SAN DIEGO–The League of Conservation Voters San Diego released the annual Environmental Quality Report Card examining actions by San Diego’s Mayor and City Council in 2011 on issues impacting San Diego’s environmental health and quality.
Only three council members received grades of C or better, while two received failing grades and three joined Mayor Sanders in receiving D grades.
During 2011, grades took a significant downturn for many elected officials in the City of San Diego, suggesting the troubling possibility that commitment to San Diego’s environmental issues may be slipping.
Elected city officials earned the following EQRC grades: Sherri Lightner D 65.0% Kevin Faulconer F 55.6% Todd Gloria B 85.0% Tony Young D 63.2% Carl DeMaio F 58.8% Lorie Zapf D- 60.0% Marti Emerald B 83.3% David Alvarez C+ 78.9% Mayor Sanders D- 61.9%
“This year’s grades show a serious departure from what we’ve come to expect from our city government on environmental issues,” said Livia Borak, President of the League of Conservation Voters San Diego. “It’s clear that our elected officials and environmental leaders need to recommit to a productive dialogue before we do further damage to San Diego’s environment.”
The report card identified the 21 most environmentally signi?cant pieces of legislation considered by the City Council. The council members were graded on their votes on these issues, and Mayor Sanders was graded on his positions on these items, as determined by the formal recommendations of his staff to the City Council.
The Environmental Quality Report Card also highlights ongoing and upcoming priority issues for San Diego’s environmental quality that will be important touchstones for ongoing activism.
• Adoption of an aggressive Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Plan that will reduce San Diego’s carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050
• Protection of environmentally sensitive wetlands
• Preparation for the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant Discharge Permit expiration by pursuing Indirect Potable Reuse as envisioned in the Recycled Water Study • Development of a holistic approach to storm water management
• Commitment to a shift away from a car-centric transportation system Objective scores were determined by Strategic Community Consulting at the University of California, San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. The Environmental Quality Report Card originated in 2001 and has been released annually in its current form since 2009.
LCVSD is a chapter of the California League of Conservation Voters, which seeks to protect the environmental quality of the state by working to elect environmentally responsible candidates and hold them accountable to the conservation agenda.