Santee Power Plant: To Be, Or Not To Be.

Hamlet's soliloquy doesn't exactly mirror my divided feelings about taking an active role regarding the Quail Brush Power Plant. Still there's a parallel question. Do I Speak - or remain Silent?

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Oh, NO! Shakespeare? No, this isn't Hamlet's question, it's ours.  Will the people, and the government, and the businesses of Santee, and all citizens in the area who know it's the right thing to do, stand up and take the actions necessary to stop the proposed Quail Brush power plant?  I borrowed the bold words from Bill.

Each of us as citizens should consider our question - Whether 'tis nobler . . . to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous corporations (/Sempra/GoldmanSachs/Cogentrix), or to take arms against a sea of corporate abuses, and by opposing, end them.

For who would bear the Whips and Scorns of corporate "persons,", the Oppressor's wrong,  . . . the Law's delay, the insolence of Office, but for the fear which makes us rather bear those ill wills we have (SDG&E), than fly to others we know not of (). 

Thus Conscience, our thoughts, makes cowards of us all, and the native hue of Resolution is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of Thought. 

And enterprises of great pitch and moment (The stoppage of Quail Brush) . . . lose the name of Action.

It is not so great a stretch.  Each of us, as citizens, parents, grandparents, protectors of our children's future, each of us is being asked to stand up, to take arms against yet another in an endless series of "in your face" environmental insults hurled at us with impunity by the monopoly that is SDG&E, and friends.

These corporate "persons" and their puppets in government expect us to roll over.  But we need not remain silent and invisible.  Silence means surrender and submission.  As Frederick Douglass said, "Power concedes Nothing without a Demand.  It never did, and it never will." 

To bring greater attention to the issue, SaveMissionTrails.org will lead a trek up Cowles Mountain on Saturday at 7:30 am.  Join us, if only as supporters, and invite your friends, too.  Whether you are a Santee resident, or live in the Cajon Valley, or simply a person opposed to corporate abuse of the People and our environment - do the right thing - join in.  Numbers matter to us, and to the media which help spread the word. 

In these turbulent times, our children and grandchildren will either praise us for standing up at a crossroads moment, or curse us for, after being called upon to protect them, remaining silent. So take action. Be a part of this group of citizens like you. 

Stop the power plant?  I can't, but WE CAN!

