11. March 2009 18:47
I drove out to Alpine after work to attend the town hall information meeting that SDG&E was holding to answer questions about the controversial Sunrise Powerlink.
SDG&E had all the bases covered here. Besides cookies and drinks, residents could get color GIS printouts of where the line would run in reference to their property. You simply had to give the technician your parcel number and voila you get a map printout with an ugly green line bisecting it. You know green for"Green Energy".
Many residents seemed caught off guard with various portions of the approved route especially with how close it ran to some property lines.
None were more surprised then Rick and Candy of Lakeside who learned that the powerline was to be routed directly behind their house in Lakeside obstructing their scenic mountain view. They also were surprised to learn that SDG&E had marked a access road/staging area on an easment adjacent to their property. According to Rick this was the first time he had heard this.
It is unfortunate that East County residents are being asked to bear the brunt of this project. The burning question that comes to mind is, "What if this was suppose to go through Del Mar or Rancho Santa Fe?". How far do you think this project would have gotten?
My guess is that it would not have gotten out of the planning stages.
Pictures are here.