ReWild Coalition Media Event at City Hall

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 8 a.m.

WHERE:
San Diego City Hall at Civic Center Plaza, 202 West C St., San Diego, CA 92101

WHAT:
Members of the ReWild Mission Bay coalition, including Climate Action Campaign, Surfrider, San Diego Audubon, Sierra Club, local businesses, faith organizations, and labor unions, will speak outside San Diego City Hall ahead of the Budget Committee meeting this Wednesday, March 11, at 8 a.m. to say thank you to several supportive San Diego City Councilmembers, and to remind Mayor Faulconer of the requests and popular support for funding for Wildest as part of the De Anza EIR (Environmental Impact Report). Members of the coalition will also make non-agenda public comment remarks at the budget committee meeting itself.

WHY:
Five of the nine San Diego City Councilmembers recently requested funding for the ReWild “Wildest” proposal for wetland restoration in northeast Mission Bay, so that Wildest can be considered at the same level of attention and detail as the city’s preferred alternative for Mission Bay wetland restoration in the De Anza EIR. It is imperative for the mayor to act now as the 2020-21 budget comes together to ensure the Wildest proposal is fully considered by the time the city next considers camping franchise lease extensions and wetland restoration at Mission Bay Park.

WHO:
Andrew Meyer, ReWild Mission Bay program director
Dan McKirnan, Environmental Health Coalition
Anahí Méndez, Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native American Students
Ryan Karslgodt, Unite Here! Local 30
Rebecca Loveless, Kumeyaay Preservation Heritage Committee
Reverend Mary Lynn Coulson, St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church
Cody Petterson, San Diego Sierra Club

VISUALS:
Local conservation leaders, students, environmentalists, community leaders, and supporting organizations.

The ReWild Coalition includes – American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Guild, Local 1931; Aqua Adventures; Audubon California; California Native Plant Society, San Diego Chapter; Citizens Coordinate for Century III; Climate Action Campaign; Community Congregational Church of Pacific Beach; Environmental Center of San Diego; Environmental Health Coalition (EHC); Friends of Famosa Slough; Friends of Mission Bay Marshes; Friends of Rose Canyon; Friends of Rose Creek; Islamic Center of San Diego (ICSD); Mission Bay Fly Fishing Company; Montgomery-Gibbs Environmental Coalition; Outdoor Outreach; Rose Creek Watershed Alliance; St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church; San Diego 350; San Diego City College Audubon Club; Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native American Students, City College Chapter (SACNAS); San Diego Audubon Society; San Diego Children and Nature; San Diego Coastkeeper; San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action (SDCDEA); San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy; Save Everyone’s Access; Sierra Club San Diego; Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association; Stay Cool for Grandkids; Sustainability Matters; Surfrider San Diego; Unite Here! Local 30; Wildcoast

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ReWild Mission Bay is a project of San Diego Audubon and our coalition partners to enhance and restore wetlands in the northeast corner of Mission Bay to enable cleaner water, carbon sequestration, species recovery, and greater public space with opportunities for native plants and wildlife to thrive, and for San Diegans to more fully enjoy and benefit from the natural habitats of our collective backyard.