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CPUC DENIES GAS PIPELINE PROPOSAL BY SDG&E

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Protesters in Santee and Mission Trails Regional park opposed the pipeline; Preserve Wild Santee

June 22, 2018 (Santee) – By a unanimous vote, the California Public Utilities Commission has denied SDG&E/Sempra Energy’s request to build a 47-mile, three-foot diameter gas pipeline known as Line 3602, which would have replaced the aging Line 1600. The new line would have run through neighborhoods in San Diego’s North County and could also have impacted Mission Trails Regional Park and Sycamore Canyon preserves. 

Activists reacted with joy, while SDG&E voiced disappointment.  The utility had argued that the pipeline was necessary for safety and reliability.  But the CPUC rejected those arguments, based on the utility’s projections for natural gas supply and the CPUC natural gas reliability standards, 10 News reports.

SANTEE ACTIVISTS HOLD TWO PETITION DRIVES THIS SUNDAY ON TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK INITIATIVE AND PETITION TO STOP GAS PIPELINE

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 June 17, 2018 (Santee) – Activists in Santee are spending Father’s Day  gathering signatures on two petitions on issues impacting Santee and Mission Trails Regional Park areas.   

 The first aims to put the Santee General Plan Initiative on the ballot to require voter approval of development projects larger than the general plan currently allows.  The second calls on the California Public Utilities Commission to halt SDG&E’s proposed gas pipeline. Click links in this paragraph to read ECM’s prior articles on these issues.  Below are details on where you can find petition gathers and rallies: 

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: DANA LAW, HIKER WHO COMPLETED PACIFIC CREST TRAIL

Law will speak today at the El Cajon Library on his Pacific Crest Trail adventure

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 16, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Dana Law is a magician, but he’s recently completed a feat that required no magic—just a lot of willpower and walking.  He hiked the entire Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mexican border to Canada. The trail runs 2,650 miles – the equivalent of climbing Mt.  Everest 16 and a half times.  He did it in 31 sections over 13 years.  In an interview with East County Magazine aired on KNSJ,  the intrepid local hiker discussed his adventures along the way, also offering advice to those who may wish to tackle the trail.

Click the audio link to listen to our interview, and scroll down for details on today's event, plus links to his blog and Facebook page, where you can find a journal he kept of each stretch along the route.

For Law, his motivation wasn't all about nature, though he has stated, "The trail symbolizes everytihng there is to love--and protect--in the Western States." To him, the real treasure of the trek are the bonds built with friends along the way, and the accomplishment of fulfilling a rigorous physical challenge.

Audio: 

NEW ENERGY PRICING PLANS ADD MORE CHOICE AND CONTROL FOR CUSTOMERS

 

Five reasons to consider switching to a Time of Use plan

East County News Service

June 7, 2018  (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) new Time of Use (TOU) pricing plans are giving residents more choices and control over their energy bills. These plans offer savings for customers who can shift some of their energy use outside the higher cost on-peak hours of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. According to an SDG&E press release:

PARKS AFTER DARK SUMMER ADVENTURES

 

County News Service

June 2, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This June, wait out those warmer temperatures for the cool breezes the evening brings. We’ve planned star parties, evening hikes and educational programs the whole family will enjoy – at or after sunset! Inclement weather may cancel; contact the parks by clicking on the links below.

PLANTING TREES FOR THE FUTURE

 

 

A park isn’t a park without some shady trees! And after seven years of drought in San Diego County, trees in county parks have weakened and pests are causing them to die.

We’re doing what we can to protect trees and be forward thinking when it comes to ways to save them. More than 450 trees have been removed and 4,000 have been planted in their place.

Watch these volunteers who came together to give new life to our parks.

GOV. BROWN SIGNS BILLS ESTABLISHING STATEWIDE WATER EFFICIENCY

 

East County News Service

June 1, 2018 (Sacramento) -- Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. yesterday signed SB 606 by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and AB 1668 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) to help the state better prepare for droughts and climate change by establishing statewide water efficiency standards.

SECRETS OF THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL REVEALED: JUNE 16 AT LIBRARY IN EL CAJON

 

Source: County Library branch in El Cajon

Photo by Miriam Raftery: Pacific Crest Trail in Campo

May 29, 2018 (El Cajon) -- Local hiking enthusiast Dana Law will share his adventures and tips for hiking the legendary Pacific Crest Trail at a special presentation on June 16th at 2:00 p.m. at the El Cajon Branch Library located at 201 E Douglas Avenue.

STUDENTS PERSUADE LAWMAKERS TO DECLARE CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo CC Flicker/Jeffrey Grandy

May 18, 2018 (Salt Lake City) – Students mobilizing on gun violence issues have captured headlines nationwide. But another student-led effort has yielded tangible results: in Utah, one of the most conservative stations in the U.S., a coalition of students persuaded the Utah Legislature to adopt a resolution declaring climate change real and committing to strive for solutions.

