San Diego City Council president Sherri Lightner. Photo by Chris Stone
San Diego City Council president Sherri Lightner. Photo by Chris Stone

Three members of the San Diego City Council are scheduled to fly  to Washington, D.C., Wednesday to lobby Congressional representatives and other federal officials.

Council President Sherri Lightner, and Councilwomen Myrtle Cole and Marti Emerald plan to discuss economic development, infrastructure financing, workforce development, homelessness and cyber security.

“I’m looking forward to meeting with our contacts in Washington regarding their approaches to issues such as cyber security and workforce development,” Lightner said. “We’re bringing a lot of good ideas, and I believe San Diego will benefit from strengthening our partnerships with some of the nation’s foremost industry professionals.”

With San Diego and the state as a whole locked in a severe drought, Lightner said she also plans to talk about water issues.

Her itinerary also includes delivering the closing remarks at a showing of the National Geographic documentary “World’s Smart Cities San Diego.” The one-hour program, which began airing last Saturday on the National Geographic Channel, focuses on San Diego’s quality of life, technology sector, local innovators, green practices and public planning. San Diego is the only city in North America to be profiled.

As council president pro tem, Emerald is the council’s second in command, and she chairs the panel’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee. Cole chairs the Economic Development Committee.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.