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San Diego City Council Meeting Information

Public Comment Instructions

Due to COVID-19, all City Council meetings are being held virtually. You may access the meeting online via Zoom or by calling into the meeting.

  1. Join the meeting webinar by 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 9.
    • To join by computer, tablet or smartphone: Navigate to the Zoom webinar.
    • To join by iPhone one-tap: +16692545252,,1601405223#
    • To join by telephone: Dial 1-669-254-5252 and when prompted, input Webinar ID: 160 140 5223#.
  2. To speak on a particular item or during non-agenda public comment click the “Raise Your Hand” button on your computer, tablet, or smartphone (or dial *9 by telephone).
    • You will be taken in the order in which you raised your hand. You may only speak once on a particular item.
  3. When the Committee Consultant indicates it is your turn to speak, unmute your device by clicking the “Unmute” button on your device, or dial *6 on your telephone.
  4. Speak or read your public comment.

Unable to Call in to the Meeting?

Submit a Public Comment Form.

  • Indicate the appropriate agenda item (Item 334).
  • Submit your comment by 10:45 a.m.
  • All webform comments are limited to 200 words.

 

Sample Public Comment Script

 

Good Afternoon Councilmembers,

My name is _______, and I am a resident of San Diego. I respectfully ask you to direct the Stormwater Department to address the $1.4 billion dollar funding shortfall we currently face, and in particular, by supporting a 2022 ballot initiative. As a _______ (surfer, swimmer, beachgoers, business owner, etc.)… I believe…

*Pick one or two talking points from the list below.*

  • Our communities have a right to clean, safe water. The City must adequately invest in stormwater management that protects the public from pollution, flooding, and property damage.
  • San Diego needs to capture and treat our stormwater. Toxic pollution threatens our neighborhoods and closes our beaches. We deserve clean, safe water to support our communities, economy, and recreation.
  • Our aging stormwater infrastructure threatens our most vulnerable communities. Heavy rains flood our streets and pollute our neighborhoods. Sewage systems leak into nearby stormwater pipes and waterways. These are dangerous public health risks that disproportionately affect environmental justice and frontline communities.
  • The City’s reports show a stormwater budget shortfall of over $1.4 billion dollars. We need clean, safe water for San Diego and a dedicated stormwater revenue source to address the shortfall.
  • Stormwater solutions are climate solutions. We can clean our waters, reduce flooding, create local green jobs, address climate change, and increase safe and secure water supplies. Increased stormwater funding can turn a liability into a regional asset.

Thank you very much for your time.

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Congratulations, you’ve given public comment on an important issue! You’ve fulfilled an important aspect of your civic duty. Our waters thank you.

Helpful tips

  • Call from a quiet and familiar location.
  • CityTV Live stream is delayed on televisions, web streams, or radios. Follow along using your phone audio.
  • Speak slowly and clearly.
  • Be respectful. Avoid using profanity or hateful language.
  • If you are using the public comment script, please read it ahead of time.
  • Share your story. Personalized public comments are memorable and more effective.