11. April 2008 23:18
I was invited to attend the SANDAG meeting by the San Diego Sierra Club so I decided to drive downtown to give my comments .
I am embarassed to say that I never even knew the purpose of SANDAG and what the acronym stood for.
For those of you that don't know SANDAG is the San Diego Association of Governments and is governed by a Board of Directors composed of mayors, councilmembers, and county supervisors from each of the San Diego's 19 local governments.
From what I have understood SANDAG has already decided in favor of the Sunrise PowerLink. In a nutshell the Regional Planning Committee (RPC) ... [More]
2. April 2008 23:00
Boy aren't you glad your utility bill is going to pay for SDG&E's media blitz?
Part of the biased 10 News Article states, "The Sunrise Powerlink is a proposal to build a 150-mile line to link solar and geothermal fields in the Imperial Valley to San Diego". Not true. SDG&E 's real motive is to tap into cheap fossil-fuel generated energy from Mexico and sell the power to Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Billboards, Internet advertising and radio ads? Don't be swayed. SDG&E stands to make a LOT of money if the Sunrise Powerlink goes through, and guess... [More]
31. March 2008 15:05
Rounded up the crew for an overnight trip to Anza Borrego's RockHouse Canyon. Great sunny weather but the wind at night proved to be a little much. Casualties were Kaiel's REI tent and a sleepless night for most of the campers. Coffee and breakfast helped us recover and after breakfast we did a late morning hike up to the RockHouse Canyon linehouse where we were able to check out the numerous cactus blooms and desert wildflowers. Seems the wildflowers have reached their peak in this area and are starting to disappear but the cactus blooms are beginning to show.
Beavertail blooms in RockHouse Canyon
26. March 2008 18:25
Governor supports the Sunrise PowerLink through Anza Borrego Desert State Park [More]
14. March 2008 01:03
Since free weekends were disappearing faster than the money in my checking account I decided to take a solo mid-week trip out to Anza Borrego . I had read that the flower season was going to be "peaking" in the first two weeks of March so I was really anxious to check things out.
I left Leucadia around 3:30 PM on Wednesday, topped off the BJ70 with bio-diesel in El Cajon and dropped down into Ocotillo around 5:30PM. Not bad considering the Bj70 with its' 90 hp diesel motor does not like hills and the trek out via Interstate 8 is nothing but hills. Basically the 8 will take you from sea level to 4500' then drop you back down... [More]
26. February 2008 00:52
I took a long lunch and drove to downtown San Diego to the California Public Utilities Commission meeting at the San Diego County Building. Of course downtown parking is a nightmare, so $13.00 later I showed up and signed in with the Sierra Club. I came to find later that there was free parking right next to the County building. Note to self : read email thoroughly next time.
We all stood around while the proponents of the PowerLink ; various politicians, business owners and SDG&E paid flunkies each got up and said how much we need the Sunrise PowerLink to ensure San Diego's economic future. It was rea... [More]
19. February 2008 17:19
I drove out to Ramona Monday evening to attend the Community Briefing put on by the Sierra Club. Very informative meeting regarding SDG&E's proposed Sunrise Powerlink. To summarize, regardless of the lies SDG&E is feeding the public, the Sunrise Powerlink Project :
Would be a huge cost burden to ratepayers
Will do nothing to reduce global warming
Will irreversably damage our rural back country including Anza Borrego and the Clevland National Forest.
Will rely on fossil fuel generated sources form Mexicali
Author Bill Powers discusses ... [More]
18. February 2008 02:35
I read about a spot called RockHouse Canyon so I convinced Mary to take a trip out to Anza Borrego to try and find it. Apparently it is accessible off Carrizo Canyon which was perfect since it is one of our favorite areas in the Anza Borrego Desert.
On the way out there were still plenty signs of snow from the storm that came through a few days back. People were actually stopping off the 8 freeway to play in the snow. We had actually planned on stopping in Pine Valley on the way out to get our snow fix but decided a beer Ocotillo's Lazy Lizard was a little more enticing.
Looking up Carrizo Canyon
We spent th... [More]
21. January 2008 04:57
Mary and I decided to take a quick overnight trip out to Anza Borrego. I was excited to go because we were finally going to get to 4-wheel the BJ70 which we bought a few months ago. The drive out from San Diego was non-eventful. The BJ70 who we are now calling "Opie", does great on flat stretches of freeway but when you hit hills patience and downshifting become your mantra.
Once we arrived in the lazy, desert town of Ocotillo (I mean lazy in a good way) we decided to stop in for a beer at "The Lazy Lizard". After years of driving by this place it was fun to sit down in the one room bar with some of the Ocotillo locals.
After ... [More]
25. November 2007 01:01
We woke up early Friday, loaded the rest of the camping stuff into the Tacoma and drove out to Ramona to meet up with Jan and Gina. Hooked up with Michael in his diesel troop carrier and headed to Anza Borrego by way of Julian.
We arrived at our camp site in the Carrizo Canyon East Fork area and were pleasantly surprised to see it was empty. Everyone helped unload the wood, tables etc in preparation of our big Thansgiving feast.
While the turkey was cooking, Mary and Sarah went for a hike and the rest of the crew opted to hang by the camp. Jan mixed up a great batch of bloody marys and we all sat around enjoying the Desert scenery.... [More]