Assemblymember Gloria Requests State Audit of San Diego Air Pollution Control District

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

State Audit of San Diego Air Pollution Control District Granted, Audit to Focus on District’s Operations and Finances

SACRAMENTO, CA – Citing the poor air quality in the San Diego region and a need for increased transparency, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) officially requested and was granted today a state audit of the San Diego Air Pollution Control District – the regional body responsible for controlling emissions and meeting air quality standards.

Because the finances, official actions, and activities of San Diego’s Air Pollution Control District are fully embedded within the County of San Diego, this information is difficult to extract and examine,” said Assemblymember Gloria. “This audit is important not only to uphold accountability, but also to inform the public of the programmatic functions of the Air Pollution Control District particularly as we attempt to address the poor air quality in our region.”

Assemblymember Gloria’s request comes in addition to his proposed legislation this year to restructure the San Diego Air Pollution Control District Board. Assembly Bill 423 (AB 423) would change the governance structure of the Board from solely of the County Board of Supervisors to a new Board comprised of representatives from local cities and other key stakeholders.

Assemblymember Gloria submitted his audit request to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) on July 12. Today, the Committee considered several audit requests and granted Assemblymember Gloria’s request.

“The Environmental Health Coalition is pleased that the JLAC has approved Assemblymember Gloria's request to conduct an audit of the San Diego Air Pollution Control District,” said Diane Takvorian, Executive Director of the Environmental Health Coalition. “EHC believes this will ultimately lead to improved air quality, especially for the most impacted communities in San Diego and it will be an important complement to AB 423, which will reform the District’s Board to make it more diverse and representative of San Diego County's population.”

According to the American Lung Association, San Diego has the sixth worst air quality in the nation. San Diego has had this distinction for the last five years.

The San Diego Air Pollution Control District represents three million people across 18 cities. It is the responsibility of air district boards to help jurisdictions meet federal, state, and local air quality regulations/goals and control emissions so that pollution sources are compliant with regulations and permitting.