I want to commend City Council for supporting the first reading of the ordinance to adopt the 2022 edition of the California Building Standards Code and Fire Code with local amendments, including amendments to require building electrification (reach codes), underground utility installation, and expanded geotechnical hazard evaluation. We should be inspired by the city of San Mateo, which recently adopted reach codes for new buildings and remodels of existing buildings. We often look to the state to initiate climate change actions, but let’s not overlook what cities can do.

At the Peninsula Climate Collaboration Summit on Nov. 12, speakers addressed this very matter. State Sen. Josh Becker called upon cities to innovate on climate, saying small and medium- size cities matter. Diane Bailey from MenloSpark talked about “the promise of small cities” in shifting to clean power. Mayors Pat Burt from Palo Alto and John Hamilton from sister city Bloomington, Ind., described their cities’ efforts to electrify and thereby reduce emissions. Stanford researcher Michael Wara identified two vital steps: clean up the electric system, and electrify everything.

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Peter Davis

I second that! A year ago, I thought natural gas was clean and 'good', but I've since realized I was just brainwashed by all the marketing of gas companies.

We're all still hurtling towards a climate disaster, and our gas heaters are the surprising villain in this - they are one of the biggest sources of planet-warming emissions, and with new technologies, they are pretty easy to replace. Kudos to the council for their leadership on this.

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