Union de Vecinos and Maywood Residents Celebrate first step in Passing AB 240

posted May 9, 2013, 2:05 PM by BHC Boyle Heights   [ updated May 9, 2013, 2:05 PM by Julio Zaldivar ]
This week AB 240 passed the California State Assembly with 76 votes and zero opposed and is now making its way to the Senate.  Since 2007, Union de Vecinos has been working on cleaning up the contaminated water in Maywood and working to democratize the water companies.  Currently Maywood residents receive their water from 3 private water companies and the Department of Public Health has asked the water companies, primarily Water Company #2, to develop water cleanup plans.  After years of organizing efforts, collecting sampling, collecting petitions, and testifying at city, county and state hearings,  we are beginning to see progress. With strong support from Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (who sponsored the bill) and Assembly Speaker John Perez, who has worked to set aside $6 million in funds specifically for Maywood water issues, we are seeing movement towards building an infrastructure that can begin to address the water contamination.  The bill will also give all Maywood water users, regardless of whether they own property or not, a say in the management of the water district.  As the bill moves forward we will keep you posted.  We would like to also thank all our supporters in this especially the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water and Assemblyman supporting this bill.

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