April 17, 2018
Los Angeles, CA – The California Clean Water & Safe Parks Act campaign (Yes on Proposition 68) today announced a massive line-up of new supporters representing Californians from all walks of life in all regions of the state. Major new endorsements include The California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, the Southern California Association of Governments, The Regional Economic Association Leaders of California (R.E.A.L. Coalition), California Church IMPACT, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bay Area Council, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) and many, many more.
“Prop. 68 is a no-brainer for Californians. The measure will make crucial investments in the quality of our state’s parks and water while creating tens of thousands of planning and construction jobs that will bolster our workers and their families,” said Art Pulaski, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation. “By voting ‘yes’ on Prop. 68 Californians will be voting to open up parks and green spaces for working families and their kids throughout the state – a long-overdue investment in our neighborhoods.”
The California Labor Federation is made up of 1,200 unions representing more than 2 million working Californians, including many public sector workers who will directly benefit from Prop. 68 funds that will go to cities, counties and regional agencies. The Labor Federation’s endorsement came on the heels of support from both the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), which represents nearly 200 cities across six counties, and the Regional Economic Association Leaders of California (R.E.A.L. Coalition), which is comprised of more than 20 of the state’s most influential business associations. The suite of endorsements illustrates the far-reaching benefits Prop. 68 will have for Californians as labor, business and government groups have all joined together to support the measure.
“Prop. 68 will provide funding for crucial programs such as the restoration of the Salton Sea, where toxic dust storms caused by receding waters threaten the public’s health,” said Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments. “In addition, Prop. 68 would benefit Southern California’s disadvantaged communities, providing greater access to parks and improving quality of life.”
Proposition 68 is a general obligation bond – approved by Governor Jerry Brown and the California State Legislature (SB 5 de León) – that will invest $4 billion in the coming years to address some of the state’s most important water, park and natural resource needs. The measure will fund projects to ensure clean drinking water throughout California, protect communities from floods, safeguard our state’s oceans, rivers, lakes and streams and build safe parks for children to play in neighborhoods with the greatest need.
“A reliable water supply and protection of our natural resources are critical to the health of our economy, and Prop. 68 makes smart investments to ensure we’re doing just that,” said Carl Guardino, President & CEO of SVLG and Co-Chair of the R.E.A.L Coalition. “By voting ‘yes’ on Prop. 68, Californians will be investing in improved water quality and supplies, expanded access to parks and better preserved open spaces that will strengthen local communities and support our state’s booming recreation and tourism industry.”
California is facing increased threats from droughts and wildfires with the impacts of climate change. Proposition 68 will prepare California to weather these challenges, while also investing in underserved communities that currently lack access to safe drinking water and safe parks for kids to play. Proposition 68 is a critical investment for current and future generations.
In endorsing Prop. 68, these leaders and organizations joined a robust coalition who have come out in support of the measure, including the Association of California Water Agencies, The American Lung Association in California, The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, League of California Cities, Peninsula Open Space Trust, California Chamber of Commerce, California State Parks Foundation, Save the Redwoods League, SouthernCalifornia Water Coalition, League of Women Voters of California, State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, Sempervirens Fund, TreePeople, The Wildlands Conservancy, Audubon California, Heal the Bay, Clean Water Action and many more.
For more information on the initiative, please visit the Prop 68 campaign website, check out our fact sheet, endorse the measure, or explore the bond’s investment priorities.