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June 29, 2007

The Honorable Pedro Nava, Chair
Assembly Committee on Transportation
State Capitol, Room 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814

Re: SB 974 (Lowenthal) - Support

Dear Chairman Nava and Committee Members:

We are writing as members and supporters of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), to express our support for SB 974 by Senator Lowenthal. E2 is a national organization of business leaders who support environmental policies based on their economic merits. Nearly 600 of our members reside in California.

As business leaders, we recognize that good environmental policies encourage innovation, discourage waste and prevent pollution costs from being transferred inadvertently to consumers, other companies or the government. SB 974 would levy a fee of $30 per shipping container processed through the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland to be used for improving goods movement infrastructure and for mitigation of environmental impacts of container traffic. We strongly support SB 974 because it will:

  1. Help California's ports remain competitive. The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are losing their competitive advantage due to the state's overwhelmed goods movement transportation system. The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation projects that Southern California must spend at least $10.5 billion to improve railroads, rail yards and highways to keep up with surging international trade or risk losing more than 500,000 new jobs and more than $1 billion in tax revenues per year. SB 974 will help ensure that the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach - as well as the Port of Oakland - remain competitive by funding essential infrastructure upgrades and pollution control projects.

  2. Place the fair share of the costs of pollution on the source. The Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland are the first, second and fourth largest container shipping ports in the nation, respectively, and move approximately 60 percent of the cargo distributed throughout the United States. With this large percentage of the national cargo transport comes staggering pollution. As a result, California residents bear the brunt of the costs and health impacts associated with shipping goods well beyond the state's borders, while those outside California benefit from cheaper goods from overseas. This bill would ensure that a share of the costs of shipping cargo through California's three main ports is borne by those benefiting from the expeditious shipment of those goods.

  3. Save California billions of dollars in health care costs. SB 974 will generate funds for air quality projects to save both lives and significant health care costs. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently estimated that port and goods movement-related air pollution causes 2,400 premature deaths each year, and that reducing statewide goods movement emissions would save lives and achieve a public health benefit valued at $200 billion by 2020. Moreover, CARB estimates that for every dollar invested in reducing harmful pollution, the state will realize up to $8 in benefits from health impacts avoided.

