It’s finally here—Vista’s Draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) will be presented this Tuesday!
We need to fill City Council Chambers with people who support an effective Climate Action Plan (no weak teal!!) We need vision and bold leadership!!
What: Vista City Council Meeting—City Council will hear report on public feedback on Climate Action Plan
When: Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30 pm
Where: City Council Chambers, 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista 92084 (Google map)
Why: The City Council ultimately decides what is in the climate action plan.
Public support/public comments are crucial in influencing the Council’s actions.
The only way we will get a good climate action plan is public pressure. We all need to show up for this one!
We need as many residents as possible to turn out to support and give public comments at this meeting! Please come, fill out a speaker slip and give your comment (short or long) in support of the Climate Action Plan and the measures that are important to you.
Here are the Climate Action Plan Update Agenda Report, Talking Points for CAP measures, and the pie chart that shows the sectors for greenhouse gas emissions in Vista. No surprise that emissions from cars and light duty trucks come in as #1 with electricity generation at #2. Read on and get informed! One of the talking points NOT mentioned is that since our CAP is created as part of the General Plan Update – basically the CAP is to mitigate the environmental harm of future development in the general plan – the update indicates if 2030 target is not met, it jeopardizes the City’s ability approve new development project under CEQA because CAP doesn’t cover planning period 2020 to 2030 consistent with General Plan so they gotta do it!
We have some suggestions (talking points), recommendations from Climate Action Campaign Climate Action Plan Report Card (Vista is on page 18 of the report) about some of the measures that are essential to have in a climate action plan – items that the current plan is missing, as well as measures that have surfaced in the community outreach meetings that folks really want. As always, using your own words are best.
Please let us know if you have any questions. Let us know that you can make it.
Please share this with your friends, neighbors, lists and groups!
We’ll also be there early collecting support via postcards that we’ll deliver during public comments at the meeting.
Lisa Wellens firstname.lastname@example.org
Nanci Oechsle email@example.com
Vista Climate Action Planners
Cities are required to adopt a Climate Action Plan (CAP) when they update their General Plan. The purpose is to mitigate (reduce) the environmental harm that the General Plan will do and help the State meet greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) targets created in law . The City adopted a CAP in December 2013 as mitigation through 2020. Overall, the 2013 CAP would reduce Vista’s GHGs by 32 thousand metric tons of CO2. The update would go through 2035 and must be on track to reducing GHGs by 121 thousand metric tons of CO2. Our CAP update must be effective. That means making some significant strides in the measures that are used to reduce our GHGs.
On April 9, the Vista City Council will hear a presentation from city staff of the Draft Climate Action Plan. It’s up to us to reinforce what we’ve been saying at community meetings and the Planning Commission meeting. It falls to the City Council to decide whether our Climate Action Plan really reduces greenhouse gas emissions so we have a happy, healthy sustainable future.
For more information contact Lisa Wellens, (760) 271-3152 firstname.lastname@example.org