We Rise by Ti Tavai and ‘aikona
Dear Warren Buffet
What is the BNSF SCIG Rail yard?
The BNSF Railway Company, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., is planning to construct a huge new rail yard in Wilmington adjacent to West Long Beach. It is about 4 miles from the Ports and will neighbor residential communities, schools, daycare centers, senior centers, and churches. The proposed project threatens the health, safety, and quality of life of local residents, students, and workers. Along with the proposed expansion for the existing Union Pacific Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (UP ICTF), the cumulative impacts from the 3 million containers a year coming into these neighborhoods can be detrimental for residents.The railroad companies and the Ports claim that the SCIG railyard will be “green,” the reality is that the yards will instead add significant air pollution, noise pollution, light pollution, industrial blight, traffic congestion, and health risks in the local communities.
Our Vision There can be a different vision for our community, with strategies to allow our economy to truly grow green. These approaches render the proposed railyard unnecessary and minimize the negative impacts to the immediate communities.
- Maximizing the use of On-Dock Rail at the Ports
- A Commitment to Zero-Emission Technologies
- Green Jobs for local residents
The Port of Los Angeles released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in September 2011. In October 2012, they recirculated chapters of the original Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) Project and held a public hearing to accept public comments only on the recirculated chapters. The Port Commissions voted in favor of the project in March, 2013. In May, the LA City Council reviewing the project and also voted in favor of the SCIG.
The appellants to the project will go through mediation. Mediation is procedural and is an opportunity for the different parties to come to the table and discuss alternatives. The City of Long Beach has recently made the decision to go forward with litigation. Long Beach City Council approved to sue Los Angeles over the SCIG project. The vote was 9-0.
Saturday, July 20th, 2013
Hudson Park, Long Beach
LA City Council to make decision on SCIG project
DATE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 8th TIME: 10 AM
PLACE: LA City Hall- 200 N Spring St., Los Angeles, Ca. 90012
*Caravan from Admiral Kidd Park (2125 Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach, CA.) to Meeting at 8:30 am.
Community Hunger Strike!-In Solidarity with Residents who will be most impacted by the SCIG, we are asking you to participate in a 24 HOUR HUNGER STRIKE to protest yet another environmentally racist land-use project that threatens the health and well-being of Wilmington/West Long Beach and the region. This hunger strike will be a non-violent way to protest the SCIG toxic rail yard, which will be built next to schools and homes in an already overburdened area.If you can join us on March 29th, part of the Hunger Strike will occur at the Mayor’s Mansion. There will also be a Candle Light Vigil from 7pm-8pm.
When: March 29th (Good Friday), 24 Hr Hunger Strike.
Where: Everywhere & Mayor’s Mansion, 605 South Irving Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90005
Harbor Commissioners Meeting: Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 8:30 am. Tell the Harbor Commissioners that toxic rail yards do not belong near homes!