|Comments due July 11th: Speak up for wetlands and the wildlife that depend on them by commenting on the City’s NOP
You can visit this link to learn more https://rewildmissionbay.org/2018/07/03/public-comments-due-july-11/
Dear wetland supporters,
Thank you to the crowds of ReWild fans who came to the City’s Scoping Meeting on Wednesday, June 20th. IF YOU WERE NOT ABLE TO ATTEND, DON’T WORRY- YOU CAN STILL SUBMIT COMMENTS UNTIL JULY 11TH! It’s time to let the City know that their plans are not acceptable.
On the 20th, the City held an EIR “Scoping Meeting” to push the flawed De Anza plans up the chain towards City Council. At this meeting attendees had a chance to ask questions about the NOP (Notice of Preparation) of a Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for these plans that will not restore sustainable wetlands for future generations. We encourage all of you to email the City with your thoughts about this NOP.
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At a crucial point in the battle to protect Mission Bay’s wetlands, we’re asking to you please submit your comments on the City’s NOP by next Wednesday, July 11th. Future generations are depending on US to protect this endangered habitat.
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Inaugural Environmental Leadership Summit A Success: 100 environmental, community, labor, housing, justice, climate leaders address local challenges, forge solutions, commit to collaboration.
October 14, 2017 — One hundred leaders from local NGO, labor, housing, and community organizations gathered for the first Environmental Leadership Summit. The leaders heard presentations on a wide range of issues including housing, water quality, habitat conservation planning, labor, transportation, social and environmental justice issues.
The Summit was opened by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher who inspired the group listing successes of the past legislative year. She challenged the attendees to continue pressure to ensure successful implementation of a legislative landmark victory, the passage of AB805.
Housing was a major topic at the summit with a compelling presentation by Dr. Murtaza Baxamusa, Director of Planning and Development for the San Diego Building Trades Council Family Housing Corporation. His presentation on the history of redlining in our communities and the need for social equity in our housing decisions was one highlight of the event. Leading environmental and coastal attorney, Marco Gonzalez, challenged the group to consider full support of infill housing projects near transit where it is a means to reduce pressure on open spaces and wildlands and reduce climate change.
Climate action merited two panels at the event with community choice energy, coastal planning, and wetlands restoration of Mission Bay as key priorities. Nicole Capretz, Director of the Climate Action Campaign reminded the group to stay the course on implementation of clean energy plans and that our region will set a new standard as a national clean energy leader if we persist.
Transportation justice was also a key element of the Summit and there was much interest and support for proposals for free transit passes for youth, innovative parking strategies, and strong implementation of protective air quality thresholds by the Air Resources Board.
San Diego County policies were also a focus area with major commitments to the need to protect the County General Plan from damaging amendments. In addition, groups sought support to defeat sprawl developments like Safari Highland Ranch, Lilac Hills, and Newland Sierra, improve the County Climate Action Plan, continue progress on regional habitat planning, and secure funding for conservation.
Labor leader Brigette Browning of UNITE HERE Local 30 reminded all attendees of the significant gains that have been made in the region when labor, environmental, and justice organizations collaborate and work together in coalition.
A 2018 Environmental Vision is intended to be released soon that seeks to reflect the needs of the environment, working people, residents, climate risks, and supports regional sustainability.
The Leadership summit was organized by the Environmental Center of San Diego and sponsored by Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation, Briggs Law Corporation, IBEW Local 569, UNITE HERE Local 30, San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, Preserve Calavera, San Pasqual Valley Preservation Alliance and the Environmental Center of San Diego
The Summit was held at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel, a union hotel.
The Environmental Center of San Diego (ECO SD) filed a comment letter on on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Newland Sierra development project in
North County. We support the submittals by the Endangered Habitats League, Sierra Club, California Native Plant Society, San Diego Chapter, and the Golden Door and incorporate their comments by reference.
ECO SD focussed our comments on several fundamental fatal flaws in the analysis. These foundational mistakes cause the subsequent analysis to be flawed having been based on incorrect
assumptions and facts. This DEIR analysis should be withdrawn, significantly revised to correct the fatal flaws, and re-circulated prior to any certification.
In general, ECO SD finds the following fundamental flaws which undermine the entire DEIR and mitigation plan:
A. DEIR analysis grossly misrepresents the content and impacts of the Existing General Plan alternative.
B. DEIR does not recommend the most environmentally appropriate alternative and it should.
C. DEIR fails to include all ‘reasonably foreseeable’ projects in the cumulative impacts analysis.
D. DEIR and project consideration is premature and violates the conditions required under the Planning Agreement with the natural resources agencies, and is not consistent with the draft
E. There are several impacts to wildlife that are not acknowledged or mitigated such as connectivity and significant edge effects.
F. Reliance on a gnatcatcher habitat mitigation site location over 20 miles away that has no gnatcatchers is unacceptable and inappropriate as mitigation for these habitat losses.
G. DEIR attempts to ‘piecemeal’ the analysis by failing to include the interchange and roadway improvements in this analysis.
H. Proposed project puts multi-family homes and a school in a known unhealthful location near a freeway putting peoples’ health at risk. This is bad planning and immoral.
I. DEIR fails to include required blasting plan.
J. Project is premature coming as it does before the County’s Climate Action Plan.
K. Requisite findings for a Habitat Loss Permit cannot be made. The project should be redesigned so that the necessary findings can be made if a Habitat Loss permit is to be issued.
The complete letter can be found here: ECO Newland Sierra DEIR Comment letter_14AUG2017
No Means No! Merriam Mountains development was rejected once and now it is back with a new name. Please oppose Newland Sierra and support the groups fighting this devastating project. Visit https://www.sddeservesbetter.com/
Attend the July 18 th public meeting
6:00 pm San Marcos City Hall/Community Center 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos
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