All posts filed under: Environment

Nov 26 – Community Choice Energy + Short Term Vacation Rentals

We have two very important topics on this month’s agenda – that both affect our quality of life in San Diego. Community Choice Energy Community Choice Energy promises to take us closer to energy freedom, lower energy bills and more local clean energy. The Mayor recently asked the city to develop a business plan to allow for separation from SDG&E, but also provided the utility a chance to offer an alternative to maintain its monopoly. Sophie Wolfram, Policy Advocate with Climate Action Campaign, will discuss climate change impacts and why cities are ideally suited to lead the global fight to reverse climate change. Her talk will cover the key strategies in San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, including Community Choice Energy, and address San Diego’s implementation efforts since the plan was adopted in 2015. Short Term Vacation Rentals Tom Coat approached us to talk about why he’s supporting Barbara Bry’s initiative on STVRs. Tom’s website Neighborhoods for Residents compares and contrasts the proposals that will come before the City Council on December 12th. Councilmember Barbara Bry (club …

Feb 26 – Monthly Meeting – Political Climate – Doug Applegate on Taking the Hill, Carl Yaeckel from Citizens Climate Lobby

Control of the House in 2018 will be decided by a handful of Swing Districts, places where the last election was decided by a thin margin. In 2016, we lost the 49th by a slim margin of just 1,621 votes with over 310,000 cast.  Come to learn, and challenge, how we can work with Doug’s campaign to take back the Hill. I believe Congress is a function of the people, by the people, and for the people. For too long, we have sent politicians to Washington D.C. who play into the corruption of special interests over the needs of Americans and the nation. We need problem solvers in our government. We need new, positive leadership committed to integrity, accountability and transparency in a Congress that is willing to take big-money’s influence out of our Government.  As your elected delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, I will reject political brinkmanship and focus on bipartisan measures that advance our economy bringing jobs back to the United States, help our troops and veterans, preserve our environment including our coastal …

Oct 23 – Anne Hoiberg and Howard Wayne Help us Measure the Measures

Have you had a chance to read through your 224-page California Voter Information Guide, along with the local guide from the Registrar of Voters? Do you understand all the nuances of the Measures on the November ballot? Don’t panic! Anne Hoiberg and Howard Wayne will be discussing the Measures and answering your questions this Sunday October 23, at 4pm at our regular meeting at the Point Loma Assembly. We’ve posted an endorsements flyer from the San Diego County Democratic Party at the top of our website and you can download it here (PDF). We’ve also posted a link to the 2016 San Diego Progressive Voter Guide from the San Diego Free Press that lists the positions of Labor, the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as the editorial board of the San Diego Free Press. If you want to check who’s spending money on supporting the Measures, check here at the California Fair Political Practices website. There are conflicts between these guides: Do you support Measure D to dismantle the Tourist Marketing District and prohibit the use of public money for a …

San Diego 2016 Progressive Voter Guide — San Diego Free Press

The editors of the San Diego Free Press and OB Rag are pleased to present our 2016 General Election Progressive Voter Guide. We believe this is a historic election, one that will set the course of the United States for decades to come. If there ever was an election where voting was important — this… via San Diego 2016 Progressive Voter Guide — San Diego Free Press

Notes from the September Meeting – Measure A – How to Get Around for the Next 40 Years?

Our September meeting focused on one of the most important ballot measures this November – Measure A is the best plan SANDAG has yet proposed, but how good is it? Do we want to lock future generations locked into transport schemes from the last century? As Susan was busy with her house move, Jonathan Wubbolding chaired the meeting (and gave the treasurer’s report). He began by welcoming guests new and returning members who joined at last month’s Party including Sandy and Jim Howland, and Cynara Kidwell volunteers at last month’s Summer Potluck and BBQ volunteers at Saturday’s Politifest (some photos here) Jonathan also asked for volunteers for the OB Holiday Parade – Saturday December 3rd. He then introduced our main program about a measure on the ballot this November that could determine how we’ll get around San Diego County for the next 40 years. Transportation affects the quality of lives – how we get to work, how we get to the beach. It shapes the growth of our cities, and the health of children and seniors. Anthony Montalvo spoke for the …

Notes from the July Meeting – Barbara Bry and Mary Walshok – The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy

Club President Susan Peinado called the meeting to order at 4:01 PM. Susan thanked everyone for coming and all who brought snacks, then recognized new members Sandy and Jim Howland, Angela Hawkins and Tim Hanna. Tim Hanna came forward to speak on behalf of Scott Peters, who’s running for reelection in CA52. Tim urged people to get involved in the campaign and described Peters’ new opponent as a former Carl Rove aide who worked in the second Bush administration and was anti-choice and anti-equality. PROGRAM: Barbara Bry & Mary Walshok – The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy Mary Walshok was introduced as an “Academic Entrepreneur”, who had developed many new programs at UCSD, including Connect, written over 100 articles and reports, and also books such as “Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovative Economy”. Her official title is Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at UCSD, and her main focus is on how globalization and rapid changes in technology affect the social dynamics and economic challenges in America. Barbara Bry was …