RESCUES ON RISE AT POPULAR WATERFALL TRAILS IN EAST COUNTY DESPITE TRAIL IMPROVEMENTS

 

Source: U.S. Forest Service

May 10, 2017 (Ramona) -- As temperatures begin to rise, so have the number of heat-related injuries and air rescues at the popular Three Sisters and Cedar Creek trails in Cleveland National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service reports.

MOTHER’S DAY HIKE AND MORE THIS MONTH AT COUNTY PARKS

 

East County News Service

May 8, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – County Parks are offering a variety of recreational opportunities coming up in East County, including a Mother’s Day hike on Volcan Mountain in Julian, a salute to military families including kayaking and mountain biking at Lake Morena, a star party at Oakoasis in Lakeside, hiking in Flinn Springs, wilderness survival for families in Lake Morena, and a bicycle ride and safety talk at Lindo Lakes in Lakeside. For details, scroll down.

CALIFORNIA SUES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO PROTECT CLEAN AIR AND AUTO EMISSION STANDARDS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 2, 2018 (Sacramento) – California announced Tuesday that it will join 16 other states in a lawsuit against the Trump administration to stop Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Secretary Scott Pruitt from reversing fuel efficiency standards to protect clean air and reduce greenhouse gasses fueling climate change. 

NEWS ANALYSIS: HERE'S WHAT'S IMPORTANT FOR LAND, SEA AND AIR IN CALIFORNIA'S FIGHT WITH TRUMP

 

By Julie Cart

Original story on CalMatters: https://calmatters.org/articles/news-analysis-heres-whats-important-for-land-sea-and-air-in-californias-fight-with-trump/

May 1, 2018 (San Diego's East County) - Editors’ note: This story was updated May 1 to reflect news developments.

The punch-counterpunch sparring between the Trump administration and the state of California over rollbacks of federal environmental regulations is often described as a war of words, with neither the president nor Gov. Jerry Brown giving an inch.

CITY OF EL CAJON INVESTS HALF MILLION DOLLARS INTO A FUTURE WITH RECYCLED WATER

 

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

 

May 1, 2018 (El Cajon) -- Nobody can escape from death and taxes. Add to that, if you live in Southern California, there is no way to escape the inevitably of a water scarcity during an extended drought, earthquake or other disaster. 

 

BILL WOULD BAN SALE OF AFRICAN TROPHY ANIMAL PARTS IN CA

 

East County News Service

April 19, 2018 (San Diego) – Senate Bill 1487, the African Species Protection Act, is set for hearing in the California State Senate’s Public Safety Committee, where members include Senator Joel Anderson, whose district includes most of East County.  Wildlife conservation groups are urging the public to contact legislators on the committee to urge passage of the measure, which would ban possession in California of body parts from elephants, rhinos, giraffes, lions and other iconic African species.

COUNTY SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR PARKS CHAMPION AWARDS

 

 

East County News Service

April 18, 2018 (San Diego) -- The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking nominations for the third annual Parks and Recreation Champion Awards. 

The program recognizes local champions for their work in environmental education and ambassadorship at parks and public centers across San Diego County. The winner will be awarded at a banquet in July in celebration of National Parks and Recreation Month. 

SAN DIEGO RANKS AN “F” FOR OZONE POLLUTION: CLIMATE CHANGE BLAMED FOR RISING HEALTH HAZARD

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 18, 2018 (San Diego) – San Diego County ranks an “F” on the American Lung Association’s Report Card on the state of the air you breathe.   Nationwide, the city of San Diego, along with Carlsbad, also ranked the 6th worst cities in the nation for ozone pollution, out of 227 metropolitan areas studied.

NEARLY 400 VIOLATIONS AT CALIFORNIA OFFSHORE DRILLING OPERATIONS

 

State Records Reveal Corroded Wellheads, Neglected Platforms, Failed Well Integrity Tests

East County News Service

April 11, 2018 (San Diego) – The Trump administration recently proposed opening up virtually all of California’s coastline to offshore drilling, including waters off San Diego. But companies drilling for oil and gas off the southern coast of California have violated state regulations at least 381 times since 2015, according to state records obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. 

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION AT DESERT VIEW TOWER APRIL 21

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 11, 2018 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – You’re invited to celebrate Earth Day at the Desert View Tower in Jacumba Hot springs on Saturday, April 21st from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You can participate in a land blessing and Native American drumming with Grammy award-nominated Chief Windwalker, plus enjoy a native plant sale, coil-pottery and basketry demonstrations, face painting, tie-dye clothing, desert hikes, In-Ko-Pah yoga in nature, Reiki energy healing, intuitive tarot and spiritual counseling, palmistry, essential oils, crystals, herbs, jewelry, geodes, books, gifts, a nature photography contest, and organic gardening.

