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Letter to the Editor: ENVIRONMENTAL GOALS DON’T CONFLICT WITH ECONOMIC PROGRESS

Editor, Times-Advocate: 

I want to work with Mayor and Deputy Mayor, to overcome common beliefs often held by business leaders that efforts to achieve economic progress and prosperity are in conflict with goals for environmental quality, planet sustainability, and renewable energy.  As recognized in City of Escondido’s CEDS document, these objectives are not mutually exclusive after all, and this forms a dynamic new paradigm to promote economic development in a more modern responsible way that does not exclude consideration of externalities, and unintended consequences.  

An example of how economic opportunities intersect  with energy and environmental objectives will be on Escondido City Council Agenda January 16, 2019, when Council has briefing on Escondido’s Climate Action Plan Update.   I look forward to opportunity for Escondido City Council to finally hear from staff and see results from past 2 years of extensive public outreach, countless community meetings, and one Public Workshop held in Mitchell Room that was so well attended additional chairs were needed.   I am thrilled public interest in this important policy is so intense in Escondido, and welcome opportunity for City Council to provide feedback on Escondido’s Climate Action Plan.

PATRICIA BORCHMANN, Escondido

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