The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday called on the state to use part of its estimated $97 billion budget surplus to increase funding to cities and municipal utilities to expand renewable energy infrastructure.
Council members unanimously passed a resolution — brought forward by councilors Mitch O’Farrell, Paul Krekorian and Paul Koretz — calling for changes to the state budget to increase funding for cities and public services municipalities to increase its investments in decarbonization, electrification and the adoption of electric vehicles and Infrastructure.
“Unless we speak now and collaboratively on all of our priorities, this astonishing surplus could be allocated to uses that do nothing to boost our efforts to move to a 100% carbon-free future, eliminate single-use plastics, fight our homelessness and affordable housing crisis or help catapult Los Angeles into an equitable, accessible, world-class transit city,” said O’Farrell, who chairs the Energy, Change Committee. climate change, environmental justice and the river.
The resolution notes that the proposed state budget for fiscal year 2022-23 currently includes approximately $47 billion in climate investments, including electric vehicle infrastructure and the decarbonization of schools and residential and government buildings. . The budget must be adopted before June 15.
“The surplus Sacramento now has in its state budget is greater than the entire budget when I left the Legislature in 2010,” Krekorian said. “One of the smartest investments Sacramento could make is to help municipalities like ours build a greener future.”
Last year, the city pledged to go to 100% renewable energy by 2035, but Koretz noted the city needs state help to make that a reality.
“Los Angeles has been leading the way for more than a decade toward carbon neutrality, but it takes more than good policy, it takes funding at a level we can’t hope to provide. The state is awash with money and it needs to use it to help address our climate emergency that is starting in our major urban centers,” Koretz said. “We particularly need to focus on building electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The auto industry tells us that electric vehicles will reach price parity within a year. In addition, rising gasoline prices will further increase the demand for electric vehicles. We are far from having the electric vehicle infrastructure that we will need to meet this demand, and it will require funding. “