- Matt Hamlett
(Sacramento, CA) — Today, AB 1000 was pulled from its hearing in the Assembly Local Government Committee by Assemblymember Eloise Reyes. Under the direction of Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas, it was communicated that the policy will be reviewed and discussed in a stakeholder working group coordinated by Assemblymember Juan Carrillo, Chair of the Assembly Local Government Committee. The goal of the Speaker’s Warehouse Working Group is to bring stakeholders together and develop solutions that both protect vulnerable communities and support economic development in the region.
“I am pleased to continue to work on this critical issue during this legislative year,” said Assemblymember Reyes. “Over the interim, when we hosted both a warehouse roundtable and tours of the Inland Empire, the one thing that was made abundantly clear is that the status quo is not working for many in the Inland Empire. A balanced solution that centers the health of the community as its top priority is needed and I look forward to working with all stakeholders to bring forward the necessary solutions.”
Warehouse development has grown substantially in the Inland Empire with the number of warehouses increasing from 234 in 1980 to more than 4,000 across the region totaling over 1 billion square feet. This coincides with the American Lung Association in their 2023 State of the Air Report finding that for a consecutive year San Bernardino and Riverside County rank as having the worst air quality for ozone in the United States.