Coalition Supports CA Resolution for Strong, Independent CFPB

A coalition of 24 organizations wrote to California Assemblywoman Monique Limón applauding her resolution expressing the state’s support for a strong and independent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Assembly Joint Resolution 48 urges the President and Congress to maintain the integrity of the CFPB to carry out its duties to protect and defend consumers from predatory practices and abuses in the financial sector.

Comments to the Strategic Growth Council on Transformative Climate Communities Draft Guidelines

The Greenlining Institute filed public comments with the Strategic Growth Council regarding the Transformative Climate Communities FY 2018-2019 Draft Guidelines. We recommend changes to reduce the barriers for communities to be eligible for funding and offer comments around workforce and economic development and climate adaptation and resiliency.

Comments on VW Settlement’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Investment

The Greenlining Institute and its partners urged Electrify America, which is implementing VW’s $800M Zero Emission Vehicle investment under the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement, to prioritize benefits to low-income and disadvantaged communities. We also provided recommendations on how to ensure this investment creates the most benefits in communities impacted most by poverty and pollution.

Letter to Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Urging Diverse President

The Greenlining Institute, along with the California Reinvestment Coalition, Center for Popular Democracy, Chicanos Por La Causa, Community Council of Idaho, National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, and TELACU, submitted a letter to urge the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank to prioritize naming a Latino, East Asian American or Pacific Islander as its next president.

Comments to the California Air Resources Board Regarding the VW Environmental Mitigation Trust

The Greenlining Institute filed public comment with the California Air Resources Board regarding staff’s recommendation for allocating the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, part of the settlement for VW’s diesel emissions scandal. We recommend that the final Beneficiary Mitigation Plan leverage equitable economic development benefits and target 100% of light-duty Zero Emissions Vehicle infrastructure investments in low-income and disadvantaged communities.


Coalition Urges California Future Health Workforce Commission to Prioritize the Needs of Communities of Color

Greenlining and 16 coalition partners submitted public comments to the California Future Health Workforce Commission advocating for increased public education investment, stronger health career pathways for young people of color, employment of vulnerable populations such as immigrants and the re-entry population and increased public and private investment in health career pathways.

Letter to Gov. Brown Regarding Opportunity Zone Initiative and Anti-Displacement Measures

The Greenlining Institute and 16 coalition members sent a brief comment letter to California Governor Jerry Brown advocating for anti-displacement measures to be further embedded in the roll out of the new Opportunity Zone initiative, a new federal program meant to spur community development in distressed neighborhoods. The letter calls for a 30-day extension for public comments to allow for more robust and broad discussion of which places are designated for investment, and to bring into consideration unintended impacts that could increase gentrification and displacement pressures in emerging neighborhoods.

Coalition Opposes Nonprofit Hospitals’ Requests to Reduce Charity Care Obligations

A statewide coalition of five organizations, including The Greenlining Institute, sent a letter to the California Office of the Attorney General to express opposition to Verdugo Hills Hospital and Mission Community Hospital’s requests to reduce their charity care spending obligations. The proposed reductions would significantly decrease hospital spending designated for indigent and underserved patients. The coalition urged the rejection of all similar requests from nonprofit hospitals.

Comments to the California Wildlife Conservation Board on the Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program Guidelines

The Greenlining Institute filed public comment regarding the Draft Program Guidelines for the new Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program. Greenlining recommends changes to ensure that the guidelines promote technical assistance, meaningful community engagement and equitable economic development.