Elected Officials to Protect America - California Chapter is a network of elected officials committed to bold climate action, environmental justice, and fossil fuel-free communities for all Californians. Join our efforts by signing our letter to Governor Newsom.
Local Leaders Protecting Communities
Local elected officials are taking bold actions to protect their communities from harmful oil and gas production. Setting an example for the State to follow, EOPA California members have:
- Created public health setbacks for oil and gas development in Arvin, Huntington Beach, and Ventura County
- Banned fracking in Alameda, Santa Cruz Counties, and the city of Beverly Hills
- Passed a resolution to phase out oil drilling in Culver City
- Blocked construction of a gas-fired generating station in Oxnard
- Announced the phase out of gas-fired plants in Los Angeles
- Passed a Just Transition motion to plug and remediate nonproductive oil wells in Los Angeles County
Cities, towns, and counties have shown the way. See our catalog of local action to learn more. To ensure the health, safety and futures of every Californian, it’s time for the State to step up and do its part, too.
Carmen Ramirez, Esq.
“Ventura County Supervisors have taken important steps to protect public health by enacting one of the nation’s most strongest and comprehensive plans to protect our communities from the dangers of oil and gas pollution,” ~ Carmen Ramirez
Carmen Ramirez, Supervisor, Ventura County, District 5. Carmen is the first Latina to be elected to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. She has served the community as a legal-aid attorney and a three term Oxnard City Council member, she is from the San Gabriel Valley and has lived and worked in Ventura County since 1978. From 1978 through 1998, Ramirez worked for legal-aid programs in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties and served as the executive director of Oxnard’s Channel Counties Legal Services Association for sixteen years, addressing the legal needs of low-income and disabled clients.
“We cannot call California a leader on climate if we fail to protect communities of color and low income that have been ignored for too long.” ~ Katie Valenzuela
Councilmember Katie Valenzuela serves the people of Sacramento’s District 4. Her fundamental belief that people deserve a voice in decisions that impact them has guided her for over two decades of professional and volunteer work in community organizing and policy advocacy. Katie was the first Sacramento appointee to California’s AB 32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee, where she became co-chair during the 2030 Target Scoping Plan process. Katie started a consulting firm to focus on supporting state-level and local groups fighting to achieve environmental justice. She was soon tapped to be the first consultant for the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies, and then became Policy & Political Director for the California Environmental Justice Alliance.
“Environmental justice is a matter of survival – California oil is among the dirtiest crude in the entire world producing more pollutants and destructive gas than any other, three quarters of fracking wells in California are within 600 meters of groundwater sources; this threatens our water supply.” ~ Jovanka Beckles
Director Jovanka Beckles, Richmond AC Transit, Ward 1, is a movement organizer, a former two-term Richmond City Councilmember, a longtime leader in the Richmond Progressive Alliance, a children’s mental health professional. Jovanka has worked as a counselor, youth educator, team builder and strategist, client advocate, crime prevention specialist, housing case manager for the homeless, and mental health specialist for 32 years and has been a small business owner in the City of Richmond.
“The fossil fuel industry keeps giving us this false choice between a healthy economy or a healthy environment. Here in Culver City, we’re proving that just isn’t true,” said Meghan Sahli-Wells, former Culver City Mayor, Elected Officials to Protect America-California Leadership Council Co-Chair “We’re phasing out fossil fuels, we’ve already transitioned to 100 percent clean renewable energy, and in the process we’re creating good, healthy, sustainable union jobs. Together, we’re creating, not the energy future, but the energy present that we need to power and protect our community.”
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Local Government Action
Already, more than 115 local governments in California have passed more than 175 local policies to protect their communities from fossil fuels, including phase-out plans or setbacks on oil and gas drilling, climate lawsuits or divestment from fossil fuel companies, or opposing expansion of fossil fuel production or infrastructure. Read about the policies here.
Limiting Oil and Gas Drilling
Exposure to toxic air contaminants and other pollution caused by oil and gas wells significantly threatens public health and disproportionately affects disadvantaged communities and people of color. EOPA is calling on Governor Newsom to take action and phase out oil and gas extraction in California for the health and safety of his constituents. Sign our letter to Governor Newsom.
Closing Toxic Idle Wells
There are currently 70,000 inactive and abandoned oil and gas wells in California that endanger public health and safety while producing little to no oil.
Cities and counties have the power to shut them down. Learn more and take action.