No Rubber Stamp – SD PC Denies QB Initiation Amendment

::  JULY 19TH VOTE IS IN ::

San Diego Planning Commissioners vote 4-1:
NO to Initiate Amendment
NO to Department Staff’s Recommendation

Cogentrix/Goldman Sachs has option to appeal to SD City Council -  Fight continues

New Articles- Hot off the Presses:

rubber-stamp:     ^ Webster’s NewWorld Dictionary, Second College Edition, ISBN 0-671-41809-2 – page 1242 – ”  *rubber-stamp 2. [Colloq.] to approve or endorse in a routine manner, without thought – *rubber stamp – 2. [Colloq.] a) a person, bureau, legislature, etc., that approves or endorses something in a routine manner, without thought, b) any routine approval”

Vote Set for July 19th – Email Campaign Begins Now!

We applaud the San Diego Planning Commissioners for their diligence and the votes which opposed initiation of regulation changes to site the Quail Brush power plant. One more vote is needed on July 19th, 9 AM at the Planning Commission  (PC) Hearing to finalize the SD PC’s opposition. 

We are asking you to immediately step-up your written notes of opposition by sending each a message to the SD Planning Commission, San Diego City Council and the California Energy Commission (CEC).  Use the sample message below and add your thoughts about why open space in the Mission Trails Design District of East Elliot is too valuable to convert to industrial uses. The Mission Trails Task Force will also be considering this issue on July 19th at 1 PM.    See the Meetings page

————SAMPLE  LETTER  FOR YOUR USE (COPY &  PASTE)—————-

Email: SEND TO EACH BELOW (& Cc list)
SD PLANNING COMMISSION: planningcommission@sandiego.gov ESolorio@energy.state.ca.us; SD CITY MAYOR: JerrySanders@sandiego.gov SD CITY COUNCIL: anthonyyoung@sandiego.gov; CarlDeMaio@sandiego.gov; kevinfaulconer@sandiego.gov; martiemerald@sandiego.gov; SherriLightner@sandiego.gov; toddgloria@sandiego.gov; davidalvarez@sandiego.gov; loriezapf@sandiego.gov

Cc: JDale@ci.santee.ca.us; JMinto@ci.santee.ca.us; JRyan@ci.santee.ca.us; RVoepel@ci.santee.ca.us; RMcNelis@ci.santee.ca.us; dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov; assemblymember.jones@assembly.ca.gov; gail.ramer@asm.ca.gov, assemblymember.fletcher@assembly.ca.gov, assemblymember.block@assembly.ca.gov, senator.Kehoe@sen.ca.gov; CA52DHima@mail.house.gov

Subject: Project #270282, Plan Area: East Elliott – Quail Brush Power Plant CPA Initiation (CEC record‐Docket #11‐AFC‐03)

Dear Planning Commission, I request that you OPPOSE the initiation of rezoning open space to industrial in the East Elliot Community Plan. The plan specifically states that this open space is to be protected for recreational use, the Multi Species Conservation Program area, and because it “constitutes one of the largest and biologically, most important remaining open space areas in San Diego with a number of endangered and threatened wildlife species.” A power plant or any heavy industrial use is contrary and not possible to mitigate for compliance. I strongly urge the Planning Commission and City Council to reject the initiation. Both the applicant’s and city staff’s justifications fail to meet the criteria specified by the City for initiating an amendment. The community looks to the Planning Commission and the City Council to ENFORCE our Laws, Ordinances, Regulations and Standards (LORS) and the City of San Diego General Plan policies, which have been well-thought through, carefully crafted and adopted for the benefit of the communities they serve.

Sincerely, [Your Name]

Opposition & Support Rise – Letters Pour in

The Planning Commission will vote on Thursday, July 19, 2012, 9 AM at San Diego City Hall (trolley stop close).   Act NOW!  Send a letter by Jul 9th (click for details).

CLICK LOGOS & LINKS BELOW TO READ STATEMENTS OF OPPOSITION
(TIP:  find some letters in the “Download” folder of your computer after clicking)


City Santee      D. Jacob       SMT.org      SD LWV


Click photo above for statement of 4 officials and 19 environmental organizations

San Diego River Coalition

East County Subregional Planning Group Opposition Letter
Ruth Sterling, La Mesa City Councilmember (and MTRP Task Force member)
Brian Jones, Assemblymember 77th District
(in support of Santee City in their opposition)

Letters to the CEC of special interest (among others at CEC Public Comments):
7/2/12 Stephen Goldfarb
Vote to deny the Quail Brush applicant initiation of an amendment to change local laws ordinances and regulations
6/30/12 Steve Blanchard
Additional Photo Survey of Visual Impacts: Mission Trails Day, and Applicant Viewpoint 2 Grasslands Area
6/26/12 Todd T. Cardiff, Attorney at Law
for Robert Simpson and Helping Hand Tools, a California Non-Profit Corporation
6/21/12 Stephen Goldfarb
5/3/12 Steve Blanchard
3/11/12 Dr. Rainer Kurz

All Public Comments to the CEC are available at:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/quailbrush/documents/others/comments/

All statements in opposition help our cause.  Email YOURS today.
Click the Email Activism tab for details.

SDG&E says it’s ready for summer heat . . AS IS!

