SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The City Council Monday called on Mayor Kevin Faulconer to issue a climate action plan to get the city on a more eco-friendly path, including having 100 percent of the energy used in San Diego by 2035 to come from clean and local sources.
The City Council also wants the plan to include boosting the number of trees and parks, bolstering the city's ability to cope with rising sea levels, wildfires, droughts and heat waves and getting building owners to cut energy use.
Lawmakers also hope to have at least half of the daily commutes made by residents to be by mass transit, bicycle or on foot by 2035 in areas where high quality transit exists.
Several members of the panel have said recently that they don't think Faulconer is moving quickly enough on the plan, which will outline actions the city would take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The mayor's office said that work is proceeding on a pace originally envisioned. An update to a draft previously approved by the council could be released by the end of the month, and final adoption could happen in the spring.
While several council members said they were troubled by the timing of the resolution, council President Todd Gloria said it was within the panel's purview to set expectations for such a plan.
"It would make no sense to have the mayor propose a climate action plan that this council cannot support," Gloria said. "I believe that the mayor understands this is an issue that needs addressing, that I believe he understands that we want to be bold about it, and that the ultimate plan has to be tangible, measurable and enforceable."
None of the speakers in nearly 90 minutes of public comment opposed the plan as a whole, but leaders of real estate groups expressed concern that property owners could be forced to make upgrades before being allowed to sell their homes.
"This will require thousands of dollars of out-of-pocket expenses to a homeowner before they could sell their home," said Leslie Kilpatrick, the president of the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors. The provision would be costly and have only a minor impact on greenhouse gas emissions, she said.
Gloria and Councilman David Alvarez, the author of the resolution, said the so-called "point-of-sale retrofit mandate" would be part of the discussion before a final plan is adopted.
The resolution passed on a 5-3 partyline vote, with council members Mark Kersey, Scott Sherman and Lorie Zapf opposed. They said they objected to the timing of the resolution, but looked forward to the upcoming release of the updated draft plan.
A statement released earlier today by the mayor's office said, "Since Mayor Faulconer took office this spring, his administration has been working to bring forward for public review a climate action plan that will be broadly supported by the environmental community, business community, City Council and the public.
"Mayor Faulconer looks forward to a collaborative discussion with San Diegans about the draft plan when it is released in the coming weeks," the statement continued. "Following the required public review of the draft plan, it is scheduled to be brought to a public hearing in the same time frame expected under Interim Mayor Gloria, which is spring 2015."
San Diego lifeguards planned to resume the search Monday morning for a man who fell off Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach and was never seen resurfacing.
A local war hero is about to be laid to rest. Retired Navy Captain James "Duffy" Hutton spent years of his service as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before he settled down here in San Diego.
Sunday marked day two of the government shutdown - and with the work week beginning Monday - thousands of employees may not go back to work.
Temperatures are expected to rise slightly on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, but will remain cooler than normal.
A motorcyclist was suspected of drunken driving after causing a late-night car crash in Pacific Beach, police said Sunday, and hours later, a second crash occurred in the intersection while police were still investigating.
The San Diego County Planning Commission voted 6-1 last week to recommend that the County’s Board of Supervisors approve the County’s revised Climate Action Plan, with some modifications.
John Coleman, a long-serving San Diego weatherman and founder of The Weather Channel, has died at the age of 83.
Several dogs were taken into the custody of San Diego County and put down, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.