Not only will we hear from the Democratic candidates running to unseat Darrell Issa in the 49th District at our Oct. 18 meeting, we'll vote on bylaws changes and hear from Assemblymember Todd Gloria and Stefanie Sekich-Quinn from the Surfrider Foundation.

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Our Oct. 18 club meeting comes to order at 6:30 p.m., instead of the usual 7:00.
Hello Democrats and Environmentalists,

Fire season returned with an ugly vengeance this week, and while we're unhappy with the EPA's undoing of the Obama Clean Power Plan, the U.S. will likely continue to move forward in accordance with the basic tenets expressed in the plan. Also, AB 890 could break the ability of developers to bypass CEQA, but Gov. Brown needs to sign the bill. More below.

Oct. 18 Meeting Comes to Order at 6:30 p.m.

Our October club meeting at Elijah's in Clairemont will get underway 30 minutes earlier than usual this upcoming Wednesday, Oct. 18, as we come to order at 6:30 p.m. instead of our usual start time of 7 p.m.

As always, our social will begin at 6 p.m., but this month it will only last 30 minutes before we come to order at 6:30. The earlier start time is to make additional time available for club business, including a vote on proposed club bylaws changes, which can be viewed here.

The club will also get an update from Assemblymember Todd Gloria (AD-78) on business in Sacramento, and we'll hear from Stefanie Sekich-Quinn of the Surfrider Foundation on the on-again fight to preserve Trestles and San Onofre State Beach, now thrown into jeopardy, in part, by Congressman Darrell Issa despite the settlement reached last year between the Save San Onofre Coalition (SSOC) and the Orange County Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA).

We'll then move on to our forum with the Democratic candidates vying to replace incumbent GOP Representative Darrell Issa in California's 49th Congressional District: Doug Applegate, Mike Levin and Paul Kerr.

As was the case with our D-4 Board of Supervisors forum, all questions must be submitted in writing, and only club members in good standing will be permitted to submit questions. In addition to opening and closing remarks, candidates will be obliged to answer the same question in an order to be determined by the moderator.

Be sure to join us for our social beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, with the meeting coming to order at 6:30 p.m. See you at Elijah's, located at 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

Closing the CEQA Loophole – AB 890

This Sunday, Oct. 15, is the deadline for Gov. Brown to sign AB 890 into law. If signed, AB 890 will finally close the loophole that enables developers to place large-scale projects and other developments onto local ballots as land-use measures in order to bypass CEQA review.

This benefits developers, who are typically the only entities that can afford the initiative process. Fighting it has been one of our club's key priorities since the attempt to build a mall along Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad, which resulted in Carlsbad Measure A nearly two years ago.

Introduced by Assemblymember Jose Medina (AD-61) of Riverside, AB 890 requires developers to undergo full CEQA review, and according to the Los Angeles Times, AB 890 would also ban "local governments from approving such projects outright, while forcing developers to pay the cost of any special election."

Developers and their allies are leaning on Gov. Brown to "sit on his pens" though the 15th, so please take a moment to ask the governor otherwise. Call Gov. Brown at (916) 445-2841, and kindly ask him to sign AB 890 into law now.

Deadly California Wildfires

While we've been spared so far in San Diego County, our fellow Californians in Wine Country north of San Francisco in Sonoma and Napa counties have endured a major disaster in which 21 people have been killed and 2,000 structures destroyed. In particular, the city of Santa Rosa has suffered cataclysmic damage with whole city blocks reduced to ashes.

Our neighbors in Orange County also came face-to-face with a major wildfire in the Anaheim Hills south of the 91 freeway and east of the 241 toll road in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. Called the Canyon Fire 2, that blaze has destroyed at least 24 structures and damaged 22 others in the cities of Anaheim, Orange and Tustin.

All of this is a reminder that San Diego County is overdue on developing a regional fire protection system, as well as the ongoing need to focus on the entire fire risk equation instead of fixating on wildland vegetation and habitat, create fire-safe communities, and dramatically increase fire code enforcement.

Undoing the Obama Clean Power Plan

Meanwhile, in Washington, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt took perverse delight in declaring "the war on coal is over," as he announced the undoing of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan – a move as cravenly political and transparent as any in the ugly Era of Trump.

