Conservation Groups support DENIAL of San Marcos Highlands Ranch at Sept 6th San Marcos Planning Commission meeting–Seek Other Alternatives

Another inland North County project threatens our habitat and quality of life is up for a vote.  San Marcos Highlands, like Safari Highlands, is a project that undermines our County wide species planning by allowing development in pre-approved mitigation areas.  Here is an excellent letter from our friends at Buena Vista Audubon Society  Letter to SM Planning Commission from Buena Vista Audubon

It states, in part,
About 52% of the project site is in the County of San Diego and 48% in the City of San Marcos.  The County portion of the Highlands site is designated as a Pre-Approved Mitigation Area (PAMA) in the County’s draft North County Multiple Species Conservation Program (NC-MSCP).  The PAMA is designed to steer development outside the area and set up design criteria and mitigation standards for any development in the area.   The city portion of the site is included in the Multiple Habitat Conservation Plan (MHCP) which also identified onsite Biological Core and Linkage Areas due to the presence of valuable biological resources.  These environmental planning agreements have been designed and established to protect endangered and threatened species and their habitats.  Therefore, it is essential that new development be consistent with these plans, and the San Marcos Highlands project is not….


What is the point of the considerable resources expended by government agencies on environmental planning if these are disregarded when actual development proposals come forward? Environmental planning is important for the sustainability of wildlife in our region and it is essential that new development be designed to accommodate the biological constraints of any particular site.


In conclusion, we believe that the project is inappropriate for this location, and would have significant and unmitigated environmental impacts. Therefore, we request that you deny approval of the EIR and the San Marcos Highlands project, and suggest that the property owner consider a project alternative that does not significantly impact biological resources.


Please learn more about this project and support Buena Vista Audubon’s efforts to ensure this project does not destroy precious natural resources.


Join and support  Buena Vista Audubon Website

Safari Highlands DELAYED Project not to be reviewed until 2017

Today in the San Diego Union Tribune it was reported that that disastrous Safari Highlands Ranch project near the Safari Park will be delayed.  Safari Highalnds Project Delayed

The city of Escondido has stated that they want to take time to ‘get it right’.  However, there is no getting this project right….unless they want to comply with the County’s General Plan for the area– meaning 26 homes–not 550.

The 1,000 acres proposed for massive development is important to preserve for many reasons. Notably, it contains high-grade habitats which are key for the success of the region’s multiple species conservation planning.

To destroy this important habitat would significantly undermine conservation planning that has take 20 years and millions of dollars.

We hope the wildlife agencies and the County are paying attention.

URGENT Action Alert — Please sign on to letter to Supervisors asking for environmental review of massive project

Dear Friends,
Again, developers are trying to end run our public process.  We just learned from our friends at Save our SD Countryside  that the Board of Supervisors has just scheduled a hearing on Lilac Hills Development for Tuesday.

Please go to this link and sign the proposed letter Letter to Supervisors  or, better yet, please write your own.

You can also contact your supervisor directly and leave a message or talk to their staff.

This is the most recent attempt to end-run our public process.  A Carlsbad developer tried it in June and lost.  We cannot afford to let them win here.  If this become the model for massive and sprawl development, the public will lose its voice in development matters that impact our region and our lives dramatically.

Learn more about this project here.

Please sign the letter and spread the word!

If it’s July in Escondido, it’s Zucchini Season- Here’s how to handle your Zucchini Bonanza

