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Friday, July 25, 2008 | Transparency during [Nancy Graham’s] tenure has been without rival, Fred Maas said recently.
Not exactly. Graham led the way into calling concerned citizens and the Environmental community Obstructionists and Eco-terrorists. Good riddance. Since the publishing of the 1995 Seismic Safety Study (SSS) by the city of San Diego, CCDC has been the head of the 13-year conspiracy to violate State CEQA law and the Alquist-Priolo Act by claiming that fault investigations are not required at the CEQA Checklist Stage or on reclaimed Port tidelands, which are the only areas subject to liquefaction.
A few years ago, the port of San Diego specifically asked CCDC if they should require a fault investigation are part of CEQA for Lane Field. CCDC conned the port into illegal behavior and told them “No,” fault investigation are not required for Lane Field.
Last year, Mayor Sanders’ DSD, CCDC, and the Planning Department acknowledged that they were incorrect for the last 13 years. As written on Page 3 of the 1995 city of San Diego Seismic Safety Study (SSS), fault investigations are required on port tidelands after all. Since the announcement that fault investigations are indeed required on port tidelands, the only one public agency changed their illegal ways; the port of San Diego. The port of San Diego has required two fault investigations this year: Lane Field and the Sunroad leasehold on Harbor Island. An active fault of the Rose Canyon Fault Zone (RCFZ) was found on Harbor Island at the CEQA Checklist Stage, so the port required locations of buildings be moved in order to comply with local, state, and federal laws.
CCDC should follow the example of the port of San Diego, Coronado, and the rest of the Cities in California. CCDC, please show leadership and require the law be followed so that you do not waste any more public funds on a potentially illegal Master Plan.
Please stop burying your head in the sand. Please require due diligence, do some homework, make some telephone calls, and ask the city of Coronado, the California Coastal Commission, and the state of California Division of Mines and Geology if you have been conned and given false information from CCDC staff, Mayor Jerry Sanders’ staff, and the City Council. The fix is easy and free. Just require that a valid fault investigation be turned in at the CEQA Checklist Stage for the Navy Broadway Complex. Until CCDC follows the law and behaves in a transparent way, CCDC has no credibility.