This is to update you on the response I received from Jerry Hill
on my letter of 7/14/11. We played phone tag a little before we
actually connected on the phone.
On recorder 7/26 @ 5:11pm "Hi Mr. T....blah,
blah, blah...I certainly agree with a lot of what you wrote here, and
we are actually working on some of the issues that you are talking
about and trying to make some improvements. We're not going to be able to get rid of the Air Resources Board but we're trying to do some things that would make some improvements on it's operations."
Jerry gave me his cell phone number and I left him a
message on Wednesday 7/27 " Hi Jerry..blah,blah, blah... like to talk
with you about the improvements you are working on for CARB. You have my phone # and email address on the letter I sent you".
On Thursday 7/28 about 5:10pm, Jerry called and we talked
for about 10 minutes. (Talking with a politician on the phone is not a
good idea and in the future, I think I will leave my phone number off
my letters and/or emails. I waited for Jerry to take a breath and
jumped in with my comments.)
(JH) "You wanted specifics-- I am co-sponsoring with an
assemblyman from across the aisle, a bill to put an Independent Review
Board between CARB and the legislature. (Jerry sounded dismayed that
there was no review function in place. He mentioned the co-sponsor of
this bill and I think he said it was Bill Berryhill.)
" I don't think anything will salvage the credibility of CARB until
Hien Tran and Mary Nichols are OFF the board".
(JH) "Hien Tran is not a board member, he only works for
the board and I am not even sure he is still there. Mary is O.K."
Jerry finished by talking about the independent research
organization (no ties to CARB) that had deduced that the 5 X Cancer
death rate in Oakland was due to the heavy Diesel truck emissions from
Port of Oakland and Nimitz Freeway especially. He also said he spent 2
years on the local CARB.
We wrapped up this call by agreeing to disagree. He wants to
improve CARB and I want to hand them blindfolds and line them against a
wall. I told Jerry that, in my opinion, it was too late to "tweak" CARB
and make it all better.
I am going to wait a couple more weeks and see if I get any more
responses. My next letter (without a phone number) will probably go to