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San Diego County Chapter

Campaigns V1

Campaigns Define Us As An Organization

They are how we protect our special coastal places, ensure our ocean is healthy and wild, keep pollution out of the water, and make sure every beach is clean and accessible for all to enjoy. When we win a campaign, it’s called a victory. Surfrider defines a victory as a decision by a governing body that protects the coastal and ocean environment, improves coastal access, or both.

Our Active Campaigns

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Illegal red curbing by coastal homeowners has been an issue for years. In July 2020, a chapter volunteer noticed a particularly egregious case on Camino del Collado in La Jolla. We decided to fight back. When wealthy coastal homeowners illegally paint curbs red to block the general public from parking, they eliminate beach access for those who live further from the beach than they do, i.e. the vast majority of us who cannot afford to live at the beach. When a Surfrider volunteer noticed an entire block of suspicious red curb had popped up overnight on Camino del Collado in …
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Surfrider is asking the City of San Diego to adopt a Socially Responsible Investment Policy and divest City funds from fossil fuels and other industries which are not in keeping with our shared goal of safe and healthy San Diego. A growing number of cities across the country and around the world have decided that the investment of public funds should reflect the basic values of their community. In constructing an investment portfolio that speaks to environmental and social priorities, these municipalities have begun divesting from corporations and industries while codifying their preferred financial strategy. A couple of points to …
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Community Choice Energy (CCE) allows cities and counties to purchase power on behalf of their residents to provide cleaner power options and set rates at a competitive or lower price, while the existing utility company continues to deliver power over their power lines. Surfrider is working with local stakeholders to urge the County Board of Supervisors to implement a CCE program across the County.  Posts & Relevant Updates OCEAN PROTECTION The majority of our chapter’s Ocean Protection efforts take place within our Climate Change committee. Meanwhile, any work involving expansion or maintenance of Marine Protected Areas (MPA), or any other …
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Tijuana River Valley Solution
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law new legislation to help prevent harmful chemicals, plastic pollution and sewage into the Tijuana River Valley. Senate Bill No. 690 seeks to reduce exposure to dangerous pathogens, limit beach closures and address water quality issues in the Tijuana River Valley. The bill will also allow a $15 million budget allocation for cleanup efforts as well as prioritizing projects that will address water quality, flood control, trash and sediment.The Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter generated support for SB 690 by having over 1,000 people contact their State legislators urging passage of this bill.“The …
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Our chapter is actively encouraging the City of Carlsbad to pass a comprehensive plastics reduction ordinance to ban expanded polystyrene foam and limit other disposable plastics. The City of San Diego recently enacted a plastics reduction ordinance that can serve as a model for Carlsbad. The San Diego plastics reduction ordinance includes a ban of expanded polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) containers at restaurants along with a requirement for restaurants to only offer straws upon request and utensils for takeout orders only upon request. The ordinance also includes a retail ban on coolers, beach toys, egg cartons, food service ware (plates, cups, …
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Our chapter is actively encouraging the City of Chula Vista to pass a comprehensive plastics reduction ordinance to ban expanded polystyrene foam and limit other disposable plastics. The City of San Diego recently enacted a plastics reduction ordinance that can serve as a model for Chula Vista. The San Diego plastics reduction ordinance includes a ban of expanded polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) containers at restaurants along with a requirement for restaurants to only offer straws upon request and utensils for takeout orders only upon request. The ordinance also includes a retail ban on coolers, beach toys, egg cartons, food service ware …
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Our chapter is actively encouraging the City of Coronado to pass a comprehensive plastics reduction ordinance to ban expanded polystyrene foam and limit other disposable plastics. The City of San Diego recently enacted a plastics reduction ordinance that can serve as a model for Coronado. The San Diego plastics reduction ordinance includes a ban of expanded polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) containers at restaurants along with a requirement for restaurants to only offer straws upon request and utensils for takeout orders only upon request. The ordinance also includes a retail ban on coolers, beach toys, egg cartons, food service ware (plates, cups, …
