By Tommy Hough
Join our campaign this Thursday evening at 6 p.m. as I speak with the NAACP San Diego chapter about our grassroots "neighborhoods first" campaign for San Diego City Council in District 6, my background and career, and policy concerns including infrastructure, housing, homelessness, public power, our city's Climate Action Plan, and the need for greater transparency and clarity in city government.
As the former president, and later, vice president for policy at San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, I served as the club's representative to the NAACP San Diego Environment and Climate Justice Committee for several years, and I look forward to making remarks and taking questions with the full chapter this Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Zoom link for Thursday's meeting is linked below as part of the NAACP San Diego page for Thursday's event.
By Tommy Hough
Built quickly on loose soils with poor drainage in 1970, the roadbeds of Gold Coast and Parkdale failed years ago, leaving them in the poor state they've been in for over two decades.
While the city has plans in place to rebuild both streets from the ground up, residents have been told again and again that ground was to be broken on the projects – most recently by March 2021 – only to find nothing occurring, and the wear and tear on their vehicles continuing, along with the wear and tear on the MTS buses that service Gold Coast, and San Diego Unified School District buses now delivering students once again to the three school located along Gold Coast: Salk Elementary, Mason Elementary, and Wangenheim Middle.
Many of our other streets and roads in District 6 are also in poor shape and need to be rebuilt too, including Perseus, Bootes, Saluda, Port Royale, and Jade Coast in Mira Mesa, along with North Limerick in Clairemont.
Please sign our neighbors' petition to the city to accelerate efforts to rebuild our critical arterials, read my Feb. 2019 Times of San Diego opinion piece on the infrastructure failure along Gold Coast, and watch this CBS 8 News package on Gold Coast from early 2019.
By Tommy Hough
On this Earth Day I want to congratulate President Biden on his just-announced commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030. While this is great news and a tangible goal, not to mention a welcome breath of fresh air following the change of administrations in January, we still have plenty of pressing environmental work to do at both the national and local level.
For one, the Biden administration and the federal government must cease the Trump administration's destructive Border Wall building program that has devastated National Monuments, wilderness, and private property in extraordinarily wild, rugged areas across our southern border with Mexico since 2017.
And while Earth Day is a cause for celebration as we acknowledge the strides our nation has made in the preservation of wilderness and wildlife, and in ensuring enforceable clean air and water policy, here in San Diego County we're fighting a two-front battle against our climate emergency in the form of rising sea levels and increased, more unpredictable wildfires.
As we continue to fill our seas with plastic and our sky with exhaust, we San Diegans must double down on moving critical environmental policy forward – and ensure any policy passed in San Diego also advances our city's landmark Climate Action Plan. We are not without challenges.
As a San Diego County Planning Commissioner, environmental leader, Surfrider veteran, founder of San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, and coordinator of the ReWild Mission Bay campaign, I'm ready to roll up my sleeves to lead the way finding solutions, build upon the work elected officials and agencies have already done, and support our allies in the Tijuana River Valley – site of by far the most overriding, overarching environmental crisis anywhere in our region.
But to get there, I need your support for my San Diego City Council campaign for District 6 today. We know the Republicans' hand-picked successor will have all the resources the GOP can muster to hold District 6 – the last Republican seat on San Diego City Council. That's why I need your help and support this Earth Day to fund our marathon campaign effort.
If you've already given, thank you. Please tell your friends and family to support our campaign for San Diego City Council, and add your name to our community endorsement list. While you're at it, follow us on Facebook.
By Tommy Hough
In one of my first acts as a San Diego County Planning Commissioner, I sent a letter to the San Diego Human Relations Commission on March 8, 2021, to request that the commission undertake a series of neighborhood hearings to address the current wave of anti-Asian prejudice, hate, and random violence that has generated a great deal of concern and conversation among my neighbors. I'm pleased to announce I'll be testifying before the commission about the matter I described in my letter in a few hours.
While much of the current iteration of anti-Asian prejudice was enabled, and then unleashed, by President Trump in his outrageous remarks and statements about the COVID-19 pandemic throughout 2020, and since leaving office, anti-Asian sentiment in American culture isn't new or unique to the pandemic. However, we are seeing a particularly ugly, racist, and violent reaction in this current iteration, and one way for the city to demonstrate leadership, increase vigilance, and encourage neighbors to come forward who may have been reluctant to do so is by holding the forums I've proposed. I'll discuss this more in my remarks to the commission.
As I wrote last month and later described in a CBS 8 story on the crisis, I've asked that the city make law enforcement, fire personnel, and other public safety and first responder services part of the dialogue as well to discuss the potential for linguistic or cultural misunderstandings that may arise, and which could discourage some of our elderly AAPI neighbors from reporting a hate or intimidation-related incident.
Please join the Human Relations Commission meeting today at 5:30 p.m., and join me tomorrow (Thursday) at 7 p.m. via Zoom at the San Diego chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America as I moderate their "Hate Crimes Are the Scariest Thing In the World" panel discussion with San Diego City Councilmember Raul Campillo, Geneviéve Jones-Wright, and JoAnn Fields.
A San Diego County planning commissioner and former radio host at 91X and FM 94/9, Tommy Hough works as an environmental consultant with the ReWild Mission Bay campaign, and is a California Democratic Party delegate and the co-founder and former president of San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action.