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CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

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.

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PAST OPPORTUNITIES

California Air Resources Board Meeting: Update to SB 375 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction

Photo Credit Climate Action Campaign

California Air Resources Board Meeting: Update to SB 375 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction

Photo Credit Climate Action Campaign

Photo Credit Climate Action Campaign

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Conservation Organizer Kyle Rentschler gives testimony at CARB meeting.
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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 join@sandac.org.

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Time: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Riverside County Administration Building
Ride Sharing: Available

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