Happy Holidays from CNFF

Dear Cleveland National Forest Foundation Supporter,

Happy Holidays & Season’s Greetings!

We have great news since our last annual greeting. Our long struggle to protect our local forest, to promote functional transit‐based cities, and to fight for climate stabilization has resulted in a remarkable climate change victory. For our successes, we owe a debt of gratitude to our many donors, volunteers and friends – including our co-plaintiffs and Attorney General Kamala Harris.

The Superior Court ruling on SANDAG’s failed transportation plan has been upheld and strengthened by the California Court of Appeal. The decision confirms that SANDAG violated state law by failing to fully account for, and take steps to reduce, greenhouse gases and harmful air pollution in its environmental review of the region’s $200 billion long-range transportation plan. This published court action sets new climate pollution reduction standards for the entire state of California – that climate scientists and CA policymakers agree are necessary by mid-century to avoid the worst effects of climate disruption.

This victory, along with the Sierra Club’s victory against the County over its weak Climate Action Plan has strengthened our hand in our many battles against environmental assaults in the region including: the I-5 widening, Lilac Hills Ranch, SDG&E’s Forest power project, and the County’s attempted rezone of Forest Conservation Initiative lands. It also validates our 50-10 Transit Plan, a transit-first alternative we developed in response to SANDAGs freeway centric planning. The Ford Foundation bolstered this effort by providing a grant to promote the 50-10 Plan.

As we move from a court victory to the political arena we are faced with new challenges of translating these dramatic court victories into local and state policy. More than ever we need your help to carry this groundbreaking work to make our cities functional and to preserve and protect our treasured natural lands.

With your help CNFF will continue to serve the forest, the people and the public trust in our tireless advocacy for a health planet.

Tax‐deductible donations can be submitted via our PayPal account at CNFF.org or transitsandiego.org. You can also mail donations to CNFF, P.O. Box 779, Descanso, CA 91916.

Thank you for your support!

Duncan McFetridge
Director, CNFF

TWITTER: @transitsd   
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WEB: transitsandiego.org and cnff.org

 

CNFF Response to SANDAG Vote to Appeal 2050 RTP Court Losses to California Supreme Court

We at CNFF are disappointed in SANDAG’s vote to appeal the multiple court losses related to their greenhouse gas emissions-increasing 2050 Regional Transportation Plan to the California Supreme Court. It is a waste of our community’s financial resources, and will cause additional delays to the work of SANDAG staff to develop comprehensive transit-first transportation scenarios to serve all of San Diego County.

We are, however, incredibly encouraged by the increasing numbers of engaged San Diegans who demand these elected representatives use our regional transportation budget to prioritize transit and bike infrastructure. Thank you all for engaging in the public process alongside us.

CNFF remains committed to working to improve quality of life in the San Diego region, including advocacy to improve transportation choices, quality of life, the economic benefits of transit-oriented development, and to the preservation of our truly special natural environment by limiting sprawl.

TRANSIT FOR SAN DIEGO – TAKE ACTION NOW!

[Note: if the ACTION links don’t work for your email client, see the bottom of post. Thank you!]

Dear Friends of the Environment and Transportation Advocates:

As you may have heard, last week the Court of Appeals rejected SANDAG’s long term transportation plan.

This Friday, December 5, SANDAG will meet again to decide whether to comply with CEQA and greenhouse gas reduction laws, or appeal again to the California Supreme Court.

PLEASE URGE THEM NOT TO APPEAL.

If SANDAG appeals, they will further “kick the can down the road,” and double down on their commitment to building highways instead of transit.

The San Diego community needs SANDAG, made up of elected officials throughout the region, to stop wasting time and money with litigation, to follow open and straightforward governance laws, and to lead by building safe and effective transit alternatives instead of more roads.

Take action by clicking HERE.

Thank you!

~ CNFF

Note: if the link does not open your email client, please send an email to current and incoming SANDAG board members at the below email addresses:

“I am a resident of San Diego County, and I urge you NOT to appeal the recent Appellate Court Ruling regarding the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan.
Please invest in transit infrastructure.
Thank you.”

jDale@ci.santee.ca.us; JMinto@ci.santee.ca.us; RMcNelis@ci.santee.ca.us; matt.hall@carlsbadca.gov; ccox@chulavistaca.gov; mwoiwode@coronado.ca.us; tsinnott@delmar.ca.us; bwells@cityofelcajon.us; lshaffer@encinitasca.gov; sabed@escondido.org; jim.janney@cox.net; kalessio@ci.la-mesa.ca.us; msessom@lemongrove.ca.gov; rmorrison@nationalcityca.gov; jfeller@ci.oceanside.ca.us; dhigginson@poway.org; kevinfaulconer@sandiego.gov; toddgloria@sandiego.gov; corlando@san-marcos.net; lheebner@cosb.org; jritter@cityofvista.com; ron-roberts@sdcounty.ca.gov; Dave.Roberts@sdcounty.ca.gov; jwood@ci.oceanside.ca.us; stevevaus@cox.net; kgaspar@encinitasca.gov; marapostathis@ci.la-mesa.ca.us; MSalas@chulavistaca.gov