Solana Beach council creates Climate Action Commission

The Solana Beach City Council on Nov. 4 formally created a Climate Action Commission, moving another step forward to developing a climate action plan for the city.

To assist with the plan’s development, the advisory group will help update the city’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory, set reduction targets, implement mitigation measures and perform periodic monitoring, verification and evaluations.

The nine-member commission will include a cross-section of community members representing all sectors of the city, according to the staff report.

Because of the complex issues surrounding the Climate Action Plan, “constant and detailed” training will be required. The application is also “much more robust” than the standard citizens commission application, explained Dan King, assistant to the city manager.

The council initially directed staff to establish the commission in May. During the Oct. 14 meeting, council members unanimously approved the commission and staff’s approach, but with a few revisions.

The commission will have two council members, five residents and two non-resident members with an environmental or scientific background. It was recommended that Mayor Lesa Heebner and Councilman Peter Zahn serve on the committee. And at the request of the council, all nine members will have voting privileges.

The council also modified the application to streamline the questions and request a curriculum vitae or resume from applicants.

The application includes specific questions regarding expertise and qualifications. It also includes several open-ended questions about the applicant’s understanding of the commission’s role and responsibilities and relationship with city staff, as well as their thoughts on climate change and its potential impacts on Solana Beach and the San Diego region.

Two letters of recommendation are required. References must come from Solana Beach residents, and at the request of the council, include the relationship to the applicant.

Solana Beach will begin advertising for members by early next week. The deadline for applications is Jan. 14. The council is expected to make its appointments during the Jan. 27 meeting.