ECAC Meeting Minutes – June 15, 2015
We opened the meeting with brief introductions followed by Jim giving a progress report from the Encinitas Environmental Commission (EEC), and a review of the EEC 15-16 Work Plan to be given at the next City Council (CC) meeting, This work plan will include:
- The Encinitas Environmental Award Program
- Review the CAP and recommend suggestions for update
- Evaluate the pro’s and con’s of a local CCA
The City Council meeting starts at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, (they are the third commission to present, so they will be later). Some talking points for those who want to make a statement at the council meeting will be posted on our facebook page.
We also discussed how this report is expected to be followed by action:
The EEC is proposing the 3 Work Plan items listed above.
Once this report is completed, it will be presented to the CC (Two of them (the CAP and the CCA) will result in reports to Council but these reports probably won’t be until the fall timeframe).
The Council will take the report and decide on any parts that are to be acted on; CAP, CCA, etc. The two reports will recommend actions that cost money. The CAP report will recommend an update by qualified contractor ($). The CCA one will recommend passing a resolution to conduct a feasibility study (free), then a feasibility study ($). It’s hard to tell when Council will consider these, but as Dave A said, perhaps we can expedite that process by communicating with council members at frequent opportunities.
Anytime $ is involved, public support is crucial. If a council member encountered three or four people in a month who expressed concern over our CAP, it would make an impression that it’s a public concern.
This process could take as long as a year, depending on how fast the CC does their review and puts action items on the council agenda.
The E-CAC decided that this is a good time for us to educate the community. After the EEC presents their report, it would be helpful to have the CC hear from as many citizens as possible to convince them that this issue is important to the city.
Education and awareness is very important. It is easy to imagine that there are very few citizens that know that there is an EEC, what a CAP is and the the city has one, and what a CCA means. This is the role for the E-CAC… to educate as many people as possible.
The comment “Be smarter than your opponent” was made. This is very good advice, and we should use this early time to become as familiar with the CAC, CAP and CCA processes as possible. If we are to present these ideas to our neighbors, friends and their friends, we should be well versed in the subjects.
We will be looking into a “Meet-up” page to recruit more North County people, and we will reach out to other groups hoping to work together. Alby, Alan and Helen have agreed to be a committee to discover other groups in the area who are interested in Climate Change issues.
Jim set up our Facebook page and paid for domain name for our web-page. He paid $40 ($10,88 for the domain mane and $32.16 for one year of hosting), and it would be nice for us to make donations to reimburse him. The next cost will be for the Meet-up page.
The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 29 – same time at Jim’s house.
Best regards to all,