O’Donnell Secures State Clean Air Funding for Local Ports

Thursday, September 14, 2017

(SACRAMENTO) – A green light at the end of a long legislative tunnel, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) successfully worked to secure hundreds of millions of dollars for clean air efforts in and around California ports in the recent cap-and-trade expenditure agreement reached this week.

“As the representative of the two busiest ports in the nation, this is an investment I have been fighting for since I first came to the Legislature,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said. The funds will be utilized to support the aggressive development and deployment of clean technologies at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. “This investment will allow the ports to make green while continuing to go green.”

Assemblymember O’Donnell’s efforts to secure consistent state funding for the ports, although years in the making, is met with success less than two months after the extension of California’s landmark cap-and-trade program.

“The ports have made significant progress in their clean air efforts in the last decade, and this spending deal will continue that momentum,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said. “These dollars will improve air quality in our community, and ultimately make California ports more competitive. It’s a win-win for the Southern California region. ”

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.