Public Press Release (Not an Endorsement of City Staff)
“Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez Receives
2020 Environmental Justice Decision Maker Award
OXNARD, Calif. – Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez was awarded the 2020 Environmental Justice Decision Maker Award by the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) for her work fighting for environmental justice and protecting residents in the City of Oxnard.
“I’m honored to be recognized by CEJA, a vital community-led alliance addressing environmental and social justice issues throughout California,” said Ramirez. “When we come together as a community, we have the power to influence the decisions that will protect the health and wellbeing of both current and future generations of Oxnard residents. CEJA plays an important role in this movement as an advocate for low-income communities and communities of color.”
In 2007, Ramirez worked together with members of the Oxnard community to defeat a proposal for an offshore liquefied natural gas facility off of Ormond beach. She was elected as a City of Oxnard Councilmember in 2010, after a long career as a legal aid attorney serving low-income communities in Ventura County.
She continues to address environmental justice topics in Oxnard, speaking up against industries and projects that could cause harm to lower socioeconomic communities. “I salute my Council colleagues for opposing the building of another power plant on the Oxnard coast, which will now be replaced by a renewable energy 100MGW battery storage facility in El Rio,” said Ramirez.
As a member of the Clean Power Alliance Board of Directors, Ramirez is committed to providing residents, businesses, and organizations with cleaner energy options at competitive rates. She remains dedicated to championing the transition to renewable clean energy and the restoration of an industrialized coastline, as well as social and economic justice for her constituents.
For more information about the CEJA Environmental Justice Leadership Awards, please visit https://caleja.org/congreso.