Cities seek public input on climate action plans



Whether you’re worried California will get washed away when global warming melts the polar ice caps or you think climate change is a conspiracy dreamed up so Big Brother can steal your pimped-out SUV, the local Air Pollution Control District (APCD) wants to hear your thoughts. The county-wide agency is playing host to two simultaneous public workshops on Nov. 29 to discuss climate action plans for Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, and Paso Robles.

The North County meeting for Paso Robles and Atascadero will take place at the Templeton Elementary School multi-purpose room (215 8th St.). Stakeholders for the remaining cities will meet at the Ramona Garden Park Center, 993 Ramona Ave. in Grover Beach. Both workshops begin at 6:30 p.m.

San Luis Obispo already approved its climate action plan, which includes measures that will expand bike riding, establish a loan fund for renewable energy upgrades, and require new developments to install energy-efficient appliances.

Each city must develop its own unique climate action plan to satisfy the requirements of Assembly Bill 32, which set a 2020 deadline for industries and consumers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to levels last seen in 1990, a difference of 28.8 percent, according to the California Environmental Protection Agency. After receiving public input, city plans will be drafted throughout the spring. The APCD expects finalized plans to be adopted in the summer of 2013.

Aeron Arlin Genet, the APCD’s manager of planning and outreach, said the planning process is being funded by PG&E, Southern California Gas Company, and state grants totaling $400,000. Rincon Consultants was hired to write the plans and prepare simulation models that can compare the cost of specific reduction measures to their environmental benefits in each city. Such measures will be explained one by one at the upcoming workshops.

“This will be a really good opportunity for everyone to get a better sense of what is included in these plans,” Arlin Genet said. “And feedback for us is really important.”

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