Last week, Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) started delivering power to its first customers. Then, yesterday, thanks to the hard work of a diverse group of labor, environmental, and social justice activists, our communities and shared environment won a landmark victory when MBCP voted to create a strong and diverse Community Advisory Council.
More than 70 people from the tri-county area showed up early yesterday morning to join Greenpower in advocating for this important milestone. Our voices were heard loud and clear. Together, we successfully engaged the board members, and in turn, the board came to a unanimous decision we strongly and happily support. We applaud their vision, and we laud their commitment to community involvement in MBCP.
Our sincere gratitude goes out to everyone who made this vote possible, especially our coalition partners at Aromas Progressive Action League, San Benito Rising, San Jerardo Farmworkers Cooperative, the Campaign for Sustainable Transportation, IBEW Local 234, Planetwatch Radio, Monterey Bay Regional Climate Action Compact, Communities for Sustainable Monterey County, Regeneración-Pajaro Valley Climate Action, and Santa Cruz Climate Action Network. To each and every one of you: we can’t thank you enough for your tireless and invaluable efforts, and for turning up and turning out such a wonderfully engaged and eloquent crowd to the meeting.
It’s hard to overstate the importance of adding a diverse and ongoing Community Advisory Council to MBCP. By contributing meaningful public participation to the decision-making process on key issues, the Community Advisory Council can take an active role in ensuring that MBCP reaches its full potential.
This was a true team effort. Our hearty thanks to those who have supported us throughout this campaign. We look forward to working together with you, with our coalition partners, and with MBCP’s staff and boards to shape a regional energy program that can serve as a model, both locally and globally, long into the future.
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