February 2013

Sequestration will cut Meals on Wheels because old people don’t need to eat

February 27, 2013 by Source
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by Kaili Joy Gray/ Daily Kos

While House Republicans are busy focusing on super important things like the size of the Democrats’ email listhere’s another little program that’s about to be hit hard by the sequestration: Meals on Wheels, the program that delivers food to the homes of seniors in need.

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Conservatives Drink Bud, Liberals Drink Heineken?

February 27, 2013 by Source
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The new science of ideology now extends to consumer choices, demonstrating how unconscious political viewpoints really are.

By Chris Mooney / AlterNet

It was probably inevitable, but it’s striking nonetheless. In a new study published in the journal Psychological Science, Vishal Singh of New York University’s Stern School of Business and his colleagues apply an ever-growing body of research on the psychological traits of liberals and conservatives to their consumer choices.

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Can We All Get Along? (Thoughts on Civility)

February 27, 2013 by Ernie McCray
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So, if we’re really going to do this “civility” thing we have to understand that we’re not “restoring” something

“Can we all get along?” Rodney King once asked as the streets of LA burned as a result of LA’s Finest literally stomping him into the ground in sight of the whole world only to be found “not guilty,” free to go. Such is life in an uncivil world.

It’s nice to know, though, that in such an in-your-face world as is ours there are people who want to bring some degree of order to it.

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Congress’ Sequester Carries Dire Consequences for San Diego Innovation Economy

February 27, 2013 by Andy Cohen
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from the San Diego Free Press

Cuts to government funding for basic research–already at dangerously low levels–could have devastating long term economic effects nationally, locally

Our greatest responsibility is to be wise ancestors.–Jonas Salk

San Diego is home to one of the premier research universities in the country, doing pioneering work in health sciences, renewable energy, and information technology. With UC San Diego at its epicenter, combined with the growing research prowess at San Diego State University, biotech and clean tech have become the economy of the future for the region. A 2004 Milken Institute study determined the San Diego metropolitan area to be the number one biotech research cluster in the country.

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San Diego and the TMD

February 27, 2013 by Andy Cohen
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from the San Diego Free Press

It’s time for the San Diego City Council to work within the law instead of desperately searching for ways around it.

Can’t we all just get along?—Rodney King

On Monday the San Diego City Council heard comments on the city’s Tourism and Marketing District. You might have heard about it in recent weeks, because it’s been the source of a lot of controversy down at City Hall.

The TMD became a major news item last week when Mayor Bob Filner crashed a news conference called by City Attorney Jan Goldsmith. Let’s just say that the two men don’t agree on a whole lot, and the exchange was one of the more entertaining political back and forth’s in San Diego history.

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Gormlie Gives Historical Society Presentation on History of OB Planning Board

February 25, 2013 by Source
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By Brittany Bailey

Frank Gormlie, Editor of the OB Rag and one of the editors of the San Diego Free Press, gave a presentation at Thursday’s meeting – Feb 21 – of the Ocean Beach Historical Society. Gormlie, who was raised in Ocean Beach and has been a community activist for years, gave insight and firsthand knowledge about the history of the Ocean Beach Planning Board- the first democratically-elected planning board in the State.

The meeting was held at 7pm at the United Methodist on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. The house was packed with many standing at the back. There was a brief introduction by Pat James, the chair of the OB Historical Society, and then Gormlie took the stage with a skit – complete with props and funny voices–

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Restaurant Review: Ranchos Mexican and Vegetarian Cuisine

February 22, 2013 by Judi Curry
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Waiting too long detracted from the good food

“Ranchos” Mexican and Vegetarian Cuisine
1830 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
Ocean Beach, CA 92107
619-226-7619

A good friend called me today to wish me happy birthday, and said she had been following my restaurant reviews and wondered if I ever stayed home and cooked any more. It does seem like I have been going out a lot – and my increased girth tells me that is true – but I hate to pass by the opportunity of going out and trying new – and old – restaurants, so I decided to take my two students – Monica and Jeffrey – to Rancho’s for dinner. (And for clarification purposes – both students are adults studying English at ESL schools.)

