All posts filed under: Environment

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 …

Podcast – Barbara Bry and Mary Walshok – The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy

We were delighted that club Patron and candidate for San Diego City Council District 1, Barbara Bry was a co-presenter at this meeting. Barbara has spent the last 30 years of her life helping to start companies and create jobs from her early days at CONNECT to becoming an entrepreneur and serving on the initial management team of companies like ProFlowers.com.   San Diego’s economy has long been dependent on federal funds with 50% GDP today coming from federal sources to support, military functions, defense contracting companies and basic research such as on the Torrey Pines mesa. Barbara and Mary emphasized the importance of innovation to San Diego’s future. They dove into the history and what it means to local citizens to have companies that operate in a global arena – where we put our priorities will be shaped by these forces.   We encourage you to subscribe to our Podcast channel here. You can also find us on the iTunes Store just search for Point Loma & OB Dems or click here, as well as on Stitcher. …

Dec 15 – San Diego Climate Action Plan Vote at City Council

Tuesday Dec 15 is when the full City Council will vote on the Climate Action Plan to commit to 100% renewables by 2035 and to halve greenhouse gas emissions. If you can, join the historic decision Tues, Dec 15, 12:30pm Rally @ City Hall Plaza, then 2pm Council Hearing @ City Hall, 12th Floor, 202 C Street, San Diego CA 92101. Last Saturday San Diego 350 organized an impressive turnout at Balboa Park demanding Climate Justice with a great line-up of speakers. There’s a writeup of the event, the Paris COP21 conference and the City Council vote by Doug Porter on the San Diego Free Press. If you weren’t able to attend here’s a short overview video by Dennis Stein.

Nov 30 – San Diego’s Climate Action Plan – 2nd to Final Vote

There will be a press conference at 11 am followed by the environment committee hearing at 1 pm.  Join SanDiego350.org and Climate Action Campaign (who both spoke to the club in March, 2015) they need our support! Press Conference @ 11 am Who:   Speaking will be Council Members David Alvarez and Todd Gloria, as well as representatives from the Climate Action Committee, Environmental Health Coalition, Sullivan Solar Power, the Community Planners Committee, and SanDiego350 (Masada Disenhouse).  Where:  City Hall, 13th Floor Media Room, 202 C Street, San Diego   (map) City Council Environment Committee Public Hearing @ 1 pm This hearing will be an opportunity to give input. See talking points here. Where:  City Hall, 12th Floor, 202 C Street, San Diego  (map)

Nov 22 – Monthly Meeting – Blue Technologies in San Diego

Port Commissioner Rafael Castellanos will provide an overview of the blue economy in San Diego and discuss some of the steps the Port of San Diego is taking to develop its blue economy potential. The blue economy accounts for approximately 46,000 jobs and contributes over 14 billion dollars to the San Diego region’s economy. The Port of San Diego was created by the State Legislature to manage San Diego Bay and its surrounding waterfront land on December 18, 1962. It is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California, and it has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City, and San Diego. The Port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 18 public parks, the Harbor Police Department, and the leases of hundreds of tenant and subtenant businesses around San Diego Bay. The Port is an economic engine (250 million bananas go through the Port a month), an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding …