Leslie Berestein | KPCC
There’s a civil war of sorts among California Democrats these days. Environmentalists want stronger efforts to fight climate change, while advocates for minorities and the poor raise concerns of higher gas and electric prices. California’s next Assembly leader is a Latino environmentalist who thinks he can bridge that gap. Anthony Rendon will take over as speaker early next year, giving California two Latino legislative leaders for the first time ever.
To get to Anthony Rendon’s office, you have to weave around trucks, pass an oil refinery, pass an aircraft parts factory. It’s a heavily industrial part of Los Angeles County.
It doesn’t take long to notice the air. To be honest, it doesn’t smell great.
"If your child has asthma and you live along the freeway in Bell, there is nothing abstract about that," he says.
Inside his office, Rendon tells me a little about his district: There’s lots of industry, three freeways, two major ports. Here, pollution’s not something just talk about. It’s kind of in your face.
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