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Saving Veterans’ Plaza in Ocean Beach

February 22, 2013 by Source

The tragedies of 9-11 were several years away when Obceans who knew that patriotism was consistent with the community’s laid-back, do-your-own-thing ethic decided it was high-time to do something big.

An idea to honor those who have served our country in the armed forces took hold and, with the help of the since-vacated Ocean Beach VFW, the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association (OBMA) and others, the idea came to fruition.

In a nutshell, that’s how the Veterans’ Plaza at the corner of Abbott Street and Newport Avenue – with two its flagpoles, 6 ½-foot-high piece of granite rock and adorning plaque, and dozens of inscriptions engraved onto a brand-new, concrete sidewalk – came to be in the mid-1990s, organizers say. Ocean Beach was ahead of the curve.

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A History of Community Planning in Ocean Beach

February 21, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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Editor: Here is a series of articles about the history of community planning in Ocean Beach going back to the Sixties and Seventies. It is not a complete history, but does offer up an early history of the OB Planning Board, the Ocean Beach Precise Plan, the planning crisis that faced the community in the early 1970s, and OB’s response – which by the middle of that decade – made California history.

The Battle Over the Ocean Beach Precise Plan- how urban planning became a democratic process and how OB was saved (here)

  • an introduction to the story about OB’s historic battle over the Precise Plan and about the fight to make urban planning a democratic process – which in the end directly saved Ocean Beach from over-development, enabling it to be the quaint village it is today.
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OB Woman’s Club Clothing Swap – Saturday Feb 23rd

February 21, 2013 by Source
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By Becky Sorenson

In an effort to continue serving the Ocean Beach community, the OB Woman’s Club is hosting a community clothing swap fundraiser. This event will be held on Saturday Feb. 23rd from 1-3pm. There will be a $5 entrance fee for this event.

A Clothing Swap is an event designed to reuse the perfectly good clothing, shoes and accessories that we no longer wear or need. Here’s how it works, clean out your closet and bring some gently used wearable clean clothes that are taking up unwanted space in your closet. Then come browse and find some new items to spruce up your wardrobe.

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OB Historical Society: Frank Gormlie to Speak on History of Community Planning in Ocean Beach – Tonight, Feb. 21

February 21, 2013 by Staff
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From the OB Historical Society’s website:

A Historical Perspective of OB’s Planning Board

Frank Gormlie, Editor of the OB Rag, will give a program on the history of the Ocean Beach’s Planning Board and the importance of O.B. residents taking part in their community groups. Frank was a member of the fist O.B. Planning Board, which was also one of the first San Diego Community Planning Boards. Frank will talk about the importance of a good community plan that reflects what the residents want, and how they want to shape their future. Frank will stress the participation of residents in running for the board, going to meetings and voting in the election.

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Peninsula Community Planning Board Agenda – Thursday, Feb. 21st

February 21, 2013 by Staff

Here is the agenda for tonight’s monthly meeting of the Peninsula Community Planning Board. They meet at the Point Loma Library, 3701 Voltaire, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Two interesting items on their agenda are these:

  • Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan for San Diego International Airport – presentation by Angie Jamison, Airport Planning Manager
  • Dana Middle School Joint Use Amendment- presentation by Randy White, San Diego Unified School District, and Robin Shifflet, Park Planner , City of San Diego
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Author Q & A: ‘The Golden Shore: California’s Love Affair with the Sea’

February 21, 2013 by Source
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Conservationist David Helvarg – a former OBcean and writer on the original OB Rag – talks about his book, “The Golden Shore,” a tribute to California’s beautiful and iconic coastline, and the Navy’s and San Diego’s roles in shaping it.

By Serge Dedina / Wildcoast

No one has done more to educate the public on ways to preserve our coast and ocean than David Helvarg. Author of six books and the founder and Executive Director of the Blue Frontier Campaign, Helvarg will be speaking about his newest book, The Golden Shore: California’s Love Affair with the Sea at the Birch Aquarium on Tuesday Feb. 26 from 6:30-8 p.m.

