The City of San Diego is now applying for Scenic Highway status for State Route 52 in Mission Trails Regional Park. Please take a moment to email your support! We are pleased that the San Diego City Council unanimously voted to request recognition of the scenic natural resources of SR 52 from Santo Rd. to Mast Blvd. through MTRP. Send a brief note with positive comments of support today! Easy 1-step below.
Ms. Melissa Garcia, Senior Planner
City of San Diego
Planning, Neighborhoods & Economic Development Department
1222 First Avenue, MS 413
San Diego, CA 92101-4101 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Letters mut be received by February 28.)
Here is a sample letter:
RE: Support CA Scenic Highway Designation for SR 52
Dear Ms. Garcia,
I support the Scenic Highway designation of State Route 52 at Mission Trails Regional Park. This area’s beautiful unspoiled hills and canyons offer a tranquil and restorative experience for travelers heading from our county’s coast to its mountains, as well as for park visitors. Additionally, the status may help protect the natural habitats and the important wildlife in this region.
Celebrate our victories, but stay vigilant for the sake of our park, our communities, and our health. Currently, the Quail Brush Power Plant bordering Mission Trails Regional Park and Santee is in a one-year suspension. Scroll down to read more about what a suspension means, what happens next, and for photos of recent events.
Milestones August 29, 2011 – Cogentrix files application (AFC) for Quail Brush power plant (QB) with CA Energy Commission (CEC). With a few exceptions, the general public is not notified. January 3, 2012 – Randomly attending a bimonthly Mission Trails Park meeting, a Santee resident learns of plans for QB and begins movement to alert citizenry. March 12, 2012 – Stop the Santee Power Plant Rally informs hundreds during morning rush hour and alerts the media. March 28, 2012 – Santee City Council unanimously passes a resolution opposing QB. May 29, 2012 –Save Mission Trailsincorporates. Spring 2012 and continuing on – Thousands sign petitions, send letters, attend rallies and workshops. A strong coalition of environmental groups and local representatives both Democrat and Republican take a stand against QB. July 19, 2012 – San Diego Planning Commission votes 4 to 1 rejecting re-zoning of open space land around park for power plant. September 4, 2012 – Santee School District votes 4 to 1 to oppose QB. September 24, 2012 – San Diego City Council unanimously denies Cogentrix’ appeal of Planning Commission’s decision. December 18, 2012 – San Diego Mayor Bob Filner submits letter to CPUC opposing new fossil fuel plants and affirming a vision for the city to be a leader in better alternatives. March 21, 2013 – CPUC unanimously denies SDG&E power purchase agreement for QB. March 21, 2013 – Mission Trails Regional Park Task Force unanimously votes to officially oppose QB. April 16, 2013 – CEC approves Cogentrix request for one-year suspension of QB.
The one-year suspensionof Quail Brush will expire on April 15, 2014. Cogentrix needs to either wait until the expiration date or file a motion with the CEC to revive its review of the AFC sooner than April 16, 2014. If the CEC grants the motion, Cogentrix can restart at any time.
What happens when the suspension expires? Is the project canceled or automatically active? According to Eric Solorio, CEC project manager for QB, “My reading of the Order is staff will resume its review of the AFC on April 16, 2014.”
What now? Stay connected with Save Mission Trails. We remain active in the community to continue to get the word out about Cogentrix’ ill-conceived gas plant in a designated open space area, high fire-hazard zone, close to schools, residents, and the beautiful and peaceful (for now) Mission Trails.
Thanks for your support. Let’s work together to keep our energy green and the air clean!