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December 9. 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is confirmed to appear with other dignitaries at a groundbreaking hosted by San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) for Sunrise Powerlink slated for 11 a.m. today (originally set for 9 a.m.)


In response, the Protect Our Communiities Foundation is organizing a protest, calling the groundbreaking “premature” since three active lawsuits against Sunrise Powerlink are currently in the courts—any one of which could potentially halt the project.

“We need a large crowd, with signs, to show the world that the Powerlink is old fossil-fuel infratstructure at its worst, that the project is not acceptable to the citizens of San Diegoi County, and most of all that the Powerlink is not a done deal,” Vanessa Ruscyzyk of the nonprofit Protect our Communities Foundation wrote in an e-mail forwarded widely through citizens’ and environmental groups county-wide.

Construction crews have already begun preparations starting in late November on Alpine Boulevard in Alpine, where SDG&E plans to underground 6.2 miles of Sunrise Powerlink, the 230kV high voltage power lines. Many backcountry residents have voiced concerns over disruption to local businesses, health risks from electromagnetic frequencies, destruction of scenic views, and fire risks posed by the lines.

The official groundbreaking ceremony will take place at Rough Acres Ranch near Boulevard in McCain Valley (about an hour and 15 minutes from downtown San Diego). The groundbreaking will feature a helicopter bought for the project, a section of tower, politicians and others making speeches, followed by a catered lunch. The Governor has been invited, but his office has not confirmed to media whether he will be attending.

Directions to Rough Acres Ranch: (approximately 1 hour 15 minutes from downtown San Diego)
1. Take I-8 East to the Boulevard exit (the next one after Crestwood and the Golden Acorn Casino - past the large wind turbines).
2. Turn right (south) onto Ribbonwood Road.
3. Go to the stop sign at Old Hwy 80 and make a left (east) towards Jacumba.
4. McCain Valley Road is several miles down on the left. You will reach a big brown McCain Valley Recreation Area sign.
5. Take McCain Valley north back under the freeway until the pavement ends.
6. Rough Acres driveway is on the left and the dirt road on the right is the entry to McCain Valley Recreation Area with another sign.
7. Park along the shoulder of McCain Valley Road, the access road to the recreation area

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Hugh Babb [atlanta] was a

Hugh Babb [atlanta] was a consultant on the project. Paul McDuffie worked at the skunk works.. Bradley Dennis who still lives in Dunwoody Ga was the shop foreman.. He now inspects houses..In Smokey Yunicks book Smokey said that Brad Dennis was the only person he ever learned any thing from.. Mr Dennis was//is a wizz on carburators.. I knew of 2 of the cars One was bought by a bootlegger in south ga. I dont rember his name and the other was bought by Birmingham Alabama businessman Cosby Hodges..I think it was wrecked at the beach.But I know it was wrecked and not repaired. About the same time Rex White [who still lives in Atlanta] and Tom Pistone also built cars two identical cars that were backed by general motors.. This is all I can recall as it was a long time ago..OH yes you might catch them at the Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville. If so they we will be at the Georgia Auto racing hall of fame booth.. I hope this helps....Bobby..
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UT article re Sunrise pwrlink

The comments section of the UT article on the Sunrise Powerlink Ground breaking (Dec 9th) on Sign On San Diego has been blocked. Guess the gov and cronies didn't like the protesters. Shame on the UT for blocking comments. Accidental block? I think not.

UT removed all anti-Powerlink comments.

That's beyond just blocking new comments (something that may be justified if there's a lot of spam or hate speech being posted, though the UT never seems to enforce that on anti-immigrant rants).

They deleted all of the many criticisms and links posted in the comments, most from East County residents. However, you can now post NEW comments:

I would suggest that everyone e-mail the news editor there and call the UT at 299 3131 to complain about this censorship. Whatever side you're on, this is an important East County issue and I find it troubling to see a news outlet censoring voices of the people.


I wonder what their explanation is?