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A Review: Humphreys Backstage Lounge on Shelter Island

February 21, 2013 by Judi Curry
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Humphreys Backstage Lounge
2241 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
619·224·3577

A friend, Jim, and I decided we would go out on Valentine’s Day for appetizers and a drink or two. (Yes, I do drink and yes, I did meet him on-line.) We wanted to celebrate Obama’s win and this was our first opportunity together.

I called my daughter for – one who knows nice places to go out for celebrations, and she suggested “Humphreys Backstage Lounge.” I have been to Humphreys many times. My youngest daughter was married at Humphreys, but I had never been to the Backstage Lounge nor had Jim, so that was where we went.

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Review: Living Room Coffeehouse in Point Loma

February 20, 2013 by Judi Curry
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“Living Room Coffeehouse”
1018 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 222-6852

Within the small support group of widows that I am part of, three of our husband’s are buried at Ft. Rosecrans. So two of us thought we would start the day by a trip to “see” them. Even though one of our members was ill and not with us, she “talked” to her buried hubby via my cell phone and made her feel better for the day.

Then Candy and I went to the “Living Room Coffeehouse” on Rosecrans. We had never been there and we thought by going there we would avoid a crowd at the more popular Sunday breakfast restaurants. We were right. In the Living Room there are many small rooms available, couches, an outdoors, etc. so even if it was crowded it would not have been apparent to us.

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Tunnels Under San Diego’s 30 Foot Height Limit in the Coastal Zone – Part 2

February 19, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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Introduction: This is the second part of my series on the 30 foot height limit. This would have been published earlier except for a medical issue, so I offer my apology.

At the risk of encouraging the critics of the height limit by continuing the discussion of the effects and value of the 1972 citizens’ initiative, this is meant then to demonstrate to those same critics the tunnels that have already been dug in and around and under the 30 foot standard, as well as informing the fairly new generations of citizenry and those uninitiated observers of San Diego development.

In Part One, I discussed how some of these tunnels have been dug underneath the height limit on San Diego’s coastal areas over the decades,

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Touching Lives in the Community: Point Loma Grocery Outlet

February 19, 2013 by Judi Curry
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Point Loma Grocery Outlet
3948 W. Point Loma Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92110
619-704-1440

You know a place is successful when you cannot find a parking space at 1:30 in the afternoon. I am one of the patrons that missed LONGS DRUG STORE when it closed and became CVS. I still miss LONGS and seldom shop CVS. I still go to that shopping center because there are several stores that I like to patronize, but with the opening of the “Point Loma Grocery Outlet” I think I will be there often.

What an exciting store. There is an array of merchandise, from fresh meat to fresh produce, to fresh flowers, wine, beer, health foods, to almost every canned item a person would want. And, contrary to what someone told me when the word went out that the Grocery Outlet was opening, I found no out-dated food; no dented cans.

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500 San Diegans Rally in Mission Bay Against the Keystone Pipeline

February 18, 2013 by Source
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500 San Diegans are reportedly to have rallied and marched in Mission Bay yesterday, Sunday, Feb. 17th, in protest of the Keystone XL Pipeline project. They joined with protesters in twenty other cities in North American yesterday, calling upon President Obama to block it and for leaders at all levels to take action in the fight against global warming.

Here is the official press statement on the event by organizers from SanDiego350:

Speaking at the San Diego rally, Mayor Bob Filner expressed his concerns about Keystone, climate change and what he wants to do in San Diego.

“If we’re going to save our beaches in San Diego, we need to take our heads out of the sand, especially the tar sands,” he said, imploring the Mission Bay crowd to push President Obama to deny permits for the Canadian pipeline that is part of a massive proposed tar sand mining and pipeline project intended to deliver bitumen slurry to Texas coastal refineries.

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Is Big Oil Too Big to Tax in California?

February 18, 2013 by Jim Miller

Soon our national political discourse will be dominated by the nightmarish sequester debate with the Republicans’ doomsday austerity strategy being countered by the Democrats’ austerity-lite program that draws from the eternal verity of Simpson-Bowles. God help us.

