August 17

Government involves a lot of acronyms. CIA, FBI, DOD, EPA, FDA, FEMA, TSA, HIPAA—the list goes on. Our country even has its own acronym: USA. Here’s an important acronym you might not be familiar with: SCAQMD—also known as the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The South Coast Air Quality Management District helps manage the quality of the air in Southern California, but it also makes important decisions that have a direct effect on SoCal residents—so it matters who gets to make those decisions. 

SCAQMD is made up of a board of local electeds from Southern California and three appointees selected by the state legislature. However, if Senator Kevin de Leon gets his way and passes SB 1387 the number of SCAQMD members appointed via Sacramento will increase from three to six. Small change right? Wrong. Appointing three additional members to the SCAQMD board erodes local control and doubles the amount of power Sacramento is able to exercise in the affairs of Southern California citizens—and they might not always have their best interest at heart. Knock knock. Who’s there? Sacramento trying to pull off a sneaky power grab.

But why does it matter if SCAQMD is made up of people selected locally or people appointed by the legislature in Sacramento—they’re all politicians, right? Consider this: in a democracy like ours local government is the lifeblood of liberty. The legislature in Sacramento has a broad knowledge of the state of California, but our local officials are the specialists who are best equipped with the insight and tools to keep our counties, cities, and communities healthy and thriving. By choosing to diminish the role of our local elected officials Sacramento is 

 local control and doubles the amount of power Sacramento is able to exercise in the affairs of Southern California citizens—and they might not always have their best interest at heart. Knock knock. Who’s there? Sacramento trying to pull off a sneaky power grab.

But why does it matter if SCAQMD is made up of people selected locally or people appointed by the legislature in Sacramento—they’re all politicians, right? Consider this: in a democracy like ours local government is the lifeblood of liberty. The legislature in Sacramento has a broad knowledge of the state of California, but our local officials are the specialists who are best equipped with the insight and tools to keep our counties, cities, and communities healthy and thriving. By choosing to diminish the role of our local elected officials Sacramento is showing that it places its own interest above that of SoCal residents.

Why are the Democrats placing an emphasis on appointing more officials to SCAQMD? There are a number of bills tied up in legislative politics, so why is SB 1387 sailing through with such ease? Because, at the heart of the matter the bill is concerned with helping them acquire more control. Funny how quickly the Democrats move when power is on the table. They aren’t too keen on the fact that SCAQMD often votes in the interest of local citizens instead of siding with their liberal elite agenda.

Power isn’t transferred overnight. When the government wants to take power, it does so incrementally by making a small law here and appointing a few people there. Once they take your power, it is nearly impossible to get it back. We take pride in knowing we are a government of, by, and for the people. Local control allows us to play an active role in governing our lives. Don’t let Sacramento take your rightful place in government.