Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Fresno on Wednesday to sign four bills that will direct $900 million in cap-and-trade funds into programs that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Brown will hold a bill-signing ceremony at 11:30 a.m. atop the Spiral Garage in downtown Fresno. The event is closed to the public, but local lawmakers, and environmental, community and business leaders are invited.
The bills seek to use cap-and-trade funds to benefit disadvantaged communities, support clean transportation and protect the environment.
Fresno is an apt place to sign legislation dealing with climate change and social disadvantage. The central San Joaquin Valley is among the nation’s most polluted air basins, and for years has had high unemployment and poverty.
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The city is also the center of construction for the high-speed rail project, a hallmark of Brown’s administration. That proposed rail system would utilize electric trains to zip passengers from the Bay Area to Los Angeles via the Valley.