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On paper, hundreds of acres in Del Mar Mesa in northern San Diego are preserved and protected by the federal Endangered Species Act. Some of San Diego’s rarest creatures live there. But in reality, that protection comes in little more than name only.

In our latest San Diego Explained in partnership with NBC 7 San Diego, NBC’s Catherine Garcia and I look at the region’s heralded promises for preserved land across the county — and where those promises have been broken.

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Rob Davis is a senior reporter at Voice of San Diego. You can contact him directly at or 619.325.0529.

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Rob Davis was formerly a senior reporter for Voice of San Diego.

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