Responses for Environmental Justice

1: Does the State’s map of disadvantaged communities correctly capture the disadvantaged communities in Contra Costa County? If not, what should be changed?
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Brother John from El Sobrante This is not ONLY about poor people and people of color who live near pollution. EJ is also about protecting animals from constant slaughter on our roads.
11/15/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre
Concord 11/07/2019
Anonymous from Other Everywhere in Pittsburg is equally disadvantaged; we're all subject to the emissions from the local industry, the emissions from the crowded roads and freeways, the mercury laden Delta water. Being downwind of a major landfill is also unfortunate, especially as the mitigation funds don't seem to make any appreciable difference to our community.
Pittsburg Delta Wetlands 10/16/2019
Bruce Ohlson from Other
10/03/2019
Marianne Callahan from Contra Costa Centre Yes, but what affects them affects all of us. We all rise when we raise them up.
09/21/2019
Tony from Parkmead Im not sure what the definition of disadvantaged is - but anyone near and downwind of the refineries and chemical plants must suffer from health effects Are there any other unperseptible polutants like radiation from old nuclear waste in Contra Costa? There are environmental impacts from encouraging road traffic rather than cycling and electric scooters
10/30/2019
Anonymous from Other
Pleasant Hill 10/17/2019
Anonymous from North Richmond I would guess this is accurate
10/02/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre yes
09/21/2019
2: What types of environmental injustices are most prevalent in your community and in Contra Costa County as a whole?
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Brother John from El Sobrante El Sobrante is not a rich place. Yet 24/7 we are subjected to ultra-loud motorcycles, ultra-loud trucks, and ultra-loud suped-up passenger cars joy-riding up and down San Pablo Dam Road, at all hours. This is insane! So many kids in the area trying to sleep, so many parents working hard for a better future, and the County CAN DO NOTHING to stop all this senseless, gratuitous noise on the roads. Then, get on SR4 and on a daily basis watch foxes, hawks, turkeys, raccoons, skunks, etc., dead everywhere. The entire road could be covered in fur, there are so many carcasses everywhere on the shoulders. When we will build CRITTER CROSSINGS?
11/15/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Transportation inequity; many people don't own cars (are transit reliant) yet my community does not provide safe streets to walk or bike, or frequent bus service in many areas
Concord 11/07/2019
Anonymous from Other Our Delta is exceedingly polluted, and the adjoining wetlands have been decimated. The air is fouled by industry and car exhaust, and public transportation is far from being a viable way to get around in Contra Costa.
Pittsburg Delta Wetlands 10/16/2019
Bruce Ohlson from Other +Low air quality. I live in Pittsburg. We are next door to or down-wind of just about every emitter. We have a major 8-lane freeway going right through our community.
10/03/2019
Marianne Callahan from Contra Costa Centre I see that dirty industries are clustered in areas of color and/or low income. I see that low income people are pushed out of cleaner areas by high cost of housing in the cleaner parts of the county. In addition,since rent is lower there, those people have to live further from their jobs which means long days in day care for the kids and too much time sitting in traffic which pollutes and has a negative effect on the quality of lives.
09/21/2019
Tony from Parkmead Air pollution Fire risks Watersheds are not well protected
10/30/2019
Anonymous from Other Air pollution, safe drinking water.
Pleasant Hill 10/17/2019
Anonymous from North Richmond Refineries - we must move to renewables! Make the oil companies invest in non-polluting energy sources
10/02/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Richmond - Chevron; Martinez = Shell; Pittsburg = Dow Chemical; Concord = Hansen Aggregates
09/21/2019
3: How can industry and neighborhoods co-exist?
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Brother John from El Sobrante (1) Build Critter Crossings! (2) Enforce noise rules. (3) Develop a strict noise ordinance that starts at $1000 for first offense (loud vehicle), then $5K, then $10K and lose your license for three years, then $20K and lose your license forever.
11/15/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Strict, enforced regulation of (low) pollutants (remembering that there is currently no known safe exposure level to lead), regulations on light and sound pollution, easy and responsive method for neighbors to voice complaints
Concord 11/07/2019
Anonymous from Other Industry would need to submit to environmental regulations as suggested by relevant authorities with no ties to those industries in question. However, as the largest polluters aren't locally based or have any financial motive to stop their behavior, i'm worried they will continue to try and offset their actions by token community gifts.
Pittsburg Delta Wetlands 10/16/2019
Bruce Ohlson from Other Whenever there is a spare the air day, require the top ten emitters to shut down operations. Allow them to continue operations on a spare the air day by paying a LARGE fine. Increase taxes on vehicles with internal combustion engines. Use the income from these taxes to build a continuous network of bicycle facilities.
