ReWild Mission Bay Campaign Coverage
Thanks to San Diego media for joining ReWild Mission Bay at the recent Mission Bay Park Committee meeting in Mission Beach, and filing stories on our campaign to increase climate resiliency in Mission Bay, improve water quality, preserve and enhance habitat, and enable greater public access of our Mission Bay waterfront. Our ReWild coalition came out in force to show the level of support in their neighborhoods for a fair, impartial hearing of our ReWild Mission Bay feasibility study before the city. Thanks in particular to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Fox 5 San Diego (KSWB), CBS 8 (KFMB), ABC 10 (KGTV) and KUSI.
Step Up and Help Out Two San Diego Delegates
My friends, fellow California Democratic Party delegates, and fellow AD-77 Dems. Unite members Luca Barton and Dan Shook-Castillo had their belongings stolen out of Luca's car on June 2nd on the final day of the state party convention in San Francisco. Luca has been instrumental in progressive organizing across the state, and Dan is "playing while hurt" as he recovers from a serious injury he received on the job. Our friend James Elia set up this Go Fund Me page to help them out, and I hope you'll make a contribution. I did. Every bit helps.
SB 307 Passes State Senate; On to the Assembly
Great news as SB 307 has passed the California State Senate, 21-11. Thanks to everyone who made calls, helped organize and got the word out, especially Cody Petterson, who organized this San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action Stop Cadiz demonstration at the state building. Thanks as well to David Lamfrom and Chris Clarke of the National Parks Conservation Association. Let's pass this in the Assembly and hold Cadiz and the Interior Department accountable to science.
Thank You for Your Supporting Our San Diego City Council Race
As our committee closes, I'm reminded again of how proud I am of our campaign team, and how grateful I am everyone who hoisted a sign, knocked on a door, made a call, told a friend about us or made a contribution. We were outspent 8 to 1 in the general election, yet we won over 21,500 votes in a record showing for a Democrat in a D-6 race. My final vote total exceeded even that of the winning candidates in the D-4 and D-8 city council races. We came up short, but we kept it close – and that's because of you. I am not discouraged.
Times of San Diego Features Gold Coast Drive
Thanks to Times of San Diego for running my piece on the disgraceful state of Gold Coast Drive in Mira Mesa in the wake of this winter's rains, laying bare the city's infrastructure neglect. We've been told again and again plans are underway to rebuild Gold Coast, in part due to my campaign making it an issue, but the emergency is now. The city should declare Gold Coast and other broken Mira Mesa streets like Parkdale, Port Royale and Carroll Rd. emergencies now that our winter storms have further reduced them to shock-breaking holes and soupy gravel unsafe for cars, transit or bicycles.
A Stunning Conservation Victory, Years in the Making
The biggest public lands bill in a decade was recently signed into law, and given the anti-conservation, anti-science era we're living in where a snowball in winter passes for "proof" our planet's Climate Crisis is a hoax, the Natural Resources Management Act of 2019 is nothing short of an environmental milestone and worth celebrating. Congratulations to everyone who brought these hard-fought bills to add and expand Wilderness and National Parks over the finish line. Read my full essay here.