Pasadena City Council voted 5 to 3 on Monday to approve a purchase order with 72 Hour LLC for 17 vehicles – eight sport utility vehicles and nine trucks – under the consent schedule of the meeting’s agenda. advice.
But before the matter is settled, staff again reiterated that at this point there are no electric vehicles that contain the necessary equipment the city needs. SUVs will be used for public safety.
Council members Tyron Hampton and Steve Madison voted against the article with Mayor Victor Gordo.
“We’re in trouble right now,” Madison said discussing the climate change emergency on Monday marked the third time that the purchase order has come up for deliberation. Each time, calls have been made for the city to switch to electric vehicles.
“Why is the city looking to strike a deal to spend nearly a million dollars on gas guzzling SUVs when the state of California literally burns down due to climate change,” Topher Mathers wrote in correspondence with the city.
In July, the council voted to send the issue to a committee after lawyers raised the same issue. The city services committee heard the question last week and approved the purchase order which is now back before city council for review.
The call for climate-friendly vehicles comes as temperatures continue to soar and forest fires rage uncontrollably in parts of the country.
“We have a great fight to wage, the fight against the devastating effects of greenhouse gas emissions on our quality of life, our property and the survival of our children and grandchildren,” wrote Martha Zavala de la Pasadena. Area League of Women Voters. “Increasing heat, storms and water shortages are frightening portents of things to come unless we make a quick transition to a new path. “
As part of the approved operating budget for FY2022, a three-year fleet replacement plan is being implemented to comprehensively respond to the aging of the city’s fleet, ”according to a report from City staff. city. “This three-year plan prioritizes the city’s vehicle replacement needs in support of the operations of each department, ensuring safe modes of transportation and vehicle equipment for staff to perform their tasks and services.” , reducing fleet maintenance and repair costs, and simultaneously enabling a consolidated effort to group similar vehicle types together for economies of scale and an efficient purchasing process.