Three candidates — dietitian Gloria Evangelista, incumbent San Diego City Council member Monica Montgomery Steppe and legislative staffer Tylisa Suseberry — are running in a June 7 primary election to represent City Council District 4, which stretches west to east from Chollas View and Lincoln Park to Greater Skyline Hills and north to south from Oak Park to Paradise Hills. Voting begins next month. The top two vote-getters will advance to a Nov. 8 runoff election.
The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board e-mailed each candidate a 10-question survey.Links to their responses are below. Despite repeated emails, Suseberry did not reply. If she does, we will add her response below. Evangelista did not provide a photo.
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Below are Evangelista’s responses to our survey.
Q: How satisfied are you with the progress the city has made on its Climate Action Plan and how will you ensure its legally binding goals are met? Specifically, what would you do to reduce carbon emissions?
A: San Diego adopted a Climate Action Plan in 2015 with its goal of reducing half of all carbon emissions and sourcing all energy from renewable sources by 2035. A 2020 Climate Action Plan report by the city states 25 percent of carbon emissions have been reduced compared to 2010. A 2021 city auditor’s report found this plan lacked accountability, oversight and communication of progress on the plan. There was no official cost estimation of the plan’s full implementation so that budgeting costs could not be adequately estimated. The action plan is currently in process of revision that will provide total cost estimates.
The aspects of this plan that I support are the establishment of the Climate Equity Index, the Urban Forestry Program to reduce atmospheri
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