Standing in stark contrast to the reigning austerity-lite crowd inside the Democratic Party is perhaps the brightest progressive hope in the country, Senator Elizabeth Warren. Rather than playing the populist note to bash Republicans and then retreating to safe, chamber of commerce approved positions that put Social Security and Medicare “on the table” like many of her colleagues in the Democratic Party, Warren is consistently taking it to the 1% whenever she can, and she really means it.

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Nimitz Blvd Closed in Area of Point Loma Flooded With Main Water Break

February 18, 2013 by Staff

A water main pipe broke late Saturday evening – early Sunday morning – in the 2700 block of Nimitz Boulevard near Shafter Street, flooding nearly apartments and residences. For a second day, residents of the Point Loma neighborhood were without water. The pipe burst around 1 a.m.

“We’re looking at two blocks of Nimitz and some side street without water at this point,” a city worker said.

The City Public Utilities Department reported it as a rupture of a 16-inch cast iron water main – one of the largest in recent memory. The City is supposedly working with residents who were flooded out, trying to find them hotels in the area, and it was reported that some folks had trouble finding places to stay.

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Reader Rave: “The OB Planning Board was the result of community passion …”

February 18, 2013 by Source
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Former OBcean Happy to Hear that 35 Years After Fight With Developers and City Hall, Planning Board Still Operating

Editor: We liked the comment to a recent post about Jane and Tom Gawronski so much that we decided to post it – So, here it is, by Doug Card, a former OBcean who was instrumental in the early days organizing for the first OB Planning Board back in the mid-1970’s..

By Doug Card

It was refreshing to hear the old Red House has been saved and revitalized, for we have many a memory of happy days there organizing to save the community or just hanging out with Frank Gormlie, Tom Kozden, and the rest of those incredible folks who made OB the dynamic community that it was.

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Thousands of Dolphins Seen Off Coast of San Diego

February 16, 2013 by Source
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Hornblower Cruise Captain Claims He Saw 100,000 Dolphins Last Thursday, Feb. 14th

By Sarah Grieco / NBCSanDiego.com / February 16, 2013

Thousands of dolphins spanning across 7 miles of ocean were sighted off the coast of San Diego on Thursday, a boat captain told NBC 7 San Diego.

Capt. Joe Dutra of Hornblower Cruises said he saw a “super mega-pod” of common dolphins Thursday around noon while he was on his daily tour. He said the pod was more than 7 miles long and 5 miles wide.

Dutra said the boat tour followed the pod for more than an hour and said he’s never seen anything like it.

“When you see something that is honestly truly beyond belief,” the captain said.

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Point Loma “Grocery Outlet” Market Having Grand Opening in Midway Area – Sat., Feb. 16th

February 16, 2013 by Frank Gormlie

A brand new grocery store is moving into the Midway area of Ocean Beach and having its Grand Opening today, Saturday, Fe. 16th. It’s Grocery Outlet at 3948 W. Point Loma Blvd. From 8 am to 3pm.

Attendees will enjoy free coffee and treats, free eco-frugal reusable bags for the first 500 customers, fun games with prize giveaways and activities for the whole family to enjoy, as well as the chance to win an Old School Fish Board, a pair of “His” and “Hers” Beach Cruiser Bikes, a Panasonic Viera 42” 3-D TV or free groceries for a year!

Independent Store Operators

Mark and Stephanie Baldwin are the owners of ther new Point Loma Grocery Outlet.

The following is from their website:

After years of pursuing someone else’s dream, it’s time to pursue their own as owners and operators of their own Grocery Outlet!

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Mayor Filner to NRC: ‘Restarting San Onofre is a dangerous experiment that threatens millions of residents.’

February 15, 2013 by Source
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From East County Magazine

In a letter sent to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on February 8, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner urged denial of Southern California Edison’s request to restart Unit 2 at the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station for five months at 70% as a test to see if similar problems that caused failure of a steam generator at Unit 3 would occur.

