Local governments play an important role in SCAQMD’s strategy to meet federal and state clean air standards within the South Coast Air Basin. The forming and strengthening of these partnerships with local governments also provides an opportunity to improve local air quality by identifying and resolving those localized air pollution problems that may represent a health hazard to the local community.
It is SCAQMD’s responsibility to represent the residents of the South Coast Air Basin by influencing the decisions of other agencies whose actions might have an effect on air quality (California Health & Safety Code section 40412).
To meet this mandate, SCAQMD has established a Local Government Relations Program to assist cities, counties, special districts, and other local government agencies with air quality issues.
Assigned throughout the basin on a geographic basis by cities and regions, SCAQMD's Legislative-Public Affairs regional staff
are the point of contact for local communities on SCAQMD rules, policies, programs, and positions on clean air legislation. This staff also acts as a conduit between SCAQMD and local governments, ensuring that SCAQMD keeps abreast of local governments' needs and sensitivities.
Services provided to local governments through this regional staff program include:
- Providing updates on SCAQMD’s legislative agendas and SCAQMD-supported air quality legislation, including legislative summaries and fact sheets.
- Assisting local governments in improving local air quality through implementing SCAQMD clean air programs, and using planning tools such as SCAQMD guidance documents with suggested policies for cities, counties and school districts; low-emission vehicle acquisition, funding resources and building related information.
- Providing assistance in resolving local air quality problems that could represent a health hazard to community residents. Local governments are encouraged to report all air quality complaints to SCAQMD by calling 1-800-CUT-SMOG.
- Participation in various community and business events, city council meetings and other local and regional forums.