Since we are lucky enough to live in one of the
premiere gardening spots in the state, we’re sure most of you are up to your eyeballs in that most prolific of squash of all–Zucchini!
 Whether you want to ‘put it up’, bake bread, or eat it for dessert–we’ve got you covered.  Below, please find some recipes used by some of the ENU gardeners to process their abundant zucchini crop. Thanks to members who provided these tested and dearly loved recipes.  Printable version here What to do with your Zucchini Bonanza
Zucchini Relish
20 cups large zucchini
6-8 onions,
10 TBsps salt
Seed the zucchini and chop
finely (or grind if you are like the olden days)
Mix and let stand
overnight.
Drain, wash well, and
drain again.
Place the following in a
pan and bring to boil:
·       
5 cups vinegar
·       
4 tsp celery seed
·       
12 cups (or less)
of sugar
·       
1 tsp pepper
·       
2 Tbsps nutmeg
·       
2 Tbsps dry
mustard
·       
2 Tbsps
cornstarch
·       
2 Tbsps turmeric
·       
1 red and 1 green
pepper chopped finely.
Add zucchini.  Boil for 30 minutes.
Put into sterilized jars,
use sealing lids, and process in a water bath for another 5 minutes.
Share with your neighbors
or bring to an ENU potluck!
(Makes 10 pints)
And for that time when all
you have in your garden is zucchini and all you want to eat is dessert—There’s
Dessert Zucchini! 
Lazy Baker’s Zucchini-Apple Dessert Crisp
One dish, one bake, so easy.
Peel and coarsely chop 6
cups of zucchini and 2.5 cups of green apples.
Stir in 6 TBS lemon juice,
¾ cup of sugar, 3 TBS of quick cook tapioca, and ½ tsp cinnamon.
Put fruit in a 2.5 quart
baking dish
Topping
1 1/3 cup flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
¼ tsp nutmeg
½ cup butter or Earth
Balance,
Rub all together and
sprinkle over fruit.
BAKE at 375 degrees for 35
minutes.



Quiet Hills Giant Zucchini “Apple” Cobbler
I know, you don’t think this sounds delicious. You’re
wrong.  It is!  And, with a little reduced sugar its almost
health food!  This works best with those
gigantic, for-earm-sized zucchini that seemed to appear overnight and you don’t
know what to do with.
Crust
3 cups flour
1.5 cups sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
1 cup Earth Balance,
margarine, or butter
Filling
10 cups peeled, seeded,
and cubed or sliced zucchini
2/3 cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
Combine dry ingredients
and cut butter until crumbly
Press about 1/3 of the
mixture into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan.
Bake at 375 degrees for 12
minutes.
Now, bring zucchini and lemon
juice to boil in a large pan.
Reduce heat and simmer for
8-10 minutes or  till crisp tender.
Stir in sugar, cinnamon,
and nutmeg.  Cover and simmer for 5
minutes. (mixture will be thin).
Spoon over crust and
sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
Bake for an additional
40-45 minutes or till golden grown.
Serve with EscoGelato on the side!
  
Looking into gardening
history, we see that the ‘zucchini conundrum’ has been around a long time.  Here are a couple from the old Victory Garden
Cookbook.
Victory Garden Zucchini Bread
1 lb zucchini
Salt
1 ¾ cup flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp cinnamon
3 eggs (preferably your
own or one of your neighbors’ humanely raised)
1 cup sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
Grated rind of one lemon
1 TB lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts or
pecans (optional)
·       
Wash, trim, and
coarsely grate the zucchini; salt, drain, and squeeze dry.
·       
You should end up
with 2 cups of zucchini.
·       
Sift together the
flour, powder, soda, cinnamon, and ½ tsp salt.
·       
Beat the eggs,
sugar and oil, and mix in the lemon rind, lemon juice, and vanilla.
·       
Beat in dry
ingredients and stir in the zucchini.
·       
Add the nuts if
you wish.
·       
Pour into a
greased and floured baking loaf pan (9 x 5 inches) and bake in a pre-heated
350 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes.
Summer Squash Spice Cake
1 ½ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup packed dark-brown
sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cups grated zucchini
or other summer squash
  • Sift together dry
    ingredients
  • Beat eggs, sugar,
    oil, and vanilla together.
  • Beat in the dry
    ingredients
  • Stir in the
    grated squash
  •  Pour into a
    greased 8×8 inch pan
  • Bake in a
    preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes

Developers Bypassing Laws through the Initiative Process–Attend North County Climate Change Alliance Event July 14th

Please attend this important event.  Thanks to NCCCA for sharing this information!
Hello ,
Our quality of life is at risk. How can we assure our
voices are heard?

