Monterey County officials consider electric vehicle charging stations and mask warrant – East Bay Times

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SALINAS – As the percentage of electric vehicles on California roads is expected to hit double digits in just a few years, Monterey County officials will take a first step on Tuesday towards the possible increase in the number of charging stations on county lands .

Also on Tuesday, the supervisory board will take a final vote on the requirement to wear masks indoors across the county, with a few exceptions.

In August, Supervisor Luis Alejo asked the county’s sustainability program manager to review existing charging stations and provide a map of the county’s stations accessible through the county’s website.

The schedule, which will be discussed at the board session at 10:30 a.m., will assess the need for additional stations to ensure their availability in underserved areas and disadvantaged communities.

“As a large yet rural county, residents of the county face autonomy anxiety and a general lack of charging infrastructure in their daily commutes,” reads a report provided to supervisors for Tuesday’s meeting.

Low-income communities may view electric vehicles as too expensive, but as more automakers embrace electric vehicle technologies, prices will continue to fall. And there are income-based rebate incentives, including from Central Coast Community Energy.

The effort by county, state and organizations like Central Coast Community Energy is aimed at reducing the significant amount of greenhouse gases – the culprit of climate change – that are released into the atmosphere from vehicles on a daily basis. .

Between gasoline and diesel emissions, the Central Coast emits over 4.5 million metric tonnes of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions and spends nearly $ 2 billion annually to power the million estimated vehicles in the area, according to Central Coast Community Energy.

Almost 40% of greenhouse gas emissions come from medium and heavy trucks, of which 36% come from passenger vehicles, 22% from light trucks and just 2% from buses, according to data from Central Coast Community Energy.

During the afternoon session that begins at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, supervisors will definitely vote on an indoor mask mandate they gave the go-ahead last week in a split 3- vote. 2. Supervisor John Phillips said he could not support the warrant because Monterey County does not have case rates from neighboring counties that have implemented interior mask warrants.

Supervisor Chris Lopez also opposed the order, saying he had heard from city councils residing in his southern district of Monterey County that such a warrant would usurp their local jurisdictional powers.

But the rest of the supervisors cited the threat of the highly contagious and deadly delta variant of the virus that is causing COVID-19 to have a hold in the county, as well as the protection of more vulnerable populations who, for whatever reason, cannot. not receive the vaccine, as young children.

The order establishing the warrant cites a randomized trial study from Stanford and Yale universities that confirms the effectiveness of surgical masks in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Dr Edward Moreno, Monterey County health official, recommends that people wear masks when indoors in public, regardless of their immunization status.

Exceptions to the mandate would include people in their own residences, people alone in their office or vehicle, people in situations where wearing a mask is not possible, such as eating or drinking in restaurants and bars , or when everyone in the room has had both doses of the vaccine.

Supervisors will begin their morning session at 10:30 a.m. after their in camera meeting. Residents can view the proceedings via Zoom at https://montereycty.zoom.us/j/224397747#success.

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