Public Goods Charge gets support from Key California Civil Rights Group

For Immediate Release: 9/8/2011
Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis
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Vulnerable communities stand to directly gain from this investment  through new jobs, needed home improvements, and energy savings

(Oakland,CA)- The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights has thrown its weight behind Gov. Jerry Brown’s reformed Public Goods Charge, calling it one of the greatest “ win-wins” California has seen in a long time. The Ella Baker Center, whose work around green jobs and advocating for low-income people of color in California has garnered nationwide attention, believes vulnerable communities stand to gain from this investment directly and immediately with new jobs, much needed home improvement, and energy savings.

The Ella Baker Center has launched a petition urging Californians to contact leaders in the State Assembly and Senate to urge they quickly pass Governor Brown’s reform and renewal of the Public Goods Charge.

“The state legislature has a chance to create jobs and improve community health but they need to move fast,” said Ella Baker Center Executive Director, Jakada Imani, “We can feed off of the economic energy of a re-worked Public Goods Charge or miss out on one of the greatest opportunities to put people back to work throughout California.”

With recent proposed revisions to the charge,$250 million of generated funds would be dedicated to energy retrofits and improvements of California homes and apartments with at least 25% of that money spent in our most neglected communities.

Every Californian currently pays the Public Goods Charge as part of their gas and electric bill, at an average of a dollar or two per month.  Set to expire at the end of 2011, this important fund has been re-worked by the Governor to go directly towards jobs in communities and energy savings in homes. Sacramento leaders have just a week to renew the Charge and generate jobs and investment in our communities.

About the Ella Baker Center: The Ella Baker Center is named for an unsung hero of the civil rights movement who inspired and guided emerging leaders. We build on her legacy by giving people opportunities and skills to work together to strengthen our communities so that all of us can thrive.