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Sunrise PowerLink Advocacy Hike

by rbaran 27. April 2008 04:46
This past Saturday morning Mary, Kaiel, Diesel and I joined David Hogan and the Sierra Club on an advocacy hike out in Ramona. The hike was an effort to illustrate that in addition to  scarring a path through Anza Borrego, the Sunrise Powerlink would run through some beautiful areas of the San Diego backcountry. The weather for the hike was a bit on the warm side and hats and sunscreen were necessary. We hiked in the morning sun for close to an hour and in that time we saw an eagle, a flat-tailed horned lizard and a pretty cool looking large brown spider. Thanks to Micah for organizing this... [More]

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Earth Day versus Sunrise PowerLink

by rbaran 22. April 2008 17:24
Earth Day versus Sunrise PowerLinkThe Sierra Club's Smart Energy Solutions campaign could not have had better timing to promote its' Sunrise PowerLink alternatives. On Saturday I helped set up a table at the Patagonia store in Cardiff to take Polaroid pictures and collect comments from people. As opposed to SDG&E's $45,000 glossy ad campaign that is rammed down our throats, these grassroot type events reach people on a more personal level, giving them the chance to ask questions. The event was a bit on the small side but we did manage to collect alot of postcards that will be presented to the California Public Utilities Commission on May 12 in Borrego Spring... [More]

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SANDAG votes on the Sunrise PowerLink

by rbaran 11. April 2008 23:18
SANDAG votes on the  Sunrise PowerLinkI 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]

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SDG&E Will Campaign To Sway Public

by Administrator 2. April 2008 23:00
Boy aren't you glad your utility bill is going to pay for SDG&E's media blitz? http://www.10news.com/news/15772054/detail.html?rss=sand&psp=news. 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]

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Governor Schwarzenegger "terminates" brother-in-law Bobby Shriver

by rbaran 26. March 2008 18:25
Governor Schwarzenegger "terminates" brother-in-law Bobby ShriverGovernor supports the Sunrise PowerLink through Anza Borrego Desert State Park [More]

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Sunrise Powerlink CPUC Hearing

by rbaran 26. February 2008 00:52
Sunrise Powerlink CPUC HearingI 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]

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PowerLink Briefing

by rbaran 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]

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Powerlink Articles

by rbaran 20. October 2007 05:22
Powerlink ArticlesHere are a few recent articles discussing alternatives to SDG&E's proposed PowerLink Project. Alternative to Powerlink is proposed Go Solar over Sunrise Taking a trip to the desert This photo from http://www.theabf.org/hottopics.htm shows the footprint of the proposed Powerlink route.

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No Sunrise Powerlink

by rbaran 10. February 2007 14:20
If you have not heard about the proposed SDG&E Powerlink project now is the time to voice your concerns to the CA State Parks Commission and the Public Utilities Commission. After receiving this flyer in the mail from the Sierra Club I decided to drive out to Borrego Springs after work to attend the hearing. Very long drive from UCSD. I do NOT recommend doing the Banner grade in the dark. When I arrived at the Borrego Springs Resort I was happy to see that it was standing room only. There is a lot of opposition to this unprecedented de-designation of state park lands. A lot of people stood up to ... [More]

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