The Environmental Concerns Committee was formed to ensure our environment and the public health of the Pomona Valley people is preserved. The original committee consisted of Jim Sanbrano-Chair, Kathryn Kirui, and Don Martens both members at large.
October, 2019: The first concern the committee worked on was the Cannabis Industry issue in Pomona. Cannabis extraction processes can be hazardous, and Pomona has a reputation for poor environmental oversight. The committee wanted the Club to send a letter to the City Council warning them of the dangers and to express concern about environmental disasters. Jim Sanbrano, a lawyer using arguments from all members of the committee drafted a letter, which the committee endorsed and sent it in an email to President, Debra Martin to have her put it on the meeting agenda, but the version of Microsoft Word he used was problematic and could not be opened. The committee should have run paper copies for all members at the monthly meeting, but didn’t. Jim did read the letter out loud during the meeting and the issue caused quite a discussion because UFCW 1428 has been working on getting the Cannabis ordinance passed because there would be good union jobs involved. A vote was taken and the letter was voted down. After the vote, Jim stated that if the Club would not listen to its committee regarding environmental safety issues, he was wasting his time, so he quit as committee chair.
Now the committee should think about growing the committee by a few more people.
The PVDC Environmental committee should consider next to work on pushing the city to build a comprehensive, well-funded environmental regulations monitoring system for all its industrial businesses.
Another goal the committee should consider working on is for the city to endorse The energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, HR763, to do something about Global Warming.
Another thought is that with all these electrical power interruptions during fire season, Pomona should take greater advantage of that new solar panel factory by convincing the city to make a goal of installing at least enough capacity to run city buildings (city hall, police station) and enough cooling centers for any fire danger and high heat events that will come up in the future. This will lighten the city’s energy bills too.

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