  4. Contribute to California's efforts to combat global warming. Last year the Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, AB 32, a landmark bill that limits California's global warming emissions. The state's ports and goods movement system - replete with diesel-burning ships, trucks, trains and yard equipment - spews forth a consistent stream of sulfur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and diesel particulate matter ("diesel soot") - emissions which contribute significantly to global warming. In fact, by 2020, the goods movement system will be the largest source of diesel emissions in the entire state - producing more diesel soot than all passenger vehicles, off-road equipment and stationary sources combined. Fee revenue from SB 974 would be used to fund sorely needed engine replacements and retrofits as well as port electrification and alternative, "green" transport systems which will reduce energy consumption, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
SB 974 will create an economically feasible mechanism to address port pollution and help California achieve its global warming goals while also protecting the environment and public health. Please vote "aye" on SB 974 and help ensure its passage out of your committee. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Dan Abrams
President/CEO, Wynkoop Properties
Jessica Barrows
Andrew Beebe
Maureen Blanc
Director, CHARGE ACROSS TOWN
Dayna Bochco
President, Steven Bochco Productions
Steven Bochco
Steven Bochco Productions
Eric Bowen
Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Legal Affairs, Renewable Energy Group
George Brandt
Marisa Bueno
Doctoral Student, Stanford University
Selcuk Cakir
Managing Partner, Ethos Capital
Douglas Caldwell
Steve Chadima
Senior Vice President, Communications & Director of California Initiatives, AEE Advanced Energy Economy
John Cheney
CEO, Enera
Roger Choplin
Proprietor / Owner, Our Earth Music, Inc.
Tom Cole
CEO, Consuming, Inc.
Lee Cooper
Professor Emeritus, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Jane Cuddehe
Broker Associate, Coldwell Banker Devonshire
Michael Cuddehe
Principal, Strategic Global Advisors, LLC
Peter Danzig
Investor
Duncan Davidson
Senior Advisor, NetServices Venture Group
Jean Davidson
Managing Director, VantagePoint Venture Partners
Peter Davis
Retired Attorney
Rick DeGolia
Executive Chairman, Cimbal, Inc
Andrew Deitz
CEO, Verdical
Peggy Dennis
Nathan Diemer
Founder and Executive Vice President, DreamHammer, Inc.
George Dies
Bob Ditchey
Principal, Robert Ditchey
Bob Epstein
Co-Founder, Sybase, New Resource Bank, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Christina Erickson
Managing Director, WONDROS
Rob Erlichman
Founder & President, Sunlight Electric, LLC
Anne Feldhusen
Consultant, Green Business Technology Marketing
Peter Fortenbaugh
Executive Director, Boy and Girls Club of the Peninsula
Ivor Frischknecht
Investment Director, Starfish Ventures
Andy Funk
Managing Director, Funk Ventures
Bonnie Gemmell
CEO, Spicer Bags
Rob Gemmell
Co-Founder, AlikeList
Nancy Gail Goebner
Owner, Gardenpeach Place
Ken Goldsholl
CEO, x.o.ware, Inc.
Nancy Goldsholl
Randy Goldstein
CEO, OptiSolar Holdings LLC.
Marianna Grossman
Founder and Managing Partner, Minerva Ventures
Jordan Harris
Founder, OZOcar
Julie Harris
Paula Hawthorn, PhD
James Higgins
Partner, Lakeside Enterprises
Jill Tate Higgins
General Partner, Lakeside Enterprises
Nathalie Hoffman
Managing Member, California Renewable Energies LLC
Colin Horowitz
Tom Jacoby
CEO, Tymphany Corporation
Michael Kahane
Suzanne Kahane
Timothy David Karsten
TDKA Group
Robert Keith
Principal, Beartooth Capital Partners
Arthur Keller
Managing Partner, Minerva Consulting
Michele Kirsch
Co-founder, Kirsch Foundation
Steve Kirsch
CEO, Propel Accelerator
Karinna Kittles Karsten
Isaac Kos-Read
Director of External Affairs, Port of Oakland
Gina Lambright
Managing Partner, TOZ Consulting
Jeff Lawrence
Founder, President and CEO, Clivia Systems Inc.
Nicole Lederer
Chair and Co-Founder, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Betty Lee
Cynthia Lewis
Tracy Lyons
Ughetta Manzone
Attorney-at-Law
Nancy McCarter-Zorner
Plant Pathologist
Bill McClure
Attorney/Partner, Jorgenson, Siegel, McClure & Flegel LLP
Christina McClure
Curator, TEDxYouth @ Mid Peninsula
Kate Mitchell
Co-Founder and Partner, Scale Venture Partners
Wes Mitchell
Board Member, Foto Forum, SFMOMA
Carol Moné
Producer, Our Earth Productions
Emilie Munger Ogden
Gib Myers
Partner Emeritus, Mayfield Fund and Founder/board of the Entrepreneurs Foundation
Susan Myers
Jeffrey Neu
President, TLE Properties
Carrie Norton
Founder & CEO, Green Business BASE CAMP
Tori Nourafchan
Rick Nowels
Doug Ogden
CEO, North Ridge Investment Management
Larry Orr
General Partner, Trinity Ventures
Jim Panttaja
R&D Advisor, Conversa Health
Mary Panttaja
Vice President, Product Management, RebelVox
Mark Parnes
Attorney, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Matt Peak
Director of Clean Technologies, Prize Capital, LLC.
Keith Powers
President, Powerful Concepts
Michiko Powers
David Rosenstein
President, Intex Solutions
Amy Roth
Amy Santullo
California Clean Tech Open, Downtown College Prep Scholarship Committee
Michael Santullo
Co-Founder and Board Member, California Clean Tech Open
Paul Seeman
Cynthia Sexton
Tim Sexton
Principal, Make Good Group
Steve Silberstein
Co-Founder, Innovative Interfaces Inc.
Karen Skelton
Attorney/Consultant, Dewey Square Group
Jon Slangerup
Chairman and CEO, American Global Logistics
Jennifer Solow
Author
June Stein
Virtual Group, LLC
Lee Stein
Chairman and CEO, Virtual Group, LLC
Marc Stolman
Attorney, Stolman Law office, E2 Climate Project Leader
Lava Thomas
Mike Ubell
Architect
Kathleen Unger
Of Counsel, Freeman, Freeman & Smiley
Stephen Unger
Managing Director, KSMU, LLC
Thomas Van Dyck
Senior Vice President, RBC Wealth Management
Maria Vidal
Cindy Walden
Mark Walden
COO, Data Robotics, Inc.
Lisa Wan
Mark Wan
Founding Partner, Three Arch Partners
Mal Warwick
Founder & Chairman, Mal Warwick Associates
Liane Weintraub
CEO & Co-Founder, Tastybaby
Richard Weintraub
President, Weintraub Financial Services
Clint Wilder
Contributing Editor, Clean Edge
Robert Wilder
CEO, WilderShares, LLC
Diana Williams
Erik Wohlgemuth
COO, Future 500
Robert Wright
Principal/CEO, Marketing Arts, Inc.
Mary M. Yang
Former Biotech Co-Founder & President
Stephanie Yulga Deitz
Head of Lower School, Marin Country Day School
Paul Zorner
Locus Solutions

122 members

Cc: The Honorable Alan Lowenthal

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