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Streetsblog Sets Story Straight on Cedillo's Green Record

Was Cedillo caving to pressure when he failed to vote on AB32, or simply preoccupied?

Was Assemblymember Gil Cedillo lying about his reasons for failing to vote on AB 32--the 2006 bill that set strict emissions reduction goals for the next two decades--or was he just being forgetful?

L.A. Streetsblog dug into the issue on Tuesday, following up on a claim made by Cedilo during Sunday's Los Angeles Bicycle Coaltion's Council District 1 candidates debate.

[Click here to read the full story on Streetsblog]

During the forum, which focused on bike/pedestrian/green issues, candidate Cedillo claimed that while he supported AB32, he was at home with his ailing wife when the vote was taken.

According to Streetsblog, the story isn't true. Cedillo, it turns out, was actually in Assembly Speaker Fabio Nunez's office that day, ironing out details of the California Dream Act, a measure that Cedillo long championed.

Instead, Cedillo was home with his wife while the vote was taken for a similar environmental bill, AB 1493. That bill was passed in 2002, the same year in which Cedillo's wife passed away.

It's a reasonable mistake for Cedillo to make.

However, Streetsblog still has some questions as to why Cedillo couldn't make it to the Assembly floor to vote on AB 32, especially when he was on hand moments later to vote on a health insurance bill.

From Streetsblog:

The abstention, for whatever reason, of the AB 32 vote was just one of several votes putting Cedillo against the environmental community in 2006. Over his fifteen year career, Cedillo had a 94% vote approval rating from the California League of Conservation Voters Environmental Score Card. In 2006, the score was 71%, 15 points lower than his next “worst” year.

As Streetsblog notes, Cedillo's primary opposition for the council district seat, Jose Gardea, has been quick to capitalize on the issue, noting ties between Cedillo's campaign and oil company Chevron.

A press release posted on Gardea's website states that "Chevron spent $1.8 million that year lobbying on AB 32 and other legislation, and they contributed over $11,000 to Cedillo while he was in the Assembly and Senate."

El Cid February 14, 2013 at 04:59 AM
You are kidding me...."$11,000 to Cedillo" Wow- Chevron got a DEAL! Cedillo tienes que aprender a negociar! Next time demand six figures!
ChickenBoyFan February 14, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Vote for Jose Gardea.
nonoise February 14, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Don't vote for "no way, Jose". Another 12 years of do nothing councilmember Ed Reyes. No way, Jose. Vote only William Morrison or Jesse Rosas.
nonoise February 14, 2013 at 03:54 PM
This election is a joke. Gil and "no way, Jose" are just looking for their next job.
El Cid February 17, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Villaraigosa supports Cedillo! That's good enough reason for me - NOT TOO!!! Vote for anyone; but, CEDILLO - Adios Cedillo!

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