San Pasqual Valley Preservation Alliance
The San Pasqual Valley Preservation Alliance is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit group that has organized to educate, protect and advocate for the ongoing preservation of the San Pasqual Valley, its surrounding lands, habitats, resources and wildlife. Currently we are joining other state and local groups opposed to the proposed Safari Highlands Ranch development, a sprawling 550 home development being planned for the untouched lands to the north of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and east of existing homes in the San Pasqual Valley. This land is presently undeveloped and mostly inaccessible open space, home to a variety of habitats, animals, cultural and natural resources that face significant and/or long-term disruption and destruction if development of this size, scope and duration is undertaken. Future areas of focus are protecting the San Pasqual Valley Agricultural Preserve, exploring use and limitations of Ysabel Creek Road, and opposing efforts to develop Rancho Guejito.
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In the wake of the Lilac Fire, today’s San-Diego Union Tribune discusses the valuable lessons learned from the ‘03 and ‘07 fires - and one lesson that is still being ignored: ongoing efforts by developers to build in known, fire-prone wild lands (SHR specifically...read more
As we mentioned earlier this week, the City of Escondido failed to properly notify more than one agency of the draft EIR for SHR when it was released in mid-October. Today the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that LAFCO was one of the agencies that was not notified of...read more
It's a busy week: we gave thanks on Thursday, looked for splashy sales on Friday, supported small businesses on Saturday and scoured the Internet for deals on Monday. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is fast becoming known as Giving Tuesday, an international...read more
Another powerful newspaper article about the Safari Highlands Ranch development battle. “It’s still very rural land zoned for 27 houses. That’s what they bought, that’s their land and they are looking for a mechanism for which they can flip that into being worth, and...read more
A lot of you have asked about the Safari Highlands Ranch “open house” at City Hall tomorrow - What is it? Are any decisions being made? Should you go? Here are the details: Tuesday, Nov. 7th from 4:30-7:00pm in the Mitchell Room at City Hall (201 N. Broadway,...read more
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The San Pasqual Valley Preservation Alliance is pleased to join with the following groups in opposing Safari Highlands Ranch. Please take a moment to learn more about the activities of the following groups by clicking on their links and visiting their sites.
The Endangered Habitats League is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the diverse ecosystems of Southern California and to sensitive and sustainable land use for the benefit of all the region’s inhabitants. Through participation in community and regional planning processes, and collaboration with other stakeholders, EHL works to develop solutions that serve the needs of all area residents and preserves our native landscapes.
The Sierra Club is the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization with three million members, 14,000 in San Diego and Imperial counties. Successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. Working under an adopted set of conservation priorities, Sierra Club San Diego’s Conservation Committee keeps vigil over conservation issues & campaigns, and maintains liaisons with government agencies & non-government organizations in San Diego and Imperial counties. Click HERE to view the opposition letter submitted by Sierra Club’s San Diego chapter regarding the Safari Highlands Ranch development effort.
The San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians (SPBMI) has deep ancestral ties to the San Pasqual area. In the late 1800’s, the SPBMI were forcibly removed from the San Pasqual Valley area. Nearly 40 years later, a reservation was established in the hills overlooking Lake Wolford. In the 1950’s, descendants of the original band began relocating to the reservation. The SPBMI Culture Committee is responsible for preserving the Kumeyaay culture on the San Pasqual Reservation for future generations. It is also responsible for the maintenance of its Culture Center overlooking Lake Wohlford; its museum, resource center and archive of tribal documents and artifacts. The San Pasqual Reservation is now also home to the Valley View Casino – the tribe’s most important economic asset. Click HERE and HERE to view the opposition letter submitted by the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians regarding the Safari Highlands Ranch development effort.
The Environmental Center of San Diego is dedicated to the preservation and protection of the natural environment throughout San Diego, through education, advocacy and direct action, including owning and operating accessways on behalf of the public to maximize public access to and along the coast consistent with sound resource conservation principles.
California Chaparral Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of native shrubland ecosystems, especially chaparral. Chaparral offers vital natural resource values that help maintain California’s ecological health, such as providing watersheds to protect our water supplies, carbon sequestration to combat climate change, and habitat that supports some of the highest levels of biodiversity on earth. Chaparral remains one of the last bastions of the California condor.
Escondido Chamber of Citizens is an organization of residents, community and business leaders formed in 1997 to focus on gathering and disseminating information on a variety of local public issues and concerns, as well as working with local, county and state officials in pursuit of the best possible quality of life. ECOC was the catalyst for, and the movement behind, Proposition S, "The Growth Management and Neighborhood Protection Act" passed by majority vote in 1998. Prop. S was pivotal in closing a loophole that allowed an Escondido City Council majority (3 votes) to approve amendments to the City's General Plan regarding residential development density. Prop. S helped control some of the rampant residential growth slated for Escondido by putting control in the hands of Escondido voters when developers seek an amendment to Escondido's General Plan. Although SHR violates the Smart Growth principles detailed in Escondido’s current General Plan, doing so does not require an amendment to Escondido's General Plan. Nevertheless, ECOC remains a powerful and passionate group of residents and leaders focused on land use and quality of life issues throughout Escondido and surrounding areas. Click to HERE view the opposition letter submitted by the Escondido Chamber of Citizens regarding the Safari Highlands Ranch development effort.
Save Our Countryside is a group organized to challenge the proposed Lilac Hills Ranch development north of Escondido and growing efforts to develop the backcountry of San Diego County. - Measure B defeated!
Escondido Neighbors United is an alliance of engaged residents working for the benefit of the rural, urban, and natural communities in the Escondido Area. Their goal is to advance protection of communities, protect natural resources, ensure sustainable planning and development, prevent and secure cleanup of contamination, and support of environmental justice in the Escondido area. Major areas of interest are the Felecita Creek area and contamination from the Chatham Barrel Yard site.
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