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Roundtable: San Diego Alternative Energy Plan

Roundtable: How Will Proposed Alternative Energy Program Affect Consumers?

PANEL:

Andrew Bowen, metro reporter, KPBS News

Rob Nikolewski, energy reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune

Michael Smolens, columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune

Alison St John, north county reporter, KPBS News

Transcript

Community Choice

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Thursday that he is proposing San Diego to adopt Community Choice Aggregation. He said it will help the region meet its ambitious goal of getting to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035, 10 years earlier than the state.

Under the proposal, San Diego Gas & Electric would continue to deliver power, maintain lines and bill customers, but the city would take over energy purchasing and price setting. Customers could opt out of the program, but Faulconer says customers would actually pay less under CCA.

The mayor also said he's looking for additional buy-in from other cities in the region.

Prop 6: Gas Tax Repeal

A poll this week from the Public Policy Institute of California shows support for Proposition 6 at 41 percent, and opposition at 48 percent. This just about a week after a different poll showed support for the proposition at 2-1.

The PPIC polls shows greater support for Prop. 6 in San Diego County however, where campaign chair and conservative radio talk show host Carl DeMaio held a news conference last week. There, he and supporters rallied for repealing the gas tax. DeMaio said the 12 cent increase is too much for working families. For Diane Harkey, the Republican running to replace Rep. Darrell Issa, the issue is even more personal.

"This is just fraud. It's forcing you to take bikes, get on trains, hose off at the depot and try to get to work. That does not work. That does not work with my hair and heels. I cannot do that and I will not do that," Harkey said.

Supporters say the money from the tax increase funds much-needed road repairs. Some of the revenue goes to public transit which will also help the region reach its climate action goals.

49th Congressional District Race

The race between Republican Diane Harkey and Democrat Mike Levin in the 49th congressional district is seen as an opportunity for Democrats to change a reliably red seat to blue. The district straddles San Diego and Orange counties and has been held by Darrell Issa for 18 years.

But demographics and politics are changing in the district, and Democrats are hoping a win in the 49th could be part of a larger effort to flip the House of Representatives to Democratic control.

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