Ready and eager'
Thanks for the profile of the Climate Action Campaign, CityBeat ["News," Jan. 14]. The Climate Action Campaign is a new nonprofit organization with one simple mission: Stop climate change. Our website is climateactioncampaign.org. While we're flattered that people are interested in our story, it's not about us. It's about how this community will respond to one of the greatest threats ever posed to human existence. We have a collective duty to protect public health and our quality of life for future generations, and that is the driving mission of our organization.
We're always open to new and better ideas from any source, but science makes overwhelmingly clear that what we've been doing is not enough to solve the problem. We believe "community choice" energy offers one of the best market-driven solutions to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, while providing San Diego residents and small businesses choice and competition in their electricity provider. We are excited to begin the dialogue about this burgeoning opportunity.
For current success stories of community choice in Northern California, check out sonomacleanpower.org and marincleanenergy.org.
If you'd like to have us come out and present about the climate plan and community-choice energy, please contact me at email@example.com. We're ready and eager to engage in a robust community conversation about the future of San Diego.
Nicole Capretz, executive director,
Climate Action Campaign
Regarding your Jan. 21 editorial about Kevin Faulconer and Todd Gloria: My vote will go to the person who can stop the homeless from sleeping in front of my residence. These two individuals should not win—both of them say the same thing. They smile, do nothing and say, "We're working on that."
Dennis Palas, Hillcrest
Hold them accountable
Your Jan. 21 editorial this week made for an interesting read. Now what I would like to see CityBeat write about is how this infrastructure debacle came to be, naming names of responsible City Council members, city managers and mayors and ask them for their comments today about their lack of attention to this major responsibility they had when in office.
Talk to folks like Jack McGrory, Susan Golding, John Lockwood (if he's still alive), Scott Peters, Toni Atkins, Christine Kehoe, Jim Madaffer, Brian Maienschein, Judy McCarty, Dick Murphy, Ben Hueso, Juan Vargas, Maureen O'Connor, inter alia. They stuck it to us taxpayers, and many of them went on to be elected to higher offices and/or to collect big pensions. It would be fascinating to hear what they have to say today. If they don't respond, tell your readers who did not respond to your request for comments.
Lou Cumming, La Jolla
Thoughts on inequality
I just finished your Jan. 28 editorial on income inequality and had a few issues or suggestions:
Speaking as a former Occupy NY member now living temporarily in San Diego, I say you discredit the movement by saying Occupy "didn't accomplish a damn thing" while citing evidence of political lip service on inequality absent before the movement is an obvious error in fact. Occupy, though disbanded, clearly raised awareness that politicians can't hide any longer. This is progress, albeit modest progress.
The rest of the piece is helpful, but I would like to have seen the California perspective, particularly the Southern California perspective, further developed. Who are the big players in the state? What about the class war going on among coastal elites who, despite not technically in the 1 percent, sure as hell act like it or are aspiring to be? This versus the more working-class attributes inland.
Just some thoughts.
Adam Rocco, Encinitas
Good luck to Roger Lewis and the North Park Preservation Coalition ["News," Jan. 28]. They're going to need it in this plutocratic town.
Does anyone remember the old Big Bear Market at Adams Avenue and Cherokee Avenue? It had a beautiful front wall with mosaic designs, truly artistic and unique. The community rallied to save this wall when a new tenant moved in, and I thought that was successful. Was I wrong? Suddenly, overnight, Rite-Aid moved in with its brand, bland look, and—poof!—the "protected" wall disappeared. Were We the People lied to again, or just not as fast with our trickery as the pros at City Hall?
Nancy Drew, Normal Heights
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