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AB 617 Update - Community Steering Committees Continue to Meet Virtually

Since May, about 20 Assembly Bill 617 (AB 617) Community Steering Committee (CSC) meetings have been conducted via Zoom. With the added accessibility and inclusion provided by the virtual format, meeting attendance has increased for each community.

For all AB 617 CSC meetings, the public can participate using either a Zoom meeting link or a dial-in phone number. To improve public accessibility, Spanish-English interpretation is provided during each virtual meeting, including phone numbers for both English and Spanish lines, and meeting materials in both languages. Until further notice, CSC meetings are expected to continue virtually for the five AB 617 communities:

2018-Designated Communities:

  • Wilmington/Carson/West Long Beach (WCWLB)

  • San Bernardino/Muscoy (SBM)

  • East Los Angeles/Boyle Heights/West Commerce (ELABHWC)

2019-Designated Communities:

  • Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) - includes the cities of South Gate, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, and the unincorporated Los Angeles County neighborhoods of Florence-Firestone and Walnut Park.

  • Eastern Coachella Valley (ECV) - includes Coachella, Indio, Mecca, North Shore, Oasis, and Thermal.

These ongoing meetings provide an opportunity for the community to receive updates and provide input on the development or implementation of Community Air Monitoring and Emission Reduction Plans.

South Coast AQMD continues to build close relationships with the communities we serve by being accessible to CSC members and reaching out to individuals on a regular basis. Additionally, South Coast AQMD’s AB 617 newsletters help to keep communities informed about our efforts to implement the community plans, and other related meetings or opportunities.

In August, a Community Workshop was held to gather recommendations from new communities for consideration for the AB 617 program. More than 100 community self-nomination letters have been received.

For up-to-date meeting materials and information on the AB 617 program, visit: www.aqmd.gov/ab617.

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