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Residents from Santee and San Diego are ramping up their fight against a plan from Cogentrix Energy to build a 100 megawatt, natural gas-fired power plant on the edge of Mission Trails Regional Park, where Santee and San Diego meet.

Two weeks ago, conservation group Preserve Wild Santee, submitted a letter to San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and the City's planning commissioners urging them to reject the Quail Brush Power Plant. Mayoral hopeful Congressman Bob Filner signed the letter along with elected officials in Santee and environmental groups.

Now, members from Save Mission Trails, are using SDG&E's on words to try and defeat the proposal.

"This summer, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is reminding customers that, while adequate electricity supplies are lined up to meet customers' energy needs, conservation and demand response will still be vital during extremely hot weather or an unplanned power plant outage or transmission line emergency," reads a press release from SDG&E printed in today's edition of the Sacramento Bee.

"SDG&E says they can meet demands for power this summer, that is, even with San Onofre [Nuclear Power Plant] offline. The article validates point that new power plant is not needed," wrote one resident in an email.

San Diego's Planning Commissioners will vote on the project at a June 28 hearing.

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historymatters June 14, 2012 @ 10:36 p.m.

How is it that an un-elected board can make such critical decisions? The Planning Commission just voted 7-0 to allow Irwin Jacobs to destroy the integrity of the Cabrillo Bridge a national landmark despite 2 other boards voicing opposition. The Commissioners said "he who brings the gold makes the rules" and since Jacobs brought his checkbook he dserved to make the rules. No joke. Check it out for yourself.

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historymatters June 14, 2012 @ 10:39 p.m.

Here is the video of the Commissioner saying because jacobs has the money he gets what he wants....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jBUDn...

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historymatters June 14, 2012 @ 10:55 p.m.

if you really want to change this we have to do something about the unchecked power the planning commission has. I mean Robert Griswald as seen in the vid above has a huge real estate company and is 1 of the big investors in the Sabre Springs project yet is making development decisions. There are no checks and balances. The Planning Commission is made up of developers like Stephen Haase and others. They dont care 1 bit about your concerns.

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Visduh June 15, 2012 @ 8:55 p.m.

A really bad spot for a power plant. But any worse than the site of the "peaker plant" in Escondido right next to their new, billion-dollar hospital? Or how about the peaker plant out on Otay Mesa? Hey, I thought that Sunrise Power link meant we don't need any more local power plants. Solar power, wind power, biomass and a host of "green" stuff meant that we could tear down our local generating facilities and live the Life of Riley.. What is going on?

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Visduh June 16, 2012 @ 8:53 p.m.

A bit more. At this time, the old power plant on the Chula Vista waterfront is slated to be torn down, and one of the stated reasons is that it is no longer needed. How is it then that yet another plant needs to be built in the center of the county? We don't need one that already exists and works fairly well, and can toss it, but we need a new plant in a different spot. Does anyone else see some contradiction here?

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quadman July 9, 2012 @ 11:03 a.m.

Re: the Quail Bush power plant. Our Country is going broke and is energy dependent on foreign countries that want to bleed us dry. And yet, we still have the NIMBY's running around trying to kill anything that can possibly help get us off the middle eastern oil tit. We have more natural gas in this country than can ever be used and it is the cleanest fossil fuel known to man at this time. These NIMBY's are the same bunch that would cry foul the loudest when impacted by high gas prices or brown outs or catrastophic outages. You can't have it both ways, we can't continue the status quo in this country any longer. Help to change for energy independence or be prepared to live in a broken country. Wake up smell the coffee and stop killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.

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