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SD City Council Leaves Green Legacy

The makeup of the San Diego City Council changes next month. That's when four new members join the council. One environmental leader says the past council has left a "green" legacy, but there's room f

SD City Council Leaves Green Legacy

The makeup of the San Diego City Council changes next month. That's when four new members join the council. One environmental leader says the past council has left a "green" legacy, but there's room for improvement. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

The San Diego City Council will have four new members next month - Todd Gloria, Marti Emerald, Sherri Lightener and Carl Demaio.

Bruce Reznik is executive director of San Diego Coastkeeper.

Reznik says the outgoing council members have set a high standard for environmental work.

Reznik:
I think the council that we've in place over the last eight years - a lot of the folks leaving - has been one of the greenest if not the greenest council's we've had.

He says the council's "green" legacy includes reducing urban runoff pollution, a beach smoking ban, and approving a pilot project for water recycling.

Reznik says he's optimistic the new council can do as well or better to safeguard and improve the environment.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.