Stop the towers benefit!

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Stop the towers benefit!

Post by Sandman » Tue May 12, 2009 8:55 pm



Stop the Towers Hootenanny

The California Desert Coalition (CDC) will be holding a benefit dinner and silent auction at historic Pappy & Harriet’s Palace in Pioneertown on June 13, 2009, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Stop the Towers Hootenanny will feature a buffet dinner, great music, no host bar and the opportunity to bid on silent auction items. This festive evening of fun and camaraderie promises to be a real “hoot” and will offer us all the opportunity to hear about the latest progress being made to stop the proposed 500kV power corridor through the Morongo Basin and surrounding communities, including Pioneertown, within sight of Pappy & Harriet’s Palace.

Tickets are $50.00 per person and are going fast – reserve by June 5th! Tickets are available online at, by calling MJ (760) 217-2130 and at the Joshua Tree Farmer’s Market on May 16, 23 and 30.

Valuable items from local businesses, artists and individuals have been pledged, and more are needed for the auction. Any items big or small are very welcome and all tax-deductible donations will be acknowledged at the party. To give to the auction, call Carol (760) 228-2811.

Don’t miss this hootin’ hollerin’ evening of fun, all to benefit a great cause.

California Desert Coalition

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Re: Stop the towers benefit!

Post by LeeVW » Wed May 13, 2009 10:31 am

This is a great cause! We must band together and STOP so-called "green power" from destroying our desert environments!


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Post by EZRider » Wed May 13, 2009 10:52 am

LeeVW wrote:This is a great cause! We must band together and STOP so-called "green power" from destroying our desert environments!

I'm sure that was meant facetiously, Lee! :D

Green Path is a clever label placed on a project designed to keep us enslaved to the grid.


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Post by Sandman » Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:49 pm

Success! The LA department of water and power have announced they are dropping thier application for the "Green Path North" powerline routes.

"The city of Los Angeles moved one step closer this afternoon to scrapping plans for a giant electrical transmission system across the desert and forest, according to a Bureau of Land Management official.

Mark Sedlacek, director of environmental services for the city's Department of Water and Power, called the bureau's Palm Springs office to say he will fax a request tomorrow to withdraw DWP's application for the transmission line, said Holly Roberts, a BLM associate field manager.

The utility also will terminate the memorandum of understanding it had with the BLM and U.S. Forest Service to build the power lines, called Green Path North. The system would have moved geothermal, wind and solar energy from Imperial County near the Salton Sea to Los Angeles.

The move comes on the eve of two celebrations, in Oak Glen and Yucca Valley, to mark the announcement that DWP is dropping Green Path North. The events were organized by The Wildlands Conservancy in Oak Glen and the California Desert Coalition, which both fought the project."

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Post by spiny » Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:04 pm

Great news! Our friend the desert tortoise will appreciate it, too:

"Declines are due to habitat loss associated with urban development, utility corridors, highway mortality, off-road vehicle use and recreational activities. Also, populations of predators like coyotes and ravens have grown exponentially, subsidized by human food sources. Power lines provide artificial nesting perches for ravens, and invasive plant species compete for scarce resources and fuel fires that destroy the habitat. Diseases, such as upper respiratory tract disease, have also played a major role in tortoise declines."

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Post by Mrs.Oroblanco » Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:15 am

One thing you have to admit - it is a tough choice to make - green energy (windmills and solar) are much more environmentally friendly than nuclear, oil, kerosene and propane. However, it takes room to install. So, we eat up all the fossil fuels, crud up the air with pollutants and say its ok, because we still have the habitat. (though eventually, they will die from the bad air and pollution and/or nuclear accidents and storage of toxic waste), and so will we.

Its not really an easy thing to manage, nor an easy choice to make, is it?

When should we start killing off all the crows that are eating tortise eggs (the real reason for the drop in population)?

Maybe a bounty on them, like there used to be?

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Re: Stop the towers benefit!

Post by Kevin » Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:23 am

I employed my own solution and installed a solar system on my home that provides all of my energy needs right here at the site where I need it. No fuss no muss, and I OWN IT.



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Re: Stop the towers benefit!

Post by Sandman » Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:13 pm

Welcome to the club Kevin. Up here, we are off the grid so it's all self generated power and water. I'm getting ready to sink a second well with a solar pumping system. The plan is to pump with solar energy , then gravity flow down hill and put all the trees on a drip system. The Green Path North was slated to cross very close if not straight across my land out here and it's a relief that LADWP is exploring some very good alternatives using existing power lines and previously disturbed lands that they already own for their projects. Here is the latest news......

Green Path North transmission line is officially off the table

10:00 PM PST on Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

"Cheers and tears of relief greeted an official announcement Wednesday that the city of Los Angeles is abandoning its hotly contested electrical transmission project through unspoiled desert and forest in San Bernardino County.

Green Path North would have carried electricity from geothermal, wind and solar sources 80 miles from Imperial County to Los Angeles, crossing nature reserves and other pristine public land.

Mark Sedlacek, environmental services director for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, told a crowd of about 75 that the project was scrapped because of "community input" and a re-evaluation of the agency's resources....." ... d736c.html

This goes to show that community input can have a major influence on corporate decisions affecting quality of life and environmental issues.

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