10/03/2019
Marianne Callahan from Contra Costa Centre We need cleaner energy. We need to divest and move away from fossil fuels in all of our neighborhoods. We need better, cheaper mass transit to get people out of their cars and improve quality of life.
09/21/2019
Tony from Parkmead Poluting industries should pay the true costs of their polluting and pay clean up costs in advance Local laws should be strict and fines heavy for any transgressions
10/30/2019
Anonymous from Other Industry should pay its share of property tax, for starters.
Pleasant Hill 10/17/2019
Anonymous from North Richmond Get off fossil fuels!
10/02/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre
09/21/2019
4: Do you feel like you have a voice in the County’s decisions regarding land use? If not, what should be changed for your voice to be heard?
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Brother John from El Sobrante No, I do not. If the county were serious, it would send notices not only to the OWNERS of properties, but to the residents as well. The residents, who may be renters, never get notice, never get a voice.
11/15/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Somewhat; staff has been responsive but once it hits decision making body (Board of Supervisors) hits a wall.... Supervisor has historically been uninterested in transportation equity issues, more interested in encouraging private car ownership and driving/polluting
Concord 11/07/2019
Anonymous from Other Not in the least. Our traditionally blue collar community is gradually being replaced by gentrifiers unable or unwilling to live closer to the major hub of business/tech activity, and like with the San Marco development (and other developments profiting unscrupulous developers...), it appears the region is all to willing to admit them at the expense of its current citizens. Our transportation avenues are already beyond capacity, and yet more development is planned on open habitat (and habitat loss is the cause of most flora/fauna extinctions). In addition, the recent fencing in of every open lot in Pittsburg is distressing; our community is starting to resemble a jail enclosure.
Pittsburg Delta Wetlands 10/16/2019
Bruce Ohlson from Other Not really. Enforce the urban limit line! Do not allow any urban limit line changes at all, ever. Share the air pollution with the rich people by requiring zoning for industrial uses in every community shown in green on the map of disadvantaged communities.
10/03/2019
Marianne Callahan from Contra Costa Centre Not enough!! I found this site by accident. I don't see our county asking residents what we would like in the future. I would like to see public surveys from the air quality management and the county explaining our choices and getting our input. There were a few public input meetings on the Climate Action Plan but there wasn't enough outreach and information about the, not enough of them, and they are not in central county.
09/21/2019
Tony from Parkmead I live on the Walnut Creek boundary - County rules seem far more lax than city rules and do not seem to take account of the fact that we are really part of Walnut Creek who need holistic control over their zone
10/30/2019
Anonymous from Other Not really.
Pleasant Hill 10/17/2019
Anonymous from North Richmond The adopted Land Use Plan of 2001 has not even been implemented! We asked for bike lanes for San Pablo Dam Road TWENTY YEARS AGO and this past month the Dam Road was completely resurfaced with NO bike lanes! What good is all this research, huge investment in Plans, etc. when NOTHING gets done? Very discouraging!
10/02/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre No
09/21/2019
5: How can the County help to correct environmental injustices in your community?
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Brother John from El Sobrante (1) Build Critter Crossings! (2) Enforce noise rules. (3) Develop a strict noise ordinance that starts at $1000 for first offense (loud vehicle), then $5K, then $10K and lose your license for three years, then $20K and lose your license forever.
11/15/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre See #3 above - regulation, addressing historic redlining issues, building more affordable housing
Concord 11/07/2019
Anonymous from Other Stricter environmental standards, a moratorium on new development until infrastructure catches up, efforts to get native bunch grasses on our hills, efforts to extend the wetlands.
Pittsburg Delta Wetlands 10/16/2019
Bruce Ohlson from Other Stop the Keller Canyon air pollution. Require them to spray water to contain the dust. Transfer oversight of the Keller Canyon Landfill from the County to Pittsburg. Pittsburg is downwind and will do a better job of oversight because we are the victims of the air pollution
10/03/2019
Marianne Callahan from Contra Costa Centre Public surveys, community outreach at community events and libraries, postcards that direct us to surveys to give input. I doesn't seem like our input is being sought.
09/21/2019
Tony from Parkmead Tighter planning controls - similar to Walnut creek
10/30/2019
Anonymous from Other Public Transportation infrastructure would help enormously.
Pleasant Hill 10/17/2019
Anonymous from North Richmond Make the oil companies PAY and switch to renewables
10/02/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Better supervision and oversight
09/21/2019