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Councilman Faulconer’s Call for Public Hearings on Tourism Tax Questioned

February 15, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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Editor: Ocean Beach’s councilmember, Kevin Faulconer, has just come out and made a call for public hearings on the tax on tourism, setting up a potential show-down with newly-elected Mayor Bob Filner.

Here, below, Doug Porter over at San Diego Free Press questions Faulconer’s call in today’s column, The Starting Line:

City Councilman Kevin Falconer called for public hearings yesterday to placate the City’s hotel industry, which is growing increasingly panicky over Mayor Bob Filner’s refusal to release funding generated by a hotel room surcharge of 2 percent to finance the Tourism Authority.

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Famous big-wave surfer – Mike Parsons – breaks neck on Ocean Beach

February 15, 2013 by Staff
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Editor: Here is a recent report:

Mike Parsons, who once held the world record for the biggest wave surfed, was wheeled off Ocean Beach in a gurney after breaking his neck in a bad wipeout Sunday.

While the waves at Ocean Beach that day were nowhere near as big as Parsons’ record-winning 77-foot wave, they were approximately triple-overhead in size, and powerful. When Parsons tried to catch one, he told surfing website Surfline, he fell and “then my head hit the water really hard.”

Parsons had broken his C7 vertebra, the largest and lowest vertebra in the neck. His limbs were tingling and he couldn’t swim.

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Rose Creek Festival: “Love Your Wetlands Day” in Mission Bay

February 14, 2013 by Source
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Editor: A celebration of Rose Creek was held just recently, organized by Friends of Rose Creek and San Diego Earthworks. Rose Creek is one of the actual, live creeks that pours into east Mission Bay. Rose Creek runs down Rose Canyon, the canyon that I-5 travels, and enters the bay in its northeast quadrant, flowing right by Mission Bay High School.

The celebration was called “Love Your Wetlands Day and Rose Creek Festival: It’s Our Nature”, and was hosted by Campland by the Bay on Saturday, February 9, 2013. It was :

a celebration get-together of dedicated environmental groups in a children and family oriented festival of fun and nature discovery in honor of Rose Creek Watershed and Mission Bay Park, one of the largest sea water aquatic parks in the world.

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Former Kettenburg Marine Site in Point Loma Sold for $6.6 Million

February 14, 2013 by Source
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Townhouse, Commercial Condos Planned for Former Kettenburg Marine & Boatworks

By Linda Oftedahl /Co-Star Group

Colrich, a multifamily developer based in San Diego, has purchased 1.65 acres of redevelopment land on Scott Street between Carlton and Dickens, directly on the San Diego bayfront in the Point Loma neighborhood for $6.6 million.

The land is the former site of the Kettenburg Marine & Boatworks, which reportedly had occupied the property for 65 years.

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California Leads Nation in Fighting Global Warming

February 14, 2013 by Source

By John Lawrence/ San Diego Free Press

As of January 1, 2013, the cap-and-trade portion of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32, went into effect. Over 300 major polluters in California will face emissions reductions obligations, and in 2015, the program’s size will double to include transportation fuels and natural gas. These companies were given an allowance as to how much carbon pollution they can dump into the atmosphere. They can buy additional “allowances” from the state which held its first sale November 2012. There are more auctions scheduled.

Eventually companies will be able to trade allowances among themselves. So a company that emits less CO2 than they are allowed to can sell the remaining portion of its allowance to a company that exceeds its allowance. As years go by, the allowances will be reduced thus reaching California’s goal to cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020.

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PUC Delays Vote on SDG&E’s Proposed Fossil-Fuel Power Plants – Again – and the Sierra Club Is Pissed Off!

February 14, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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During a period of time when the nuclear power station at San Onofre has been disabled for a year now, there are renewed calls, according to the U-T, to allow SDG&E to proceed with their plans to build two fossil-fuel power plants. Yet, when the California Public Utilities Commission sat down to vote on the utility’s proposals yesterday, Feb. 13th, they refused to take a vote and instead delayed their decision – again – and this time for the fourth time

The San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club – who has opposed these plants – is pissed off, and they’re demanding answers – and rightfully so. The Chapter head, Lori Saldana, called it “unacceptable.”

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