Release 07-44
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2007

    Patricia Rey
(916) 322-2990 
www.arb.ca.gov

ARB announces new legislation increasing San Joaquin Valley air board membership

SB 719 (Machado) was signed by the Governor



Fresno: The new legislation guarantees that both urban and rural perspectives have a voice in the Valley's policy decisions. SB 719 adds a total of four new members to the local air district governing board: two medical experts appointed by the governor and two representatives of large valley cities with more than 100,000 residents (Fresno, Modesto, Stockton, Visalia and Bakersfield).

What:
A ceremony to announce that Governor Schwarzenegger signed legislation that will add public health and science expertise to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. SB 719, authored by Senator Mike Machado (D-Linden), calls for the governing board to increase its membership from 11 to 15 by adding two public members appointed by the Governor and two large valley city representatives.

Who:
Mary D. Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board,
Public health practitioners, and members of the San Joaquin Valley Air Quality Task Force

When:
Monday, October 15, 2007 at 11:00 a.m.

Where:
Elm Health Center
2790 Elm Avenue
Fresno, California 93706
(559) 457-5200




The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.

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