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Orozco, Norma <br /> From: Gabrielle Schiller <> <br /> Sent: Sunday, December 05, 2021 7:00 PM <br /> To: eComment <br /> Subject: Protect Santa Ana from lead and other environmental toxins <br /> Dear Santa Ana City Council and Mayor Sarmiento, <br /> The community is being impacted on a daily basis by environmental hazards like lead and fossil fuels. We need to treat <br /> this like the emergency it is and put in place protections for all Santa Ana residents.The resolution brought forward by <br /> Council member Lopez is a good first step and road map for actions our community can take to resolve these pressing <br /> issues. <br /> Fossil fuels don't just exacerbate climate change, but also poison people. Study after study has shown that extracting, <br /> transporting, refining, and burning fossil fuels harms environmental and human health—and new evidence shows that <br /> toxic air pollution from fossil fuels also makes people more vulnerable to poor outcomes from COVID. <br /> We must phase out fossil fuels from our daily lives—whether it's gas stoves causing asthma, tailpipes blanketing our <br /> streets with smog, or gas stations poisoning water supplies and spreading cancerous chemicals like benzene. It's clear <br /> we must start moving to clean energy systems—and soon. Our community should be running on clean, renewable <br /> energy no later than 2030. <br /> But it's not just fossil fuels that are harming our community. Many neighborhoods in Santa Ana suffer from <br /> disproportionately high levels of lead in their soil,which can lead to serious developmental and health issues.The city <br /> must do more and protect our residents. <br /> Addressing these issues won't just improve health, it will also improve local economy.The Biden administration is <br /> investing money in green infrastructure buildout, and we need to make sure we have shovel ready jobs prepared. <br /> What's more, cleaning up environmental pollution and converting our energy systems are massive job opportunities that <br /> could bring family-wage jobs to thousands of people in Santa Ana. <br /> I'm writing to you today to ask you to please implement the contents of the climate and public health emergency <br /> resolution that calls for an end to fossil fuel expansion, clean renewable energy choices that save money, actions that <br /> will reduce lead and other environmental toxins in our neighborhoods,family-wage jobs, and an endorsement of the <br /> Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty initiative. We can reduce pollution that is cooking the planet and poisoning our <br /> communities while improving the quality of life for every Santa Ana resident. <br /> Please please follow through with what this resolution promises and start taking local action by passing policies that <br /> stop fossil fuel expansion, speed up the clean energy transition, reduce local pollution, and empower our local <br /> community and economy. <br /> Thank you, <br /> Gabrielle Schiller, M6R 2T4 <br /> 1 <br />