Pruitt and his resentful minions at the EPA may feel their move helps the administration appear to be looking out for the coal industry, but the reality is the energy market decided some time ago coal is on the way out, and renewables remain the economical choice for our nation's energy future.

While making things easier for some polluters, the abandonment of the Obama Clean Power Plan won't slow the demise of coal. No new coal-fired plants have gone on-line in the U.S. since 2008, and energy industry leaders were part of the discussion that created the Obama Clean Power Plan, knowing it makes more sense to have better scrubbers ensuring less carbon getting into the atmosphere, and an overall greener portfolio.

Third Anniversary Photo Gallery

If you were at our Third Anniversary Event at Ponce's on Sept. 24, chances are you're in one of the photos snapped by event photographer Deborah Gostin.

Any use of the photos should be credited to club member Deborah Gostin. Click here to view the entire set of event photos. If you use these photos for any purpose, please also provide Deborah with a link to your site so she can add it to her portfolio. Thank you.

We look forward to seeing you at our October club meeting, coming to order earlier than usual at 6:30 p.m. this upcoming Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Elijah's in Clairemont for our 49th Congressional District Candidate Forum with Doug Applegate, Mike Levin and Paul Kerr. See you then.

Environmentally Yours,

Tommy Hough
San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action
Nancy Casady with Charlotte and David Cofield at our Third Anniversary Event.
Patron Members
Ethan Bier and Kathryn Burton
Barbara Bry and Neil Senturia
Nathan Fletcher and Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher
Cara Furio
Steve Garcia and Rena Marrocco
Tierra Gonzalez
Heidi Martinez
Fred Rogers
Lawrence Taylor

Michael Torti

Sustaining Members
Michael Gelfand
Joe LaCava
Susan Mazza
Diane Nygaard
Omar Passons
Steve Rivera
Ruth Rollins
Albert Velasquez
Susan Wayo

Newest Club Members
James Alvernaz
Don Anque
Victoria Barba
Pierre Beauregard
Sachin Biliyan
Tasha Boerner Horvath
Matthew Browers
Josh Butner
Jennifer Campbell
Francisco Castenda

Keane Chukwunenta
Dawn Douglas
Jacel Faracco
Alan Geraci
Jim Hesson
Mark Jackson
Judy Ki
Mikey Knab
Mikael Langner
Miriam Latibashvili
Terra Lawson-Remer
Beryl Lewis
Antonio Martinez
Luke Pakter
Stephanie Peck
Micah Perlin
Scott Peters
Patricia Petterson
Gerardo Ramirez
Lanette Rangel
Robin Rierdan
Anna Schmidt
Lisa Schmidt
Kevin Smith
Codi Vierra
Jennifer Wynne
Michael Zucchet

Latest Renewals
David Arambula
Mike Bullock
Stewart Halpern
William Johnson
Eva Kerckhove
Ashley Rodriguez
Caridad Sanchez
Nick Serrano
Racquel Vasquez

Board Members
Tommy Hough, president
Brian Elliott, vice president for programs and outreach
Fred Rogers, vice president for political action

Brett Fisher, treasurer
Cara Furio, secretary
Alex Kiwan, director of membership
Richard Ram, communications
Photo Credits
Club banners and stools photo by Tommy Hough
Agua Hedionda Lagoon photo courtesy of Anthony Scaglione / Wikimedia Commons
Gov. Jerry Brown photo courtesy of Larry Gross / Coalition for Economic Survival (CES)

Santa Rosa Fire aerial photo courtesy of the California Highway Patrol
Santa Rosa Fire by Kent Porter / Santa Rosa Democrat
Wildfire photo by Steve Buissinne

Scott Pruitt photo by Gage Skidmore
Power plant photo by Rebecca Humann
Third Anniversary Event photos by Deborah Gostin
About San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action
Chartered in 2014, San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action seeks to foster active interest in the Democratic Party, encourage greater support of the California Democratic Party environmental platform, contribute to party leadership and responsibility, provide a constructive role for volunteers in Democratic politics, promote an activist base, and assist and enable Democratic candidates to run – and win – on environmental principles.
Congressman Scott Peters, Steve Rivera, Doug Case and State Senator Toni Atkins.
I.B. councilmember Mark West, George Gastil and Lemon Grove councilmember Jennifer Mendoza.
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