County gets environmental report card

SAN DIEGO — The League of Conservation Voters San Diego, in conjunction with Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter, San Diego Coastkeeper and Sierra Club San Diego Chapter, released a pair of environmental report cards in February.
The 2008 San Diego Water Quality Report Card examined the San Diego City Council’s and mayor’s voting record on issues impacting the health of local waters and coastal habitat over the past year.
The 2008 San Diego County Environmental Report Card examined the voting record of each county supervisor. The report assessed supervisors on their actions related to issues impacting water quality, land use, air quality and renewable energy. The supervisors’ average grade was a C, with Supervisors Pam Slater-Price and Greg Cox receiving the highest scores at B-.
The goal of both reports is to educate San Diegans and increase accountability of local elected officials. Both report cards were prepared by Strategic Community Consulting, a student-managed consulting firm housed in the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. The reports were commissioned and funded by League of Conservation Voters San Diego, San Diego Coastkeeper, Surfrider Foundation, San Diego Chapter, and Sierra Club, San Diego Chapter. While these environmental groups commissioned the report, SCC consulted with various organizations and independently assessed the issues and developed this report card.
The San Diego County Environmental Report Card reviewed votes taken by the Board of Supervisors from January 2008 through December 2008, assessing the supervisors on their actions related to four main environmental issues: water quality, land use, air quality and renewable energy. In addition to voting records, the report also measures the allocation of community enhancement funds toward environmental projects, and performance in important ongoing San Diego County environmental issues. Both assessments outlined border sewage, water conservation and polluted stormwater for the county,
Copies of the 2008 San Diego Water Quality Report Card and 2008 San Diego County Environmental Report Card can be downloaded at www.lcvsd.org.

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