Let’s achieve our climate goals in a way that benefits ALL San Diegans.

CPUC President warns of next energy crisis if we get this wrong.

About the Clear the Air Coalition

Clear the Air Coalition is a broad group of
local community, business and environmental leaders joining together to ensure a diverse range of voices are heard before important decisions are made about
San Diego’s climate future.


We want to build upon the collaboration that led to unanimous passage of the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, ensuring we achieve our climate goals in a manner that benefits our environment, stimulates the economy and protects local families and businesses.  

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Clear the Air is a diverse coalition of leaders from across San Diego.

Coalition Co-Chairs

Haney Hong, San Diego County Taxpayers Association
Rev. Gerald Brown, United African American Ministerial Action Council
Ruben Barrales, Latino Leadership & Policy Forum

Coalition Members

Community Leaders

  • Catherine Arambula, Community Leader
  • Elder Eddie Baltrip, North Park Apostolic Church
  • Bishop William A. Benson, Total Deliverance Worship Center
  • Bishop Stephen M. Brunson, City of Praise
  • Pastor Deadrian Coneley, Eternal Life Ministries
  • Bishop Roy Dixon, Greater Woodlawn Park Church of God in Christ
  • District Elder Thomas Graham, Second Chance Apostolic Ministries
  • Pastor Jackie Gusman, Lagoon Church
  • District Elder Buddy Hauser, Mt. High Ministries Pentecostal Apostolic Church
  • Ray King, Urban League of San Diego County
  • Bishop Connie N McGriff Sr., Christ Temple Apostolic Church
  • Dr. James L. Profit Ph.D., LAAD, Living Epistles Christian Center
  • Robbie Robinson, Broadway Heights Community Council
  • Suffragan Bishop Rosie Robinson, Church of Jesus Christ, Apostolic
  • Bishop Steven Rosas, Shabbat Pentecostal Ministries
  • District Elder Chanda Simmons, Agape Pentecostal Church
  • Pastor Robert Spriggs Jr., The Temple of Praise & Deliverance Center
  • Rev. Walter G. Wells, Mt. Erie Baptist Church
  • Bishop Stephan White, Higher Dimensions International Fellowship

Business Leaders

  • Betsy Brennan, Downtown San Diego Partnership
  • Kevin Carroll, Tech San Diego
  • Stephen Cushman, Local Businessman
  • Chris Duggan, California Restaurant Association
  • Tom Fetter, San Diego Port Tenants Association
  • Abdur-Rahim Hameed, National Black Contractors Association
  • Dan Hom, Focuscom Inc.
  • Robert Ito, Affordable housing developer
  • Jack Monger, Industrial Environmental Association
  • Joe Panetta, BIOCOM
  • Jerry Sanders, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Nadine Spertus, Industrial Environmental Association
  • Frank Urtasun, Sempra Services
  • Wendy Urushima-Conn, Asian Business Association of San Diego
  • Jason Wells, San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce
  • Earl Wong, Asian Business Association of San Diego
  • Brian Pepin, Lincoln Club of San Diego County
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About CCAs

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a government-controlled energy procurement model that carries considerable risks and costs if rushed and incorrectly implemented. The City of San Diego is currently considering CCA as a method to reach its 100 percent renewable energy goal. Here’s why we think the City should take its time and ensure we reach our goals in a way that protects local families and businesses, benefits the environment and achieves real emission reductions.

Questionable Environmental Benefits

CCAs don’t invest in long term contracts that result in new renewable construction projects that achieve real GHG reductions. They simply shuffle existing resources by buying energy from short term contracts and purchasing renewable energy credits, giving them the appearance of green energy.

Taxpayer Risk

CCAs are government controlled energy programs that shift risk away from investors and saddle it with taxpayers. Our government should focus on getting better at filling potholes and balancing budgets instead of gambling with taxpayer money on the energy market.

Next Energy Crisis?

CCAs will lead California into another energy crisis if not addressed properly. The President of the CPUC has warned that the State is deregulating energy again without a clear or coordinated plan to manage the impacts that CCAs will have on California’s energy market.

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CPUC President: CCA Could Cause Next Energy Crisis

Earlier this year, CPUC President Michael Picker published an editorial in the Sacramento Bee warning of the potential for the proliferation of Community Choice Aggregation to lead California into a repeat of the 2001 energy crisis.

This is an alarming admission from the state’s top energy regulator and should not be taken lightly.

  • “Electricity is being deregulated de facto, through dozens of decisions and legislative actions, without a clear or coordinated plan.”
  • “Fewer customers are getting power from the traditional large utilities. Central decision-making that we depend on to keep the electric grid reliable and affordable for everyone has been splintering, with no protection if new providers fail and strand customers.”
  • “If California policy makers are not careful, we could drift slowly back into another predicament like the energy crisis of 2001.”

Please click here to read President Picker’s editorial.

Opportunities for Lowering GHG Emissions in San Diego

The majority of our local emissions come from cars and other forms of transportation.

It is important that as we continue to discuss measures for reducing GHG emissions, we remain focused on addressing our greatest opportunities for meaningful change.

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It is critical that we openly discuss all opportunities and options for achieving San Diego’s climate action goals. The choices we make today in implementing this bold policy vision will shape San Diego and the lives of its residents for generations to come, so we need to make sure we get this right. 

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