Dave Rice 4:30 p.m., Sept. 19
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Salvation Army in Retreat from County Camp Expansion
Mussey Grade Road Alliance Assault Ends Salvation Army Expansion In Our Time
Salvation Army Major Linda Markiewicz announced that the international religious mission's move to expand its Mussey Grade Road facility near Ramona has been halted by the threat of legal action. A group of camp neighbors claimed credit for stopping the expansion, where the number of needy children attending summer camp would have increased from about 200 annually to around 600 or more. According to Maj. Markiewicz in Friday's distinguished daily paper, a letter to the County of San Diego's director of planning and land use states: “The financial responsibility to defend the [children's summer camp expansion] project from lawsuits rests solely on the shoulders of the Salvation Army. ... [and] donors have a right to expect their dollars to be used to help those in need, not to defend against lawsuits that could go on indefinitely.”
The Mussey Grade Road Alliance has been opposed to Salvation Army camp expansion plans for over a decade.
The Mussey Grade Road Alliance is an intervening party in the uninsured wildfire expanse billing application by San Diego Gas and Electric Company and other Southern California investor owned utilities, California Pubic Utilities Commission application A0908020 for Wildfire Expense Billing Account (WEBA) authority over power consumers. If approved by CPUC, SDG&E WEBA amounts from uninsured wildfire legal and other costs would be passed on to local power customers until the WEBA balance is eventually paid off.
If the Salvation Army had completed the expansion, SDG&E utility billings to the summer camp could have increased by up to 200%. Nearby camp neighbors and all other San Diego small business and residential customers will probably see business hour rates increase anywhere up to five times that under SDG&E's proposed PeakShift at Work/PeakShift at Home rate increase proposal, CPUC application A1007009.