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Mary June 16, 2012 at 05:42 PM
So where are all the voices? This subject usually brings lots of rhetoric and converstation. We all need to be together on this one and stay focused. Per an email I received recently, Santee is under siege by a tag team: SDG&E/Goldman Sachs/Cogentrix for the proposed Quail Brush peaker plant and Allied Waste monster dump for the Sycamore Landfill GIGANTIC EXPANSION It says: Garbage is estimated to rise 200-feet above natural ridgelines to an elevation of 1,050-feet Triple current acreage disturbed Quadruple in tons per day of garbage processed with associated trucks and traffic impacts. Up to 1,250 daily entry tickets 24-hour operations without feasible noise barriers Odor and air pollution including methane, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulates 34,965,000 cubic yards of cut 26-acres of Multiple Species Preserve Open Space rezoned to industrial You need to send your comments and questions in the legal record to lay a foundation for litigation if needed. Send to: DSDEAS@sandiego.gov Subject: SYCAMORE LANDFILL MASTER PLAN EXPANSION, Project No. 5617/SCH No. 2003041057 Comment Deadline June 25, 2012 Mr Secor is right, we can't let them steamroll over us. Non action on our part is the same as permission to exploit us.
David B Secor June 16, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Mary - It has been EXCEPTIONALLY QUIET. I can tell you that the trek up Cowles Mountain was well-attended and we passed out information re the impact of the proposed Quail Brush Power Plant. The many dozens of hikers that regularly hike the mountain were mostly UNAWARE of the project, and signed our petition and planned to attend the Navajo Planners mtg on Monday the 18th at 7pm, 6299 Capri Drive in Del Cerro to press for a resolution opposing the plant. The Big One is Thursday, June 28 @ 9am SD City Planning Commission. Downtown - City Administration building, 202 "C" St (right at trolley stop) 12 Floor
David B Secor June 16, 2012 at 08:21 PM
The proposed power plant will be at the head of Mission Trails Park. If you like the beauty and openness of the park, 11 100-foot smokestacks and 90-foot power line towers will put an end to that! Do not let San Diego re-zone that property to "heavy-industrial." East County will only turn into the dump that the corporations want it to be if WE LET THEM DO IT! We don't have to let this area turn into another City of Industry. Stand up! For your kids' sake!!!
Patty Kay Mooney June 21, 2012 at 10:53 PM
I was one of the attendees at the Navajo Planners meeting on June 18th and the council members seemed perturbed about even addressing the issue of the Quail Brush Power Plant (as a request by Council Member, Marti Emerald). Their uncaring and unwelcoming attitude made an impression on me, a Navajo community member that will not "go quietly into that good night." The next step for all people who care about leaving the remarkable scenic vistas at the proposed power plant site just the way they are, is to attend the San Diego Planning Commission meeting on June 28th. Stand up for what you believe in.
David B Secor June 21, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Spread the word! By talk, phone, email, social media! Do not allow San Diego Planning Commission to re-zone the area next to Mission Trails Park from open space to heavy industrial!!! Do it for our kids' sake!
Santee Homeowner June 27, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Some of these people, not all that sit on local planning boards are ignorant, arrogant, disrespectful, bureaucratic sycophants. They need to be recalled as well, and exiled to live with their corrupt politician friends next to a Sunrise Powerlink transmission tower or better yet, next to a Pattern Energy industrial wind generation farm but we need to make sure they lose 20% of their home equity in the process.
Mary June 27, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I’m more worried about the air quality on a hot summer day when that plant would be running non-stop. Sure would like to know the names and e-mail addresses of the Navajo Planner’s Board. It is difficult to attend all these group’s meetings, but when you hear of the disrespect they exhibited on such a sensitive subject, it would be nice to let them know we disapprove of their behavior.
Kevin George June 27, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I don't understand mary, I was listening to one of your representatives last night at the LM Council meeting and he said the plant wasn't needed because there was never a time when a cloud covered the entire region, ( he left out the part about night time) implying that solar/wind was plenty on a hot Summer day. So which is it: The sun provides enough electricity on a sunny day OR on a sunny day when everyones air is on the plant will run non stop?
Mary June 27, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Kevin - My issue is the air quality on a hot summer day when that plant would be running non-stop. Thanks to Santee’s geography and topography, air pollution is nearly synonymous with our city’s name. Just look at the valley from the summit on 52 when you are entering Santee. Given that Santee is located in a low lying valley, surrounded by mountain, foothills and deserts beyond, air circulation becomes limited by default. When we add the volumes of auto exhaust from cars, favorable atmospheric conditions, as well as plenty of sunshine to the mix, we have excellent conditions for unhealthy air quality production. We certainly don‘t need added pollutants from a peaker plant. I don’t know who spoke at the LM Council meeting nor what was said. I would like someone to look into the possibility of using solar and wind energy during daytime hours and the grid for nighttime usage. For many years the grid was our only public source, so that solar and wind should help supplement and therefore save daytime grid consumption, for overnight needs.
David B Secor June 27, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Tomorrow, Thursday at 9am the SD City Council will take up the issue (202 "C" St, 12th Floor, Downtown Admin Bldg- trolley stop). The city must re-zone from open space to heavy industrial to move the plant forward. Be there to speak out for our community! And Spread the Word! Numbers matter! savemissiontrails.org has more info. I will be there! See also sandiegoenergydistrict.org to get more about what's working for Marin County.
Susan Brinchman September 21, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Good for you, David. What are your thoughts on the forced RF radiation exposure from smart meters? Duncan Hunter doesn't seem care about that. I'd like to know if you do.


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