity for us to do just that. While Governor Newsom’s budget proposal takes steps in the right direction, it fails to invest in community resilience in communities that are hit first and worst by climate disaster.

That’s why I am joining frontline communities across the state in calling on our lawmakers to invest $1 billion in community resilience centers, including:

1. Directing an additional $350M beyond the Governor’s proposal for a new SGC grant program that supports the construction and rehabilitation of community facilities

2. Increasing funding to $500M for the EJ Community Resilience Hubs Program as outlined by AB 1087 (Chiu, 2021-22)

We can’t wait until 2022. We need you to act now to invest in community resilience -- before the next disaster hits.