"CITY HALL — The City Council approved a unique law this week that enshrined the rights of the environment and residents’ rights to clean air and water.
It also requires that the Office of Sustainability and the Environment prepare a report every two years documenting progress on the Sustainable City Plan, an effort begun in the mid-1990s to create benchmarks and goals to make Santa Monica more environmentally friendly, and that City Hall hold a public hearing.
“Unrestrained capitalism has extracted the good out of our environment in many, many cases. Here, for the first time, we as a city are taking a stand and saying we’re not going to let that happen anymore,” McKeown said.
The Sustainability Bill of Rights emerged from the Task Force on the Environment — consisting of a group of residents — after the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, which further cemented the rights of corporations as individuals in American law. The court’s decision opened the doors to unlimited campaign spending on behalf of companies.
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