Community Choice Energy, sometimes referred to as “Community Choice Aggregation” or “CCA”, is a program that brings local control and freedom of choice and competition into the electricity marketplace. Currently, San Diego has only one electricity provider–San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)–a de-facto monopoly. Community Choice allows cities and counties to purchase power on behalf of their residents and businesses, to provide cleaner power options at a competitive price. SDG&E would continue to deliver the power over their power lines, provide customer service, and handle the billing. It’s an agile public-private partnership. SDG&E, like almost all utility companies, publicly states they support a customer’s right to choose an alternate energy provider, but fight it with their lobbying and political spending.
By Bev Harju and the Climate Justice Team - First UU Church
At the recent Community Choice Clean Energy Forum, 89 attendees enjoyed an interesting presentation and filled out 90 post cards to mail to our elected officials. We also collected $166 in donations that will go directly towards our clean energy advocacy efforts.
Join us at First UU Hillcrest Meeting House on the first four Mondays in May, 7 pm to 9 pm, as the UU Men’s Fellowship welcomes professor Peter Bolland.
A call for volunteers: you can make a big impact with SOLACE - Souls Offering Loving And Compassionate Ears
By Yousra El Hachimi as told to Kathy Smith
(Yousra was held at the Otay Mesa Detention Facility before winning her asylum case. She recently shared her story with SOLACE’s Kathy Smith, one of the volunteers who visited Yousra while she was detained there) I am 26 years old. I grew up in Northern Morocco, across the Mediterranean Sea from Spain. I was born in the State of Tangier. I have five sisters and one brother. I love to learn and am curious about the world. My mother also taught me to stay busy in whatever task was in front of me. I wanted to go to University in Morocco, which is free in my country as I was a good student, but I could not make this decision on my own. The conservative culture I grew up in valued my being a wife and mother before being a college student. But as a teenager, I became known as an independent young woman. Therefore, I was declined as a marriage prospect. Finally, my father agreed that I could go to University, as it is free in Morocco. I had a Major in Hotel Management. I had also been studying English in school, and learned some Spanish along the way, in addition to my Moroccan French. My emphasis in high school was accounting.
"In my contact visits I was able to meet with Karen, Kay, Jane, Kathy and Chole. VISITATION MEANT EVERYTHING TO ME because I had no family or other friends that I could safely contact here. SOLACE visitation was so good for me, as I had a chance to meet someone who did not have a uniform or carried a radio pager. I felt happy when I had contact visits, and signed up weekly. This helped me to not feel so alone helped me feel that I had support in the outside world." ~ Yousra El Hachimi
We have several wonderful upcoming events planned at our serenely beautiful mountain retreat Camp de Benneville Pines. Are you in need of a tranquil mountain retreat? Searching for a place where you can commune with nature and find the solitude of a mountain glen? Or do you long for the warmth of a welcoming community of peers? Well, look no further. You have found the place you seek! And here are a few of the upcoming opportunities to come visit.
April 13-17 Spring Volunteer Work Camp
April 21-23 UU Men’s Retreat
May 5-7 UU Women’s Retreat
July 9-15 PWSD Elementary Camp/Counselor in Training Camp
July 16-22 Junior High Camp – filling up fast
July 23-29 Senior High Camp – has short waiting list, get on it now
July 30-Aug 6 Family Camp – nearly full
Aug 6-10 - Adult Camp/UU Choir camp
Aug 12-16 Social Justice Family Camp
Aug 18-23 Art Groove 2017
Sept 1-4 Young Adult Camp
Sept 8-10 Yoga Retreat
For more info about any of these event please contact Betsy Gilpin at (760) 230-2515 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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