MAY 2017 PRIORITY ACTIONS:
1) Send an email or letter to the CPUC before June 12 to state your opposition to the alternate routes of a gas pipeline (Line 3602) which would go through Mission Trails Regional Park, East Elliott, and the Goodan Ranch.
You may use the letter below (copy and paste) or (better) craft your own letter.
***Be sure to add your name and city to the bottom of the drafted letter below before sending.
EMAIL your comments/letter to SDgaspipeline@ene.com OR submit comments online here http://sdgaspipeline.cores.ene.com/SubmitComment/
Robert Peterson California Public Utilities Commission RE: Pipeline Safety and Reliability Project c/o Ecology and Environment, Inc. 505 Sansome Street, Suite 300 San Francisco, CA 94111 RE: Pipeline Safety and Reliability Project – New Natural Gas Line 3602 (Application No. A.15-09-013) I oppose both alternative routes of the proposed gas pipeline (Line 3602). Alternative routes through Mission Trails Regional Park and surrounding park expansion areas are not acceptable. The first proposed alternative would disrupt and degrade Mission Trails Regional Park’s West Sycamore Area including parts of the new Stowe Trail, the Goodan Ranch, and Fanita Ranch. These preserved areas and parklands are used by hundreds or even thousands of visitors daily. Maintaining the integrity of the preservation of these natural lands is imperative for existing wildlife, flora, and habitat. The second proposed alternative is equally unacceptable and would degrade Mission Trails’s Spring Canyon and East Fortuna Staging Area and East Elliott, part of MTRP’s larger ecosystem. The park and its surrounding expansion area must be protected. Please drop or oppose these alternative routes. Thank you.
2) Attend a public scoping meeting to comment in writing or verbally. The May 25, meeting is in San Diego. Scoping meetings provide another opportunity to comment and share info on the proposed project and the environmental review.
The public scoping meetings will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., each day, at the following locations:
Tues., May 23 – Pala Mesa Resort, Ballroom, 2001 Old Highway 395, Fallbrook, CA 92028
Wed., May 24 – Park Avenue Community Center, Auditorium, 210 E. Park Ave, Escondido, CA 92025
Thurs., May 25 – Alliant International University, San Diego Campus, Green Hall, 10455 Pomerado Rd, San Diego, CA 92131
Project Name: Pipeline Safety and Reliability Project – New Natural Gas Line 3602 and De-rating Line 1600 (PSRP) Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Notification – Legal Notice process.
3) Attend the Santee City Council (SCC) meeting on Wed., May 24. SCC will address this issue as a “communication” item. A vote by the SCC is not planned, as the city already opposes the pipeline project passing through Santee. Regardless, attendance at Wednesdays SCC meeting is always good, just in case a council member begins to waffle on this issue.
THANK YOU for TAKING ACTION!
UPDATE! Designation of Scenic Highway Status for SR 52 through MTRP obtained in May 2016. Thank you!
PRIORITY ACTION: Secure Scenic Highway Designation for State Route 52
Please email a letter to support and encourage Caltrans to complete the Scenic Highway Designation process for SR-52 between Santo Road and Mast Boulevard through Mission Trails Park (Background and Why This is Important below).
The designation has gained bipartisan support because of the value that we all place on the scenic resources of Mission Trails Park. In the words of Councilmember Sherman, “A Scenic Highway designation for SR-52 from Mast Boulevard to Santo Road will bring recognition to the area adjacent to the park for its scenic views…[and] may also assist in preserving the natural beauty of the area.”
UPDATE! Cogentrix withdrew Quail Brush power plant application in September 2014. Thank you!
PRIORITY ACTION: EMAIL the CA ENERGY COMMISSION (CEC) TODAY!
