American Lung Association in California Calls for Adoption Of SCAG Smart Growth Plan

Lung Association Applauds Healthy Growth Leaders

Los Angeles, CA (April 4, 2012)

Today, elected officials from across the region that make up  the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Council will cast historic votes on the first-ever Sustainable Communities Strategy. This ground-breaking blueprint for smart growth has been developed over two years under California’s “Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act,” or SB 375 to reduce pollution and provide more, and healthier, transportation options for our region.  The American Lung Association in California is calling attention both to this critical vote and to elected officials who have committed to pursue smart growth for our region.

“The SCAG plan really breaks new ground for the Southern California region,” said Jane Warner, President and CEO, American Lung Association in California.“ It lays out a vision for shifting development patterns to follow transit corridors and providing viable alternatives to driving.”

Twenty local officials joined the American Lung Association in California “2012 Healthy Growth Leaders Campaign,”  seventeen of whom will be voting on the plan today along with other members of the SCAG Regional Council.  The 2012 Healthy Growth Leaders have committed to supporting smart growth strategies to improve the health of their communities and the Southern California region.

“From the Inland Empire to Ventura County, our elected leaders want a better future for their children and grandchildren and they know that their residents want this also,” said Warner.  “They want cleaner air, more walkable, bikeable communities and better transit service.”

Warner said elected officials  from across the region are championing more transit, bikeways and pedestrian infrastructure to improve health and reduce harmful pollution from our overcrowded highways.  “They are advocating for a change from the status quo to more compact, transit oriented communities that provide more active transportation options and reduce the need to drive.  These new growth patterns are critical to reduce asthma, obesity, and other chronic illnesses that place a heavy burden on our children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations,” she said.

“As a physician, I know that our community design has a big impact on public health,” said Michael Ong, MD, PhD,  of Los Angeles, a volunteer board member of the American Lung Association in California. “I am often frustrated when giving advice to my patients to get more exercise, knowing that in many communities, there are few options for safe biking and walking for school, work and play.”

The American Lung Association in California and dozens of health organizations support the SCAG Sustainable Communities Strategy and look forward to the adoption of this transformational plan today.   Research by the American Lung Association in California has demonstrated that Southern California can avoid up to $16 billion in health and economic costs by 2035 by pursuing smart growth that reduces driving.

With expected adoption of this historic plan, the American Lung Association in California will look to our Healthy Growth Leaders to maintain today’s enthusiasm and make local planning decisions that will deliver this healthy growth future to Southern Californians.

The American Lung Association in California applauds the 2012 Healthy Growth Leaders listed below:

Margaret Clark
Councilmember, Rosemead

Judy Mitchell
Councilmember, Rolling Hills Estates

Michael Cacciotti
Mayor, South Pasadena

Pam O'Connor
Councilmember, Santa Monica
(SCAG President)

Judy Dunlap
Councilmember, Inglewood

Bernard Parks
Councilmember, Los Angeles
Margaret Finlay
Councilmember, Duarte
Greg Pettis
Councilmember, Cathedral City
(SCAG Second Vice President)

Larry Forester
Councilmember, Signal Hill

Ed Reyes
Councilmember, Los Angeles

Paul Foster
Mayor Pro Tempore, Redlands

Ron Roberts
Councilmember, Temecula

Eric Garcetti
Councilmember, Los Angeles


Deborah Robertson
Councilmember, Rialto

Jon Harrison
Councilmember, Redlands


Bill Rosendahl
Councilmember, Los Angeles
Jim Hyatt
Councilmember, Calimesa

David Spence
Councilmember, La Canada/Flintridge


Paul Koretz

Councilmember, Los Angeles


Jeff Stone
Supervisor, Riverside County


Ronald Loveridge
Mayor, Riverside


Donald Voss

Councilmember, La Canada/Flintridge

Bryan MacDonald
Councilmember, Oxnard
Alan Wapner
Councilmember, Ontario

Larry McCallon
Mayor, Highland
Ed Wilson
Councilmember, Signal Hill


Michelle Martinez
Councilmember, Santa Ana

Dennis Zine
Councilmember, Los Angeles

Keith Millhouse
Councilmember, Moorpark
 



 

For more information on the American Lung Association in California Healthy Growth Leaders Campaign, please go to www.lung.org/california.