What’s right about San Diego and should be encouraged?

We have a great Convention Center that is losing the same amount of revenue it brings in each year. We need to do what we can to expand it as quickly as possible. This is America’s Finest City and people all over the world want to come here. It benefits San Diego significantly to have a convention center that can hold the larger groups.

What’s wrong and how do we fix it?

Our gas and electric utility system is flawed. We can see by what happened last week that we are very vulnerable.

The government is offering assistance in helping us to go solar. We need to take advantage or even ask for more assistance by our city officials from the federal government to increase the solar footprint in San Diego. I recommend that any new structure or renovated structure be retrofitted with solar panels. With all the development projects happening, it can be significant. The San Diego Convention Center is placing solar on the roof of its building to help with the energy it uses, why can’t other businesses do it as well albeit with government support?

Can President Obama include this as a part of his job creation proposal? Because by doing so we do create more jobs and become a city that depends less on incoming electricity and hopefully can generate enough surplus to help outlying cities. We can be the leader in this movement to use our city’s gift of having great weather. Other cities and hopefully states can follow. If we want to increase property values and create more interest in buying a house in San Diego, through the government assistance, solar panels can be placed on foreclosed homes. New buyers will be likely to buy these homes knowing they will save per month on not having an electric bill.

Richard Hancock lives in Serra Mesa

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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