California Enviromental Quality Act
In California, the CEQA process allows communities and residents to comment on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIR) to let their elected officials know all of the things that are wrong with the project as defined by the EIR. Any comment in the EIR can be used as a basis for a lawsuit so your CEQA comments are very important. We would like you to write two things:
1) A letter or email each county supervisor expressing your outrage over this travesty of a project.
2) Write CEQA Comments and deliver them to the county before October 29th. Please email comments to:
Project Manager Heather Steven| Heather.Steven@sdcounty.ca.gov | (858) 495-5802
Subject: MUP Amendment (PDS2015-MUP-98-014W2) and a Reclamation Plan (PDS2015-RP-15-001).
Please read our Scoping Comments which we submitted to the County at the beginning of this CEQA process.
This CEQA is a massive document with lots of technical mumbo-jumbo in it. (They use mumbo-jumbo to intimidate you.) But you can decipher most of it and make comments. You might be an expert in Air Quality, comment there, or you might be a person who lives in Lakeside and commutes to San Diego, comment on the Traffic section. No comment is too small and whether you are a Ph.D. or a regular person, we all have the right to a safe, healthy community. We have the right to retain the beauty of our community. You have the right to get to work in a timely fashion. You have the right to comment on the amount of water used, or what the project might do to your family if you have to flee wildfire. All of these comments are important. Even though they had experts write these comments, none of those experts know Lakeside the way you do. Your comments are just as important and quite a bit more knowledgeable because you live here. So please comment on BIG things and little things.
The goal of CEQA comment is to point out so many problems with the project that we can kill it out right at the board of supervisors. Failing that, then the CEQA comments will be used to sue on the basis of CEQA and drag the project out until the developer give up and fades away. Below is the list of all the topics covered in the EIR. Pick a topic, read it and make comments. They can either be by page number and paragraph or written to address larger issues. Both approaches work.