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So, the truckers and farmers are starting to fight back.  After all, these new diesel regulations affect them right up front.  But, what about you? Even if you don't own or operate a diesel engine these regulations will hit you square in the pocket book.  You see, if you buy it or eat it, at some point it was produced with a tractor and shipped to you in a truck.

Even after CARB has managed to put the smaller operators out of business the big guys, that can afford the cost of regulatory compliance, will simply pass the costs on to you.  That is not all. In an effort to look green, California government agencies are selling their perfectly good diesel equipment to out of state buyers at ten cents on the dollar. That equipment was purchased with your tax dollars--and the new more costly equipment will be bought with even more tax dollars.  As a side note ask yourself this:  If the equipment being sold off by the state is so dangerous, how do they justify selling it out of state, and why are so many out of state buyers jumping for joy at these great deals?

It is time for everyone to jump in to the fight.  It is time to put California on a no CARB diet!


From time to time the California Air Resources Board holds meetings, allegedly to get input from the public. These meetings are mostly unattended because, face it, few have the time to listen to a bunch of windbag bureaucrats telling you the great things that they are doing to justify their bloated paychecks--pay checks paid by you the taxpayer.  Without opposition, they write whatever regulation best serves their purpose--keeping up the cash flow into their coffers.

This has got to change now! We want you and your friends to start attending these meetings. At these meetings make yourselves heard so there is no doubt in their tiny minds that there is opposition. We also want you to photograph the people holding the meetings and the lobbyists that are supporting them.  Get their names so they can be placed in the spotlight here.  Record the meetings.  We can use sound clips of their typical arrogant responses to your questions.  Everyone needs to pitch in and do their part, or in the end it will be business as usual for these self anointed elitists, who think they know better how we should live our lives. Get started people!

CARB Calendar of Current Events
Transcripts of Past California Air Resources Board meetings are available in .pdf format.
Video archives of past meetings can also be viewed at the video archive.

Here are some meetings in the near future--Plan to attend and be heard:



DATE
TIME
LOCATION
AGENDA
March 22, 2012
9 AM
Air Resources Board
1001 I Street, 2nd Floor
Byron Sher Auditorium
Sacramento, California 95814




More Information on the Agenda Items
    
CONSENT CALENDAR:

The following item on the consent calendar will be voted on by the Board immediately after the start of the public meeting.  Any item will be removed from the consent calendar either upon a Board member's request or if someone in the audience wishes to speak on it.    

Consent Item #
    Agenda Topic    
12-2-1
    Public Meeting to Consider Eight Research Proposals
   
    1.  "Investigate the Durability of Diesel Engine Emissions Controls," University of Denver, Proposal No. 2734-273.
Proposed Resolution with Attachment

2.  "Benefits of High Efficiency Filtration to Children with Asthma," University of California, Davis, Proposal No. 2735-273.
Proposed Resolution with Attachment

3.  "Quantification of the Emission Reduction Benefits of Mitigation Strategies for Dairy Silage," University of California, Davis, Proposal No. 2736-273.
Proposed Resolution with Attachment

4.  "Emissions of Potent Greenhouse Gases from Appliance and Building Waste in Landfills," California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Proposal No. 2737-273.
Proposed Resolution with Attachment

5.  "Quantifying the Comprehensive Greenhouse Gas Co-Benefits of Green Buildings," University of California, Berkeley, Proposal No. 2738-273.
Proposed Resolution with Attachment

6.  "Modeling Household Vehicle and Transportation Choice and Usage," University of California, Davis, Proposal No. 2739-273.
Proposed Resolution with Attachment

7.  "Effects of Complete Streets on Travel Behavior and Exposure to Vehicular Emissions," University of California, Los Angeles, Proposal No. 2741-273.
Proposed Resolution with Attachment

8.  "Analyzing the Economic Benefits and Costs of Smart Growth Strategies," University of California, Berkeley, Proposal No. 2742-273.
Proposed Resolution with Attachment

   

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

Note:  The following agenda items may be heard in a different order at the Board meeting.     

   12-2-2     Public Meeting to Hear a Report on the Air Resources Board's Program Priorities for 2012      
    The Executive Officer will present to the Board a preview of anticipated Board activities in 2012.    

 
12-2-4     Public Meeting for an Informational Update on Southern California Association of Governments' Draft Sustainable Communities Strategy    
    Staff will present an update to the Board on the Southern California Association of Governments' (SCAG) draft Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS).  In April 2012, the SCAG Board is scheduled to consider adoption of the draft SCS as part of its regional transportation plan.  Under SB 375, the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008, the Air Resources Board (ARB) established regional passenger vehicle greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for the State's metropolitan planning organizations (MPO).  ARB is required to review each MPO's SCS to accept or reject the MPO's determination that their SCS, if implemented, will meet the greenhouse gas targets.  Staff will report on the results of its evaluation of the greenhouse gas quantification in the draft SCS.    

12-2-5     Public Meeting for an Informational Update on Sacramento Area Council of Governments' Draft Metropolitan Sustainable Communities Strategy
    Staff will present an update to the Board on the Sacramento Area Council of Governments' (SACOG) draft Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS).  In April 2012, the SACOG Board is scheduled to consider adoption of the draft SCS as part of the regional transportation plan.  Under SB 375, the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008, ARB established regional passenger vehicle greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for the State's metropolitan planning organizations (MPO).  ARB is required to review each MPO's SCS to accept or reject the MPO's determination that their SCS, if implemented, will meet the greenhouse gas targets.  Staff will report on the results of its evaluation of the greenhouse gas quantification in the draft SCS.
   
12-2-6     Public Meeting to Hear a Report on the Office of the Ombudsman
    Staff will update the Board on the implementation of the business plan for the Office of the Ombudsman and enhanced collaboration, with emphasis on California small businesses.

   
12-2-7     Public Hearing to Consider Approval of Responses to Public Comments on the Environmental Analysis for the Advanced Clean Cars Regulations and to Take Final Action on These Regulations
    Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, the Board will consider for approval staff's written responses to public comments raising significant environmental issues that were received during the previous public comment periods.  This will occur as part of the Board's action to consider adopting Final Regulation Orders for the Low-Emission Vehicle Criteria Pollutant and Greenhouse Gas regulations, the Zero-Emission Vehicle regulation, and the Clean Fuels Outlet regulation.  These Advanced Clean Car regulations were first presented to the Board at a January 26 and 27, 2012, public hearing at which the Board directed several modifications to the proposed regulations that are now complete.