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Our chapter is actively encouraging the City of Oceanside to pass a comprehensive plastics reduction ordinance to ban expanded polystyrene foam and limit other disposable plastics. The City of San Diego recently enacted a plastics reduction ordinance that can serve as a model for Oceanside. The San Diego plastics reduction ordinance includes a ban of expanded polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) containers at restaurants along with a requirement for restaurants to only offer straws upon request and utensils for takeout orders only upon request. The ordinance also includes a retail ban on coolers, beach toys, egg cartons, food service ware (plates, cups, …
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oceanside breach
Urge the Oceanside City Council to adopt a sea level rise plan that protects the coastal environment. Our Chapter is participating in the public process of engaging with the City of Oceanside as it updates its local coastal program (LCP). Increased SLR due to climate change is well supported by scientific evidence, and we can expect to see as much as 6ft of SLR by 2100. Surfrider San Diego is working with coastal cities to help them plan and prepare for SLR in a way that protects our precious coastal resources. AB 691 requires coastal cities to plan for SLR …
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La Jolla
Increase access to the coast in La Jolla by restoring access to a historical pathway at Princess Street.  Surfrider San Diego partnered with the Environmental Center of San Diego to advocate for and support the restoration of the historic Princess Street Coastal Access Trail in La Jolla, San Diego.  Once completed, the trail will restore public access to a stretch of the shoreline isolated by development over the years. The planned trail will descend 50 feet from the public street at the blufftop to the beach and State Marine Reserve and La Jolla Underwater Park and will be open between sunrise and sunset …
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Nothing but red!
Help maintain full public parking access for Black’s. The La Jolla Farms community is taking great measures to discourage public access by covering the majority of curbs along La Jolla Farms Road in red ‘no parking’ paint. Surfrider Foundation San Diego County is encouraging the La Jolla Traffic & Transportation Board to improve parking opportunities by removing much of this red paint while also increasing the parking time limit from 2 to 4 hours. These requests are both reasonable & aligned with the basic tenets of the California Coastal Act. Relevant Posts & Updates BEACH ACCESS Our volunteer-led Beach Preservation …
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Surfrider aims to work with Del Mar communities to plan for coastal erosion and sea level rise rather than relying on coastal armoring that can exacerbate the problems. Our Chapter is participing in the public process of engaging with the City of Del Mar as it updates its local coastal program (LCP). Increased sea level rise (SLR) due to climate change is a well supported by scientific evidence, and we can expect to see as much as 6ft of SLR by 2100. Surfrider San Diego is working with coastal cities to help them plan and prepare for SLR in a …
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Adapt to Sea Level Rise in Imperial Beach
Urge the Imperial Beach City Council to adopt a sea level rise plan that protects the coastal environment. Our Chapter is participing in the public process of engaging with the City of Imperial Beach as it updates its local coastal program (LCP). Increased SLR due to climate change is well supported by scientific evidence, and we can expect to see as much as 6ft of SLR by 2100. Surfrider San Diego is working with coastal cities to help them plan and prepare for SLR in a way that protects our precious coastal resources. AB 691 requires coastal cities to plan …
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This campaign aims to protect the Pacific Ocean and coastal waterways in the shared Tijuana River Valley from pollution. The four main goals are: Stop untreated sewage wastewater from entering the Pacific Ocean through the Tijuana River Valley. Stop chemical pollution from entering the Pacific Ocean through the Tijuana River Valley. Stop plastic pollution from flowing through the Tijuana River Valley to the Pacific Ocean. Stop coastal water pollution, including untreated wastewater and chemicals that travel laterally from Baja California beaches to San Diego county beaches.​ BackgroundCalifornia’s border with Baja California is a complex region with unique environmental issues. Water …
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Finding the right path forward for beach access at Beacon’s Beach in Leucadia is something the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter takes very seriously – we all love the trail at Beacon’s and want it to stay open as long as possible! Beacon’s Beach, a narrow stretch of coast in Encinitas, CA, currently has a narrow switchback trail from the parking lot down to the beach. The problem is the trail is not currently safe. It has a “factor of safety” of 1, which is not stable. Common practice requires a 1.5 factor of safety. The trail would become safer for continued use …
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Safeguard Beach Access from Illegal Red Curbing