After the March 21, 2013, CPUC vote to temporarily disallow SDG&E to purchase power from Quail Brush (QB), all eyes are on the CA Energy Commission (CEC)’s looming decision to approve or deny this power plant FOR GOOD. The CEC can override the local San Diego City Council/Planning Commission votes which rejected QB in 2012. While the applicant Cogentrix deliberates its next move and the CEC reviews the project, the opposition to QB keeps building. Please email the CEC TODAY with these easy steps. Don’t delay!
- Email: email@example.com and “cc” local, state, and federal officials (scroll down for info) or submit your e-comment via this CEC form.
- Subject Line / Reference: “CEC record‐Docket #11‐AFC‐03 Quail Brush Power Generation Siting Case.”
- Include your name, date, city, and zip code (Full address not required – *see privacy info below)
- Request that CEC stop the project for good by choosing the “No Project Alternative,” to uphold the City of San Diego LORS (zoning rules), and to reject a fossil fuel power plant in a high fire-hazard zone, near residences, schools, and beautiful Mission Trails Park. Feel free to use this Sample Letter.
Even Better: Write and send your own message – even just a few sentences.
- Multiple emails are effective – email the CEC regularly!
Whenever you have additional comments/questions, send more emails promptly.
- *Privacy Note: The CEC posts public comments on its website. If you do not wish your personal contact information, such as your address, email, etc. to be available on the CEC website, you can email your letter to the CEC as an attachment without your contact information. In your email text, state “See attachment for public docket.” Generally, e-comments submitted via CEC’s e-filing do not show your email, only your name.
- Click here to keep up-to-date and make sure your letter is posted. Sign up on the CEC List Server (lower right corner).
FEDERAL, STATE, & LOCAL OFFICIALS. For greatest impact, “cc” all on every email. Copy/Paste entire list to “cc”:
EMAIL THE SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL – CONTINUED SUPPORT USEFUL!
On July 19, 2012, the San Diego Planning Commission voted down (4-1) the Community Plan Amendment Initiative to rezone the proposed power plant site from open space to industrial. On September 24, 2012, the San Diego City Council unanimously (8-0) voted to deny an appeal by CoGentrix to initiatie the re-zoning. On March 21, the CA Public Utilities Commission voted to temporarily deny a power purchase agreement (PPA) for Quail Brush. Great victories! But the fight continues until this project is rejected FOR GOOD!
Here’s what you can do to help:
Write a letter or email to San Diego City Councilmembers
a) Thank the councilmembers for their support and
b) Request their continued opposition to the California Energy Commission’s interest in placing a fossil fuel power plant on East Elliott open space at Mission Trails Park.
c) Encourage the councilmembers to make all of East Elliott “Dedicated” Open Space, a category with higher protection than “Designated” Open Space.
Sample text for letter to SD City Council:
RE: East Elliott and Quail Brush – PROJECT NO. 2011-04 Thank you and a Request
Thank you for your vote to deny the Community Plan Amendment #2011-04. However, the California Energy Commission can still override the zoning regulations to build an industrial fossil fuel power plant in this open space area that is designated to be protected. Please continue to fight the Quail Brush Generation Project on open space, as it conflicts with the following: the East Elliott Community Plan, the General Plan, the Municipal Code, and the Mission Trails Regional Park Design Plan. Please push quickly to DEDICATE the East Elliott land as open space so it is protected forever. San Diego citizens deserve to keep our park the beautiful refuge that it is now.
Let’s move toward progressive energy solutions for San Diego, including rooftop solar, energy storage, energy efficiency, and community choice aggregation (CCA). Solar panels on rooftops in sunshine-rich San Diego is an obvious alternative. No way for natural gas fossil fuel plant at our beloved park’s edge and future expansion area!
OTHER PHONES / EMAILS TO STATE YOUR OPPOSITION
- SD Co. Supervisor Dianne Jacob (619) 531‐5522
- MTRP Task Force and Citizens Advisory Committee or call 619-668-3281 & leave a message.
- Sempra Energy Corporate Offices and (619) 696-2000
- Urge your homeowners’ association or other citizen or business group to formally, as an organization, send the CEC a letter of opposition.