California's 35 Local Air districts Are Not All Meeting Federal Ozone Standards
Figure 1 presents a map of California divided into the 35 local air districts, including the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District. The figure documents which local air district are meeting federal ozone standards levels. There are six federal ozone status levels—met air quality standards or no data available to determine their status; marginal; moderate; serious; sever; and extreme. Some local air districts show more than one attainment level because of multiple air basins within their jurisdictions.
CARB Will Recommend the San Diego Region's Federal Ozone Attainment Status be Downgraded from Moderate to Severe
A figure that illustrates the San Diego region's current and future levels of ozone standards status. Based on CARB's recommendation, the region's federal ozone attainment status will move from its current level of moderate to severe.
Estimated Ozone-Causing Emissions in San Diego from Mobile, Stationary, and Area Sources Decreased Significantly From 2000 Through 2019
An area chart that shows CARB's the average and projected estimated summer emissions of oxides of nitrogen on the Y-axis and the year on the X-axis from 2000 to 2040. The figure shows the emissions by its source, either mobile, area, or stationary. The figure shows a significant decrease ozone causing emissions between 2000 and 2019 from 222 tons per day to 88 tons per day. Mobile sources are the largest contributor to these emissions. The ozone causing emissions continue to decrease between 2019 and 2032, from 88 tons per day to 62 tons per day. The figure illustrates a goal of 62 tons per day, the emissions required to meet federal air quality standards in 2032.
In Fiscal Year 2018-19, The San Diego Air District's Three Largest Sources of Funding Were Vehicle Registration Fees, Permit Fees, and State and Federal Grants (Amounts in Millions)
A figure that shows the composition of the San Diego Air District's total revenue in fiscal year 2018-19, which totaled $30.9 million. From largest to smallest, vehicle registration fees contributed $12.9 million or 42 percent, permit fees contributed $8.7 million or 28 percent, state grants contributed $5.5 million or 18 percent, federal grants contributed $2 million or 6 percent, fines and penalties contributed $0.9 million or 3 percent, and all other revenue contributed $0.9 million or 3 percent.
State Law Will Restructure the San Diego Air District's Governing Board to Expand Stakeholder Involvement
A figure the compares the San Diego Air District's governing board's current and future number of members and composition of members. The current board membership through February 2021 has five members that are all county supervisors. The board membership starting March 2021 will have 11 members: five members will be city council members from each of the fiver supervisorial districts in San Diego County; three public members; two members will be county supervisors; and one member will be either the mayor or a city council member of the City of San Diego.
The Stationary Sources That the District Regulates Contribute to Only a Small Proportion of Ozone-Causing Emissions
A figure that presents the San Diego region's estimated daily emissions of summer oxides of nitrogen emissions in 2019 by source—mobile, stationary, and area. The figure shows that in 2019 mobile sources contributed 82 tons per day, stationary sources contributed 4 tons per day, and area sources contributed 2 tons per day. CARB estimated the maximum emissions at which federal ozone standards are met is 62 tons per day, requiring a reduction of 26 tons per day.
The San Diego Air District Spent Only $2.2 Million of Fiscal Year 2018-19 Vehicle Registration Fee Revenue for Mobile Emissions-Related Uses (Dollars in Millions)
A figure that presents how the San Diego Air District spent the $12.9 million in vehicle registration fees it collected in fiscal year 2018-19. The district spent $2.2 million for mobile emissions-related uses—including $1.4 million on grant administration and heavy-duty diesel truck and equipment inspections, and $0.8 million on emissions reduction programs/grants. The district used $6.7 million for general uses—including $4.3 million in administration and administrative support divisions, and $2.4 million for monitoring and rules. The district used $1.2 million in stationary emissions-related uses, such as permitting. Finally, the district had $2.8 million in unused vehicle registration fees.
The San Diego Air District Board Failed to Ensure That its Advisory Committee Included Members Representing Stakeholder Perspectives
A figure that presents the composition of the district board's nine-member advisory committee, which includes five members nominated by the district board, two members nominated by environmental organizations, and two members nominated by businesses (representing small business and large business). The figure also presents that of the nine members, there are currently four vacancies. One member seat nominated by the district board has been vacant for three years. Both member seats nominated by environmental organizations are currently vacant, one seat has been vacant for 30 years and the other for 24 years. Further, one member seat nominated by small businesses has been vacant for 12 years.
The San Diego Air Diego Air District's Publicly Reported Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20 Expenditures Compared to a More Detailed Presentation of Its Budget Information (In Thousands)
A figure that presents a side-by-side comparison of two versions of the San Diego Air District's fiscal year 2019-20 budget expenditures. The first version presents the San Diego Air District's fiscal year 2019-20 budgeted expenditures as presented by San Diego County in its fiscal year 2019-20 public budget document, a high-level breakdown of the district's major spending categories. These include: Salaries and Benefits ($20,584); Services and Supplies ($6,674); Other Charges ($29,197); Capital Assets Equipment ($2,587); Fund Balance Component Increases ($350); and, Operating Transfers Out ($13,989). The total expenditures are $73.381 million. The second version includes the same major categories previously mentioned but provides an additional level of detail. Thus, Salaries and Benefits includes the following subcategories: Salaries and Wages ($12,242), Retirement ($6,739), and Flex Credit ($1,063). Services and Supplies include the following subcategories: County Services ($1,314), Purchasing Cards ($325), Utilities ($233), Information Technology ($1,962), Vehicle/Transportation ($237), Insurance ($32), Professional and Specialized Services ($356), Outreach ($15), Equipment/General Maintenance ($408), Laboratory ($910), Building/Facilities ($367), Travel/Training/Tuition ($206), and Office ($309). The other categories have fewer if any subcategories. The expenditures in the second version also total $73.381 million.
The San Diego County Air District's Publicly Reported Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20 Revenue Compared to a More Detailed Presentation of its Budget Information (In Thousands)
A figure that presents a side-by-side comparison of two versions of the San Diego Air District's fiscal year 2019-20 budget revenue. The first version presents the San Diego Air District's fiscal year 2019-20 budgeted revenues as presented by San Diego County in its FY 2019-20 budget document, a high-level breakdown of the district's major spending categories. These include: Licenses, Permits, and Franchises ($8,580); Fines, Forfeitures, and Penalties ($1,030); Revenue from Use of Money and Property ($220); Intergovernmental Revenue ($41,717); Charges for Current Services ($857); Miscellaneous Revenue ($30); Other Financing Sources ($13,339); and, Use of Fund Balance ($7,608). The total revenues are $73.381 million. The second version includes the same major categories previously mentioned but provides an additional level of detail for the Intergovernmental Revenue category. These subcategories are Federal Grants ($2,484), State Grants ($27,928), and Vehicle Registration Fees ($11,305). The expenditures in the second version also total $73.381 million.