In March, there are two important ballot measures regarding land use in San Diego County. One is Measure B, the Newland Sierra development in North County (Vote  NO), and the other is Measure A, Safeguard Our San Diego Countryside (SOS), a countywide measure (Vote YES). MEASURE B-NEWLAND SIERRA The proposed Newland Sierra project, located north…

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In 2014, the CA legislature overwhelmingly approved SB270, banning single-use, plastic bags. A YES vote confirms that decision. The ‘convenience’ of plastic shopping bags carries with it a very high environmental cost.  Bags litter our landscapes and make their way into our waterways and oceans. Made from non-renewable fossil fuels, these petroleum-based bags never truly…

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On the November ballot, SANDAG will ask San Diego voters to approve the ‘San Diego County Road Repair, Transit, Traffic Relief, Safety, and Water Quality Measure.’  BVAS has concerns with a measure that is long on road construction and almost silent on habitat and water quality protection. While $2 billion out of this $18 billion…

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The hills and grasslands around Ramona are a favorite hunting grounds for a number of wintering raptor species, including golden eagles, ferruginous hawks, and prairie falcons. We’ll also be looking for a recently reported yellow-bellied sapsucker at Collier Park, cackling geese, a nesting bald eagle, mountain bluebirds, and other fun species. Directions: Collier Park; 626…

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Should Caruso Affiliated be allowed to build a mall overlooking the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad? The months-long debate will soon be settled by those Carlsbad residents who choose to cast their ballots at the special election on February 23. Citizens for North County, a group representing a coalition of environmental and civic organizations including BVAS, is urging a “NO” vote on Prop A. The…

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