Strong Support For Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan Voiced At California Coastal Commission Meeting

July 11, 2012

The City of Chula Vista and the Port of San Diego today announced that more than 100 supporters attended the California Coastal Commission meeting in Chula Vista to endorse the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan (CVBMP).

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San Diego’s fireworks fiasco draws legal scrutiny

July 11, 2012
The National Law Journal
 by Amanda Bronstad

An environmental group that has repeatedly sued over potential pollution caused from fireworks displays in San Diego is looking into the potential damage to local wildlife caused by this year’s July 4 show, which exploded all at once due to an apparent computer malfunction. Read more

Fireworks Fallout at La Jolla Cove

While the local chatter and national news centered around San Diego’s Big Bay Boom anticlimactic fireworks show, CERF volunteers spent the evening at La Jolla Cove.

Our volunteers watched as the cannons, pointed even more directly over the water than documented last year, spewed smoke and waste for approximately twenty minutes.  Read more

How about laser’s red glare?

The Sacramento Bee
July 2, 2012
by Carlos Alcalá

Like Francis Scott Key’s Fort McHenry, the venerable tradition of Independence Day fireworks shows is under attack.

From one flank, red ink from municipal budgets has fireworks fuses fizzling.

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CERF to Announce Fireworks Plans at Monday’s City Council Hearing

In May, 2011, the City of San Diego lost the first lawsuit brought by the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation (CERF) challenging the City’s failure to study and mitigate environmental impacts for the 4th of July fireworks shows at La Jolla Cove. In response to that loss, the City twice sought to amend its Municipal Code to avoid having to conduct the court ordered environmental review. CERF challenged both code amendments in two additional lawsuits, and on June 14, 2012, Judge William Dato of the San Diego Superior Court indicated a ruling that the City again acted illegally by failing to review fireworks impacts.

Despite CERF’s victory in last year’s case, the judge in that matter allowed the 2011 fireworks show to proceed while the City was given time to come up with a plan to respond to her ruling. In light of the failure of the City to adequately respond (i.e. the two municipal code amendments themselves were supposed to, but didn’t, go through environmental review), the question has been asked whether CERF will seek to enjoin the 2012 La Jolla Cove 4th of July fireworks show.

CERF has reached its decision, and will make the announcement as part of a brief presentation to the San Diego City Council on Monday, June 25, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Please note, there is no City Council agenda item for this topic. The Council will be considering its lost lawsuits during a closed session meeting on June 26th, and CERF will be making its presentation during the time allotted Monday for public comment on Closed Session items.

CERF representatives will be available immediately following the City Council presentation.

CERF Advances Pro-Environment Arguments in La Jolla Cove Fireworks Case.

June 14, 2012

There are many locations throughout San Diego appropriate for limited-duration fireworks displays, some perhaps over water, so long as there are rigid cleanup standards and they are in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the Coastal Act.

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Recycling sewage to drinking water could save city of San Diego money: Study

North County Times
June 2, 2012
by Bradley J. Fikes

The city of San Diego could save hundreds of millions of dollars in upgrade and expansion costs for its Point Loma sewage treatment plant, and get more drinking water in the bargain, according to a final draft study given to the city in late May.

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Senate approves San Diego fireworks bill

But supporters say it has to change or be killed

May 29, 2012
UT San Diego
by Michael Gardiner

Sacramento — The state Senate Tuesday approved legislation that would allow the city of San Diego to host one fireworks show annually without an extensive environmental review.

However, the measure could still fizzle in the Assembly — at the hands of supporters.

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Carlsbad desal plant needs more public workshops, board told

May 24, 2012
North County Times
by Bradley J. Fikes

Two or three months should suffice to wrap up negotiations over a proposed Carlsbad desalination plant, board members of the San Diego County Water Authority were told this week.

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CERF Opposition to SB 973: CEQA Exemptions

What is SB 973?

SB 973 (proposed language here) is legislation introduced by Senators Vargas and Garrick seeking to address an unfavorable court ruling for the City of San Diego through a new, broad amendment to one of the state’s most important environmental statutes: the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). SB 973 would exempt a loosely defined group of temporary events from environmental review under CEQA.

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