Park bonds in California show why legal standards are necessary for progress and accountability. In 2006, California voters passed Prop. 84, a bond measure authorizing $5.4 billion in public investments to improve water, parks, coastal protection, and natural resources. Prop. 84 defined “park poor” and “income poor” standards to prioritize the investment of $1.3 billion in local impact funds for park, water, and coastal projects. $400 million invested according to these standards reached people of color and low income people. Other funds didn’t. Clear legal standards defined in advance help prevent such failures to reach intended communities.
This post is part in a series by The City Project’s UCLA Graduate Intern Alex Ruppert exploring “A Framework for Civil Rights: Environmental Justice and Health Equity,” which is included in the PRRAC book Strategies for Health Justice at pages 45-57. The framework based on combined organizing and legal strategies is written by The City Project, GreenLatinos, and The Praxis Project.
Map showing levels of displacement along the LA River.
See other posts in the series: https://www.cityprojectca.org/blog/archives/46022