A touching and important story appeared in the Los Angeles Times today. Worth your time to read.
Los Angeles Times Story about owl and classroom
It is also an important reminder how connected we are with nature, or can be when we have the opportunity to fall in love with nature and the Earth. Kids just love animals. We are so touched to read at the end how the owl makes that young boy, who has so many difficulties in his life, “very happy”. We are committed to keeping those animals that make him so happy part of our world.
We have our own local and very threatened Burrowing Owl populations that the Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Coalition will be working very hard to protect in 2017. Escondido Neighbors United is a member of the coalition and we would love any help and support anyone would like to offer. (Just a reminder that you can offer a tax-deductible donation here. Info for joining ENU )
We will share soon about our activities for 2017 but wanted to be sure everyone had a chance to enjoy this story.
Happy New Year!
From all of us at Escondido Neighbors United
This week the Climate Action Campaign released its first ever Climate Action Report Card. Only only 9 of 19 cities in the region have even done a plan. Of those plans that have been completed, Escondido ranked the lowest earning a ‘needs improvement’ ranking. Our city came in last with 40 of 100 points. Vista was next lowest with 47. San Diego took home the Gold Medal with their nationally recognized Climate Action Plan.
There are so many excellent strategies that cities can adopt and pursue that make a city more energy efficient, nice to live in, and more cost-effective. We look forward to working with Escondido to try to improve this plan so that next year our region shows ‘most improved’!
A good first step would be to investigate a Community Choice Energy study such as other North County cities are engaging in.
Below are highlights of the report.
There will be two important hearings in Escondido at the Cal. Center for the Arts on January 9th at 2 and 7 PM. If you don’t think that we (ratepayers) should pay for the damages caused by SDGE’s actions that cause the wildfires, please come and share your thoughts. There is sure to be more info later but please mark your calendars for these important hearings!!
SDUT on Hearings on wildfire costs article
Thanks to Climate Action Campaign for notifying us of this!
Climate Action Campaign Website
The County is developing its strategy for reaching Zero Waste by 2040. Here is the draft proposal Draft San Diego County Waste Proposal
Comments are due MONDAY, DECEMBER 5! Please comment even if to say you agree with the approach.
Thanks to Supervisor Dave Roberts for his vigilance in getting this kind of information out to the public.