The coast news, july 8, 2016

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VOL. 30, N0. 28

JULY 8, 2016



.com Some of the city of Carlsbad’s vehicles, including fire engines, will be now be powered using Propel Diesel HPR (High Performance Renewable) fuels. Courtesy photo

Carlsbad switches RANCHO to SFNEWS renewable fuel for city trucks By Steve Puterski

On a mission Kirra Kelsay, 6, drops in on a mini-ramp at the Encinitas Community skate park. Kelsay is one of a growing number of girls taking up the sport of skateboarding. An all-girls skate session is being planned for this Saturday. See the full story on page A15. Courtesy photo

Housing project awarded $1.48M in subsidies By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside recently got the good news that a total of $1.48 million in federal Affordable Housing Program (AHP) subsidies was awarded to the Mission Cove mixed-use affordable housing project, which will provide housing for low and very low-income families, veterans, seniors and transitional youth. National Community Renaissance (CORE) and Community HousingWorks (CHW) make up the devel-

opment team for the project that sits on a 14.5-acre city owned parcel on Mission Avenue, between Interstate 5 and El Camino Real. CORE is the master developer for the site, and is developing 150 family, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment units in two building phases. CHW is developing an additional 138 senior/special needs units. John Seymour, vice president of National CORE, said there is a low supply and high need for affordable

housing. Seymour said high local housing costs have made those earning minimum wage part of the working poor. The median rent in San Diego County has risen 32 percent in the past 16 years, and most workers’ pay has not. “We are in one of the worst housing crises, housing affordability is so unaffordable for seniors, working families, we have a crisis at hand,” TURN TO HOUSING ON A21

CARLSBAD — The city is injecting clean, renewable fuel for its diesel fleet including fire, dump and vacuum trucks, according to a press release. Carlsbad has partnered with Propel, the largest retailer of low-carbon fuels in the state. “The city of Carlsbad has shown strong leadership in sustainability and climate action. Propel is excited to help extend their vision to their fueling program,” said Rob Elam, CEO of Propel. “This is how smart fleets immediately reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality in the communities they serve.” According to Propel, the move improves local air quality and reduces the city’s fleet greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 percent at no additional fuel cost or modifications to their fleet. While produced from 100 percent


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renewable inputs, Diesel High Performance Renewable (HPR) meets the ASTM D-975 diesel specification for use in all diesel engines, providing a seamless transition to the fuel for the city’s diesel fleet vehicles. Carlsbad is among the first city fleets in California to adopt low-carbon fuel renewable diesel fuel. “Diesel HPR cleans the air we breathe and reduces the emissions from our city vehicles,” said Steve Hodges, management analyst for the city of Carlsbad Public Works and General Services. “Propel provides access to the top low-carbon fuel in the country, allowing us to share the health and emissions benefits with anyone living in or visiting Carlsbad.” Renewable diesel outperforms petroleum in emissions, engine perforTURN TO FUEL ON A21

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