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.    

We want to reduce emissions and increase renewable energy sources. By working together, we can make sure we achieve our climate goals in a way that benefits all San Diegans.

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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
  • District Elder Thomas Graham, Second Chance Apostolic Ministries
  • Pastor Jackie Gusman, Lagoon Church
  • District Elder Buddy Hauser, Mt. High Ministries Pentecostal Apostolic Church
  • Bishop Connie N McGriff Sr., Christ Temple Apostolic Church
  • Dr. James L. Profit Ph.D., LAAD, Living Epistles Christian Center
  • 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

  • Ally Berenter, Downtown San Diego Partnership
  • Kevin Carroll, Tech San Diego
  • Stephen Cushman, Local Businessman
  • 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
  • Jason Wells, San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce
  • Earl Wong, Asian Business Association of San Diego

Important questions about your energy future!

The City of San Diego’s recently released draft Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Feasibility Study raises a lot of important questions that should be answered before we move forward.

  • How much will this really cost energy customers?

    • Right now, it’s impossible to tell because the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is still determining fee structures and will not have an answer for 18 months.
    • Those fees could cost the city $2.8 billion or more depending on what the CPUC decides, according to the city’s draft study.
  • Can we afford a program that will provide no cost savings or environmental benefits for five to seven years?

    • The draft study points out the earliest a CCA could begin to reduce GHG emissions in San Diego is 2026.
  • Is it worth the risk if pending legislation will achieve the same goal?

    • Senate Bill 100 is moving forward in Sacramento and will require utilities to deliver 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.
  • Is it wise for the City to make a billion-dollar decision without all of the facts?

    • We will have a clear picture of the true costs and benefits within 18 months. Too much is at stake to rush into this decision.

Moving forward with a new government-controlled energy system is a major endeavor, and we need to make sure we understand all the facts.

Read our Fact Sheet

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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Let’s Clear the Air. Together.

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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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