Decision On Quail Brush Power Plant Delayed, Again

Residents of Santee and northeastern San Diego who oppose a proposal to build a 100-megawatt, natural gas-fired power plant near the edge of Mission Trails Regional Park have spent months fighting against the project.

They will have to keep fighting at least a few more weeks after San Diego planning commissioners failed to reach a four-vote requirement during a hearing on Thursday.

The purpose of the meeting was to take the first step in amending the community plan to allow the construction of the plant. It was not intended to be a up or down vote on the project itself, the California Energy Commission is the agency to do that.

Yet, opponents still took the opportunity to blast the overall proposal to build the Quail Brush Power Plant, saying it would ruin the environment, impact quality of life, and drive home values down.

Some commissioners responded to their claims.

"As far as the vista, some speakers portrayed it as some pristine area...when in fact it's not a pristine area right now," said commissioner Mike Smiley. "I haven't seen that road, near the landfill, without tree trimming trucks parked on it end on end."

In the end, commissioners Eric Naslund, Stephen Haase, and Susan Peerson, voted against amending the community plan. However, because the four-vote requirement was not reached, the item will once again return to the planning commission on July 19.

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Opponents pointed out: That the Project did not meet the Criteria Necessary to begin initiation (3 commissioners agreed), The plant was not needed based on Available power in San Diego, and there are alternatives that could be explored such as roof top solar that would generate jobs and provide a secure energy future without destroying the environment and people's health.

Read this Patch Letter to the Editor, more info on this topic. http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/letter-stop-the-mission-trails-power-plant

"This pollution will blanket our region from an unnecessary, massive power plant being planned for the Santee/Tierrasanta/La Jolla/La Mesa/MiraMesa (State Route 52) corridor. To add insult to injury, it is planned right on the edge of a historic area and nature preserve, the lovely Mission Trails Regional Park.

This is the historic site of the first aqueduct in California, built with Father Junipero Serra's oversight to bring water to the first California mission established by Father Serra in what is now Mission Valley. The aqueduct can still be seen and enjoyed today on a walk through a trail in still-pristine wilderness right in the heart of our county. Native Americans lived in the immediate region, their grinding holes in the rocks still visible.

To have a power plant placed side-by-side with this aqueduct and Native American Historic Site is an abomination of our past, and present. "

BRAVO TO THE SAN DIEGO CITY PLANNING COMMISSION - VOTE IT DOWN AGAIN IN JULY. WE DON'T NEED MORE POLLUTION IN OUR LOVELY COUNTY. WE NEED LESS. WE SHOULD NOT LET SDG&E RUIN OUR COUNTY'S AIR NOR OUR OPEN SPACES.

According to Cogentrix, we can expect 205 TONS of toxic particulates every year from this power plant, and that's just at 43% capacity. Those of us with a few decades under our belts know that people tend to fudge the truth when it's to their advantage. Really, what's to stop it from running at 100%? These fossil-fuel energy mongers can be very persuasive. As David Secor said at the Planning Commission meeting, all arguments from the proponents of this power plant are based on greed and fear. The arguments from the opponents are based on lifestyle, protection of our health and environment, and the future of our city. A very apt observation. Anyone else who believes that we can do better, needs to stand up and join your fellow community members on this issue. If you enjoy hiking to the top of Cowles Mountain and wouldn't want to gaze down upon an industrial blight on top of Mission Trails, then get involved in stopping this power plant. San Diego is full of brilliant scientists and experts. Why would we not want to tap into that brain power and come up with a better solution than a power plant on top of Mission Trails, a planetary bio-gem? Wake up and smell the wild roses.... Before it's too late.

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