Settlement Agreement to Deploy Charging Stations in PG&E Service Territory

PG&E, the Greenlining Institute, and a diverse coalition of groups proposed an agreement to the CPUC to deploy up to 7,500 charging stations for electric cars throughout northern and central California. The three year pilot program, branded, “Charge Smart and Save,” will have a budget cap of $160M.

To read the settlement, click here.

Support Letter: AB 1482 Critical Protections for Low-Income Renters

Greenlining supports a comprehensive housing package that includes important tenant protection legislation such as AB 1482. The bill caps annual rent increases at 7% plus inflation, which will provide some stability to cost-burdened households. The housing affordability crisis has left many Californians just one rent increase away from homelessness, and protection against rent gouging will be an important component of any legislative package to address the housing crisis. More than half of renters in the state of California spend at least 30% of their income on housing, including over 80% of low-income Californians; of these, two thirds are people of color. Legislation that protects the most vulnerable households from displacement is crucial to ensuring that Californians of all racial backgrounds and income brackets can thrive.

Support Letter: AB 961 Community Energy Benefits – Assembly Appropriations

Greenlining is sponsoring AB 961, authored by Assembly member Eloise Gomez Reyes of the 47th District. AB 961 would adopt a recommendation in the California Energy Commission’s unanimously adopted SB 350 Low-Income Barriers Study to establish common definitions of “non-energy benefits” or community benefits of clean energy programs, develop standards to measure them, and prioritize projects that promote them in Environmental Justice Communities. This means that regulators would consider additional benefits of clean energy programs, including job creation and improved community health, in evaluating their effectiveness.

Testimony by Anthony Galace in Support of AB 962, Hospital Supplier Diversity

Greenlining Institute Health Equity Director Anthony Galace testified before the California Assembly Health Committee in support of AB 962, authored by Asm. Autumn Burke to strengthen the state’s supplier diversity among hospitals. The measure, modeled on successful existing supplier diversity programs, would require major California hospitals to report their level of contracting with businesses owned by by people of color, women, LGBT people, and veterans. Galace told the committee that “AB 962 will allow health care, business, and government leaders to engage in an honest and transparent discussion about leveraging the growth of the health sector to benefit diverse businesses and the communities they serve.”

Testimony by Sharon Velasquez on How California Can Protect Consumers

Senior Economic Equity Program Manager Sharon Velasquez testified before the California Assembly Banking and Finance Committee in support of the state exploring avenues to better protect consumers, especially those of color. She served as a panelist at an informational hearing called by committee chair Monique Limón entitled The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: An Examination of the CFPB under the current Federal Administration and Options for California to Better Protect its Consumers. In her comments, Velasquez provided recommendations on how California could counterbalance the federal deregulatory agenda and the weakening of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, particularly in the area of fair lending

Testimony of Michelle Romero of The Greenlining Institute Before the National Commission on Voting Rights – California Hearing, Panel III: Language Access

At the National Commission on Voting Rights hearing in San Francisco, Greenlining’s Michelle Romero discussed the needs of limited-English voters and measures that can be taken to make elections more accessible to these citizens, as well as the need for making the state voter guide more understandable.

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Testimony on Southern California Edison’s “Charge Ready 2” Electric Vehicle Charging Station Application

The Greenlining Institute’s Environmental Equity Legal Counsel Joel Espino submitted expert testimony regarding Southern California Edison’s application to the California Public Utilities Commission for approval of a $760 million program to deploy 48,000 EV charging ports. Greenlining is part of this proceeding and will continue to advocate for racial equity by ensuring this investment creates the most benefits for low-income people of color.

Testimony to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus The Americas’ Future in the Balance: A Briefing on the Underfunding of Latino Communities

Orson Aguilar, Executive Director

The Greenlining Institute

June 19, 2012

Thank you for allowing me to speak to you today on an important topic.  The Greenlining Institute is a California based research, advocacy, and leadership institute focused on improving the lives of people of color.  Our mission is simple — to ensure that all American’s have a fair shot to fullfill their economic potential.

America has a philanthropy problem.  Simply stated, we are not investing in America.  And most importantly, we are not investing in the future of America.  As we all know, the majority of American babies born today are of color.  Most of the new births today are in fact Latino babies.

As you will hear today, Latinos are not getting their fair share of philanthropic dollars.  Reports such as the one recently released by Hispanics in Philanthropy are important because they remind us that much progress can and must be made.   We need to measure philanthropy going to Latinos and other communities on a regular basis. As they say, what isn’t measured doesn’t matter.   If you don’t measure something, you will not make progress.

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Testimony: House Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion

Greenlining urged the committee to promote greater transparency regarding diversity in the banking industry, stating:
  1. Diversity and inclusion are the building blocks of a fair society. Numerous academic and private-sector studies have shown that diverse businesses outperform homogenous organizations time and time again;
  2. Transparency in an institution’s approach to diversity does not require any change to that institution’s business plan or practices, it merely gives consumers in our diverse nation the ability to fairly evaluate where they spend their hard-earned dollars; and
  3. By 2040, the US will be majority people of color. Our communities have a right and responsibility to contribute to our nation's public, private, and non-profit sectors, and transparency data can help make clear where our participation is lacking.