Our City Council needs to “walk the walk” of our green Sebastopol talk.
Our City’s department heads have created a 20-year, $4.6 million Vehicle Replacement budget for the city’s fleet. Even though 42 new vehicles are being purchased, there is no current plan to replace any of these vehicles with zero emission electric vehicles. Despite the fact that a unanimous resolution passed by the Council a decade ago states that the city will do exactly this with our tax dollars.
What does this say about our City government’s commitment to reducing our carbon footprint? And what does it model to our children, that while our city legislates solar panels on rooftops for new private construction, it is using our tax dollars to purchase heavy trucks for tasks that electric vehicles could easily perform in our city’s parks, while sparing us from the toxic diesel emissions of heavy trucks?
If I am elected, I will provide transparent, independent oversight to help our City departments purchase all-electric vehicle replacements whenever possible.
Jonathan has used public comment periods at City council general and budget meetings to request that the City purchase electric vehicles for its fleet. They have refused these requests, and, except for a police bicycle bought years ago, Sebastopol has yet to purchase a single all-electric vehicle.