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FSDRV President's Message - Spring 2008 

Spring, 2008

Dear Friends,

We have been a voice for the preservation of the San Dieguito River Valley since 1986. Your support will allow us to continue. Some of our recent activities include:

EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

The Friends operated, for one year, a Bus Tour of the San Dieguito Lagoon, thanks to Del Mar Community Connections who let us use their bus. For 2008, three docents are available for groups who wish to provide their own transportation.

Forty-two docents will work at a San Dieguito Trail exhibit at the 2008 Del Mar Fair.

With Del Mar Rotary, we are helping to complete the trail extending the Boardwalk.

MONITORING PROJECTS

Following are our current major concerns:

We responded the Del Mar Fairgrounds Master Plan Notice of Preparation of an EIR:

asking for the return of the E and S lots to their wetland status
opposing an electronic reader board along Interstate 5
questioning other projects which will intensify the impact on the Lagoon. 

We support a reduced Flower Hill Shopping Center expansion.
We support plans to improve traffic flow on Via de la Valle without jeopardizing the valley’s rural nature.

SUCCESS STORIES

As members of the River Parks Project Review Committee, we diminished negative impacts on the Park in the following way:
The numbers of units in the Pardee residential project on the south side of El Camino Real has been reduced.

The Cavallo Farms project has agreed to move a projected road away from Gonzales Canyon and will relocate a large building away from the ridge line.

Your contribution will help us cover our expenses: publishing pamphlets, distributing information, maintaining our mail-box, website and other public outreach activities.  (Because we are an advocacy group, contributions are not tax deductible.) 

Contributors of $100.00 or more will receive a set of cards reproducing Julie Hillman’s paintings of the San Dieguito Lagoon.
Contributions may be sent to:  FSDRV,  P.O. Box 973,  Del Mar,  CA  92014 

As always, we are grateful for your support.

Jacqueline Winterer, President

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