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  • FEATURED STORY

    All about that Earth

    As a father of six, I take preserving our natural resources seriously. I want my kids to enjoy the beauty and bounty that Southern California has to offer for years to come.

    That’s why all of us are looking forward to the annual EarthFair on April 19 at Balboa Park.

    You can find me and members of my staff at our booth, where we will share information about my initiatives and what the county is being to be more sustainable. Come talk to us!

    At 10 a.m., I’m especially excited to serve as Grand Marshall of the kids’ parade.

    I hope you will join us for a great day of giving the Earth the love and appreciation it deserves.

    At home, my family and I try to do our part whenever possible. We have rremoved more than 6,000 square feet of lawn and replaced it with artificial turf to save some 264,000 gallons of water annually. Our photovoltaic panels collect energy from the sun. We are strict about recycling and composting, and I drive a Prius, one of the cleanest vehicles sold in the US.

    At work, my colleagues and I are determined to advance programs that promote long-term environmental sustainability in our region. When creating new initiatives, we collaborate with environmental groups and trade associations. By working together, we have made progress that will have a lasting impact on the county and the planet.

    Our Property Assessed Clean Energy program allows property owners to finance energy- or water-efficiency improvements through payments on their property tax bills. PACE is responsible for hundreds of new jobs throughout the county.

    Upon my direction, the county is developing a “Zero Waste” plan, with a goal of diverting 75 percent of the waste stream from landfills by 2020.

    Recently, Supervisor Dianne Jacob and I received a 4-1 vote and support from the Building Industry Association to incorporate “green building codes” into our policies so new structures would be pre-wired for solar panels and electric vehicle charging.

    To learn more about these initiatives and how all of us can go green, visit my booth at the earth fair. I’ll see you there!