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San Diego’s Biggest Park Gets Even Bigger

This is a lovely piece about Mission Trails but it was missing two things: 1) how are park managers going to connect the new land acquisitions with existing parkland? and 2) as rfkr mentions above, a core group of concerned citizens has been fighting to protect Mission Trails from North Carolina company Cogentrix over the last year. Sempra Energy engaged Cogentrix to build a fossil-fuel power plant right alongside Mission Trails. And many of us would like to know: Who made Sempra "God"????? Since when does Sempra have the authority to do whatever they want on San Diego's precious outback (and don't even get me started on the Sunrise Power Link! In fact, wasn't the Power Link supposed to cure all of our energy woes?)

Just imagine walking your dog or taking a hike out at Mission Trails on a lovely sunny day, and stopping for a snack on that bench overlooking Mission Dam on Father Junipero Serra. Or imagine you have spent an hour climbing up to the top of Cowles Mountain, as hundreds of people do every day. By the way, for anyone to claim that "the park is minimally used" could not be further from the truth, especially if you've ever been to the Cowles Mountain trailhead on a Sunday morning.

From many various vantage points, you'll be able to see that power plant like 11 middle fingers jutting up in your direction, as though to say, "F--- you, sucker. You didn't stop this asinine project when you had the chance. And now you get to see me, hear me, smell me and face some terrible health risks because I'll be spewing tons of particulates into your air for years to come. Oh well, you must have been too busy to care."

If you DO care, then go to to learn what you can do to stop the Quail Brush Power Plant.

January 14, 2013 at 1:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

SD Congressmen Urge Action To Protect Mount Soledad Cross

This has been a contentious issue for as long as I can remember, but it wouldn't hurt for us all to remember that not every veteran is a Christian, and therefore the cross as a symbol does not resonate with everyone. Wouldn't it be better to honor ALL veterans with a symbol that encompasses every veteran, every religion, and every spirituality? The Vietnam Wall in Washington DC doesn't flaunt a cross and its homage to veterans is caring and clearly displayed. Why can't we move into the 21st century with Mt. Soledad? P.S. The Founding Parents were adamant that there be a separation of Church and State for good reason.

January 7, 2011 at 10:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )