Feb, 2016: Laetitia Development DENIED by SLO Planning Commission!
It took a winding road to get to this point, and it was problematic access through a tangle of winding roads that stopped this project in the final analysis, but the right result was obtained. Water and the decimation of open farmland in favor of "ranchettes" should have killed this one, but thats ok.
We are grateful to the SLO Planning Commission for doing some long-term thinking and putting an end to this project.
Travertine Point is currently Travertine Rock Ranch at Salton Sea's northwest edge.
From Hwy 86, it is a farm sitting among other farmlands.
In a country fed by farms like this, a state with a blatantly obvious long term water supply shortage and a valley that is now covered with vast new housing tracts, the conservation of an area like this more than meets the most basic intent of sound planning.
Instead, Riverside County has chosen to grant approval to another water using, nature covering, farm paving, traffic worsening housing development. And...
Save Richardson Grove State Park Redwoods from pavement.
Trees that are world treasures by any measure cannot be placed at risk for the sake of big trucks. At a base level, this is why a proposed Caltrans widening of Hwy 101 through one of the few groves left is a mistake.
This project cannot afford to harm ancient redwoods for the sake of commerce. Redwoods have very shallow root system that could be damaged in the construction of the road.
Since fewer than 2% of ancient redwoods are left after two centuries of logging, further impacts to the wo...
The Owens Valley solar project is being called a test project by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, or DWP.
Perhaps it is a test on technical aspects of the department's plans because it is proposed to be a fairly small footprint between Independence and Lone Pine on the east side of the valley -for its first phase.
But it is also a clear statement of the lengths we are being driven to by our waste of power and natural resources.
Wildness and Lightning
The biggest test will be whether the magnificent Owens Valley can survive th...
An organization called GLC Enterprises proposes a new city east of Coachella in Riverside County.
Somehow this smells of blackmail by another group of people who likely have enough money, but little respect for our nearby Joshua Tree Natl Park, few ethics and no regard for future generations and the water they will be without.
And Riverside County again seems to be giving signs that it approves of such disregard for responsible planning in the face of significant long term water supply challenges.
This development may move slowly through a proc...
Meeting with OCSD 2/22/16: In a meeting with OC Sanitation District managers on the sewer project, some answers on long term capacity issues were answered, but more questions on ways to avoid major impacts to the park were also raised by former council member Jay Humphrey and Kevin Nelson. Primarily, we still see alternative routes to this 17 million dollar sewer project that are less destructive than the one chosen by the agency to this point. That said, the OCSD management is highly professional and transparent and we thank them for their handling of th...