Esther Portillo, the organizing director of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, one of the groups involved in the San Bernardino fight, said winning would not mean shutting down development. Instead, she said, it would be “to keep a close eye on the environmental impacts we have and minimize the effects we can.”
Although jobs are the biggest selling point of new development, a union chapter, Teamsters Local 1932, has joined the fight against the expansion of the airport. Local Secretary-Treasurer Randy Corgan said: “Well, bring employment, but make sure you deal with the environmental impact, with the impact on the community – make sure these people have good benefits, that they will live in the area. And is able to purchase homes in the area. “
The court of appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear the airport case in early February.
The Attorney General’s involvement in local disputes may enrage those who support the development. Fresno County Supervisor Steve Brandau was a member of the Fresno City Council during some heated conflicts over warehouse expansion plans. He said, “It is strange that the AG’s office, Attorney General Becerra, becomes even more strict than local advocates.” Quoting ” A. Prolonged conservative refrain, He said that in the long run, such activities would “drive the running business out of the state altogether.”
Mr. Matka acknowledged the friction in Fresno. “They thought we were out of our street,” he said. “Unfortunately, the Attorney General is responsible for enforcing the California Environmental Quality Act for them. We were in our street. “
Mr. Becerra said that his office meticulously works with the local government before filing a brief in a case, and finds ways to find a compromise. Some communities, he said, do not understand that their old ways of doing business underlie communities. They say, “We did this 20 years ago, why can’t we do it now?” he said.
He cites his experience as a 12-year-old congressman, arguing that he sees the role as more of a negotiator than a fighter. “You’re always looking for votes,” he said, “on the other side of the aisle as well.” I do not want to blind people. “
Fresno resident Katie Taylor praised the state’s work in her city. She is 5 years old, and is caring for her 51-year-old daughter, who has Down syndrome. He said that in view of increase in truck traffic. “It’s just trucks, trucks, trucks, coming and going.”