City and community leaders gathered at the new Yes on Z headquarters in Salinas on South Main Street to fight for a clean energy future.
"We are on the front edge of this battle,” said Monterey council member Alan Hoffa. “But this battle is being waged across the country."
"It's not about revenue,” said Monterey City Councilor Jim Barrett. "It’s about the purity of our water, it’s about the purity of our environment.”
Attendees told KION Measure Z would stop fracking and wastewater injection in Monterey County by big oil companies, along with providing protection to the water, health and local economy.
"It's taking place in San Ardo, near King City,” said Margaret Rebecchi with Protect Monterey County. “They are injecting their wastewater into protected aquifers."
"It's basically a license to poison our water,” said Measure Z supporter and Monterey Peninsula College student Cassandra Palmeano. “The chemicals that they use benzene, other carcinogens, words people can’t even pronounce."
But not everyone is jumping on the Yes on Measure Z bandwagon. Monterey County mayors made a commercial speaking out against it.
"The Mayors of Monterey County do not support Measure Z and we will be asking our constitutes and people in the city to vote No on Z,” said Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter.
The mayors said last year the oil industry had an $8 million dollar economic impact which helped fund critical local programs. Voting Yes on Z could eliminate that funding, resulting in cutbacks to schools and public safety.
"There is no fracking,” said Gunter. “This is a bill that's being passed by people that don't even live here and don't know what they're talking about."
The new headquarters will be open every day. They say more rallies and canvasing will happen in the near future.