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Santee School Board Votes to Oppose Quail Brush Power Project Site

With three schools in close proximity to the proposed plant site, district trustees are worried about potentially "hazardous emissions."

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The voted 4-1 in favor of a resolution opposing the proposed location of the Quail Brush Power Plant at its meeting Tuesday.

The resolution said that the board opposes "the currently proposed location of the Quail Brush Power Plant unless and until all affects of the proposal are fully disclosed, analyzed and mitigated."

With three schools in close proximity to the proposed plant site (, and ), district trustees are worried about the affect the plant could have on the health of students.

"The power plant will emit hazardous emissions with unknown impact directly into the dense residential community and school environments of Santee," stated the resolution.

The resolution also discussed preserving community property values, especially considering the value of for school modernization. They also mentioned land that the district owns near the plant site that they plan to use for a new school site in the future as reason for opposing the plant site.

The vote was from the board sent last week that voiced concern over the plant to the California Energy Commission, who if the plant can be built in the hills north of Santee.

"We are disappointed with the District's decision, as we have worked closely with the Board to answer questions and respond to requests," said , Project Manager for the Quail Brush Generation Project

"We continue to believe that Quail Brush will provide the community with a number of wide ranging benefits from reliable power to the permanent dedication of highly valued environmental lands," she said.

Barbara Ryan was the only boardmember to vote against the resolution.

Grossmont Union High School District Superintendent voicing concern over the plant's proposed siting near West Hill's High, but the GUHSD board hasn't voted on the issue. The letter sites potential health, noise, traffic and visual impacts on the students and campus, which lies about 3,500 feet from the site.

Key points of the SSD resolution are below (see the full text of the resolution in the attached PDF):

Whereas, the power plant will emit hazardous emissions with unknown impact directly into the dense residential community and school environments of Santee...

The Santee School District has three schools in close proximity to the proposed power plant location...

The Santee School District owns land for a future school site approximately half a mile from the proposed plant site...

The Santee School District has established a Wellness Policy as part of their health education program, promoting opportunities to be physically active on a regular basis...

The Board of Education wishes to assure a high quality outside air environment for the children of Santee, both in school and out of school...

The Board of Education wishes to protect the property values of homes in the Santee School District jurisdiction for the Prop R bonds assessments...

The Board of Education wishes to protect open land and parks in and around the Santee community for benefit of the children and families of Santee.

Now therefore be it resolved that the Santee School District Board of Education does hereby formally oppose the currently proposed location of the Quail Brush Power Plant unless and until all affects of the proposal are fully disclosed, analyzed and mitigated.

Retha Knight September 08, 2012 at 03:01 PM
"The power plant will emit hazardous emissions with unknown impact directly into the dense residential community and school environments of Santee," stated the resolution." The SSDB did the right thing by opposing the QBGP! There are NO benefits to the surrounding communities, children and MTRP if this power plant is built! Cogentrix can't mitigate public health and all the money in the world can't buy your health once it is gone! All the money Cogentrix/SDG&E "donate" comes at too high a price and is not done out of the kindness of their hearts. No! They donate to control the sheep that are stupid enough to believe their propaganda. KNOWLEDGE IS TRULY POWER! GET THE FACTS - read the documents on the CEC website for yourself!
sheeple herder September 08, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Now it's time to expose the one descending vote and really find out why she voted yes? Remember who tried to sell you out. Let her "not be counted" after her unemployment dries up.
Santee Homeowner September 08, 2012 at 04:44 PM
for some reason the community continues to deny the fact imported gas will eventually be used, as the domestic price of NG will go up as the result of Fracking prohibitions and future exposure of the environmental destruction Fracking causes. The Pio Pico CEC docs show a map of the gas line at the border almost adjacent to the Pio Pico Gas Power Plant! Here are a couple of relevant Union Tribune articles. "Burning gas from Costa Azul would add 1 ton per day of nitrous-oxide emissions to the local air basin, the pollution district estimates. " so what do you think the new owners of the Santee Power Plant, Carlyle Group will do? http://www.utsandiego.com/uniontrib/20070923/news_1n23hotgas.html http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2011/feb/11/ensenada-municipal-government-orders-sempra-plant/
Santee Homeowner September 08, 2012 at 04:59 PM
ooops that should be the new "Babara Ryan Power Plant", this way when the West end of Santee becomes a blighted rental district and the Park becomes unusable we will be able to honor the proponents. We could name it after the most prominent proponent, hmmm how about the "Eric Solorio Power Plant, nothing says recreation like a Power Plant in a Park, brought to you by the Moral and Ethical, Corporate manipulation of Government force (CEC) used against the people, always striving to bring the best of public service to the people, privatizing profits and socializing the losses".
Stephen Houlahan September 08, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Thank you Santee School Board for protecting the health of the children of Santee. President Dan Bartholomew, Vice-President Dianne El-Hajj, Ken Fox, and Dustin Burns voted to oppose Quail Brush and should be commended for their actions.
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