GRANT PROGRAM TO SUPPORT NON-PROFITS AND IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT

 

East County News Service

Photo: Grid Alternatives, a recent recipient of SDG&E’s Environmental Champions grant



April 11, 2018 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) kicked off its ninth annual “Environmental Champions” grant program, which supports non-profit organizations and their missions to improve the environment in San Diego and southern Orange counties.

MARCH FOR SCIENCE APRIL 14

 

By Robert Cooper

 

Photo by Navid Nader

 

April 10, 2018 (San Diego) -- On April 14, San Diego’s science supporters will once again join the region’s world-leading scientists in the second annual March For Science! This unique and free event will take place at Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy at 10 AM and is aimed at all audiences. It promises something for anyone who likes science, with educational speakers, a family-friendly science expo, and a march full of creative signs and costumes.

BIRD TALK: PIGEONS AND DOVES

 

By Greg Dunne                

April 4, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- Pigeons are the ultimate urban birds. At our parks, on top of our downtown skyscrapers, even at the beach we see them.

Pigeons and Doves seem to be everywhere in the County—but even though it’s ordinary to see them on a daily basis, there are some extraordinary facts about these birds that may surprise you.

SEVENTH ANNUAL WYLAND NATIONAL MAYOR’S CHALLENGE FOR WATER CONSERVATION

 

East County News Service

Residents from 4,800 cities expected to participate in nationwide competition for Most Water-Wise Title in April; annual campaign to focus on clean water and watershed health

April 2, 2018 (Plano, Texas) – The annual month-long Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation has officially kicked off as part of an annual effort to raise awareness about the challenges faced by the nation to ensure a steady, reliable supply of clean water for the future. Presented nationally by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, the campaign encourages U.S residents, led by mayors across the nation, to spread the word about the benefits of managing water resources.

The annual competition, which takes place each year from April 1-30, rewards residents who heed the call with a chance to win $5,000 toward their home utility bills, home irrigation makeovers, environmentally friendly clean products, and hundreds more eco-friendly prizes. Plus, a deserving charity will receive a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid for its organization. Last year, mayors from 36 states encouraged residents to make over 420,000 pledges to promote drought resiliency, protect watersheds, and ultimately reduce stress on aging water infrastructure.

SDSU RESEARCHERS TEAM UP TO PROTECT HEALTH OF SAN DIEGO RIVER AND MITIGATE FLOODING

 

Funded by the San Diego River Conservancy and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, SDSU researchers are working on several projects.

Source: SDSU News Center

April 2, 2018 (San Diego) – The San Diego River is a capricious and temperamental thing. The first Spanish explorers who worked the land discovered this the hard way: Upon encountering the dribbling stream in 1769 that emptied into False Bay (today Mission Bay), they concluded it was nothing more than a tame trickle. A month later, they planted grains along its banks. Then the year’s first rains swelled the river and took out the crops. The next year, they planted farther back—only to experience a drought year that left their fields dry and withered.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP PLANT TREES IN COUNTY PARKS THIS EARTH DAY

 

East County News Service

April 2, 2018 (San Diego's East County) - The County of San Diego seeks volunteers to help plant thousands of trees in celebration of Earth Day during April, helping to replenish the tree canopy at parks across our region. Additional activities are also planned to restore the health and natural beauty of our parks.

In East County, the following events are planned:

SHADY SPACES COMING SOON THANKS TO TREES PLANTED ON ARBOR DAY AT KENNEDY PARK

 

Source: Monica Zech, City of El Cajon Public Information Officer

Photos by Michele Miller, City of El Cajon Public Works Dept.

March 26, 2018 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon celebrated the 29th annual Arbor Day at Kennedy Park on Saturday, March 24th at 8 a.m.  During the ceremony, the City received its 21st Tree City USA award presented by CAL FIRE.  There was a large turnout by members of the community, including the Lions Club from Granite Hills High School and Key Club from Grossmont High to plant trees at Kennedy Park.

LAKESIDE RIVER PARK FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SPRING AND SUMMER CLASSES, ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

East County News Service

March 25, 2018 (Lakeside) -- Spring is here! The flowers are blooming, the trees are beginning to sprout new leaves, and the birds have begun to sing. TheLakeside River Park is offering a series of educational classes and workshops, most of which are free. Here are some upcoming opportunities, and you can find even more at the River Park’s website.

READER’S EDITORIAL: LA MESA CITY COUNCIL ADOPTS STRONG CLIMATE ACTION PLAN—SD350 VOLUNTEERS LEARN WHAT GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING CAN ACCOMPLISH

 

By Angela Deegan, SanDiego350

Photo:  SanDiego350 volunteers with Sophie Wolfram of CAC in celebratory mood March 13th after adoption of La Mesa CAP.  Photo courtesy of Cody Klatt

March 21, 2018 (La Mesa) -- On March 13th, the City Council of La Mesa unanimously adopted a strong Climate Action Plan (CAP), with a goal of 100% clean energy. This victory came after three years of persistent advocacy and organizing efforts by SanDiego350 La Mesa volunteers and allied organizations.

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