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Electric Vehicle Volunteer Opportunities
There are two volunteer opportunities in the near future related to vehicle electrification:
First, the California Public Utilities Commission will be meeting Thursday, August 30, 5:30-7:30PM at 2258 Island Ave., San Diego 92102. They are seeking public input about some vehicle electrification programs SDG&E has proposed. Your job would be to speak very briefly on behalf of vehicle electrification. This is important because your public comments may impact how the CPUC invests in electric transportation locally.
Second, we are looking for volunteers to participate in this year’s Drive Electric Week on September 15, 10AM-3PM at Liberty Station. You could either table for Sierra Club San Diego Chapter or teach the public about electric vehicles. Last year’s Drive Electric Week was a lot of fun, and this year is shaping up to be even better!
If you are interested in helping at either event, please email email@example.com for more information.
SANDAG Regional Transportation Plan Survey
Please fill out this brief survey and in the box that says “Do you have any input you’d like to share?” copy and paste the talking points at the end of this email. These talking points have been carefully developed in coordination between the Sierra Club and several allies from environmental, social justice, and labor organizations to let SANDAG know how we want to move around our region. For just five minutes of your time, you can change the future of transportation in your neighborhood.
- Reduce transportation related pollution levels in disadvantaged communities.
- SANDAG must use CalEnviroScreen3.0 to identify which communities to prioritize in their efforts to reduce pollution levels in this RTP.
- Due to their proximity to freeways, residents from disadvantaged communities like Barrio Logan and West National City rank in the top 10% of the most impacted census tracts for pollution in the entire state. These communities must work, live and play under pollution worse than that of 90% of the population of California.
- Support cities’ CAP transportation targets
- Transportation is the biggest contributor to climate change in our region. As a result, many of our cities have adopted climate action plans with aggressive targets for how many people will walk, bike, and take transit in the future. For example, the City of San Diego has committed to having 25% of commuters taking public transit by 2035.
- SANDAG’s plan needs to support those local plans in order for our cities to be able to hit their targets and support great alternatives to driving alone.
- Further, AB 805 – the new state law to reform SANDAG – requires that SANDAG align the RTP with local climate action plans.
- Increase transit ridership consistent with SANDAG’s own strategy
- SANDAG must increase the amount of people who commute by biking, walking, and taking transit, according to the new state law AB 805 (2017).
- SANDAG has already developed a strategy to increase the amount of biking, walking, and transit. It’s called the Urban Area Transit Strategy (UATS), and SANDAG should use it to decide what percent of people in different parts of the region will take transit.
- Where local CAPs are more aggressive than SANDAG’s targets, SANDAG should defer to the local plans.
- Create a rate structure that increases ridership — no cost for youth/students and people with disabilities, more accessible passes for seniors and people with disabilities
- We need no-cost transit passes for youth, students, and people with disabilities.
- We also need lower costs overall to increase use of public transit, improve public health, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and enhance social equity.
- Finally, it must be easier for seniors, people with disabilities, and Medicare users to obtain the discounted passes they are entitled to by making them available online and at more in-person sites.
- Increase transit access in underserved communities.
- Currently, most jobs in the San Diego region can’t be accessed by transit within 90 minutes. That significantly impacts the low-income communities of color that most rely on transit, and it cuts off access to opportunity.
- Better transit access would improve public health in underserved communities and help residents get to work, get their kids to school, and run everyday errands without hardship.
SANDAG Open Houses for Public Input
Are you tired of freeway congestion? Sick of air pollution? Had it up to here with reckless greenhouse gas emissions? Transportation accounts for nearly half of our greenhouse gas emissions in San Diego County, polluting the air we breath and forever altering our climate at one fell swoop.
Transportation accounts for nearly half of our greenhouse gas emissions in San Diego County. But whether you consult a statistic or drive the 5, the truth is crystal clear: San Diego County needs a robust public transit system.
Meanwhile, SANDAG, the organization that determines the fate of transportation in San Diego County, has swept climate change and public health under the rug, opting time and again for reckless highway expansion and sprawl development over public transit.
But here’s the good news:
Over the next three weeks, SANDAG will be hosting a series of Network Themes Open Houses to hear what the public wants from the 2019 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), a long-term comprehensive document that shapes the future of transportation in San Diego County. Sierra Club will be showing up at every one of these open houses, but we need YOUR help.
California Air Resources Board Meeting: Update to SB 375 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction
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Photo Credit Climate Action Campaign
Photo Credit Climate Action Campaign
On Thursday, March 22, Sierra Club and our partners at Environmental Health Coalition and Climate Action Campaign visited the Riverside County Administrative Center to tell the California Air Resources Board we want more ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets for the San Diego region. As it stands, the San Diego region has a target of reducing GHG emissions by 19%, but we believe this 19% target to be an artificially low target only slightly higher than SANDAG what was arguing for.
Turnout at the CARB meeting was fantastic, and the bus we rented for the event was full of staff and volunteers from Sierra Club and other great organizations. Unfortunately, the lazy 19% target was not raised, but board member Diane Takvorian proposed an amendment that would raise San Diego targets to 21%. Two board members voted in favor of the amendment, but it did not quite garner the votes necessary to pass.
Though we didn’t get everything we wanted, we managed to change the conversation about GHG reductions and nearly got an amendment passed that could have positively affected transportation in our region for generations to come. A split vote is very rare at CARB, and the fact that we engendered one shows the significant impact our presence had on the board. Had we not attended, no amendment would have been proposed and the ensuing lengthy conversation among board members would have never taken place.
And this is only the beginning. In the coming months, we will be continuing to push for clean air, public health, and public transit every chance we get. If you’re interested in seeing how you can help, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Time: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Riverside County Administration Building
Ride Sharing: Available