San Diego Union-Tribune: Letters: State must consider all climate change options

Friday, December 13, 2019

Published by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Re “California’s rising sea level demands aggressive response from state” (Dec. 6): I welcome the call for California’s leaders to address sea level rise in the editorial.

Sea level rise and coastal erosion are two major threats to California’s coast. These threats affect the local economy, tourism and public beach access for millions of people.

On Dec. 3 in Encinitas, I participated in a bipartisan hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy chaired by Assembly member Tasha Boerner Horvath.

We heard from experts and community members on the current and future impacts of sea level rise and erosion.

“Managed retreat” has a place in the discussion but is not a single solution. California must consider other realistic options to address these challenges. Legislators must come together to find a consensus on solutions.

As the senator for northern San Diego and southern Orange counties, I stand ready to do my part.

Patricia Bates
Laguna Niguel
State Senator, 36th District