Illegal red curbing by coastal homeowners has been an issue for years. In July 2020, a chapter volunteer noticed a …
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La Jolla

Restore Coastal Access at Princess St. in La Jolla

Increase access to the coast in La Jolla by restoring access to a historical pathway at Princess Street.  Surfrider San …
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Black’s Beach Belongs to the Public

Help maintain full public parking access for Black’s. The La Jolla Farms community is taking great measures to discourage public …
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Tijuana River Valley Solution

Funding to Tackle Tijuana River Valley Pollution

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law new legislation to help prevent harmful chemicals, plastic pollution and sewage into the …
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Clean Border Water Now

This campaign aims to protect the Pacific Ocean and coastal waterways in the shared Tijuana River Valley from pollution. The …
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oceanside breach

Create Sea Level Rise Plan for Oceanside

Urge the Oceanside City Council to adopt a sea level rise plan that protects the coastal environment. Our Chapter is …
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delmar kingtide

Adapt to Sea Level Rise in Del Mar

Surfrider aims to work with Del Mar communities to plan for coastal erosion and sea level rise rather than relying …
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Adapt to Sea Level Rise in Imperial Beach

Adapt to Sea Level Rise in Imperial Beach

Urge the Imperial Beach City Council to adopt a sea level rise plan that protects the coastal environment. Our Chapter …
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Protecting Beacon’s Beach for This and Future Generations

Finding the right path forward for beach access at Beacon’s Beach in Leucadia is something the Surfrider Foundation San Diego …
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San Diego Divestment from Fossil Fuel Investments

Surfrider is asking the City of San Diego to adopt a Socially Responsible Investment Policy and divest City funds from …
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Bring Community Choice Energy San Diego County

Community Choice Energy (CCE) allows cities and counties to purchase power on behalf of their residents to provide cleaner power …
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Pass the Carlsbad Plastics Reduction Ordinance

Our chapter is actively encouraging the City of Carlsbad to pass a comprehensive plastics reduction ordinance to ban expanded polystyrene foam and limit other disposable plastics. The City of San Diego recently enacted a plastics reduction ordinance that can serve as a model for Carlsbad. The San Diego plastics reduction ordinance includes a ban of expanded polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) containers at restaurants along with a requirement for restaurants to only offer straws upon request and …
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Pass the Chula Vista Plastics Reduction Ordinance

Our chapter is actively encouraging the City of Chula Vista to pass a comprehensive plastics reduction ordinance to ban expanded polystyrene foam and limit other disposable plastics. The City of San Diego recently enacted a plastics reduction ordinance that can serve as a model for Chula Vista. The San Diego plastics reduction ordinance includes a ban of expanded polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) containers at restaurants along with a requirement for restaurants to only offer straws upon …
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Pass the Coronado Plastics Reduction Ordinance

Our chapter is actively encouraging the City of Coronado to pass a comprehensive plastics reduction ordinance to ban expanded polystyrene foam and limit other disposable plastics. The City of San Diego recently enacted a plastics reduction ordinance that can serve as a model for Coronado. The San Diego plastics reduction ordinance includes a ban of expanded polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) containers at restaurants along with a requirement for restaurants to only offer straws upon request and …
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Pass the Oceanside Plastics Reduction Ordinance

Our chapter is actively encouraging the City of Oceanside to pass a comprehensive plastics reduction ordinance to ban expanded polystyrene foam and limit other disposable plastics. The City of San Diego recently enacted a plastics reduction ordinance that can serve as a model for Oceanside. The San Diego plastics reduction ordinance includes a ban of expanded polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) containers at restaurants along with a requirement for restaurants to only offer straws upon request and …
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