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Long Range Plans, Including Regional Transportation Plans, Climate Action Plans, and General Plans Should Support Climate Stabilization

WHEREAS: on October 28th, 2011, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Board of Directors voted to approve a $214B Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) that (1) apparently fails to meet the Executive Order S-3-05 greenhouse-gas (GHG) reduction trajectory (2000 levels by 2010, 1990 levels by 2020 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050), which is designed to support climate stabilization; and

WHEREAS: stabilizing our climate is critical to our future wellbeing and so legislators need to create legislation and support that takes aggressive steps to mitigate negative impacts on climate; and

WHEREAS: (1) SANDAG's RTP has been defeated, with its approval set aside, in Superior Court, as the result of a suit brought by the Cleveland National Forest Foundation (CNFF), the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), CREED-21, and the Affordable Housing Coalition (AFC) and then joined by Sierra Club California (SCC) and the Attorney General of California; (2) having lost their suit, SANDAG is currently considering improving their RTP or appealing the Superior Court decision; (3) San Diego County's Climate Action Plan (CAP) is being challenged in Superior Court by the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club; and (4) cities, for example the cities of Vista and San Diego, are also preparing Climate Action Plans;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the San Diego County Democratic Party is opposed to any long range plan that fails to achieve, at the very least, the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction trajectory defined in Executive Order S-3-05;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that the San Diego County Democratic Party will communicate this position to SANDAG, the County of San Diego, the cities of San Diego and Vista, Attorney General Kamala Harris, CNFF, CBD, CREED-21, AFC, and SCC and also send a copy of this resolution to local newspapers.

Adopted by the San Diego Democratic Central Committee on 19 February 2013