Wednesday, May 2, 2007 | In the recent article on Jerry Sanders’ environmental record, it is suggested that his commitment is more about public relations than substance. As this region’s leading environmental grant maker, The San Diego Foundation has met several times with Mayor Sanders and city staff to discuss how we can advance more comprehensive local action on climate change. In spite of the current financial challenges facing the city, we have found the Mayor’s Office to be receptive to and interested in new ideas on how San Diego and other cities in our region can lead efforts to prepare for and mitigate against the harmful effects of global warming.
In our view, the mayor’s actions are more than window dressing. His actions on the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, improving sewer infrastructure, and promoting clean technology are substantial moves, indicating commitment to protecting the health and vitality of our region’s environment.