North County Coastal Group – Wednesday, April 20
Encinitas Community Center, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

On March 15 several Sierra Club North County Coastal Group members met to discuss North County Coastal local cities overall environmental concerns, issues regarding North Coastal cities Climate Action Plans and  Community Choice Energy possibilities.  It was a great discussion that generated several areas of concern.
Issues identified for Solano Beach included: Enforcement of City environmental policies regarding bag ban and commercial recycling, sea level rise and Solana Beach Climate Action Plan.
For Oceanside issues identified included:  Gregory Canyon, bag ban, habitat conservation plan, coastal development, sea level rise, Buena Vista Lagoon restoration, I 5/78 widening and interchange, protecting local farm land and Oceanside Climate Action Plan.
For Encinitas issues identified included:  Elections opportunity for progressive council membership in November 2016 with four seats open, polystyrene ban, Community Choice Energy, bike lanes, Encinitas Climate Action Plan update, waste and recycling of plastic, education/outreach to community around environmental issues.
For Carlsbad issues identified included:  Open space, water, development, Encina Power Station and Community Choice Energy.
Regional issues identified in addition to the above included focus on Gregory Canyon with its plan for land fill development on top of the areas’ water aquifer, mandates without enforcement, San Onofre waste storage, Community Choice Energy creation of an alternative energy provider with possibility of a Joint Powers Authority for all North County Coastal cities, freeway widening versus regional transportation planning, huge development plans, Palomar Airport expansion, Coastal Commission direction and future of the Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan.
It was decided for folks interested in pursuing addressing issues both on a local and regional basis, we would meet again in a month to discuss how we might come together to form a viable group that would be able to tackle some of these major concerns.  For issues specific to Community Choice Energy, it was determined that the Carlsbad Action Team already working with Pete Hasapopoulos of the Sierra Club My Generation program would address specifically those issues.
For the past several years, there has been a North County Coastal Group of the Sierra Club that addressed local issues, provided educational opportunities and a social forum for people who shared the same commitment and dedication to “exploring, enjoying and preserving” the  treasured environment we so cherish in San Diego.  The Sierra Club of San Diego would like to see that the North County Coastal members again have that opportunity to focus on their local issues and function as an active local Sierra Club group under the umbrella of the San Diego Sierra Club with all the backing of the National Sierra Club.
To that end, we have scheduled another meeting at the Encinitas Community Center for Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 6:30-8:30 pm.  We will have a short social time and then plunge in to figure out how we want to proceed to give North County Coastal Sierra Club members the best plan for reestablishing the North County Coastal Sierra Club Group focusing on local issues and raising our effectiveness in using the Sierra Club voice in the North County Coastal area.
For more information, contact Karenlee Robinson at klrobinson@cox.net

The Encinitas Community Center is at the intersection of Encinitas Blvd.
and Balour Drive. From I-5, take Encinitas Blvd East to Balour Drive (at
the top of the hill) and turn right, then turn left on Oakcrest Park
Drive. The entrance is off Oakcrest Park drive, just South of Encinitas
Blvd on Balour.