North County Times Energy Article:  June 13, 2012 (click to open article)
By ERIC WOLFF ewolff@nctimes.com

“. . .the region will lean heavily on older plants such as the 58-year-old Encina Power Station in Carlsbad, . . .”

“. . . SDG&E and regulators implemented conservation plans. But mostly, they said, the region shouldn’t have a problem.”

“[SDGE] Executives and regulators said these measures should provide enough power to the region, even if there are sustained heat waves —- and even if one of the older, creakier plants should break down.”

‘  “At this stage, we’re well-prepared to deal with the various contingencies,” said Robert Weisenmiller, chairman of the California Energy Commission.’

AND

More evidence that QB PP is not needed courtesy of Bill Powers:   A document was filed with the CPUC by another energy company (NRG) on 6/24/11.    Excerpt below:

“NRG submits that several of the assumptions presented in SDG&E’s application, especially those regarding the Encina Power Station and the Cabrillo II Peakers, do not reflect the current commercial status.   In these comments, NRG:

1) Corrects the presumption that the existing Encina Power Station will be retired by December 31, 2017 as referenced in the CA 316(b) Once Through Cooling (“OTC”) policy. Encina’s retirement is not within the CPUC’s or SDG&E’s ability to determine;

2) Provides evidence that the existing Encina Power Station can operate indefinitely to provide critical reliable capacity and optionality until the proposed repowering with the new Carlsbad Energy Center project – a plant with an efficient, rapid response load-following technology that has many environmental benefits including significantly lower emissions – is needed at the Encina Power Station site; and

3) Emphasizes that the Encina Power Station site has transmission, infrastructure, and timing advantages for repowering which mitigate development risks associated with building a power plant to reliably serve SDG&E; and

4) Clarifies that the timing of retiring the Cabrillo II peaking turbines is dependent not upon “air permit restrictions” but upon SDGE’s decision not to renew the site leases and notes the importance of these units to various non-SDG&E load serving entities (“LSE”) and the CAISO.

NRG respectfully urges the Commission to evaluate the timing of the projects presented in this application vis-à-vis the timing of the Carlsbad Energy Center in light of the comments offered herein.”

Following Quail Brush $$$,$$$

Recent Letters to the Editor at the Santee Patch:
5/7/12 Santee Patch:  Follow the Quail Brush Money
5/3/12 Santee Patch:  Mission Trails Day Flier Reveals Shocking Sponsor

Add your Comments & Questions by signing up at Santee Patch–it’s easy to do.

Cogentrix/Goldman Sachs advertises “Fact$”  via costly ads and sponsorships.

In 2011, Cogentrix made a “Gold” level $500-1499 donation to a local Santee charitable organization associated with the holiday season.    Such propaganda, especially targeting children, is deplorable.  What of childrens’ lifelong health & quality of life?

The public can/should demand full disclosure of related activities by SDGE, Cogentrix, and any associated parties involved in the QB project, from the City of San Diego & City of Santee and their Chambers of Commerce.   Post your findings (state or share the information source) as a comment on this webpage and at the Santee Patch too.

Facts matter, but only when disclosed in full and examined altogether.

Coming Fast – Urgent Action – Email by June 19th

We’ve learned that any letters sent to the Planning Commission prior to April 26th, must be re-sent by June 19th!   See our Email Activism page & act today!

 

Plan time off – Attend to defend!  City of SD Planning Commission MeetingThurs, Jun 28, 9 am  City Administration Building, 202 C Street, 12th flr (downtown San Diego).

Topic:  Initiation of a Community Plan amendment to allow the rezoning from residential to industrial to lay the legal framework to approve situating this power plant here.   If we succeed in getting the initiation to rezone denied or withdrawn, the power plant may not be sited there.

Parking is $17 at ACE parking lots, come early, take the trolley, or carpool.


Congressman Duncan Hunter’s response about the Power Plant

From: “Congressman Duncan Hunter” <CA52DHima@mail.house.gov>

March 30, 2012

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding the proposed Quail Brush Generation Project.  I welcome the opportunity to respond to you on this important issue.

I am aware of San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) application to the California Energy Commission (CEC) to build a gas-fired power plant, and have heard many concerns from the residents of Santee regarding this matter.  As you indicated, representatives from the CEC held a workshop this past week to hear from concerned residents.  My schedule as a Member of Congress required that I be in Washington, D.C., so I was not able to attend the meetings in San Diego this week.

Further, my role as a federal legislator limits my involvement in this issue as it is currently being considered on the state and local level.

However, I do understand that the Santee City Council voted unanimously on a resolution Wednesday, voicing opposition to the plant.  Also, San Diego planning commissioners have delayed a decision to potentially change the zoning of the site while the CEC still considers the permit request.

I believe it is imperative that any effort to develop energy resources must be performed with the safety of the public and environment in mind.  In the past, I have opposed projects that would adversely affect private property owners and are not in the best interest of our community.  Regardless, I will continue to monitor the developments of this issue as it affects Santee, and should the matter extend to the federal level, I will keep your concerns firmly in mind.

Thank you once again for contacting me.  If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Sincerely,

Duncan Hunter
Member of Congress

Please visit my website at hunter.house.gov.com