Southern California Leaders Seek Action on Air Quality
The Southern California Association of Governments on Thursday voted to urge President Bush and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) to declare a state of emergency in the region, citing state estimates that more than 5,400 premature deaths annually are caused by air pollution, the Los Angeles Times reports.
SCAG is comprised of mayors and county supervisors from:
- Los Angeles;
- San Bernardino; and
- Ventura counties.
The association is responsible for the transportation division of plans that are designed to bring the region's air quality into compliance with the federal Clean Air Act.
Neither Schwarzenegger's office nor the White House had a direct comment on SCAG's request (Los Angeles Times, 5/4). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.