By Carla Hansen
On August 29th, residents of El Cerrito and greater West County plus a number of elected and candidates celebrated Supervisor John Gioia’s appointment to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) at outside El Cerrito’s City Hall.
With a few jokes and warm words, Senators Loni Hancock and Mark DeSaulnier introduced the newly appointed Supervisor Gioia who thanked attendees and sponsors-American Lung Association, Sierra Club, TransForm, League of Conservation Voters, and the City of El Cerrito. CARB’s mission is promote and protect public health, welfare and ecological resources through the effective and efficient reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy of the State. Because of CARB, cars and diesel trucks run 98% cleaner than they did 50 years ago (thank you smog checks and emission standards). CARB’s policies are used as model of success for other agencies throughout the country. It’s great to have a representative on the board who is passionate and dedicated to ensuring our environment is safe, clean and sustainable now and into the future. Plus he’s an El Cerrito High School graduate.