Nicole Capretz used to work for City Councilman Todd Gloria when he was serving as interim mayor. With Gloria, Capretz helped craft the city’s landmark Climate Action Plan. Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the rest of the Council ended up making it city law.

With that plan, the city of San Diego is committing itself to an extraordinary set of goals: to only use renewable energy by 2035 and to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent. To get there, the city will have to make major shifts in where homes are built and how people get to work.

Now, Capretz and Gloria are set to debate on the opposite side of Measure A, the so-called Repair San Diego initiative. Measure A would raise the county’s sales tax and use the money to invest in freeways, transit and open space preservation.

Capretz believes it’s a step backward. Gloria thinks it’s a vital investment for transit and the economy.

They’ve both committed to debating Measure A at Politifest Sept. 24 at San Diego State University.

County Supervisor Ron Roberts, a Republican, will be joining Gloria, a Democrat, in support of Measure A on stage.

Opposing the measure along with Capretz is Oceanside Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery and the chairman of the National City Planning Commission, Marcus Bush.

Moderating the debate is Mark Cafferty, CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.

See the rest of the schedule and our expected keynote speakers at

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