I am delighted to announce the city of Brisbane has received a $200,000 climate grant from the Bay Area Air Management District to fund and develop and implement a comprehensive commercial building efficiency program to reduce energy, water, and greenhouse gas emissions from the business sector. The centerpiece of the project is development and adoption of an ordinance that requires existing commercial buildings (including multi-family buildings) to benchmark their energy and water use annually and to audit their facility periodically.
The city committed to addressing the carbon footprint of its buildings through its 2015 Climate Action Plan. Due to the significance of the commercial sector in Brisbane’s overall emissions profile and the perceived challenges of residential mandates, an ordinance focused on reducing energy use in commercial buildings through benchmarking, auditing and improving the efficiency of an existing building’s equipment and systems requirements was prioritized. As a member of the air district’s board of directors, I am proud to support this program.
In other news, after a nearly two-decade battle, the Cow Palace Board of Directors (#1-A District Agricultural Association) voted April 16 to end gun shows at the Daly City venue starting Jan. 1, 2020. The communities surrounding the Cow Palace earned a big victory. I applaud state Sen. Scott Wiener for his tireless efforts over the past two years to bring the community’s desire to reality.
The state should not profit off the sales of guns and now it no longer will at the Cow Palace. The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has called for ending gun shows at the Cow Palace since 2014. I first joined then state Sen. Mark Leno in this effort in 2009 when I served on the Daly City Council. Leno authored legislation to ban shows at the facility but was ultimately vetoed.
David J. Canepa is a member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors representing District 5, which includes Brisbane.