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Environmental Justice For All

Dear Commissioner,

I support the Environmental Justice (EJ) and Social Equity policies under consideration for inclusion in the Bay Plan to improve the protection and management of San Francisco Bay. I urge the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) to amend the Bay Plan and implement the staff recommendation on Environmental Justice and Social Equity to promote a more sustainable and equitable future for disadvantaged communities across the nine Bay Area counties.

Implementation of the EJ and Social Equity policies will help create a healthier and more equitable San Francisco Bay. I support the proposed EJ and social equity policies because they promote government learning from disadvantaged communities and meaningful community involvement, minimizing impacts from development and equitable distribution of quality public access.

Responsible Shoreline Development. Environmental justice is defined as the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and incomes with respect to the enforcement of environmental laws. However, disadvantaged communities are often more heavily burdened with environmental stressors resulting from discriminatory land use decisions. BCDC oversees development around the Bay Area shoreline and the EJ policies would require local governments to address disproportionate impacts on environmental justice communities.

Increasing Equity and Inclusion. Implementation of the EJ and social equity policies would ensure disadvantaged communities are involved in and aware of the Commission’s work to create better outcomes for all.

Inclusive Public Access. The EJ and social equity policies promote increased access for all communities. The policies expand on BCDC's leadership on public access by requiring consideration of history, inclusive design, and multicultural programming.

Bay Area residents welcome your leadership in creating environmentally just solutions for all communities.

Thank you for your consideration.



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