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San Diego A Top-Ten City In Fighting Climate Change

San Diego In Top Ten Of ‘Climate-Ready’ Cities

And other stories in the news

Don’t you love top-ten lists? San Diego will definitely like this one, which lists it as a top city in its devotion to fighting climate change.

A view of San Diego's skyline.
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Above: A view of San Diego's skyline.

Yeah, I too was surprised to hear such a car-dependent place was so honored. But Triple Pundit, a sustainability website sponsored by Antioch University, placed San Diego number six in the nation.

Their justification seemed to be the City of San Diego’s ambitious goals to increase the use of renewable energy and increase energy efficiency.

Triple Pundit says: “San Diego intends to take advantage of its great climate and abundant sun by adding 50 megawatts of renewable energy by 2013 (much of it being new solar capacity) while achieving a 50 megawatt reduction in energy use through efficiency and demand side management measures.”

And then there’s the trolley system, of course.

Other cities in the top-ten list were more predictable. San Francisco got the top spot. Portland came in third. San Jose (not so predictable) was in 9th place.

Spirit Will Take You To Vegas For Nine Bucks!

San Diego is getting a new airline service. And it’s just what you need if you’ve got to get to Vegas. Spirit Airlines announced it will begin providing flights from San Diego to Las Vegas in September.

They said they’ll begin by offering a promotional fare of $9 for a one-way flight. Spirit will offer three flights a day to Las Vegas. Currently the only airline that flies there direct from San Diego is Southwest.

Spirit Airlines already serves Las Vegas with direct flights from Oakland and Portland.

The Changing Face of Home Ownership in San Diego

The housing bubble has had an overwhelming influence on the nature of home ownership in San Diego and across the nation over the past ten years. The San Diego Union Tribune crunched some census numbers to see how home ownership has changed since the year 2,000.

They found that people in nearly every age group are less likely to own homes now, compared to ten years ago. Strangely, people under 24 were more likely to own a home. Go figure.

The areas that had the largest drop in rates of home ownership included southeastern Chula Vista and San Marcos. Rates of home ownership increased in some central San Diego neighborhoods like Normal Heights and North Park.

Home ownership increased 14 percent in downtown San Diego. Not surprising, given the rapid pace of condo development downtown over the past ten years.

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