For Immediate Release: May 10, 2022
COUNCILMEMBER NITHYA RAMAN SIGNS ONTO LETTER OPPOSING SENATE BILL 1393
LOS ANGELES -- On Monday, Los Angeles City Councilmember Nithya Raman signed onto a letter from local elected officials in opposition to California Senator Bob Archuleta’s proposed SB1393, which would inhibit the State’s progress on building decarbonization by putting undue and burdensome standards on cities seeking to adopt requirements that dangerous and polluting, fossil-fueled appliances be replaced with zero-emission, electric appliances upon building alterations.
“In Los Angeles, buildings account for 43% of all greenhouse gas emissions – even more than cars. If we are going to get a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable city, then we are going to need to tackle the issue of greening our buildings head on,” said Councilmember Raman. “Now is certainly not the time to erect more barriers to achieving this vision.”
In February, Councilmember Raman introduced a motion requiring all new residential and commercial buildings in Los Angeles to be built so that they will achieve zero-carbon emissions. Raman’s motion, co-presented by Council President Nury Martinez and Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell, Paul Koretz, and Marqueece Harris-Dawson, represents the City’s boldest action to tackle the City’s reliance on fossil fuels.
“As the gravity and urgency of the climate emergency become more apparent with each passing year, it is our duty to everything in our power to reduce carbon emissions and move toward a sustainable, zero-carbon economy,” stated Councilmember Raman.