4:32 a.m., May 22
Decision On Quail Brush Power Plant Delayed, Again
Residents of Santee and northeastern San Diego who oppose a proposal to build a 100-megawatt, natural gas-fired power plant near the edge of Mission Trails Regional Park have spent months fighting against the project.
They will have to keep fighting at least a few more weeks after San Diego planning commissioners failed to reach a four-vote requirement during a hearing on Thursday.
The purpose of the meeting was to take the first step in amending the community plan to allow the construction of the plant. It was not intended to be a up or down vote on the project itself, the California Energy Commission is the agency to do that.
Yet, opponents still took the opportunity to blast the overall proposal to build the Quail Brush Power Plant, saying it would ruin the environment, impact quality of life, and drive home values down.
Some commissioners responded to their claims.
"As far as the vista, some speakers portrayed it as some pristine area...when in fact it's not a pristine area right now," said commissioner Mike Smiley. "I haven't seen that road, near the landfill, without tree trimming trucks parked on it end on end."
In the end, commissioners Eric Naslund, Stephen Haase, and Susan Peerson, voted against amending the community plan. However, because the four-vote requirement was not reached, the item will once again return to the planning commission on July 19.