Join the
North County Climate Change Alliance and Save Our San Diego
Countryside

July 14th, 6-8
PM
, as we discuss the timely and controversial topic:

Developers
Bypassing Laws through the Initiative Process

Location:
Leichtag Commons, Barn 2, 441 Saxony Road, Encinitas, CA 92024

Guest Speakers:
Diane Nygaard
, well-known local advocate who
spearheaded Carlsbad to a “No on A” Win; and Mark Jackson,
fighting to ensure developers comply with San Diego County’s General
Plan, and challenging controversial Urban Sprawl
Developments, like Lilac Hills in Valley Center.

RSVP today:
By replying to this email or calling 760-920-6111. You can also RSVP
via Facebook or
Meetup.com
This
presentation is one of an ongoing series of events sponsored by the
North County Climate Change Alliance and other local groups, with the
goal of providing opportunities for local residents to become
informed about issues related to climate change.

We look forward to seeing you on July 14th.

Respectfully,
Dave Peiser, Director, North County Climate Change Alliance
info@ncccalliance.org
(760) 920-6111










































Climate Action Campaign Urges CPUC to protect Clean Energy Choices

Our friends at the Climate Action Campaign issued an important news release as the California Public Utilities Commission prepares to make a significant ruling.  The ability of governments to pursue community choice aggregation (wonky name, but important option) and other clean energy actions should be preserved.  Please support the work of this group. Climate Action Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 06, 2016
CONTACT: Kayla Race, Climate Action Campaign, 617-909-8819, kayla@climateactioncampaign.org
Climate Action Campaign Urges CPUC to Protect Freedom of
Clean Energy Choice for Families
Public Utilities Commission poised to vote on first-of-its
kind proposal to allow unlimited marketing against Community Choice Energy
SAN DIEGO, July 6, 2016— In a comment
letter
submitted yesterday to the California Public Utilities
Commission, Climate Action Campaign urged the Commission to protect the
freedom of choice for families, businesses, and cities who want local clean
energy options to save money, clean the air, and create a brighter,
healthier future.
The letter urges the Commission to amend a draft decision
approving SDG&E’s plan to spend unlimited shareholder dollars against Community
Choice Aggregation (CCA)
, a program several cities in the
region— including San
Diego
, Solana
Beach
, Encinitas,
Del Mar, and other north county cities
—are exploring to provide
better clean energy choices to families at competitive rates, as well as
help meet Climate Action Plan goals.
To remedy the deficiencies in the proposal
from SDG&E
— which is the first utility to officially fight
local cities’ efforts— Climate Action Campaign is calling on the Commission
to amend the plan to:
·        
Hold Sempra Energy— SDG&E’s parent
company— and its consultants accountable to the same standard of conduct as
SDG&E because the community and elected officials view them
functionally as the same company and they share same company interests in
maintaining their monopoly status.   
·        
Prohibit SDG&E from sharing lobbying
and marketing services with the new Marketing Division and prohibit Sempra
and SDG&E employees with lobbying and marketing responsibilities or
with access to competitively sensitive information from joining the new
Marketing Division.
·        
Enhance reporting, transparency, and
enforceability by requiring public, quarterly compliance reporting and
clarifying that the expedited complaint procedure is available for CCA Code
of Conduct violations.
Without these protections, the new Marketing Division could
unfairly stifle the voices of cities, families, and businesses interested
in exploring community choice. In 2015, SDG&E and Sempra spent over
$100,000 lobbying the City of San Diego to alter the City’s 100% clean
energy climate plan and pass electricity rates harmful to solar customers.
The letter from Climate Action Campaign elaborates on
similar concerns expressed by several cities, elected officials,
businesses, and environmental organizations in letters
to the Commission
submitted in late 2015.
The Commission is poised to vote on SDG&E’s proposal as
soon as its July 14 meeting.
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Climate Action Campaign is a climate watchdog organization
with a simple mission: stop climate change and protect our quality of life.
For more information, please visit
www.climateactioncampaign.org

Download a PDF of this release  News Release here