East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice info@eycej.org 323.263.2113

Support our community, support ratepayers!

Now more than ever, our communities are seeing the deep economic impacts of COVID-19. Between rampant job loss, seemingly unending isolation, and the inability to access our most basic necessities, our most impacted communities need adequate relief not just during this crisis but for life immediately after. This means implementing immediate bill relief and energy efficiency measures alongside long-term planning for sustainable energy development and zero emissions in frontline communities. 

We, along the Sierra Club My Generation Campaign, are calling for the California Public Utilities Commission and Utility Agencies (SoCal Edison, SoCal Gas, LADWP) to step up and support our communities during these difficult times, and even more, to lay a sustainable foundation our communities can lean on moving forward. We are demanding these agencies not to penalize struggling communities because they cannot afford to pay their bills. We are calling for you to prohibit the practice of disconnecting low-income customers, support bill assistance programs that cover the full bill for our most impacted, fund additional financial assistance for those enrolled in low-income programs, halt rate hikes, and waive disconnection and late fees. By taking these actions, our communities are closer to sheltering in place with peace because a house is not a home without heat, lights, or running water.

Utility Relief Petition

Governor Newsom, hold our utilities accountable and ensure resilience for our communities

Governor Newsom, we appreciate your decisive action to protect our communities and ensure our collective resilience through shutoff moratoriums for essential human needs and an expansion of bill assistance programs. While everyone is impacted by this crisis, we must prioritize the most vulnerable: those who are constantly on the fringe of disconnection from water and power and in debt to pay these bills are in need of comprehensive and effective relief. Between rampant job loss, seemingly unending isolation, and the inability to access our most basic necessities, our most impacted people need adequate relief not just during this crisis but for life immediately after. This means implementing immediate bill relief and energy efficiency measures alongside long-term planning for sustainable energy development and zero emissions in frontline communities. Protecting our most vulnerable populations is critical for both the near-term public health crisis as well as other, more persistent crises of air pollution and climate change.

Don’t penalize struggling communities because they cannot afford to pay their bills. We are calling for you to prohibit the practice of disconnecting low-income customers, support bill assistance programs that cover the full bill for our most impacted, fund additional financial assistance for those enrolled in low-income programs, halt rate hikes, and waive disconnection and late fees. By taking these actions, our communities are closer to sheltering in place with peace because a house is not a home without heat, lights, or running water.

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