In 2015, the City of Flint, Michigan became a symbol for the national crisis of lead in our drinking water. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha found children in Flint were being severely damaged by their exposure to lead. Next week, Dr. Hanna-Attisha will be in San Diego, and she has bold advice for local officials on responding to the lead issue.
“Lead is unfortunately in school water throughout the nation," Dr. Hanna-Attisha said. “Schools are meant to be places were children learn and develop, not places where you can potentially be exposed to a neurotoxin which impedes learning and development.”
San Diego Unified began targeted testing for lead in school drinking water in 2017, working with its water provider, the City of San Diego, to assess the extent of the problem. Tests found elevated levels of lead in about 20 percent of schools tested. Outlets with elevated levels of lead were turned off, so students could not drink from them until they were repaired or replaced. The district also made plans to expand testing to include every outlet at every school.
Many critical questions remain
SAN DIEGO – The City of San Diego should carefully weigh the costs and benefits of government-controlled energy before flipping the switch and moving residents and businesses into such a program.
Our coalition has said we would support government-controlled energy in San Diego, also known as Community Choice Aggregation or CCA, if it were cheaper, greener and did not shift costs by forcing ratepayers in neighboring communities to subsidize the city’s new program.
Measure W in National City and Prop. 10 propose flawed plans that will actually increase rents and make it harder for new renters to find an apartment.
The airport’s selfish plan to capture all the new revenue from revamping Terminal 1 while making others pay to solve related transportation problems is shameful.
Local political leaders from across the spectrum agree the airport’s more than $2 billion plan to renovate Terminal 1 is a big regional priority that could boost the economy. Yet officials from several agencies have weighed in to express exasperation and frustration with the airport’s approach to the project.
The Clear the Air coalition released the following statement today in response to calls from proponents of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), or government-run energy, urging Mayor Kevin Faulconer to place the issue before the City Council for a vote:
“We applaud Mayor Kevin Faulconer for not rushing into this decision. A government-run energy program in San Diego would expose taxpayers to significant financial risk.
“Earlier this year, the mayor said the city should not consider CCA until it knows what such a program would cost taxpayers, and those costs are still unknown because state regulators have yet to establish a new fee structure for CCAs. When that information is available the city should conduct a cost-benefit analysis to determine if a CCA is worth the risk and whether a statewide energy solution is a better choice for San Diego.
“State lawmakers recently established a new 100% clean energy mandate for California that essentially creates the same outcome CCA proponents desire with no risk to San Diego taxpayers.
“Our coalition supports the city’s clean energy goals, but we don’t want to gamble with the city’s financial future. The prudent path is the one the mayor chose. The city needs to know what a government-run energy program would cost taxpayers before it can make an informed decision.”
About: The Clear the Air Coalition is a group of business, environmental, civic and taxpayer leaders working to ensure a diverse range of voices is heard and important questions are answered before critical decisions are made about San Diego’s energy and climate future. Learn more at: www.clearair.usFollow us at: @cleartheaircoand facebook.com/cleartheairco