Plan to disburse climate change funds challenged by Bay Area officials

Bay Area public officials are challenging a state plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to fight climate change by cleaning the air in some of California's poorest and most polluted communities, most of which are in Southern California. The officials say the state's method of determining which communities are helped is flawed because it would exclude some of their region's most at-risk residents. The funds come from the state's cap-and-trade program, which began in 2012 and requires companies to buy carbon pollution permits at auctions. State law requires at least 25% of the proceeds to go to greenhouse gas-cutting projects that benefit disadvantaged...