June 6, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Policy Advocate & Education Coordinator
City Budget Supports Community Choice Energy
SAN DIEGO – June 6, 2017 — We are pleased to see the City Council standing up for an essential piece of the Climate Action Plan in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget by voting to include $200,000 for the next phase of Community Choice Energy. We are particularly grateful for the leadership of Councilmember Gómez, who introduced the amendment and also asked for a Five-Year CAP Implementation Plan. Last night’s vote moves San Diego one step closer to becoming the largest city in California to implement Community Choice – which is the single most powerful strategy in the Climate Action Plan – and keeps us firmly on the path to achieving 100% clean energy by 2035.
We remain concerned about the lack of adequate funding for full implementation of the cycle track component of the Downtown Mobility Plan and other bike infrastructure needed to enable the city to meet its 2020 bicycle mode share target of six percent.
Finally, it is imperative that we see within the next six months a Five-Year Implementation Plan – with necessary policies and their associated costs – which will put the city on track to meet its climate targets. Without knowing the funding we need, we will not be able to keep faith with San Diego families about our commitment to be national leaders on climate change.
We look forward to working with the Mayor and Council to ensure we remain true to our legal obligations in implementing our groundbreaking Climate Action Plan.
Climate Action Campaign is a climate watchdog organization with a simple mission: stop climate change and protect our quality of life. For more information, please visit www.climateactioncampaign.org
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